Boston University received a commitment from Alex Chiasson of the Des Moines Buccaneers for next season. The Quebec native is considered the best uncommitted '90 players. With his October 1st birthday, he will be eligible for the 2009 NHL Draft. He has four goals and a total of eight points in nine games this season.
I started to hear about him at the beginning at the season. It seems his draft stock is rising each day. He replaces Ethan Werek who turned down his commitment to join Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League.
Notre Dame got a commitment from National Team Development Program defenseman Stephan Johns. The 6'4 defenseman has a goal and two assists in twelve games for the Under-17 squad. He joins Garrett Peterson, David Gerths, Jeff Costello, Bryan Rust, and T.J. Tynan (He Could be a 2011 recruit) joining the Fighting Irish in 2010.
This commitment isn't stopping the Windsor Spitfires from trying to sign Johns for next season. They are also still trying to get fellow Notre Dame recruit Cam Fowler and Michigan recruit Jack Campbell to head up North.
More news on the Austin Watson front. Ryan Rezmiersk was in Windsor a few weeks ago because Watson could be one of the forty of fifty players inviteed to Lake Placid next summer for the 2010 World Junior team.
Minnesota got a verbal commitment from Ben Marshall who's a 92' defenseman. He looks like to be an Aaron Ness clone as he's only 5'8. He's committed for the 2011 season. Last season with Mahtomedi High School, he had four goals and 12 assists in 27 games.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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