Two commits on NHL Draft watch list points to Colorado College’s reinvigorated recruiting efforts in Minnesota


Having two Minnesota-born Colorado College commits named to the  NHL Central Scouting Service preseason players to watch list is a testament to the coaching staff’s renewed recruiting efforts in Minnesota, coach Mike Haviland said.

“You look back to the days when (CC was) very, very good and they had a lot of Minnesota guys,” he said during his Monday media conference. “I think our staff has done a good job going back into Minnesota and establishing that again. It is not easy to recruit in Minnesota. There are a lot of Division 1 schools and a lot that are in close proximity to Minnesota.”

Benilde-St. Margaret’s defenseman Nathan Schweitzer, listed at 5-foot-11 ½, 194 pounds, made the ‘C’ list, meaning he is projected as a 4th to 6th round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft June 26-27 in Montreal. The 2019-20 watch list was announced by the league on Monday.

The 17-year-old, pictured above, committed to CC in September 2018. He enters his second season as the B-SM captain after recording 42 points (27 assists) in 43 games as a junior.

He was joined on the ‘C’ list by Matthew Gleason, a 5-7 1/2, 165-pound center from Cretin-Derham HS. The 18-year-old committed to the Tigers in October 2018.

He recorded 52 points (34 goals) in 26 games and appeared in two North American Hockey League games for the Minnesota Magicians.

Gleason, pictured below, was named as the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ East Metro Boys’ Hockey Player of the Year.

Both are scheduled (subject to change) to join the National Collegiate Hockey Conference program for the start of the 2021-22 season. Here is a link to the article which includes a list of all the players.

The two are among the nine Minnesota natives committed to CC according to by College Hockey Inc., which lists 21 future Tiger commits.

“CC offers an awful lot in the academics and in the league we play in,” Haviland said. “It appeals not only to student-athletes and to parents. We have done a good job getting in there and need to continue to do a good job. Minnesota is a big part of our recruiting and it always will be as long as I am here.”


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