Per Chris Dilks on TheWolverine.com message board, Compuware ’97 forward Brendan Warren has verbally committed to Michigan. He’s among four Compuware ’97s who verbally committed to major programs yesterday. Brendan is the first ’97 born player to commit to Michigan, and Chris Heisenberg has him pegged as a 2015 recruit. (Sidenote: a little depressing that kids are now committing from the year I graduated high school)
The Wolverine Forum poster BradyThomas says Warren was arguably the top forward at the U.S. Select 15 Festival and probably a lock for the NTDP. However, Russ Bitely of Examiner.com tabbed Warren among the ‘C’ grade players at the event (average/good), so certainly a differing of opinions.
I asked about it Bitely via Twitter and he said, “He is a good, solid all-around player with nice hockey sense, produced at #Select15s too. Yes probably ‘B’ player.”
Ryan Ballard, a Player Advisor/Representative with International Sports Agency, chimed in that Warren is “considered one of the top 10 97s among scouts and agents.” So take that for what it’s worth.
Warren’s Compuware team lost to Belle Tire in the 2012 state championship, 4-3, in seven overtimes (!). Brendan had 8-5-13 in 10 games during the regular season and 3-3-6 in five playoff games.
Warren was part of the Compuware ’97 team that won the 2010 USA Hockey Tier I 12 & Under National Championship. Brendan had two goals in the championship game. That Compuware team lost their first game of the season and last game of the regular season. In between they went an amazing 62-0-2.