One-time Minnesota commit Louie Nanne confirmed on Saturday that he will not play for Minnesota and has re-opened his recruitment. Nanne posted an explanation of his decision via Twitter:
Yes, the rumors are true... I am trusting The Lord and His plan for me. Excited to see what my future holds. pic.twitter.com/7oeiJmZOFX— lou nanne (@lounanne11) September 7, 2013
Nanne is the grandson of Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne, and his commitment to Minnesota served as a lightning rod to many who viewed it as a case of nepotism rather than a reflection of Nanne's ability. Compounding the issue, the Minnesota Wild used a 7th round draft pick on Nanne in 2012, passing on multiple talented local players to take the forward that scored a comparatively paltry 20 points in 24 high school games as a junior.
Last year, Nanne moved away from Minnesota to Penticton in the BCHL, where he showed more offensive flair, scoring 41 points in 45 games for the Vees. Nanne will suit up for the Sioux Falls Stamepde in the USHL, though a shoulder injury will likely keep him out of action until December.
Nanne doesn't project to be much of a scorer at the collegiate level, but is a hard-working player that can play a physical style of hockey and in the right situation, could be a valuable role player. The loss likely doesn't make much impact on Minnesota's future plans. Losing Nanne likely does little to open up much in terms of scholarship money or playing time.