POTSDAM At least one, and possibly two National Hockey League draft picks will be part of the six freshmen who join the Clarkson University mens hockey program in the fall.
Golden Knights recruit James DeHaas, a defenseman, was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings last year in the sixth round with the 170th overall section.
Incoming forward Troy Josephs has a chance to be selected as he is ranked No. 166 among North American skaters for this years draft.
As of now Clarkson will be adding three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie to the roster, although more players can still be added before classes begin in the fall. Clarkson coach Casey Jones is waiting until the school officially releases its recruits to comment.
In addition to DeHaas and Josephs, Clarkson is adding defenseman Bryan Sinz, forwards A.J. Fossen and Jordan Boucher-Gould and goalie Steve Perry.
DeHaas, who will be 20 by the time the season begins, played for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League and registered five goals and 19 assists in 53 games.
Hes a real good skater, moves the puck well, makes a real good first pass, and hes just a guy that obviously has to develop and get stronger, Red Wings director of scouting Joe McDonnell told the website RedWingsCentral.com last year. Hes a long-term project, but we think he has a lot of upside.
DeHaas, a native of Missisauga, Ontario, made the decision to come to Clarkson two years ago after talking with assistant coach Phil Roy at a summer tournament in Boston.
We scheduled a date for me to go visit and I really liked the atmosphere on campus, DeHaas said. It seemed like everything was a good fit for me. I talked to (former Golden Knight) Brandon DeFazio, who I work out with, and a couple other guys who played at different schools and I heard a lot of good things about the program. As far as Phil and (head coach Casey Jones) go, I talked to people who know their stuff and did a bit of research and everything seemed pretty good.
DeHaas will have a familiar face with him in the fall as Clarksons other defensive recruit, Sinz, is a teammate with Penticton.
Sinz and I are good buddies here, DeHaas said. A couple guys who went in last year I sort of know. Im sure it will help.
Josephs, a native of Whitby, Ontario, played for the St. Michaels Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the same team that sent Louke Oakley to Clarkson. He totaled 17 goals and 20 assists in 42 games this season.
Troy was a project last year, an outstanding athlete who had some raw skill and a lot of upside, Buzzers general manager Rich Ricci said in an article on the OJHL website. (Josephs is) driven to say the least, a skilled guy with a real nasty streak and edge. We moved him to center with the hope of capitalizing on his skill set. He hasnt disappointed as he has drawn a lot of early attention.
Fossen, a native of Maple Grove, Minn., scored 13 goals and 17 assists in 55 games for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the U.S. Hockey League and picked up 135 penalty minutes in 55 games.
Boucher-Gould, from Ste-Therese, Quebec, split time this year with the Sioux City Musketeers in the U.S. Hockey League and the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canadian Hockey League. He combined to produce 18 goals and 20 assists in 46 games.
I liked (Clarkson) because it was close to home, Boucher-Gould said. I liked it when I visited because it was a small college. I wanted to go into business and Clarkson has a good business program. I thought (Jones) was a great guy. I trust him and I have seen what he can do with a player.
Perry, the lone goalie in the class, is from Pittsburgh and a close friend of Clarksons starting goalie last year, freshman Greg Lewis.
Perry played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the BCHL this season and went 20-8 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
I really like engineering, Perry said. Other schools I talked to, it wasnt that much of a priority. Ive known for a while that I wanted to choose engineering as a major. Im really close with Greg Lewis, we have the same goalie coach at home. I think its a healthy competition. Weve been competing against each other since we were 12.