The Colorado College Tigers have brought in another top ranked class. The CC staff has brought in a nice blend of speed, smarts, and offensive talent. The 2010 class comes in as CollegeHockey247.com's 8th ranked class in the nation.
(Players listed in alphabetical order)
Hometown: Anaheim, CA
2009 - 2010 Team: Omaha (USHL)
Dakota Eveland has been a committed for CC for awhile now, but he continued to show why he was a division one talent helping one of the most successful USHL programs continue their winning ways. At a point per a game this past season, Dakota should be able to give Colorado College some very strong minutes this upcoming season.
"Dakota spent three years in Omaha playing for a winning organization. He is quick and skilled with very good offensive instincts," Owens said. "He is an excellent team player with a winning attitude. He will be very good for the program."
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
2009 - 2010 Team: Chicago & Sioux City (USHL)
A player that maybe wasn't on the radar screens of some schools, Alexander Krushelnyski will bring a strong work ethic to Colorado Springs for the Tigers. Look for him to add some more depth as he should only get better as he gets more and more ice time at Colorado College.
"He had a very good USHL year, and he has good hockey sense with the skills to match. He can play on special teams, and he just keeps getting better," Owens said. "He flew in under the radar early on, but everyone that saw him thought he kept improving."
Eamonn McDermott (CollegeHockey247.com No. 34 player in 2010)
Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio
2009-2010 Team: Fargo (USHL)
Birthday: 12-19-91 (19 years old)
Despite being injured for part of the 2009-2010 season, Eamonn McDermott came in ranked 34th in CollegeHockey247.com's Class of 2010 and 107th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting Service Rankings. His offensive numbers did not quite return back to form when he came back from his arm injury, but his ability to rebound from the injury shows that he is a strong competitor that wants to do what he can to help his team out. One of his biggest strengths is that heart along with his ability to move the puck from the defensive to the offensive end of the ice.
"He is a play-maker and a fierce competitor," Owens said. "He is an excellent transitional defenseman, as he can move the puck really well from defense to offense. He has played in meaningful games, and he has a high hockey IQ. He should be a top notch WCHA defenseman with time."
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
2009 - 2010 Team: Breck School (Minnesota)
Another kid looking to make the jump directly from Minnesota High School to the NCAA Division 1 level, Michael Morin should add some speed and depth for the Tigers. His speed will not go unnoticed on the larger ice sheet in Colorado Springs and in the talented WCHA conference.
"He is versatile, a hard worker, and has excellent speed," Owens said. "He will need time to adjust to the size and speed of the league coming straight from high school, but he will only get better."
While Coach Owens does feel there is a bigger adjustment to the college game for kids that do not have the experience at the junior level, he feels that both Archie Skalbeck and Michael Morin will be able to handle the transition to become big assets for the Tigers program.
"Obviously there is more of an adjustment (for kids straight out of high school)," commented Owens. "Being away from home, and not playing the 60 game junior schedule, but each kid is different, and we believe (Skalbeck & Morin) will be able to handle it."
Jaden Schwartz (CollegeHockey247.com No. 10 player in 2010 Position: Forward
Hometown: Wilcox, SK
2009-2010 Team: Tri-City (USHL)
Birthday: 6-25-92 (17 years old)
Goals: 33 (5th USHL)
Assists: 50 (3rd USHL)
Points: 83 (1st USHL)
Ranked 10th in CollegeHockey247.com's Class of 2010, Jaden Schwartz has all the tools to become an elite player on the college level. This past season, he led the USHL in total points and was ranked in the top five in goals and assists. Jaden has caught the attention of the NHL as well, coming in ranked 41st among North American skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Service Rankings.
"He makes plays," CC Head Coach Scott Owens said. "He's a prolific offensive player with great vision, excellent hands, and very good instincts. Like any incoming freshman, there will be an adjustment (to the Division 1 level), but he should pick it up very quickly."
Hometown: Hopkins, MN
2009-2010 Team: Hopkins High School (Minnesota)
Inexperience should not be a disadvantage for Archie Skalbeck, as he looks to make the jump directly from high school into college. He might not be the biggest guy on the ice, but with a little time in the weight room and more time on the ice, he should develop into a very strong player for Colorado College.
"He is a skilled, clever, and talented left-handed forward," Owens said. "He will need time to get acclimated to the WCHA, and he could get a little stronger, but he has a very good future and with time will be an excellent WCHA forward."
Hometown: Missouri City, TX
2009 - 2010 Team: Chicago (USHL)
Ian Young is the most recent commitment for Colorado College that has not yet signed for the Tigers. It is unclear at this time if he will actually be in the Class of 2010, or if he will wait a year before joining the Tigers for the 2011-2012 campaign. Coach Owens could not comment on Young, since NCAA rules prohibit coaches from commenting on recruits that have yet to sign their letter of intent.
One thing appears to be clear though, as Young should be a very strong two-way defenseman for the Tigers. He also appears to add a lot of mobility for the Tigers blue line and could be a nice sleeper pick for a "surprise". He should only get better as he continues to play more games - whether that is a season back in junior or in Colorado Springs.
Colorado College will be looking to replace a strong senior class, as they have lost Bill Sweatt, Mike Testwuide, and Nate Prosser to graduation. However, returning young, but talented players such as Rylan Schwartz, Tyler Johnson, Gabe Guentzel, and Jeff Howe.
"We will be a little young," Owens said. "We will miss that experience especially on the road in a tough environment, but there is a lot of excitement with the Freshmen that can propel a team."
This incoming class certainly has the talent to propel the Tigers in amongst the top of the WCHA. The schedule will provide a good test for the young, talented Tigers as they have non-conference games against RPI, Air Force, Yale, and Alaska on top of their typical difficult WCHA schedule. Despite the youth on the roster, expectations still run high in Colorado Springs.
"Obviously we'd like to get home ice, and to St. Paul for the Final Five," said Owens.
If this class reaches their potential, the Final Five may only be just the beginning.
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