After signing a large class in 2012 - 12 players to be exact - the Penn State men’s hockey team has brought in a much smaller number during the early signing period this year, inking five guys in the class of 2013.
Goodwin will be the third Musketeer headed to Penn State.
Much like basketball, we’ve covered each player as he has verbally committed, and we’re going to give you a player-by-player rundown of what to expect.
Forward - David Goodwin
Essentials: - 5-foot-10, 179-pound center from St. Louis (Mo.)
Rewind: In 2011-12, Goodwin split time between the Green Bay Gamblers and the Sioux City Musketeers thanks to a mid-season trade. In 58 total games, Goodwin scored 21 goals and notched 28 assists, totalling 49 points, leaving him tied for 19th overall in the USHL. Goodwin spent the latter part of the season as a teammate of current Nittany Lion goaltender Matt Skoff.
Current standing: The 20-year-old was named captain of the Musketeers before the season this year, two years after current Penn State captain Tommy Olczyk was the skipper of Sioux City. This season, Goodwin has five goals and eight assists in 18 games, leaving him tied for 41st amongst forwards.
Gadowsky’s Words: “David has an excellent hockey IQ and has put up consistent numbers during his four seasons in the USHL. We expect him to be a solid contributor.”
Forward - Eric Scheid
Essentials: 5-foot-9, 163-pound forward from Blaine (Minn.)
Scheid brings a year of NCAA Division I experience to Penn State.
Rewind: Scheid spent 2010-11 with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL and put up some nice numbers - scoring 15 goals and assisting 21 times for 36 points in 57 games. The Minnesota native went on to the University of Alaska Anchorage where he played in 30 games, scoring six and helping on nine for 15 points. Scheid decided Alaska wasn’t for him and transferred out.
Current Standing: Scheid is on his second tour with Lincoln and playing at better than a point-per-game clip. Currently the forward has scored eight goals and dished nine assists in 16 games, leaving him tied at 18th among forwards in the league.
Gadowsky’s Words: “Eric is an excellent two-way player with a ton of speed. He has great offensive ability and takes care of all zones on the ice. He’s a tremendous addition to the program.”
Forward - Zach Saar
Essentials: 6-foot-4, 210-pound winger from Plainwell (Mich.)
Rewind: Saar committed to Penn State over a year ago and also split time between two clubs, starting with the Chicago Steel before making the move to the Des Moines Buccaneers. In 55 total games, Saar netted 14 goals and helped on 11 others, good for 25 points.
Current Standing: The big forward has played in 12 games this year, scoring three and assisting on five, while racking up 45 penalty minutes.
Gadowsky’s Words: “Zach’s a very big body and has the skill to put the puck into the net. He plays a very tough game.”
Thompson is one of two Pennsylvania natives in the 2013 class.
Defense - David Thompson
Essentials: 6-foot-2, 187-pound defenseman from Glen Mills (Pa.)
Rewind: The Keystone State native spent last season in the British Columbia Hockey League with the Chilliwack Chiefs, scoring nine goals and assisting 21 times - good for 30 points in 60 total games.
Current Standing: Thompson was invited to the Philadelphia Flyers prospect camp this past summer, skating with a number of players looking to get noticed by the next level scouts. Now in his second year with Chilliwack, Thompson has amassed four goals and 11 assists in 25 games, landing him 12th amongst defenseman in points in the BCHL.
Gadowsky’s Words: “I have a ton of respect for David as an American captain of a Canadian junior team. I love his character and his attention to detail and positioning. David will be a great leader and will prove to be very difficult to play against.”
Goalie - Eamon McAdam
Essentials: 6-foot-2, 185-pound goaltender from Perkasie (Pa.)
Rewind: Verballing in July of 2011, McAdam had faith in committing to Gadowsky before even seeing the Canadian coach a game in Blue and White. McAdam played in 23 games for the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL last season, amassing a 11-7 record with a 3.50 goals against average and an .882 save percentage.
Current Standing: McAdam has exponentially improved, being selected for the USA’s World Junior A Challenge team earlier this month. Not only was he selected, McAdam started and won all four of the USA’s games, leading them to gold with a 2.18 goals against average and a 9.27 save percentage - current Nittany Lions Curtis Loik and Luke Juha won last year’s tournament for Canada West. This year for Waterloo, McAdam has 5-2 record in seven games with a 2.88 goals against average - good for 10th best in the league - and a .917 save percentage. The 18-year-old has been splitting time with Notre Dame commit Cal Peterson this year, and has been named the best USHL goaltending prospect by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.
Gadowsky’s Words: “Eamon is an excellent athlete who has proven himself on both the international and junior levels. He has the potential to be one of the top goaltenders in college hockey.”