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Canadian D Choose WCHA

Two high-profile Canadian defenseman made verbal commitments to WCHA schools over the weekend.

The first is Camrose Kodiaks defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, who committed to North Dakota. MacWilliam is a defensive-defenseman that was rated 59th by NHL Central Scouting this winter.

The second is defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, who committed to Wisconsin. Wiercioch is originally from British Columbia, but made the move to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL to gain better exposure to US colleges. It's been a rough season for him so far though, as he's missed almost two months with a hand injury. He was rated 119th by NHL Central Scouting.

With those two players making their decisions, perhaps the next big defensive target will be Westside(BCHL) defenseman Justin Schultz. Schultz was rated 56th by NHL Central Scouting, and according to newspapers in British Columbia, has received interest from at least 20 NCAA schools. The right-handed defenseman is a little thin at 6'1" 163 lbs., but is said to possess a great deal of offensive ability.