Nearly two months to the day of their last verbal commitment, Northeastern notched a verbal commitment from Dean Letourneau, a 2006 birth year forward from Braeside, Ontario, Canada. Letourneau is currently playing for St. Andrews College, one of the top prep schools in Canada, and the Huskies beat out programs from Hockey East, the Big Ten, and the ECAC for his commitment.
Already standing 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, and likely not done growing yet, the right-shot forward is a can’t-miss player on the ice, and he knows how to use his size to his advantage. Last season as a 15 year old playing for the Renfrew Wolves U18 AAA team in Canada, he put up 35 points (18 goals) in just 32 games, adding 3 more goals in 5 playoff games. For his efforts he was named the Top Rookie runner up in the U18 division. He was also a point per game player at the 14U level. The Renfrew program is part of the Central Canadian Hockey League, one of the Junior A leagues in Canada, and Letourneau was a first round pick in the 2021 CCHL Bantam Protected Draft. He also was picked in the 9th round of the 2022 Ontario Hockey League draft by Owen Sound. He is eligible for the 2024 NHL Draft.
Letourneau’s size is obviously one trait that draws the eyes of scouts, coaches, and evaluators, but he is far more than a big body. Described as an “exceptional playmaker” with “excellent vision” by one Ontario scout, he’s said to have good speed and is committed to the defensive side of the game as well as the offensive zone. A second evaluator added that he has an “elite skill set, a huge frame and great attitude,” and a third adds he “skates well for his size and has a ton of upside,” which is to be expected with a player already his size with his production and skillset. Ahead of the OHL Priority Draft, he was also rated as a potential top 60 player in the draft, due to his ability “to use his size and reach effectively to win puck battles, as well as bring a presence to the front of the net not making it easy for goaltenders to see or defencemen to defend down low in their own zone.” The same evaluator continued that Letourneau “plays with a great deal of creativity, continually looking to create offensive chances for himself and his teammates and has displayed strong scoring ability with his high-level puck skills.
On top of the evaluations and remarks provided above, Prospects by Sports Illustrated offered one of the most complete assessments of Letourneau’s game, seen below.
At the rate that power forward and players his size seem to develop, plus the possibility that he may play a second second north of the border before he comes down to play year in a league like the USHL before enrolling to college, we are currently projecting Letourneau for the Fall 2025 recruiting class. The earliest he could arrive is Fall 2024 as a true freshman, and as more information becomes available we will update. Right now that 2025 class is projected to also have Luke Posthumus, Ben Miller, and Eero Butella, all high-end forwards in their own right, but again dates can change with time. A funny tidbit, Butella and Letourneau share the same birthday, and now share the same future college hockey program as well.
Congratulations to Dean on his commitment to Northeastern! We look forward to watching him continue to develop ahead of his arrival.
As always, go Huskies!