OHL swipes another Michigan Hockey commit

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on September 27th, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Was a Michigan commit MT @SeanLafortune now official, former St. Michaels Buzzers D Jared Walsh has signed with the Mississauga Steelheads.

College hockey coaches have the hardest task when it comes to recruiting. They aren't just fighting against other schools, they're fighting junior hockey leagues off. This is the second commit of the 2014 class lost, and the second player taken away by the Steelheads. 

Commits left-

2014 class-

Player Pos. Ht Wgt Hometown Team (League)
Dexter Dancs F 6-2 190 Vancouver, BC Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
Dylan Larkin F 6-0 184 Waterford, MI US NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
Cutler Martin D 5-11 200 East Lansing, MI Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Alex Talcott F 6-1 198 Kentwood, MI Indiana Ice (USHL)

2015 class-

Player Pos. Ht Wgt Hometown
Nick Boka F 6-0 175 Plymouth, MI
Kyle Connor F 6-0 165 Shelby Township, MI
Hayden Lavigne G 6-3 195 Brampton, Ontario
Christian Meike D 5-11 150 Arlington, VA
Brendan Warren F 6-0 170 Plymouth, MI

2016 class-

Player Pos. Ht Wgt Hometown
Sam Miletic F 5-11 155 Bloomfield Hills, MI




September 27th, 2013 at 1:31 PM ^

Clearly we need the ability to start paying our hockey players, so that-

-hey, what is this empty can doing here?



September 27th, 2013 at 1:38 PM ^


Way to wait until a day AFTER they've plated the page with the writeup on you and the photo of you that your coach sent us. Here's the blurb from Jason Paul in HTTV Hoops-Hockey:

From the team that brought us the likes of Andrew Cogliano, Louie Caporusso, and Brandon Burlon, Michigan will tap the St. Michael’s pipeline again to bring in defenseman JARED WALSH. The 5’11”/175 lbs rear guard had an impressive rookie season with the Buzzers with four goals and 26 assists in 75 games. “While not as highly touted as some of his predecessors to make the move from Toronto to Ann Arbor, Walsh can effectively play all three zones and both special teams,” said Miller. “His potent shot from the point could earn him early power play minutes from the start as a freshman.” NHL Central Scouting named Walsh to their Futures List for the 2014 NHL Draft. He will return to St. Michael’s this season.

He should have to buy 100 copies of the magazine for making me change this now. Argh. I don't even have a photo for that page.



September 27th, 2013 at 1:40 PM ^

The news of Walsh going to Mississauga has been known for about a week now.  It was only made official today.

Unfortunately, this is the way it goes in hockey recruiting.  Tough loss for Michigan to lose their top rated defensive recruit so late in the recruiting cycle.  U-M returns seven defensemen next year (provided none leave early), but there's definitely a lack of star power and a few of them I would be worried about if we have to play them every game.

There's only one blue liner with the NTDP who is not committed (and he's suppose to be pretty good), though I don't know if there's any mutual interest.  Otherwise, the coaches will probably have to mine the junior leagues for an overager or diamond in the rough.

BTW, you listed 2015 recruit Nick Boka as a forward, but he's a defenseman.


September 27th, 2013 at 1:44 PM ^

Maybe there's a young man over in Moscow who's fluent in English and would like to spend a year or two in Ann Arbor.  Promise Putin a ring if the Wolverines win the NCAA tournament.


September 27th, 2013 at 9:13 PM ^

Terms of peace will be

  1. They abolish the CHL and give us all their hockey players

In exchange, we will stop pretending they are the 51st state and will reduce the amount of time we make fun of them by 30% by 2020