The Huskies received two commitments from defensemen in the matter of three weeks in late 2018. Brenden Datema - Amarillo (NAHL) and Chris Lipe - Dubuque (USHL). Click to read more about what they add to the Huskies.
Michigan Tech's biggest hole as of a month ago was goaltending, and while the run by Packy Munson against Minnesota State and Northern Michigan has softened that concern, there's still one spot open between the pipes for next season.
During the Winter Carnival break, Michigan Tech received a commitment form Nick Nardella, a 5'-9" forward from Rosemont, Ill. He joins two of his teammates on the Green Bay Gamblers as future Huskies. Trenton Bliss committed back in December and Cooper Watson (younger brother of Cliff and current Husky, Carver) are also currently playing for Pat Mikesch. All three are expected to join the Huskies either next season (Watson and Bliss) or the year after (Nardella) but for today, we'll focus on the two newer additions.
Another look in on the recruiting side, including information on new recruit Alec Broetzman and a video of Trevor Kukkonen scoring a shoot-out goal for Maple Grove High School (Minn.) at a recent tournament.
Coach Joe Shawhan and his staff have remained very active on the recruiting trail. In the last week he's received his fifth, sixth and seventh commitments. The Huskies added two brothers with Yooper ties to the fold with Trevor and Kyle Kukkonen. The other is TJ Polglaze, a 20-year-old forward who currently plays for former Michigan Tech Assistant Coach Gary Shuchuk with the Janesville Jets.
Over the past two decades, recruiting has changed dramatically. As information about young athletes expanded and as alumni and fans became immersed in the “recruiting wars,” the way a roster is assembled has developed into a game-within-the-game. What will it take to successfully recruit in this new era of one-and-dones and flashy facilities?
Joe Shawhan was announced as Michigan Tech's newest head coach just over 100 days ago. He's already received the commitment of Michigan's 2017 Mr. Hockey, a 50-point scorer for a pretty good Minnesota High School and a veteran goaltender that could start for the Huskies against Wisconsin in less than two weeks. Shawhan and his staff have hit the ground running, improving the team for this season and likely the future.
Michigan Tech released their tentative roster earlier today. This roster update includes some surprising omissions, one surprising addition and a few revelations about the state of recruiting for Michigan Tech, especially on the topic of over-recruiting. We'll cover it all here.