Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Commitments, RDO Links

The men's hockey team has reportedly received commitments from a pair of '95 birth year skaters (equivalent to a high school Junior for the 2011-12 school year). Luke Johnson, the son of former Sioux All-American Steve Johnson, has committed to the Sioux. Johnson spent the past two seasons with Grand Forks Central after playing his 8th grade year for Grand Forks Red River. He is expected to spend the next two seasons playing for the USHL's Lincoln Stars prior to enrolling at UND. The Stars are coached by his uncle and former Sioux forward Chad Johnson.

Also reportedly committing to the Sioux this week was Hill-Murray (MN-HS) forward Luke Voltin. The commitment hasn't been confirmed that I'm aware of, but it's on the Heisenberg List so we'll roll with it. Voltin will be joining fellow recent Sioux commit Keaton Thompson on the USNTDP Under-17 team this coming year. The US Hockey Report ranked him #8 among forwards at the 2010 Select 15 Development Camp, and here's their quick-hitting analysis (the full rankings appear about a third of the way down the page and are dated July 23, 2010):

8. Luke Voltin (#12 Grey) 6-0/175 - 4-4-8 - Played mostly JV at Hill-Murray last season. A lot of power and energy to his game. Can score, can finish. Well-rounded -- comes up with high marks in all areas. Good upside.

He finished the camp tied for 9th in scoring, with 4G-4A-8Pts in five games.

The NHL's Research, Development, and Orientation Camp kicked off today, and though not listed on any pre-camp roster that I saw, Miles Koules joined fellow Sioux commit Jordan Schmaltz at the camp. Here's a Koule article (I couldn't resist...) detailing his father Oren's experience watching his son at the camp. Oren, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Lighting, also sports an impressive showbiz resume.

Jordan Schmaltz is also writing a blog for the USHL on his experience at the camp.

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