'98-born Nick Pastujov, who played for the Detroit Honeybaked U16 last season, and will skate for the NTDP U17 team announced via Twitter on Wednesday evening that he has verbally committed to the University of Michigan:
Proud to say I've committed to the University of Michigan to play college hockey #goblue pic.twitter.com/5tx0esMjnA— Nick Pastujov (@Pasta_sauce9) July 24, 2014
Pastujov is originally from Bradenton, Florida, but has played the past few seasons in the metro Detroit-area. Pastujov plays with high-end skill and is a dangerous offensive threat. In 15 HPHL league games with Detroit Honeybaked last season, Pastujov notched six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.
He was selected in the fourth of the 2014 OHL Draft by Saginaw, though many services had him rated as a first round talent, that slipped due to a commitment to the NTDP and likely college aspirations.
In addition to Nick's commitment, his younger brother Michael also committed to Michigan according to multiple reports. Michael played up a year last year, skating with his older brother on the Honeybaked U16 team, and though early, is considered one of the better players in his age group in the country. Michael scored seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 14 HPHL league games last year with Honeybaked. He's a smooth skater with strong offensive skills, and will likely follow in his brothers footsteps to the NTDP next season.