Ethan Werek, a highly touted forward, has signed with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. Last month, he planned on playing for the Indiana ICE of the United States Hockey League this season. He was committed to Boston University for the Fall of 2009. The Frontenacs selected him in the ninth overall selection in the 2007 Draft.
Last season, he spent the year with the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Provinical Junior "A" Hockey League, he had 29 goals and 41 assists in 37 games played.
This is a big blow to the Indiana Ice and Boston University. He was suppose to play a big part for the Indiana Ice this season. It's a loss for the entire USHL. They had a story on him signing with ICE. Talking to Ryan who runs the Unofficial USHL Hockey Blog, he was excited to see Werek and Louis LeBlanc both playing in the USHL this season. LeBlanc is considered the top ranked Junior A player for the 2009 Draft.
Terrier fans were waiting his arrival because his close friend, Cory Trivino, will be a freshman this season. They played together in Stouffville. Werek was 1 of 2 players in the 2009 recruiting class. They are left scrambling to find talent for next year's freshman class. Will they take a chance on Jeremy Morin. Reading the reactions of Terrier fans, they aren't to happy because BU is a top notch program but the 2009 recruiting class has only one player.
What could be the reason Werek left for the OHL? I look at the season Trivino had last season with the Spirit. He had 19 goals and 50 assists in 39 games. He was a late second round, early third selection in the 2008 Draft at the end of season. He was the only Junior A player to play for Team Canada at the Under 18's where he had four goals and three assists. The Islanders selected him with the 36 overall pick.
I am sure Werek watch Trivino go through the Draft process and maybe thought he would get more exposure playing the OHL. There's some truth to that but at the same time NHL scouts flock to USHL games all year long. Taking a look at Werek's season more closely last year. He was named to Team Ontario at the World Under 17 Challenge but only put up two assists.
What I also find interesting is the fact he waited until the end of the preseason to join the team. It looks like he didn't want to take part in training camp. I am unsure when the ICE started their training camp but I think the players haven't been their long. He has no game action yet so expect him to be alittle rusty.
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