(Updated) Falcon recruits at a glance

2016-17 FRESHMEN


Position: Goalie. Height: 6-5. Weight: 192.

Hometown: Macomb, Mich. Birthdate: March 31, 1997.

2015-16 team: Youngstown Phantoms, United States (Junior) Hockey League. He was a seventh-round selection of the NHL’s Florida Panthers in 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16 statistics: 39 games, 22-8-4-1 record (wins-losses-overtime losses-shootout losses), 2.38 goals-against average, .918 save percentage.

BG assistant coach Barry Schutte on Bednard: “His potential is through the roof. He’s a student of the game. His size is a major advantage. He’s a tireless worker. He’s very intelligent when it comes to the game of hockey. Florida has high expectations as do we. The nice thing is Chris Nell and Tomas Sholl will be able to show him the way because they’ve been through it. He’s done an outstanding job with nothing but potential. He fills up the net and makes some more difficult saves look easy just because of his size. It’ll be a matter of how quickly he can transition to the college game.”


Position: Defense. Height: 5-11. Weight: 180.

Hometown: Chelsea, Mich. Birthdate: April 13, 1995.

2015-16 team: Johnstown Tomahawks, North American (Junior) Hockey League.

2015-16 statistics: 55 games, 7 goals, 20 assists, 24 penalty minutes.


Position: Forward. Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.

Hometown: Elmhurst, Ill. Birthdate: May 16, 1996.

2015-16 team: Youngtown Phantoms (USHL).

2015-16 statistics: 58 games, 12 goals, 11 assists, 124 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Ty Eigner on Craggs: “He skates real well, and he’s real aggressive. He’s going to be a guy who you can expect to see in on the forecheck, finishing checks. The physical side of the game is something he’s very good at. He’s not shy in terms of contact. He’s a hard, heavy kid who can skate really well. He shoots the puck really hard. We think he’s a guy who can skate and can be a guy who chips in offensively, who can kill penalties and be a real hard guy to play against.”


Position: Defense. Height: 6-0. Weight: 175.

Hometown: Saginaw, Mich. Birthdate: July 5, 1997.

2015-16 team: Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL).

2015-16 statistics: 58 games, 5 goals, 22 assists, 59 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Barry Schutte on Dalton: “He’s a really offensive guy. His strength is his hockey IQ. He’s one of the most intelligent players to play the game. He has really good feet. He can break the puck out himself. He needs to get bigger, faster, stronger as he transitions to college hockey. He’s a power-play guy. He can get pucks through from the point. He’s just a great kid. We want to be a mobile (defense) corps, and we want our defensemen involved in the offense. He fits that mold perfectly. He can defend and will defend because he’s so smart and his feet are that good, but he’s not going to physically manhandle anyone. It’s going to be with his head and his feet. Good things usually happen when he’s on the ice because of how responsible he is with the puck.”


Position: Forward. Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.

Hometown: Bartlett, Ill. Birthdate: May 19, 1995.

2015-16 team: Johnstown Tomahawks (NAHL).

2015-16 statistics: 60 games, 23 goals, 34 assists, 57 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Barry Schutte on Linkenheld: “He’s a real strong, athletic kid. He has a real crafty stick. He can score goals. He has ability to score, but has the ability to make those around him better. He’s been in all situations, 200-foot guy, power play, penalty-kill, 5 on 5. His strengths are his hockey IQ and his stick skills, and his compete level. He’s a very competitive kid.”


Position: Forward. Height: 5-10. Weight: 161.

Hometown: Boucherville, Quebec. Birthdate: July 19, 1996.

2015-16 team: Whitecourt Wolverines (Alberta Junior Hockey League).

2015-16 statistics: 61 games, 20 goals, 21 assists, 74 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Ty Eigner on Letourneau: “He plays the game the way we want to play it. He can play in all situations. He can play center. He can play wing. He kills penalties. He can be a power-play guy. He’s just a kid who is really conscientious. He’s really good in school. Maturity-wise, he’s probably very ready for college in terms of what this opportunity is all about. That’s going to give him a pretty good opportunity to be successful. What he does with that once he gets here, we’ll see. He’s doing and saying, up to this point, all the right things, and we think he’s wired the right way. We feel really, really good about what his potential is.”


Position: Forward. Height: 6-1. Weight: 201.

Hometown: Highland Ranch, Colorado. Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1995.

2015-16 team: Omaha Lancers (USHL). He’ll have three seasons of eligibility after playing 15 games at Air Force during the 2014-15 season.

2015-16 statistics: 60 games, 9 goals, 19 assists, 70 penalty minutes. He had two goals, two assists and two penalty minutes in 15 games at Air Force and has been with Omaha since the second half of the 2014-15 season.

BG assistant coach Barry Schutte on Meier: “He’s a 200-foot player. He was probably Omaha’s number one penalty-kill guy. He’s a real intelligent player, has good stick skills and makes other players around him better. He can make plays in all three zones, probably not a scorer, but can score, probably more of a distributor. He has a good-size body, protects the puck, creates offense, very responsible defensively. His skating is good, not great. He’s played some college hockey, so he knows what it’s about. We’re hoping his transition will be smooth because he’s seen it.”


Position: Defense. Height: 6-3. Weight: 221.

Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota. Birthdate: March 7, 1995.

2015-16 team: Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL).

2015-16 statistics: 58 games, 5 goals, 32 assists, 59 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Ty Eigner on Rauhauser: “He’s an offensive, power-play guy. His last two years, he was as good as an offensive defenseman as there was in the (USHL). That’ll be his best piece, and he’s defended in the best junior league in North America the last two years, and he’s done a good of it. We think he’s going to be a good, positive addition.”



Season expected to join the Falcons: 2018-19.

Position: Forward. Height: 5-10. Weight: 180.

Hometown: Dublin, Ohio. Birthdate: Feb. 17, 1999.

2015-16 team: Ohio Blue Jackets U16.

2015-16 statistics: 24 games, 7 goals, 12 assists, 20 penalty minutes.


Season expected to join the Falcons: 2018-19.

Position: Goalie. Height: 6-0. Weight: 165.

Hometown: Lewis Center, Ohio. Birthdate: August 23, 1998.

2015-16 team: Ohio Blue Jackets U18; Minot Minotauros, North America (Junior) Hockey League; Des Moines Buccaneers, United States Junior) Hockey League.

2015-16 statistics: Blue Jackets — 18 games, 1.47 goals-against average, .952 save percentage. Minot — 1 game, 1.00 goals-against average, .968 save percentage. Des Moines — No games.


Season expected to join the Falcons: 2018-19.

Position: Forward. Height: 6-4. Weight: 179.

Hometown: Findlay, Ohio. Birthdate: Oct. 10, 1997.

2015-16 team: Ohio Blue Jackets, U18.

2015-16 statistics: 33 games, 14 goals, 20 assists, 34 penalty minutes.

BG assistant coach Barry Schutte on St. Jean: “He’s a really dynamic player. He’s an elite skater. He also shoots the puck really well, can score goals and his stick skills are above average. He can make a bunch of hockey plays. He makes the players around him better. He can also play a physical game. He has a lot of layers to his game. If it’s a track meet and we’re going to skate and make a bunch of puck plays, he can play that game. If it’s going to be a physical game with some grease to it, he can do that, too. He’s not a very big kid, but he’s a Tasmanian Devil, ball of fire. He’s a smart player. He’s just an outstanding kid, an outstanding citizen all the way around on and off the ice.”

Kevin Gordon

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