Avery Peterson Commits To Nebraska-Omaha
Posted by Nathan Wells on Thursday, August 29, 2013
In Sunday's Top 20 prospect post about uncommitted 2013 Minnesota sixth round pick Avery Peterson, Dan wrote "no doubt he's a hot commodity in that regard, but we expect an announcement sooner than later." Not to pat ourselves on our backs, but 3 days is pretty soon.
Peterson made a college commitment Wednesday night to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the 2014-2015 season.
The news, first reported by Grand Rapids HS Hockey Online, means that the 6'2" forward from Grand Rapids, MN will join 2011 Wild fifth round pick Nick Seeler, on the Mavericks.
Matt Christians of Western College Hockey (full disclosure: I'm a writer and editor there) says that "Peterson has developed into a very smart hockey player. With an outstanding ability to see the entire sheet of ice, Peterson can play aggressive when need-be, yet knows when to tone the intensity down."
Nebraska-Omaha has been successful recently recruiting Minnesotans. In addition to Seeler (from Eden Prairie), the Mavericks have five Minnesotans this season. That includes returning leading scorer Ryan Walters and freshman Jake Guentzel. The team is coming off of a seventh-place finish in the WCHA and missed the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. This year, however, UNO joins the newly-formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) along with seven other teams.
Other Wild prospects playing for NCHC teams include 2013 second round pick Gustav Olofsson (Colorado College) and 2013 fifth round pick Carson Soucy (Minnesota-Duluth).
Prior to suiting up for Dean Blais, Peterson will play a role for Sioux City of the USHL this season. He is expected to replace future teammate Guentzel as a scoring option.
Dan plans on seeing Peterson live in a few weeks. Check back for that.
Photo Credit: Clint Austin/Duluth News Tribune