Northeastern secured its third verbal commitment this month, and second within a week, on Tuesday when Canadian forward Justin Hryckowian announced on social media that he will play college hockey at the University.
Proud to announce my commitment to play D1 hockey at Northeastern University. Thanks to my family, friends, teammates and the @lsllionsaaa for supporting me. Can’t wait to get things started at Salisbury @sarumhockey this season and @gonumhockey in the future! #HowlinHuskies pic.twitter.com/dTcm63ehyS
— Justin Hryckowian (@Ritszy) September 11, 2018
Hryckowian is a 2001-birth year, left shot forward who played his last three seasons as part of the Lac-Saint Louis Lions program in Quebec, Canada. He is on the smaller side, clocking in at 5-foot-7-inches and 165 pounds, but he is an incredibly gifted scorer, having led Lac-Saint Louis last season with 75 points (34 goals) in only 40 games. He was also the Lions’ captain last season. Hryckowian is the third player from Lac-Saint Louis in the current pipeline, joining forward (and former teammate) Matt Choupani as well as former Lions defenseman Jeremie Bucheler. The Lions have also produced one current Husky in assistant captain Jeremy Davies, as well as one former Husky in Joseph Manno (thank you to Lions coach John Goyens for his review of the connections on Twitter).
Hryckowian will be moving to New England this season as he takes his skills to Connecticut as a student-athlete at the Salisbury School. He is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, was not drafted in the USHL draft this past season, and was an 11th round draft pick in the QMJHL Draft in 2017 by the Saint John Sea Dogs. He actually attended Saint John camp after being drafted, but left after the allowed 48 hour grace period to preserve his NCAA eligibility, which is a great sign for the Huskies.
Hryckowian has received extensive praise since his commitment, including the following tweets from folks that have seen him play:
Northeastern commits Salisbury forward Justin Hryckowian. Huskies beat out a few other Hockey East schools for ‘01 from Quebec. Skilled goal scorer with very good hands.
— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) September 12, 2018
Northeastern going to the Lac-St. Louis Lions well again as get verbal commit from Justin Hryckowian ‘01. Playing NE Prep this season at Salisbury. Smaller fwd with speed, hands, and hockey IQ. Huskies also have commit from fmr Lions teammate Matt Choupani ‘02.
— Russ Bitely (@russbites) September 12, 2018
— Lac St.Louis Lions (@lsllionsaaa) September 11, 2018
Hryckowian will be attending the Salisbury School as we mentioned earlier, and we would expect him to get another year of seasoning after the 2018-19 season (likely as a Phase II pick in the 2019 USHL Draft) before enrolling to Northeastern in 2020. There is a chance that he comes to campus in 2019, given his age, however we will project him for 2020 at this time. He joins what should be a loaded class for Northeastern in 2020, even if some of the names in our projection get accelerated or delayed out of that class. As you can see, there are a lot of names in the next two incoming forward classes and as such a good amount of uncertainly surrounding both classes. It’s very possible that some names we have pencilled in for 2020 are players the coaching staff has in 2019 and vice versa.
Congratulations again to Justin on his commitment to the Huskies, and don’t forget that season tickets are on sale now at gonu.com!