One of the more poorly-kept secrets is now official as Minnesota Wild 2012 seventh-round draft pick Louie Nanne is heading to Penticton, BC to play for the Canadian Junior "A" champs. From the Vees' release
The Penticton Vees Junior Hockey Club is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Louie Nanne (94) for the 2012-13 season.
Vees Head Coach & GM Fred Harbinson likes Nanne’s well-rounded game, “When you talk about Louie Nanne within the hockey circles the one constant variable that comes up is work ethic. Louie is a strong two way player that has the ability to shoot the puck like a pro. I feel very fortunate that Louie has decided that the Vees and the BCHL will be his next step in his hockey career.
Nanne spent last year at Edina (MN-HS), where he scored 15 goals in 28 games en route to a state tournament appearance. While the Lincoln Stars hold his rights in the USHL, the 18 year-old decided against taking that route or returning for his senior season at Edina.
Instead, he'll be playing for a team that has provided a non-traditional route for Minnesotans lately. Players like Joey Benik, Steven Fogarty, Mike Reilly and fellow Wild draft pick Mario Lucia all played on last year's team. Louie will be there for a season before heading back for the University of Minnesota in 2013.
For now, he'll be attending the Wild's prospect development camp next week with the rest of Minnesota's prospects - you can see both open scrimmages in person at the Xcel Energy Center Thursday July 12th at 7 p.m. CT and Sunday July 15th at 11 a.m. CT or stream them online at Wild.com and listen to Kevin Falness/whoever has to be next to Kevin Falness.
(And for those wondering, yes, we'll talk about Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on Day 1 A.C. [after coup] later. We know that's what everyone cares about. C'mon, we celebrated three times yesterday, set off fireworks and possibly did other semi-illegal stuff - there are other Wild-related things that can be discussed.)