For the third time in the past two weeks, MIchigan Tech has added a new defenseman to their list of committed players. This time it is Merritt Centennials(BCHL) defenseman Dane Birks.
Birks is starting his first full season in the BCHL, after playing a handful of games as an affiliate player for Trail last year, but is off to an extremely impressive start. Through the Cents' first five games, Birks has two goals and 6 assists for eight points. Listed heights and weights can always be questionable, but Birks went from being listed at 6'1" 165 lbs. last season with Creston Valley of the KIJHL, to 6'3" 190 lbs. this year with Merritt. He is an August '95 birthdate so he is eligible for this year's NHL Draft. He was not listed on NHL Central Scouting's early players to watch list for the BCHL, but if he continues scoring at over a point per game pace, it seems like he'll probably play himself onto the NHL's radar.