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Mission '94's start to make their college choices

November 16 2009 at 2:34 PM
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Via Chris Heisenberg...

St. Cloud got a commitment from Penticton Vees(BCHL) forward Joey Holka. Holka is an alum of the PF Changs AAA program in Phoenix.

The first '94 birthdates are starting to commit out west, and it looks like they're coming from the excellent Chicago Mission AAA program. The first player is Vince Hinostroza, who committed to Notre Dame for 2012. I mentioned Hinostroza this past September, and how a couple people thought he was a few pounds away from being a really excellent player. The other player off the Mission team that has committed is forward Ryan Hartman, who committed to Miami for 2013. Hartman has been his team's leading scorer through 9 MWEHL league games. Hartman and the Mission had just played in a tournament in Oxford this past weekend, where they lost 3-2 in the final to Honeybaked, who is one of the top teams in the country.

It is interesting to see these kids commit so early. They're very good players, but not necessarily of the Cam Fowler/Jack Johnson/Jon Merrill superstar variety. They might not even be the best forwards on their team, at least right now, with other talented forwards like Ray Pigozzi and Thomas DiPauli on the roster.

Michael Juola, a forward from southern California who has found a home in the NAHL committed to Brown. Another NAHL veteran, Nick Curry, committed to UMass-Lowell. Both guys were borderline USHL players, but really got to show off their offensive skillsets as top players in the NAHL instead.

Also committing to Brown was '93 brithdate Taki Pantziris, who is playing in Canada this year, but has American citizenship. You can read more about him here. Questions about the source aside, there's some decent info about him in there.

 
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early

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November 16 2009, 3:37 PM 

for this?

 
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What it means?

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November 16 2009, 4:19 PM 

It's not too early for a kid to commit to a college if the opportunity presents itself and that's where they want to go. An early commitment is something that is verbal and non-binding and can be retracted if an athlete/student doesn't stay on the same course as when they committed. In other words, if they don't do well in school and start taking things for granted, it's a two-way street and they'll send you packing. The 94's mentioned in the above post have been very consistent, high-end players for many years. I think ND and Miami of Ohio will do well with these guys on their roster as they are deserving of this honor to commit and eventually wear the D-1 jerseys of their choice. Congrats to these kids.

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Early Commits

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November 17 2009, 5:58 AM 

So will these kids who committed early still have to play Juniors before heading to college or will they go straight from HS to college?

 
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please answer

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November 17 2009, 6:53 AM 

When a kid commits to a school does that mean the school will save a spot for them on the team?

Is there any type of scholarship that is gaurenteed in the future for them?

If the above answers are no then why commit so early?

 
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"verbals" U have my word.

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November 17 2009, 7:09 AM 

Most if not all will be expected to play jrs. this may be while they are still in hs but few players beyond SSM and Mn high school players go right to college without jr. experience. Some may leave home and go to the NTDP if that program survives, as it's purpose and success is under continual review(but like any thing, when the ones reviewing are developers or employees, the "program" may continue to be an option for some viewed as top players at 16 or 17).

A "verbal" is bascially worth the paper it is written on!! Chicago young players have been part of this commit early frenzy, in part due to parents push, paid coaches pushing their product to keep their salaries, and as well as early and often exposure. However, the Chicago players have also seen the negative side of this equation. Sam Calabrese was an early commit to ND yet was also pushed to delay this fall. Max Cook was an early commit and has been delayed for two years by Miami of Ohio while other newer commits are being brought in. Mac Carruth another early commit just left jrs. for the CHL and will forgoe his college commitment. Vilardo just decommitted to Ohio in hopes of landing that big time spot at a higher profile school.

So while the early commit may seem like the "bird in the hand" for many these "verbals" again are worth the paper they are written on.


 
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Mersch and Simonelli may be newest vicitims of Wisconsin's recruiting

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November 17 2009, 10:34 AM 

Looks like Mersch didn't get LOI from Wisconsin. He accelerated hs to graduate but looks like Wisconsin won't have scholarship money for him so he will have to either come in on his own or risk being like Nigel Williams, an NTDP player, second round draft pick in NHL draft who Wisconsin tried to delay but was brought in and then sat.

Wisconsin has been the earliest to recruit but also has delayed, decommitted and forced out scholarship players more than any other college program.

According to reports Simonelli also was not sent LOI and other D that were recruited later have signed.

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Wisconsin LOI's updated by newpaper

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November 18 2009, 7:25 PM 

Wisconsin news reports that Simonelli and Mersch got LOI's. Without any early departures Simonelli is projected to be one of 11 defensemen on the '10 roster.


 
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