Chris Heisenberg today listed 18 year-old left handed defenseman Wes McLeod from Prince George in the BCHL as a 2009 commitment. McLeod is in his second year of Junior A hockey. Last season he had 3g-11a in 58 games. This season in 16 games he has 1g-10a in 16 games. McLeod is currently the 2nd leading defenseman on PG's roster behind their 20 year-old leader and captain Davies. Wes was recently listed on the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau Players to Watch list as a "B" player. He was one of only three BCHL players on the "B" list. No BCHLer's were rated "A".
As I look at this it occurs to me that Wes could be either an 09 or 10 recruit since he is in his second year. He just turned 18 at the end of September. I'm excited about this pick as it seems to continue a trend of finding guys to play for the Seawolves well before they've used up all their junior eligibility. If a kid is good at 18 you know he'll be good at 20. If a kid was only so-so at 18 but dominates as a 20 year-old then questions about how he'll do in D1 are pretty valid. Finding and getting a kid to commit before his junior eligibility is completed is a positive sign for UAA's recruiting.