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Schwartz Commits to CC

Jaden Schwartz, a 1992-born forward playing for Notre Dame Prep in Saskatchewan has committed to Colorado College for 2010. Schwartz's older brother, Rylan, has already committed to CC, and will join the Tigers either next year or the year after.

Schwartz had a fantastic year last season with Notre Dame's bantam team, breaking team scoring records held by Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards. It was rumored that he would have gone very high in last spring's WHL draft, some suggested he could even go first overall, but Schwartz has always seemed intent on going the college route, which caused him to fall to 173rd overall to the Tri-City Americans. So not only is Schwartz a talented player, but he doesn't seem like a huge risk to jump to the WHL prior to joining CC, unless perhaps his rights get traded to a more local Canadian team.

Schwartz isn't the only top prospect currently playing at historic Notre Dame Prep. The top two prospects for the this year's QMJHL draft are also playing with Schwartz on the Midget AAA Hounds team. Forward Sean Couturier and defenseman Brandon Gormley have been ranked in the top 2 for that draft all year. Drummondville looks to have no hopes of getting out of last place this year, and will probably draft Couturier, who I've never heard mentioned as a potential college player. Gormley could potentially be more interesting, as he's at least mentioned the possibility of college before, but given his close relationship with Tampa's Brad Richards, he'll likely follow in Richards footsteps and play in the QMJHL.