MUSKEGON, Michigan (February 4th) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced a trade with the Omaha Lancers in which the Lumberjacks have sent two affiliates in Defenseman Luc Snuggerud and Forward Steven Spinner to the Lancers in exchange for a first round pick in the upcoming 2014 USHL Phase One Draft.
Snuggerud and Spinner, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota natives, are currently playing their senior seasons at Eden Prairie High School (Minnesota) for the Eagles and are both committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha out of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) following their respective junior careers.
This season with the Eagles, Spinner leads the team with 33 points (15 goals and 18 assists) in 21 games played followed by Snuggerud in second with 31 points (7 goals and 24 assists) in 21 games played. In their two-plus years with the Eden Prairie program, Spinner has totaled 109 points (54 goals and 55 assists) in 71 games played while Snuggerud has accumulated 93 points (17 goals and 76 assists) in 74 games played.
Both players also appeared in three games this season with the Lumberjacks back during the first full week of November with Snuggerud totaling a goal plus two assists to go along with a plus-three rating and Spinner recording two goals plus one assist with a plus-three rating of his own. With his performance during that week, Snuggerud was eventually tabbed with the USHL’s “Co-Defenseman of the Week” honors.
In addition, NHL Central Scouting recently came out with their midseason rankings and ranked Snuggerud 61st (2nd-highest rated high school prospect) and Spinner 70th (5th highest-rated high school prospect) out of all North American skaters.
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