Defenseman Cole Longacre commits to Merrimack
Merrimack received a commitment from 2006-born defenseman Cole Longacre on Friday. The New Jersey native announced his commitment on his Instagram page.
Longacre, who turned 17 years old this past May, appeared in 50 games for the Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) last season as a 16-year-old and he posted six points. Longacre was one of the youngest players in the USHL last season.
“A player with major upside as he continues to fill out and develop as he adjusts to playing older faster and strong competition as he’s used to having a significant size advantage coming out of U15 midget hockey,” Neutral Zone scouts noted last season. “Someone we’ll be keeping close tabs on as he’s likely a future NHL Draft prospect in 2024.”
Longacre is rated as a 4-star recruit by Neutral Zone and the site’s chief NHL scout, Ian Moran, has him as a player to watch for the 2024 NHL Draft.