I have confirmed with his coach that 1995 born forward Alex Talcott has verbally committed to the University of Michigan. I’m going to peg him for 2013 along with the other ’95 born commits.
Talcott plays for the Honeybaked Midget Major U18 team along with fellow U-M commit Alex Kile. The 5’11, 180 pound forward has eight goals and 13 assists in 37 games. Michigan’s other ’95 commits are playing Midget Minor, so his stats aren’t necessarily a bad thing. He also has 53 penalty minutes, though half of those PIMs came in one game for a fighting major.
Talcott participated in USA Hockey’s Select 15 Player Development Camp last summer, along with Michigan commit JT Compher, where he had no goals and 10 assists in five games to finish tied for fourth among camp scorers. USHR.com took in the event and ranked him 7th among forwards.
7. Alex Talcott (#17 Purple) 5-11/185 – 0-10-0 — From Michigan, but played for Westchester Express last year; will be playing for Honeybaked Midget Major this year. He and (Gabe) Guertler fed off each other nicely. Good hands.
Compher was ranked the #4 forward at the event by USHR, and Compher’s Team Illinois teammate Gabe Guertler, who was paired with Talcott, was ranked #2 and finished second in scoring. He’s another name to keep an eye on.
Talcott has accomplished a lot in his young career. MLive did an article on him two years ago which said he already has over 100 medals and trophies. His Belle Tire team won the 2009 ’95 AAA state championship. And his ’95 West Coast Selects team was coached by Travis Howe, grandson of “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe.
“‘Mr. Hockey’ comes into our locker room and gives us speeches before games,” Talcott said. “Sometimes, after a game, he’ll come up and put his arm around me and tell me what I was doing and how I can do it better. He passes on a lot of his knowledge of the game. That’s pretty cool.”
Talcott attended East Kentwood High School his freshman year (not sure if he still does), which was home to former Michigan great Mike Knuble. Their hockey coach Todd Bell said of Alex:
“For lack of a better word, he’s a freak of nature, and in a very good way,” Bell said. “He’s mature, strong, and naturally very athletic, complemented by the fact that he’s a great kid with a good work ethic who does the things that he needs to do to get better.”
Alex from the MLive article on playing hockey:
“Hockey is a team sport and every player has his own role,” Talcott said. “I like being able to fit into the role of the team, either as a leading scorer, assist man, or anything they need.
“I try to help out more in the defensive zone and make sure my line doesn’t get scored on, but I still try to get my goals. I’m not big into minuses.”
I plan on talking to Alex’s coach soon to get a scouting report on him and Alex Kile.