Per Chris Dilks on Twitter and Chris Heisenberg’s recruiting list, Victoria (BCHL) defenseman Nolan De Jong has committed to Michigan for next season. De Jong was previously committed to Cornell. He also has one of the best Twitter handles @JongShow. Too bad the CCHA GONGSHOW will be extinct by the time of his arrival.
De Jong’s BCHL profile says he was committed to Cornell for 2014-15, so I’m assuming the same holds true for Michigan but will check on it. Heisenberg seems to indicate he’s a 2013 commit, which is possible. (UPDATE: De Jong tells me via Twitter he is committed for 2013). The Grizzlies list him at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds with an April 25, 1995 birth date (17 years old).
The Wolverines lose Lee Moffie to graduation and there’s the potential for Jon Merrill, Jacob Trouba, and maybe even Mac Bennett to depart early for the pros. With only Moffie graduating that leaves seven defensemen, but there’s the potential for that number to shrink dramatically and right now the Wolverines only have defensemen Michael Downing and Spencer Hyman committed.
De Jong has posted 2-9-11 in 15 games this season with both goals coming on the power play. He also has six penalty minutes. Last season he recorded 2-15-17 in 56 games along with 20 PIM, so he’s already well ahead of his scoring pace from a year ago.
Nolan was listed as a ‘B’ Skater by NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 NHL Draft (potential 2nd or 3rd round pick), just one of two ‘B’ Skaters in the BCHL. He was recently invited to the Canada West Selection Camp for the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge.
De Jong was selected by Regina in the 7th round of the 2010 Western Hockey League draft.