June 14, 2012
Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos has announced that six more players have committed to play hockey at Michigan State University. Two players have signed National Letters of Intent - forwards Mackenzie MacEachern (Troy, Mich.) and Mike Ferrantino (Plymouth, Mich.). Defenseman Nickolas Gatt (Farmington Hills, MI) will transfer from Alabama-Huntsville, and has signed his Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid; David Bondra (Annapolis, Md.), Brock Krygier (Novi, Mich.) and Connor Wood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) have all enrolled at MSU for the fall semester and will round out a class that as of June 14, sits at 11 newcomers for the MSU hockey program for the 2012-13 season.
MacEachern, who recently completed his senior season at Brother Rice High School (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), has deferred admission to MSU and will enroll in the fall of 2013. He will play the upcoming season for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. Bondra, Gatt, Ferrantino, Krygier, and Wood will join six previous signees -forwards Matt DeBlouw (Chesterfield, Mich.) and Ryan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.), goaltender Jake Hildebrand (Butler, PA), and defensemen John Draeger (Fairibault, Minn.), Rhett Holland (Calgary, Alberta) and Travis Walsh (Lansing, Mich.) on the Spartan roster for next season.
"We lost a large class last season, which included a lot of experienced players," said Anastos. "We are excited about this group, as it has a nice blend of talent, leadership and toughness. As they gain experience, we look for these players to make big contributions to our program."
Forward; 5-11, 185; DOB 8/26/92; Annapolis, Md./Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)
Scouting Report: Strong skating left winger with very good skill set.
Played the 2011-2012 season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) for the Chilliwack Chiefs ... Appeared in 59 games for Chilliwack with a 22-41-63 scoring line, including four game winning goals ... Competed during the 2010-2011 season in the USHL for the Chicago Steel playing 58 games with a scoring line of 4-5-9 ... Son of longtime NHL'er Peter Bondra, who appeared in 1,081 NHL games with four franchises, primarily with the Washington Capitals (also Ottawa, Atlanta, and Chicago) ... Helped lead the Capitals to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, and was a teammate of MSU assistant coach Kelly Miller for nine seasons in Washington.
Tom Anastos: "David plays with a lot of energy and has the ability to contribute both offensively and defensively. He has a nice skill set and has proven to have a nice touch around the net."
Forward; 5-9, 175; DOB 1/1/93, Plymouth, Mich/Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Scouting Report: Hardworking centerman who is very smart, plays with a relentless intensity, is a good face-off man and has strong leadership capabilities.
Appeared in 58 games last season for the Omaha Lancers (USHL) ... Put up a +11, second on the team ... Had a 9-14-23 scoring line ... Spent most of the 2010-11 season skating for Compuware, where he recorded 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) before reporting to Omaha and appearing in four games for the Lancers.
Tom Anastos: : "Michael is a relentless competitor who plays the game with great intensity. He is a very good face-off man, plays hard at both ends of the rink and has very good leadership qualities."
Junior, Defenseman; 6-3, 185; DOB 12/20/90; Farmington Hills, Mich./Alabama Huntsville
Scouting Report: Strong skating, puck-moving defenseman. Smart player, excellent student.
Played in 52 games over two seasons at Alabama-Huntsville for head coach (and Spartan alum) Chris Luongo ... Registered his first collegiate goal in 4-2 victory over Ferris State (10/8/10) ... Will be eligible to skate right away for the Spartans, giving them a bit of experience on what will be a young blueline (will not have to sit a year as is customary with transfer students) ... Prior to enrolling at Huntsville, played for the Topeka Road Runners of the NAHL in the 2009-10 season ... Recorded 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 54 games ... Boasted a plus/minus rating of +18.
Tom Anastos: : "Nickolas is an experienced college player who will bring some size along with his experience to our blue line. He's a strong skater and moves the puck really well.
Defenseman; 6-0, 180; DOB 12/9/93; Novi Mich./ Detroit Honeybaked U-18
Scouting Report: Steady, puck-moving defenseman who takes great pride in his defensive play. Strong skater with a high hockey IQ.
