Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BLOG: Sam Huff commits to Minnesota

Gopher hockey picked up a verbal commitment Tuesday (March 21) from Maple Grove senior forward Sam Huff. The 1998-born Huff announced his decision via Twitter.

Huff, listed at 6'1", 180 lbs, finished the year with 69 points (23G-46A) in 28 games with the Crimson. Prior to that he had 15 points (8G-7A) in the Elite League. Huff will likely be on campus in 2018 or 2019 after some time in juniors to prepare for college.

A throwback to an earlier era, Huff commits on the heels of being one of the standouts at this month's Minnesota Boy's State HS Hockey Tournament. He was by far the top uncommitted player (although coming in a time when top HS players commit as freshmen and sophomores).

Maple Grove, also featuring Taylor Cammarata's younger brother Jarrett, took an early 2-0 lead against eventual Class AA champion Grand Rapids with a pair of goals that hinged on his elite vision, stickhandling skills and shot. Huff finished with a goal and two assists.

Earlier this year he had a 10 point game against Osseo.

Huff is currently finishing the year with Minot (NAHL). This is similar to Luke Notermman's path last season as he committed to Minnesota as a senior and played in the NAHL for Austin. No USHL team currently holds Huff's rights - Omaha did draft him in the sixth round of the 2014 Phase 1 Draft but did not protect Huff's rights - and he will be eligible for the USHL Phase 2 Draft in May.

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