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Ryan Walters to Minnesota

The Scouting News was the first site to officially confirm that St. Thomas Academy forward Ryan Walters verbally committed to Minnesota tonight.

Walters is starting the season with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, before returning to STA for his sophomore season. As a 10th grader, Walters would like join the Gophers in 2010.

I had this say about Walters at last year's state high school tournament:
Ryan Walters from St. Thomas Academy caught my eye immediately in the first game. He's tremendously talented for only being a freshman. He made some very nice passes and showed great hockey sense. He easily could have had 3 or 4 assists in the first game.
Prior to that, Walters had been one of the leading scorers at the 2006 Select 15 Festival.

With the class of 2010 looking pretty thin in Minnesota, Walters was one of the top in-state prospects for many WCHA teams, and a nice coup for the Gophers.