1997-born forward Luke Notermann has committed to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota, per his Twitter.
Proud to announce my commitment to play my college hockey at the University of Minnesota! Thanks to those who have supported me. #Gopher 〽️— Luke Notermann (@Lnotes23) January 25, 2016
Notermann, a senior, leads Blaine (MN-HS) in scoring with 51 points (19G-32A) in 18 games. Prior to that he was one of the standout player of this year's Elite League, leading Team Northeast in scoring (18G-9A).
Listed at 6'1", 160 lbs, he plays on a line at Blaine with potential 2016 NHL Draft first rounder (and Minnesota Duluth commit) Riley Tufte. (Notermann was not among the players ranked on the NHL Central Scouting midterm rankings.) He's drawn a range of responses from scouts over consistency although several seemed to think he could develop into a decent player.
Notermann would be eligible to play for the Gophers next season. It is likely, however, that he spends a year in the USHL first before coming on campus in 2017. The Sioux Falls Stampede selected him in the 21st round pick this past year, but is not affiliated with the team due to his age.
Notermann is the second player to commit to Minnesota in a week. Green Bay (USHL) forward and Chaska, MN native Joey Marooney, previously committed to UAH, switched to the Gophers last Wednesday.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate