Looks like the UAA coaching staff has been busy on the recruiting front -- according to eliteprospects.com, the Seawolves have added three recruits, two of them for next season.
By our count, that's at least 10 recruits for next season, which seems like slightly more than necessary for a team that graduated five players and had three others either leave the team or booted off. Makes you think there's a decent chance a couple of players with eligibility remaining won't be back -- namely, center Eric Scheid, who the USHL's Lincoln Stars say is heading back to that club after one season at UAA. That's a blow for UAA -- Scheid, with 6-9--15 totals in 30 games, was slated to be its second-leading returning scorer. We'd bet at least one other Seawolves skater is not returning too after a season in which the team finished last in the WCHA.
In any event, here are the three latest players who have made commitments to UAA.
Defenseman Ben Matthews of Chugiak, 21, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who earned 6-17--23 totals for the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL is headed back home in the fall.
Also, forward Danny Smith, 20, a 5-11, 170-pounder, is headed this way from the AJHL's Sherwood Park Crusaders. He was third on his club in the three major scoring categories with 27-32--59 totals in 60 games. Also, he had 6-4--10 totals in 10 playoff games.
Evidently signed for 2013-14 is forward Hudson Friesen of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Selkirk Steelers. He's 19, 6-2, 190. Last season, he was second in the league in scoring with 36-45--81 totals in 61 games. In the postseason, he went 4-1--5 in four games.
Of the 10 recruits coming in the fall, the breakdown is five forwards, four defenseman and one goaltender.