Chris Heisenberg has listed a new commitment for UAA on his website. Defenseman, 19 year old Derek Docken (5ft, 11in 190lb -- June 12th, 1990) of the Albert Lea Thunder is listed as a 2011 arrival.
Docken leads the Thunder in +/- at +14 with the next highest player at +4. That's a pretty interesting stat on a team that is at the very bottom of the NAHL standings. He is their leading scorer from the blueline with 2 goals and 11 assists in 34 games.
As best I can tell, Derek joined the Thunder last season after finishing the Minnesota High School season where he was named an 2008 All-Conference Player (Missota) from Northfield High School as an 11th grader. He had 2 assists in 26 games last season with Albert Lea.
Derek is scheduled to play for Team Central in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament which actually starts today in Ann Arbor. The tournament features 4 teams representing each division. It will be interesting to see how well he does there.
His excellent +/- rating is most interesting to me because typically a defenseman of his size would be looked at as more of an offensive prospect versus a defensive defenseman who would be more likely to accumulate a high + rating. Then again he is clearly the best offensive blueliner on Albert Lea's team. Perhaps that just means that the kid is excellent on both ends of the ice.
His appearance on the High School All-Conference list with many more well known (to me anyway) D1 prospect names is promising as well. I'm assuming that on a better team that Derek would get stats that would indicate him as one of the top defensemen in the league.
So being on Albert Lea and perhaps somewhat unoticed makes him a bit of a steal. We'll see. There are lots of Minnesota folks that follow High School and Elite League who likely have seen Derek play. Perhaps someone will offer more insight than my remote location allows.