2010 NHL draft stud Cam Fowler of the U.S. under-18 squad has de-committed from Notre Dame. This is the first step toward an official announcement of his signing with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires.
The Spits took a chance on the fleet-skating, offensively gifted blue-liner in the first round of the 2008 OHL Draft after he had been selected the year before in the first round by Kitchener. However, the Rangers weren't able to land the Michigan native so they instead released him back into the draft pool and took a second round compensation pick instead.
The Spitfires will be thrilled to have him in their lineup next fall. Windsor GM Warren Rychel had been burning up the phone lines for months trying to entice Fowler, who is a likely top five overall selection next June. Fowler is currently on the shelf with a shoulder injury. Look for an official announcement to come following the World U-18 Championships in April.
Chris Heisenberg still lists him as a Notre Dame recruit. He did take off Adam Clenndening (NTDP U-17) as a Boston College recruit a couple of months ago. Heisenberg must not of heard the Fowler news yet.
This will be the second player confirmed to head to the OHL along with Brandon Maxwell. Jeremy Morin is all but confirmed and is probably waiting like Fowler to make an official announcement.
How many more players can the Spitfires try to convince to come to the OHL? They also have Kenny Ryan on the U-18 team. He's committed to Boston College. They have the rights to defenseman Stephen Johns (Notre Dame) and goaltender Jack Campbell (Michigan). I could see them going after Campbell because they are looking for a goaltender for the future.
Notre Dame still has a very good recruitng class for next year but won't be the elite recruiting class if Fowler does leave.
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