Thursday, October 16, 2008


Technically, a player born in 1994 could have committed to a college hockey program back in August and NOT have been the youngest such commitment in history. That honor (correct me if I’m wrong) belongs to Jon Merrill. Jon committed to the Wolverines two years ago this week. He’s scheduled to begin play at Michigan two years from last week.

Wisconsin recruit Jordan Schmaltz is currently the youngest player committed to a college program. He turned 15 eight days ago. Without agreeing or disagreeing with recent trends in recruiting younger players, I’ll release my list of 1994’s on November 11th, 2008. If a player born on January 1st, 1994 was to commit to a college on the day I release my list, they’d be a day older than Schmaltz was when he committed.

Again, I don’t want to argue the merits or deficits of recruiting so young, I would just like you to know why your team just offered a scholarship to somebody who hasn’t yet played a minute of high school or midget minor hockey, and whom those players might be.


Anonymous said...

Where do you get your information??

CHRE said...

I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you!

Actually... it's impossible to tell which Canadiens are thinking about playing US college hockey at the age of 14, but it can be assumed that most Americans will go that route. So, most of the eventual college players will come from Minnesota high schools, Michigan/Chicago/Texas/Colorado/California midgets, or New England prep schools. Statistics (linked to the left), opinions from scouts (like the ones who contributed below), and scouting services (linked to the left) are the sources where I get my information from.