The Arizona State Sun Devils have added five players to their 2016 recruiting class, as part of the November signing period. The class included three forwards, one defenseman and a goalie, all from the United States Hockey League.
Leading the charge is 6'3'' goaltender Joey Daccord from the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. Daccord was selected in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He is the first drafted Sun Devil to not play college else where.
"Joey is a special talent as evidenced by Ottawa drafting him in last year’s NHL Draft," Head Coach Greg Powers said. "His athletic ability coupled with his innate ability to compete gives him a chance to really be a huge difference maker for us."
The three forwards Brett Gruber, Georgy Gorodetsky and Jakob Romo bring in two United States players and one from Russia. Gorodetsky will be the first player in Sun Devil Hockey history to be born out of North America.
He started his North American hockey career at Shattuck St. Mary's. If that sounds familiar, that's because that prep school has produced NHL stars Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Zack Parise.
Wilson is the only defenseman in this class, and is also the youngest player to join the team. The right-handed shout plays on the right side and captained Sioux City this season.
"Brett has scored at literally every level he's ever played. His rookie season in the BCHL was special and now he's doing it again in the USHL. His character is everything that embodies the type of kid we want to build this program around. He will help us immediately," Powers said."
All five of these players will join the 2016 team as part of the freshman class.