Toronto Junior Canadiens' Jake Walman Commits to Providence

Nate Leaman (right) walks off the bench at Fenway Park during Providence's recent game against Merrimack. - Matt Dewkett (mrd-photos.com)

Providence coach Nate Leaman has picked up a commitment from a OJHL defenseman with a similar skill set to current Friar blue liner John Gilmour.

Toronto Junior Canadiens defenseman Jake Walman has committed to Providence College. The Toronto native is in his first season with the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) team after playing midget hockey with the Jr. Canadiens and North York Rangers midget organizations.

Walman, a six-foot-one puck-moving defenseman, was considered the top uncommitted prospect in Ontario, according to scout Sean LaFortune. Walman compares favorably to current Friars defenseman and Calgary Flames prospect John Gilmour. Walman has five goals, 19 assists and 42 penalty minutes in 32 games played.

Walman is scheduled to arrive at Providence for the fall of 2014.

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.

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