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USA Hockey Rumors

One of the downsides of the NTDP U17 team playing in Ontario earlier this month is that it gave some major junior teams a reminder of just how good some of those kids are. Since the tournament, there have been a lot of rumors that a number of players were being heavily recruited by OHL teams, and could end up signing with them.

I guess it's good news to say that nobody is going anywhere for now. Most of the rumors seen to have been generated on the Canadian side of the border, and don't have much merit. In talking with people at the NTDP, only one player has actually asked for a release from the NTDP program to go to the OHL, and the NTDP has a policy of not releasing players during the middle of the season(except in certain cases, obviously). So you won't see any players leaving the NTDP until after the season, but it does remain to seen how many will be back with the program next year.

If I had to guess, and this is mostly speculation on my part, so take it for what it's worth, I'd guess that forward Jeremy Morin, who is the team's leading scorer this year, will sign with the Kitchener Rangers sometime over the summer. I was never all that confident in him going the college route to begin with, and of the rumors, the ones of him signing seemed to be the strongest.