The Merrimack men’s hockey program received a verbal commitment from 2002-born forward Luke Weilandt on Sunday.
Weilandt is a 4-star recruit (rated by Neutral Zone) who is currently in his rookie season with the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL. Through seven games, Weilandt has five points (2 goals, 3 assists). Weilandt played the last two seasons for the Chicago Mission, where he had 35 points in 39 games. According to his profile on Elite Prospects, Weilandt has dual-citizenship between the United States and Germany.
“Weilandt is an underrated prospect who is stocky, strong on his skates and has a powerful snapshot that he disguises well and gets off in stride,” Neutral Zone scouts said after USA Hockey’s Select 16 Festival. “His best attribute is his hockey sense and vision; he can see the whole sheet, his reads are quick and clever and he has great zip on his passes. He’s not flashy and doesn’t have blow away speed but he finds the soft spots, he’s very aware of where everyone is on the ice and made some brilliant distributions through the week in the offensive zone and neutral zone.”
Neutral Zone also has Weilandt listed among four players from Sioux Falls who are prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.
“Luke is off to a very strong start in Sioux Falls putting up points at a pace similar to what he did in Midgets,” wrote Neutral Zone NHL Draft scout Ian Moran. “He is staying on our list because of history evaluating him. In 10 Neutral Zone amateur reports, we have always noted that he has a high hockey IQ and a great motor.”