Despite being only a few months away from work and having yet to register a win for UMass, Greg Carvel and his staff are doing a great job of convincing high-profile recruits to join the Massachusetts hockey program . They got a bet this week from Jeremy Davidson, a right-handed shot who is one of the top among 17 players in the country. In reality he will represent Team USA in the upcoming U17 Five Nations Tournament Next week.
Davidson played for their under-16 team last season for Minnesota’s preparatory powerhouse Shattuck-St Mary’s. He had 17 goals and 28 goals in 51 games there. Prior to Shattuck, he starred in the highly acclaimed Honeybaked junior program in his native Michigan. Davidson measures 5’10 ”, 165 pounds, but at just age 16 those numbers are likely to increase. He is expected to arrive at UMass in the fall of 2020. His USHL rights are held by the Bloomington Thunder who took him in the 5th round of last year’s draft.
Here are some reactions to the commitment on Twitter:
Davidson is currently one of the top players in his age group and is an excellent pickup for Carvel and his staff. It is said that he has more than a dozen schools following him, with Big Ten schools probably making up one of them. It probably did not hurt UMass’s chances that Davidson is from Kalamazoo, the city where assistant coach Ben Barr has been calling home for the past few years before joining the UMass staff.
It will be a while before Davidson pulls the maroon white, but it will be exciting to follow his journey while we wait.
SNB College Hockey’s Jeff Cox arranged the incoming recruiting classes for the Hockey East programs. Cox ranked UMass’s freshmen as the 10th best class in the league, highlighting the additions of goalkeeper Ryan Wischow and defender Shane Bear. Considering the speed with which Carvel and the staff put the class together, I think it’s pretty good. While Carvel is trying to reverse the fate of the program, it is not so much the ranking of recruits that matters in these initial years, but what he can do with them once they arrive in Amherst. UMass has had quite a few high-profile players on the program over the past few years, but it has not turned into victories due to how poorly the teams played on the ice. What is important is that the team plays efficiently and coherently. With victories and progress with his vision for the program, more top recruits like Davidson will make the choice to come to UMass.
The Newburyport Daily News has a good article on incoming transfer from Josh Coutuier decided to go to the state’s flagship.
Posted by rocks22 on August 4, 2016