Penn State men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky added another piece to his 2013 recruiting class, snagging former University of Alaska Anchorage forward Eric Scheid.
Scheid has scored seven goals and added eight assists in 14 games this season.
The 5-foot-9, 163-pounder played with the Seawolves last season and put up decent numbers as a freshman, scoring six goals and dishing out nine assists in 30 games. Ultimately, the Minnesota native didn’t feel spending his next three seasons in Alaska would be the best fit, and opted to leave the program.
“It was a lot of things. I don’t want to talk bad about the program because they were good to me,” said Scheid. “It just didn’t work out, the college part of it, the school wasn’t what I was looking for - I wanted a bigger campus like what Penn State has. I wanted activities to do outside of hockey and some other things hockey related it just didn’t work out.”
Scheid finds himself back in the United States Hockey League this season with the Lincoln Stars, the same team he played for back in 2009-10 before leaving for Anchorage, when he scored 15 goals and had 21 assists in 57 games.
This season, the 20-year-old is on better than a point-per-game clip, netting seven goals and eight assists in 14 games, all while leading the league in plus/minus at +16.
“It’s going really well this year, we have a great team - I feel a lot more comfortable here than I did two years ago,” Scheid said. “I’m two years older, one of the older kids in the league, it’s been fun so far.”
While in Lincoln this season, Scheid was contacted by Penn State in October and came on a visit a few weeks later.
“I loved the campus when I came out and visited. I wanted to play in the Big Ten if I could,” said Scheid, whose parents both attended the University of Wisconsin. “I liked the coaching staff. When they offered, coupled with the resources and facilities I thought it would be the best fit for me.
“I got to hang out with the team one night. I just loved the campus. Growing up in Minnesota not too far from the University of Minnesota, I always loved that big campus feel.”
Scheid will be able to play as soon as he steps on campus in the fall of 2013.
The lefty playmaker took some time to describe what he will be bringing when he arrives at Penn State as a sophomore next season.
“I am a playmaker. I’ve got good speed, move pretty well laterally,” explained Scheid. “I’m a pass-first type player but I’m trying to shoot the puck a little bit more and develop more of a goal-scoring knack.
“I score goals - I don’t know how to be honest (laughs) - I continue to score goals every year at every level but I don’t consider myself a goal-scorer. I bring a fairly high hockey IQ to the table. Working smart just as much as working hard is something I like to do.”
Able to play as soon as he steps on campus next fall, Scheid is confident Penn State will prove some doubters wrong - just as the currently installment of Nittany Lions has done already this season.
“I expect us to really surprise some people. I think a lot of people have been writing Penn State off to not be competitive for the first couple of years, but people don’t understand how easy it is for Penn State to recruit with their facilities and coaching staff. With the guys they have now, I think next year we’re going to make a big jump and turn a lot of heads.”