Sunday, May 06, 2007

High-scoring center commits for 2009

BU has landed an important new recruit for its 2009 class and he’s a first round OHL draft choice. Toronto Marlies AAA forward Ethan Werek (6/7/91 birthdate) was chosen ninth overall by Kingston in yesterday's OHL draft, but has instead committed to BU for the 2009-2010 season, joining Chicago Steel defenseman Max Nicastro (2/28) in that class. Werek, a 6’1” 170 left-shot center, will spend the next two seasons with the Junior A Stouffville Spirit of the OPJHL, a team co-owned by his father, Zeev. 2008 recruit Corey Trivino played for the Spirit last season, earning conference Rookie of the Year honors and has one more season with them before arriving at BU.

Werek’s line for the Marlies was 59-69-128 in 55 games. He also was the leading scorer during the recent OHL Showcase Tournament with 7 goals and 8 assists in 7 games.

Werek was the recipient of the Marlies organization’s Buck Houle Award, presented annually in recognition of outstanding on ice preformance, leadership and loyalty, in the Minor Bantam through Midget age groups. Previous winners include Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Sam Gagner and John Taveras

Canadian Hockey News named him as one of top 13 91s eligible for the OHL draft. The OHL Draft Guide profile of Werek says he “is an offensive minded forward who has steadily improved his game since the start of the season. He has a very smooth, quick and efficient stride, has size and possesses very good puck skills. He reads and supports the play very effectively. He is always moving his feet and when he doesn’t have possession he pursues the puck relentlessly.”

Sports Net Canada’s assessment voices some concern about inconsistency: “Forward Ethan Werek /LC - Toronto Marlies. Yet another in this draft who looks like a world-beater one night and a nothing the next. Lanky forward can also play the wing. Wide skating base, and can take it hard to the net when he wants to. NCAA candidate who has been courted by Boston University.”

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