Northeastern continued to add to its pipeline, this time securing a verbal commitment from Canadian forward Stanley Cooley, a 2002-birth year currently playing for and is the captain of the Notre Dame Hounds U14 team in Saskatchewan.
Proud to announce my commitment to Northeastern University. A big thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point! pic.twitter.com/fLm1PLJXX9
Cooley is a right-shot centerman, currently standing 5-foot-9 and weighing in a 165 pounds. Last season, he played 30 games at the Bantam level for Notre Dame, tallying 32 points (18 goals, 14 assists). He then played 7 games at the Midget level, and scored 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). He was selected in the third round of the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Prince George Cougers of the Canadian Hockey League. He is eligible for the United States Hockey League Draft in 2018, and the National Hockey League Draft in 2020.
There have been multiple scouting services who have seen Cooley in action, and the reviews of him have largely been positive. Back at the World Selects Invite U15, which showcases the top young talent outside the United States, Cooley was ranked as a “A” forward by Jeff Cox, who said “He gets his shot off quickly and finds seams in the defense. He was nifty and could stickhandle in tight spaces. He made time for himself to make plays.” Cox saw Cooley again at the Junior Chowder Cup in July, rating him as a “B” player that weekend saying “He has a low center of gravity, protects pucks and competes hard. He skates well drives the net.”
TheScoutingNews.com calls Cooley a “gifted goal scorer” with a “hard shot”, and after drafting him, Cougars scout Jason Gordon had this to say about Cooley: “Stanley Cooley is a very dynamic forward that competes at a high level. He loves to score and goes to the hard areas of the ice to do so. When he was called up to Midget AAA he showed that he can compete and have success against older players.”
There was also a highlight film of Cooley produced by Notre Dame in May of this year. We have linked it below:
Cooley is the third 2002 birth year the Huskies have landed, joining forwards Chase Bradley and Jack Williams. The earliest he would arrive to Huntginton Avenue would be in 2020, though it is possible he is pushed to 2021. At this point it is too early to pinpoint. Nevertheless, it is great to see Coach Madigan, Coach Keefe, and Coach Smith are still hitting it hard on the recruiting trail as the season approaches. Congratulations to Stanley on joining the Huskies family! You can see our projections for future Huskies and the pipeline here.