The early signing period has ended and Penn State hockey will be welcoming 10 new players to their program from the 2012 class.
2012 forward Curtis Loik helped Canada West lift the World Junior A Challenge Cup this month.
North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Current Club: Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League)
-Loik has had a whirlwind past couple of weeks. Selected to participate in the World Junior A Challenge for Canada West, Loik was instrumental in helping his team take home Gold. At 6-foot-1, the power forward scored two goals in Canada West’s win-or-go-home game. The 205-pounder had 26 points in 57 games last season for the Vees, but already has 12 points through 11 games this year.
Current club: St. Albert Steel (Alberta Junior Hockey League)
-Linaker has been with the Steel for five seasons now, averaging 1.5 points per game before injuring his MCL after 34 games last year. The 5-foot-9 has recovered fully, and is on his way back at a point per game clip, already with 18 points in as many games.
Current club: Pembroke Lumber Kings (Central Canada Hockey League)
-Jonathan has had a tough past few months, tearing his groin from the bone very early in the season. Milley is just now getting back on the ice, it has been a tough recovery process for the 6-foot-4 forward. Last year, Milley was part of a Lumber Kings team who went on to win the RBC Cup in 2010-11, awarded to the best Junior A team in Canada. He finished fourth on the team in scoring, notching 58 points in 42 games.
Las Vegas, Nv.
Current club: Tri-City Storm (United States Hockey League)
-Now in his third year with Tri-City, Brooks was named the captain of his team for the 2011-12 season. At 6-foot-2, Brooks has got 12 points through 15 games this year. Last season, the Vegas native netted 9 goals, and dished 17 assists for 26 points in 57 games.
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Current club: Spruce Grove Saints (Alberta Junior Hockey League)
-Glen finished last season tied for third on his team with 26 goals and 27 assists for sole possession of third with 53 points in 56 games. The 6-foot forward has continued his successes this year, notching 25 points through 27 games, good for third on his team.
Current Club: Omaha Lancers (United States Hockey League)
-Bailey is another big forward coming in next season, and one who can score. After playing two seasons in British Columbia – scoring 58 points in 60 games last year – Bailey made the jump to the USHL this season. Already with eight goals and 14 points in 16 games, the 6-foot-3 forward has transitioned nicely from Canada to the US style of play.
Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.
Current club: Muskegon Lumberjacks (United States Hockey League)
-While it is rare for a 16-year-old to play in a major junior hockey league, Yanis played in 54 games on the Lumberjack blue line during 2010-11. Now in his second season, the 6-foot-2 defenseman plays with an edge on the back end and it shows.
Currrent club: Vernon Vipers (Ontario Junior Hockey League)
-Juha put in nine goals, and added a whopping 39 assists for 48 points in 44 games during 2010-11, good for sixth overall on the team in points and first amongst defenseman. This year Juha only has two assists in 10 games, but that is mostly due to some lingering injuries. His play was good enough to land him on the Canada West Gold Medal team though, scoring a goal and adding an assist along the way.
Current club: Des Moines Buccaneers (United States Hockey League)
-The Pennsylvania native is getting a lot of playing time for the Buccaneers, scoring two goals and two assists in 11 games. Varley spent last season in British Columbia, netting nine goals in addition to 20 assists, finishing second on the team in defenseman with 29 points in 60 games. Was originally a 2013 recruit, but after playing well in all situations this season, both parties saw it best to come in this year.
McKees Rocks, Pa.
Current Club: Sioux City Musketeers (United State Hockey League)
-The former Ohio State commit lead the USHL last year in shutouts with six, amassing a 2.55 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Skoff won 23 games last year with the Musketeers. Stuck on a meddling Sioux City squad, Skoff has been peppered this year, ranking ninth in saves with 261 while still managing a .913 save percentage.