Seemed like a good time for a recruit update. An anonymous comment indicates we've got a new recruit coming (I'll guess 2016 but could be 2017). I've mentioned him at the bottom of this update but today I'll only be covering the guys slated to come in next season. So here's my 4 hours of research on these four guys.
Name: Wyatt Ege (March 3rd, 1995)
Hometown: Elk River, Minnesota
Height/Weight: 5ft 11in - 161lbs
Position: Defenseman (Right Handed)
Current Team: Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Wyatt captained the Elk River Elks in the Minnesota High School Hockey league before joining the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the NAHL for the 2013-14 season. In between he played with the Northeast team in the Minnesota Elite league which is composed of select high school players around the state. Here's a real nice article describing Wyatt from 2012.
Last year he scored 3 goals and added 17 assists in 59 games for Fairbanks. It was the same sort of steady production he showed in his high school career. He was a quality +19 for the season as the Ice Dogs took the NAHL Championship.
This season he's patrolling the blueline with Dubuque in the USHL and through their first six games he's netted one goal with a single assist. He's a mobile defensemen with offensive upside who plays smart who always looks pass first. No doubt everyone likes playing with this guy. He'll bring a nice mix of skills to the Seawolves next season.
Name: Jake Larson (February 10th, 1994)
Hometown: St. Michael, Minnesota
Height/Weight: 5ft, 11in - 160lbs
Position: Center (Left Handed)
Current Team: Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Jake Larson's junior career began with the Minnesota Wilderness in the SIJHL where he put up a massive 72 points (44g,28a) in 49 games during the 2012-13 season and was named that leagues Rookie of the Year.
Prior to that he led the St. Michael-Albertville High School team with 25 goals and 19 assists in 25 games. Last season he played 60 games for the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL and put in 11 goals with 24 assists. His coach at Brooks had this to say when Jake committed to UAA:
"Jake has been a very welcome addition to this year's team. His offensive abilities have been well displayed over the first portion of the season and we are looking forward to his development. Adding a player like Jake was key to our recruiting efforts this summer and he hasn't disappointed. Off the ice we have added a great person with a ton of character and this commitment is well deserved. "
Here's a real nice article on Jake from 2013 in the Crow River News.
This season Jake has moved to the BCHL with the Chilliwack Chiefs. In their first 11 games he's notched 7 goals with 3 assists which ties him for 6th in the league in goals scored. This is a guy that has shown he can put the puck in the net. Ultimately at UAA he'll become a first line centerman.
Perhaps my favorite thing I found researching Jake is a tweet he made. He said, "If my kid asks for a backpack or a wheeled hockey bag, I'm disowning him." Loving it old school.
Name: Mason Mitchell (June 13th, 1994)
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Height/Weight: 6ft, 3in - 193lbs
Position: Wing (Left Handed)
Current Team: Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)
Mason is in his third year of junior hockey; in his first two seasons with Nanaimo in the BCHL he potted 23 goals with 16 assists in 82 games. He added 192 penalty minutes. In his final Midget season before going to Nanaimo, he had 176 penalty minutes in just 32 games. This season he's back home in Calgary with the Mustangs and through 12 games he has 8 goals and 1 assist to lead the team in scoring.
A blurb on the Mustangs website lists Mason as a playmaking forward. My research tells me something a bit different. He's a hard-nosed, no nonsense power winger who can skate and score. Think Brett Cameron-esque. He's definitely a player that opposition fans tend not to like.
Mason will get here next year and be ready for the physicality of the Division 1 game. Here's an edifying profile of the young man from the Nanaimo Daily News in 2013.
Name: Alex Jackstadt (March 15th, 1994)
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Height/Weight: 5ft, 7in - 145lbs
Position: Wing (Left Handed)
Current Team: None
Hometown boy Alex Jackstadt played for East High before joining the Kenai River Brown Bears in the NAHL for the 2012-13 season. In 59 games he amassed 20 goals and 19 assists. In 2013-14 he moved onto the USHL with the Fargo Force and in 58 games he scored 4 goals with 10 assists.
Alex isn't big but is a skilled playmaking forward. By all reports he's a slick skater and excellent puck handler.
This season he started with the Powell River Kings in the BCHL and played 6 games scoring one goal and adding one assist. He is no longer on their roster and my googling skills aren't horrid but I can't find him playing anywhere at the moment. There is no indication from Powell River as to where he went. I left a message with a Powell River assistant coach but haven't received a reply as of this posting. UAA is unable to comment as to any future player's status unless/until they sign an NLI.
Maybe someone can comment anonymously or otherwise if they happen to know where he is playing.
So, that's what I've got for 2015. Ege, Larson and Mitchell all look to be high quality players who'll be able to ramp up quickly to Division 1 and produce for the Seawolves. I'm slightly skeptical about Jackstadt because he isn't playing at the moment. Sometimes a smaller player can have a hard time finding a place on a new junior team. It isn't like a coach can plug a skilled small player into his 3rd or 4th line to fill a role as a grinder and they always have returning players slotted for 1st and 2nd lines. I'm guessing Alex is looking for a place to play after getting left out in the cold basically; I'll keep an eye out and see where he lands and I'll update that as the situation progresses.
There is a new recruit mentioned in a previous post's comment; Jordan Thomas (5ft, 10in - 170lbs) from the Spruce Grove Saints in the AJHL. He's an 18 year old (June 11th, 1996) in his first season with them. In 16 games this season he's put in two goals and added 5 assists. It's always a good sign to me when we bag an 18 year old recruit. It means the staff at UAA are confident that they've found a player who might be ready to come sooner than later or at minimum someone they wanted to get verbally committed before other schools noticed him. We'll see, for now I'm not going to call him a 2016 recruit. The other known player is local kid Aaron McPheters (March 25th, 1997) who is playing for the SKS Selects Academy and won't likely be here until 2017. I'll provide more info on these guys (and any other new names we might here over the next few weeks) later in the season.