Played for Honeybaked U18 during the 2011-2012 season, appearing in 18 games while recording a scoring line of 0-5-5 ... Had a goal and assist in three games in the 2012 State Playoffs ... Was a teammate on Honeybaked of MSU incoming freshman forward Connor Wood ... Father, Todd Krygier, appeared in 543 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He was also a teammate of MSU assistant coach Kelly Miller as well as Peter Bondra, who's son David is also a freshman for MSU. The three played together for six seasons on the Washington Capitals.
Tom Anastos: "Brock has excellent potential and we expect him to develop into a very good college defenseman."
Forward; 6-2, 175; DOB 3/9/94; Troy Mich./ Brother Rice/ Chicago Steel (USHL)
Scouting Report: Very dynamic scorer in high school ... Big, with a very good reach ... has good hands, sees the ice well and has a good scoring touch around the net.
Completed his senior year at Brother Rice High School by helping his team to its first Division 2 State Championship since 2005 ... Named the state's Mr. Hockey in addition to being named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association Dream Team ... In 29 games, had a 42-48-90 scoring line and was an impressive +50, netting 11 power play goals, eight shorthanded markers, and six game-winners ... Was the fourth pick overall by Chicago in the 2012 United States Hockey League Draft ... Will play the 2012-13 season for Chicago and will enroll at Michigan State in the fall of 2013.
Tom Anastos: : "MacKenzie has loads of potential. He's a good skater, sees the ice really well and has an excellent scoring touch. He will have another year to further develop before coming to MSU, and he will play in Chicago of the USHL."
Forward; 5-10, 170; DOB 3/7/94; Bloomfield Hills, Mich./ Detroit Honeybaked U18
Scouting Report: Speedy centerman who has a lot of winning experience playing in the Honeybaked organization for many years. Plays with great energy and creates offense through hard work and speed. Strong leadership qualities.
Played for Honeybaked U18 during the 2011-2012 season with a scoring line of 9-12-21 in 26 games. Had one assist in three games in the 2012 State Playoffs. Was a teammate on Honeybaked of current MSU freshman defenseman Brock Kryieger.
Tom Anastos: Connor plays with a lot of speed and energy and has shown strong leadership potential. We think he will develop into a very good college players.
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Forward; 6-0, 178; DOB 9/17/93; Chesterfield, Mich./Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Scouting Report: Has excellent puck skills ... Talented player and elite skater.
Ranked no. 51 on the NHL's Central Scouting final rankings (April 2012) in advance of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and participated in the scouting combine ... Played in the inaugural USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January ... Is in his second season with Muskegon, posted 11-23-34 -scoring line in 58 games... Appeared in just 33 games in 2010-11 in Muskegon, due to missing most of the first half of the year with a lacerated spleen ... Had a 2-4-6 scoring line in those regular-season games, with 51 PIM ... In the playoffs, had a 3-5-8 scoring line with six PIM ... Led the Lumberjacks in playoff points, assists, and plus/minus (+6) ... Previously played for the Little Caesar's organization, and in 2009-10 registered 44 points on 23 goals and 21 assists in 48 games.
Tom Anastos: : "Matt is an effortless skater who has good puck skills and vision on the ice. He has excellent offensive potential. He also has a strong understanding of the game and plays in all situations, including power play and penalty killing."
Defenseman; 6-2, 186; DOB: 12/2/93; Faribault, Minn/Shattuck St. Mary's
Scouting Report: Plays a high level of hockey ... Possesses great hockey intellect ... Moves the puck well and is strong both offensively and defensively ... A hard-working player with strong leadership qualities.
Helped lead Shattuck to a second consecutive Tier I National Championship as a senior ... Appeared in 57 games, posting an 11-30-41 scoring effort from the blueline ... Was his team's top scoring defenseman ... In 54 games as a junior, owned a 3-8-11 scoring line with 18 PIM ... Helped SSM to a Tier I National Championship in 2011 as well, when he was a teammate of current Spartan freshman Tanner Sorenson ... Current Director of Hockey Operations Adam Nightingale was his Midget AA coach at Shattuck before Nightingale returned to MSU, his alma mater ... Was ranked No. 71 on the final list of North American Skaters released by NHL Central Scouting in advance of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Tom Anastos: "John has a very strong skill set and plays with a high hockey IQ. He skates and moves the puck really well and is a very responsible defensive player. More importantly, he has incredible work habits, is highly competitive, and has excellent leadership ability."
