Thursday, March 05, 2009

Future 'Cat, Nick Sorkin

Big things are being said about the 6'1", 160 pound forward for Team Maryland in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League's Midget 18 Division.

Literally.

Sorkin, a '91 birthyear player who hails from Rockville, Maryland - about an hour away from UNH senior, Jamie Fritsch's hometown of Odenton, Md - attends Bullis Preparatory School where he stars in hockey and golf. Having chosen to play for the Bulldogs to further his academics, Nick actually missed some games this season while the team struggled to a 7-8-2 record. Even still, the senior actually managed 20 goals and 25 assists in an unspecified number of games. I'm guessing from the data availble that his 45 points came in fewer than 17 games.

For Team Maryland he ranks third in scoring with 7 goals and 14 assists through 14 games. His fourteen assists ties for tops on the team and those twenty-one points are also good enough for sixth overall in the division.

With all of that said it may seem repetitive to say that many in Maryland believe that Sorkin is the best player in the state. Wootton High School winger Jon Cohen states outright that, “Nick is the best player in the state. If he had come to Wootton we probably would have won states two years ago, maybe even three years ago, too.” (from the story in the previous link). Oh. Wootton High School? Just the undefeated, back-to-back state champion public high school that this Future 'Cat would have attended if he had not chosen the preparatory route.

As well, Nick's coach, Bullis' Bobby Poulin, says "Nick Sorkin is the best player in the [Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey] League, bottom line," as quoted by this Washington Post article.

He was also tabbed as First Team All-Maryland by the Gazette.

Like Jamie before him, Nick will be making the trek north to the well respected New Hampshire Junior Monarchs system and the Eastern Junior Hockey League to further hone his hockey skills next year before matriculating to the University of New Hampshire in 2010 or 2011.

Sorkin also plans to declare for the 2010 NHL Draft.

Now, if these big things aren't literal enough for you I've heard USHR reports that some are projecting him to reach 6'3" to 6'4" in height.

Told you they were saying big things about him.

Welcome to Wildcat Nation, Nick!

And while we're on the topic of big Future 'Cats, if you haven't seen the article on fellow Future 'Cat, Justin Agosta, from February's New England Hockey Journal, here it is!

Go 'Cats!

2 Comments:

Blogger UNHBulls said...

Speaking of future players this article got me thinking about a current player...

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=412310

The way the 'cats have been playing recently has got me very excited for this weekend and the hockey east tournament. They are putting the pieces together at the best time of the year. I think the best thing about this team has been their ability to win close games. I think they are like 10-3 in one goal games or something similar to that.

Mar 5, 2009, 6:30:00 PM  
Blogger THE UNH MEN'S HOCKEY BLOGGER GUY said...

Good call!

I'll have to start a Future NHLer section!

Mar 5, 2009, 7:13:00 PM  

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