The Grand Forks Herald’s Brad Schlossman reports that former UND recruit Danny Mattson has switched his commitment to Bemidji State. Mattson currently plays for the Chicago Steel of the USHL and has notched 11 points in 14 games. Mattson surprisingly went undrafted in the 2009 draft as there are some concerns about his toughness and willingness to go into the corners and that kind of thing. With players like Rocco Grimaldi and JT Miller coming in, a top 6 forward spot was unlikely for Mattson, and he probably doesn’t have the type of game suited for the third line. Mattson will likely suit up for the Beavers next season.
Colorado College forward Jaden Schwartz got hurt in Canada’s second game at the WJC vs. the Czech Republic, and is ruled out of the tournament with a fractured ankle according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Canada will not be allowed a replacement forward, and it remains to be seen how this will impact CC in the second half of the season. Schwartz currently leads the WCHA in points per game, and with Colorado College in 5th, they will want Schwartz back as soon as possible. Sadly for the Tigers it looks like that probably won’t happen and though they are 3-1 since he left for World Juniors, without their best player they could slip into the lower reaches of the conference.
Update: The St. Louis Blues, who drafted Schwartz in the 1st round this past year, say he is out six weeks.