Goaltender; 6-0, 172; DOB: Butler, PA/Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
Scouting Report: Big goalie who is quick and moves well ... Very competitive.
Completed his final USHL season in Cedar Rapids after two years in Sioux City ... Owns a 20-14 record (with seven overtime losses) in 43 games, with a 2.79 GAA and .913 save percentage ... Ranked fifth in the USHL in the regular season in save percentage, seventh in minutes played (2427:57), eighth in wins, and 11th in goals against average ... In 2010-11 in Cedar Rapids, owned a 2.69 GAA and .901 save percentage in 21 games, with a 8-9-1 regular-season record ... Played in just four games in 2009-10, owning a 1-1 record, .912 save percentage, and 2.52 GAA ... Overall in the USHL, has a career .906 save percentage, and 2.68 GAA in 34 games, with a 14-12 record to his credit... Joined the Cedar Rapids team in mid-season in 2009-10 (from the Cleveland Barons U-18 team) after an injury and the subsequent trade of current MSU sophomore Will Yanakeff opened up a goaltending spot ...
Tom Anastos: : "Jake is a big, fundamentally sound goaltender who loves to compete. He pays close attention to the smallest details of his game and has the ability to win games for his team.
Defenseman; 6-1, 210; DOB: 9/25/93 ; Calgary, Alberta / Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Scouting Report: Large, physically imposing defenseman ... Competes hard ... Has benefitted not only from play with Okotoks, but with Canada West teams ...
Ranked No. 167 among North American Skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings released prior to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ... Played for three seasons with the Okotoks organization ... In 47 games, owned a 3-7-10 scoring line with a team-high 223 penalty minutes, which ranked fourth in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL)... Two of his three goals on the season were game-winners ... Helped Okotoks to a second-place finish in the AJHL West Division his final season ... Won a gold medal with Team Canada-West at the World Junior A Challenge in November 2011, in Langley, BC, downing Team Canada-East... Joined the Oilers as a 16-year old in the 2009-2010 season, playing in 57 games, scoring three goals and adding eight assists ... In 2010-11, was named to Team West for the World Junior A Challenge ... Played in only 31 games with the Oilers due to injury ... Recorded a pair of goals and nine assists in limited action.
Tom Anastos: : Rhett is a tough, physical player who plays with an edge and is difficult to play against. He uses his body really well and is a relentless competitor. Rhett will help us establish a more physical presence on the blue line.
Forward; 6-1, 185; DOB:5/17/93; Farmington Hills, Mich./Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
Scouting Report: Scouting report: Strong skater with very good skills ... Power forward with good size ... Hard-working.
Played in just 34 games Sioux Falls Stampede in 2011-12, scoring six goals and adding three assists ... Had his season cut short with a knee injury, but expects to be ready for fall camp at MSU ... Graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School ... Scored a game-tying goal with 5.6 seconds remaining in regulation in the regional semifinal against Novi, but fell to Novi in overtime ... Helped CC to back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010 ...
Tom Anastos: : "Ryan is a strong skating power forward who competes extremely hard and will provide a physical presence to our team. His passion to play is contagious and we expect that he will develop into an excellent two-way player.
Defenseman; 5-10, 175; DOB: 6/4/93 ; Lansing, Mich. /Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Scouting Report: A fierce competitor ... Developing into a solid all-around player who will be able to play in all situations.
Completed in his third season in the USHL, and second in Muskegon ... In 57 games, contributed four goals and 15 assists for 19 points with 56 penalty minutes... In 2010-11, appeared in 55 games, notching a goal and 17 assists and 49 PIM ... Played 20 games in 2009-10 in Sioux City ... A fierce competitor will continue to develop into a solid all-around player and able to play in all situations ...Grandson of former MSU coach and athletic director Ron Mason and the son of the late Shawn Walsh, a former Bowling Green and MSU assistant coach under Mason who guided the University of Maine to two National Championships and a 399-215-44 record from 1984-01.
Tom Anastos: Travis is a very smart, puck-moving defenseman. His ability to see the ice and make quick, smart outlet passes, make him a hard defenseman to contain. We expect that with his vision, hands and smarts, that he will be a valuable special teams player as well.