NHL Prospect Warren Foegele Coming to UNH Next Fall
|2014 UNH Commit Warren Foegele|
17-year-old Warren Foegele (DOB: 4/1/1996) will be coming to UNH a year earlier than originally planned. He is now on track to enroll at UNH next fall. Warren is in his senior year at St. Andrew's College, a university-preparatory school in Aurora, Ontario, and is the leading scorer in the Midwest Prep Hockey League (MPHL) and second leading scorer in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA).
In mid-December, the Penticton Vees of the BCHL announced that Foegele would be playing for the Vees next season. Warren had made a favorable impression on the Vees' coaching staff at their training camp last summer. Foegele has decided to pass up that opportunity in order to enroll earlier at UNH.
Over the last few of months, the 6'1", 182 lbs., left-shot forward has garnered increasing attention from NHL scouts. On the NHL Central Scouting Service's 2014 Midterm Rankings Foegele (Pronounced Foe-gull) was ranked #62 among North American Skaters. The Midterm Rankings include what the NHL CSS scouts consider to be the top 210 NHL prospects (forwards and defensemen) in North America.
Last week, noted Canadian Hockey Analyst Bob McKenzie from TSN published his Top 2014 Mid-Season Draft Prospects - a list of his top 50 NHL Draft prospects. McKenzie gave Foegele "Honourable Mention" status meaning he was ranked just outside the top 50 NHL prospects. McKenzie also wrote a feature article titled "Prospect Foegele Creating Buzz Amongst Scouts" and said:
A flash survey of NHL scouts puts Foegele in potential second or third-round territory for this year's draft. While some have projected him to go later than that, no more than a mid-round prospect, some of those who rank him as a possible second-rounder believe he has the tools to perhaps trend even higher.Here's a limited sample of what NHL scouts have been talking about - Foegele is #3 in the white uniform:
With Foegele's accelerating admission, UNH now has two, top NHL draft prospects joining the Wildcats for the 2014-15 season. Shane Eiserman, who turned 18 last October, is another left-shot power forward projected to be drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round of the NHL Draft this June. Eiserman, who currently plays for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, was ranked #39 on the NHL CSS 2014 Midterm Rankings.
I interviewed Warren over the weekend, via email, regarding his current plans:
Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): Congratulations on your decision to accelerate admission to UNH to next Fall. What were the main reasons you decided to forego playing for the Penticton Vees next year and coming to UNH as a "true" freshman? Warren Foegele: The UNH coaches have been watching my development over the past year. They believe I am ready to play there next fall to help them succeed. I would like to thank the Penticton Coaches, Fred Harbinson and Steve Cawley for their support throughout the year. They run a first class hockey club and I wish them the best.
Mike Lowry: In the most recent Central Scouting Service rankings, you were listed for the first time and quite high up on the list. Also, Bob McKenzie wrote a flattering article about your NHL draft prospects for TSN. What's it been like to realize that you will have a legitimate chance of playing in the NHL some day? Warren Foegele: It’s every kid’s dream to play in the NHL. I’m just going to continue to work hard, have fun and see where that takes me.