The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team received an oral commitment Tuesday from a player that one scouting service called one of the top two-way defensemen in Minnesota high school.
Luke LaMaster committed to the Badgers days before he starts his senior season at Duluth East High School.
LaMaster, an 18-year-old who's listed at 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds, had four goals and 15 points in 23 games for Team North in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this season.
He had six goals and 16 points in 25 games for Duluth East last season. The Greyhounds open this season on Friday.
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Scouting site NeutralZone.net called LaMaster a skilled puck carrier and mover.
3.75?? prospect is a skilled puck carrier & mover who plays aggressively at both ends. Has great instincts in the offensive zone. One of the top two-way defenders in Minnesota HS. B- in Week 5 & B in Week 1-3 in @MinnHockey@HSEliteHockey. @BadgerMHockeyhttps://t.co/Rn5YX8r9rw— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) November 29, 2017
LaMaster is one of 11 defensemen and 33 players committed to the Badgers for future seasons. He signed a tender to play the 2018-19 season with the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League.
"I have heard nothing but positive things about Luke from coaches in the Elite League and colleges," said Jets coach Gary Shuchuk, a former Badgers player and assistant coach. "We watched Luke this past fall and were very impressed with his compete level and decision making on the ice. He's only going to get better and better, and he should have a great senior year at Duluth East."