Minnesota, RPI, Minnesota-Duluth and Colorado College all got big-time recruits in March; Ryan Kennedy looks at who is slated to go where. Once again, goalies are hot.
March is in the books and even though the number of high-profile college hockey commitments has dipped as winter ends, there were still some nice recruits making choices. As culled from the College Hockey Inc. commitments page, here are the standouts:
Nick Wolff, D, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Sometimes the state of Minnesota gets painted with a broad brush when it comes to defensemen: lots of flair and skating, not enough nastiness. But Wolff lived up to his name, terrorizing opponents with his nearly 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame and also chipping in a good amount of offense for the Eagan high school team this season, helping the Wildcats get to the state semifinal before losing to eventual champs Edina. Wolff is up for the NHL draft this summer and is scheduled to join Duluth in 2015-16.
Logan Halladay, G, University of Minnesota
A 6-foot-2 netminder who excels at playing the puck and reacts quickly in his crease, Halladay has been a standout for the North American League's Janesville Jets. Rocking a 2.26 goals-against average and .932 save percentage, he is slated to join the Golden Gophers in 2016-17, after current star netminder Adam Wilcox has graduated. Halladay is eligible for the NHL draft this summer.
Alex Rodriguez, RW, R.P.I.
Hard-working and talented, Rodriguez is tied for fourth in scoring on a very good Shattuck St-Mary's prep team with 22 goals and 61 points in 47 games. Originally from Miami, Fla., he'll be heading to R.P.I. in 2015-16 and as a late 1995 birthday, is eligible for the NHL draft this summer, where he may be a late-round pick. Next year, he will play Jr. A in the B.C. League for Surrey.
Chase Perry, G, Colorado College
A confident goalie with great size and athleticism, Perry will likely find himself drafted in the same middle range as NAHL peer Halladay this summer. Colorado College hasn't had a lot of good news this season, but grabbing a commitment from the Wenatchee Wild goaltender will help. Perry is slated to join the Tigers next season, where the graduation of starter Josh Thorimbert will lead to ample opportunities to impress.
Logan Halladay photo courtesy the Janesville Jets/Gametime Sports Photos