Oliver Wahlstrom, who became the first 2000-born college hockey recruit last spring, has de-committed from the University of Maine, according to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal. The de-commitment had been in the rumor mill for a few days, but was confirmed by Divver.
The Shattuck St. Mary's star is considered one of the top players in his age group. A Yarmouth, Maine native, Wahlstrom gained notoriety as a youngster when he starred on the Bruins' Mini One-on-One on NESN with his impressive breakaway moves.
Wahlstrom's father Joakim played college hockey for the University of Maine from 1988-90. After playing varsity as a seventh grader for North Yarmouth Academy in Maine, Wahlstrom headed west to play for Shattuck's bantam team.
A 2018 NHL Draft prospect, Wahlstrom will be participating in the USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp later this summer.
According to one source, Wahlstrom hasn't ruled out the Black Bears, but wants to have all his options available and hear from other suitors before making his final college decision. The more exposure he has gained has opened his ears to other schools, according to the source.
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