Vermont continued its strong momentum on the recruiting trail Tuesday night with the commitment of Tabor Academy sophomore Max Sauve.
The '98 right wing from Acushnet, Mass. has always had elite speed, but some college programs shied away from him because of his lack of size. Sauve gained significant size and strength over the summer and really impressed recruiters at the recently completed Labor Day Tier 1 Face-Off.
Sauve, who had eight goals and 13 assists in his first year of prep hockey for Gerry Dineen's Seawolves, is a gritty player who isn't afraid to mix it up and fight for pucks in the corners. His speed allows him to gain separation and get chances. He's also learned to play more within himself and in control.
Sauve plays split-season midget hockey for former BC Eagle Andrew Orpik's Cape Cod Whalers 18U team. He's projected to matriculate to Burlington for the 2017-18 season, meaning he'll likely play two more years with Tabor before heading to the USHL or BCHL for a year.
Boston University, Providence and Maine were other schools that reportedly showed interest in Sauve. UVM associate head coach Kyle Wallack was his primary recruiter, but Kevin Sneddon made the trip down to watch him on Sunday of the Labor Day weekend tournament. Wallack has quickly become one of the best recruiters in the east.
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