The Force announced a day later that Victor Bjorkung was committed to attend the University of Maine.
The 19-year old defenseman played with the Djurgården U-20 of the Swedish SuperElite League, where he had four goals 13 assists in 42 games.
He’s a guy we really didn’t know about. Leading up to the draft we were making our phone calls to talk to people and his name came up,” Jesse Davis,Fargo Force director of player personnel told Ryan Clark of The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead. “He’s a Maine commit and another player kind of similar to CJ (Garcia, fellow Fargo pick) with the different options. He has options in Europe to play pro hockey.”
Although he has options available to him. Davis noted Bjorkung has plans to go to school.
“He wants a college education and got the scholarship to Maine and is on the fence on what to do,” Davis told Clark. “(European players) are brought up one way over there and don’t know about the USHL. Its an education process and we want to show him that we like him. We want to get him over here and go from there. Unsure where he’s going to go and it is not a 100 percent “No” on coming over here. Now we’ve drafted him and kind of go from there.”
Davis also Bjorkung is a “high-end skilled, power play type guy” and Maine “was excited we took him.”
According to Eliteprospects.com they list Bjorkung entering Maine for the 2013-2014 season along with defensive recruits Sam Wolfe, Daniel Renouf, and Eric Schuhamer.
Wolfe to USHL Camps
Sam Wolfe wasn’t selected in the Entry Draft, but that doesn’t mean his aspirations of playing in the USHL next season are over.
The 18-year old defenseman said on Saturday he will be attending a couple of USHL tryout camps in June.
“Most of the teams (called) after the draft,” Wolfe said about attending team tryouts next month.
The 6’1, 180-pound defenseman had two goals and 31 assists in 31 games this season for Eagan High School. Wolfe stated he will know by the end of June if he will be playing in the nation’s top junior league or for the Bismarck Bobcats of the Tier II North American Hockey League.
Cloonan ready for tougher competition
Ryan Cloonan, the Waterloo Blackhawks 18th round pick on Tuesday is ready for the jump to junior hockey. Next season he will be playing for the Boston Junior Bruins of the EJHL.
“I will need to get a lot quicker because they guys are a lot better and stronger,” Cloonan said of moving up to the EJHL next season.”
The highly skilled forward had 12 goals and 20 assists in 40 games in the Tier I Elite League this past season with the Boston Advantages U-18 team.
He is hoping to join the Blackhawks for the 2013-14 season to join fellow Boston Advantages teammate and Maine recruit Liam Pecararo, who was selected second overall in the Future’s Draft earlier in the month
“It’s pretty exciting the same team drafted (us) to play together and go to Maine together,” Cloonan added.
Morris coming in 2012; Gareau coming in 2013.
Despite Chris Heisenberg listing Matt Morris as a 2013 recruit, the 5’10 goaltender who played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL the last two seasons will join Dan Sullivan and Martin Ouellette as the Black Bears goaltenders this upcoming season.
This season he had a 19-13-2 record with a 2.58GAA and a .894 save percentage.
Dylan Gareau who split last season between the New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL told the Maine Hockey Journal he will spend one more year in the USHL.
He had seven goals and nine assists in 16 games for the Hitmen and added seven goals and five assists in 31 games for Cedar Rapids.