James Sanchez, a '98-born forward that is currently playing for the Chicago Young Americans AAA program announced today via Twitter that he has verbally committed to play his college hockey at the University of Michigan:
Proud to announce my commitment to the University of Michigan #GoBlue #ChicagoYoungAmericans— james sanchez (@jsanch6116) December 29, 2013
Sanchez has potential to be a power forward at the college level. The Young Americans list him at 6-2 180 lbs. In 27 games this year, Sanchez has scored 8 goals and 17 assists for 25 points, which is good for fourth on the Young Americans in scoring. CYA's team is primarily made up of '97 birthdates, with Sanchez being one of the only '98s.
We watched Sanchez earlier this year at the NAHL Showcase tournament, and had him listed in the 'Maybe' category for potential invitees to the NTDP Tryout camp. His verbal commitment to Michigan likely guarantees him a spot at the final tryout camp. Here's what we wrote about Sanchez:
James Sanchez-F-Chicago Young Americans U16-CYA played very well in this tournament, despite not having a lot of big names. Sanchez is a big kid that skates pretty well. Not as offensively developed as some of the players ahead of him, but a nice two-way forward.