MSU Hockey Adds Two to 2014 Recruiting Class


A total of four newcomers will join the Spartans this fall.




EAST LANSING – Michigan State hockey head coach Tom Anastos announced the addition of two players that will join the Spartans for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Defenseman Carson Gatt (Farmington Hills, Michigan) and forward Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Michigan) have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join fellow incoming freshmen Josh Jacobs and Edwin Minney on campus this fall.




Dylan Pavelek


Marysville, Mich. • United States National Team Development Program (Under-18) • F • 5-11, 191 • DOB: 1/16/96


NHL Entry Draft Eligible




Scouting Report: Strong physically and on his skates … good skater with speed and mobility … plays well at both ends of the rink … has excellent experience in playing with the USNTDP.




Anastos on Pavelek: “Dylan is an aggressive two-way player who can play at a high pace and will contribute both offensively and defensively to our team. He has good skills, is an excellent teammate and has a great deal of championship-level experience.”




Produced 11 goals and six assists in 60 games for the USANTDP U-18 team in this season … Appeared in all eight games for U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the 2014 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland (April 14-27), finishing with a goal and plus-1 rating … As a part of the USNTDP U-18 team last season, he played in 12 games against NCAA Division I opponents … Played for the USNTDP U-17 team in 2012-13, but missed a majority of the season due to injury … Member of the U.S. National U-17 Team that claimed first place at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland … One of 40 players – along with fellow commitment Josh Jacobs – selected to take part in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh … Produced 18 goals and 20 assists in playing for Belle Tire Midget Minor in 2011-12.




Carson Gatt


Farmington Hills, Mich. • Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) • D • 6-1, 197 • DOB: 4/20/96


NHL Entry Draft Eligible




Scouting Report: Puck moving defenseman with size, strength and a high-compete level … has the ability to be tough to play against and make his teammates better … hard worker with leadership qualities.




Anastos on Gatt: “Carson is an excellent puck mover who sees the ice very well. He’s a fierce competitor that will add a physical presence to our blue line as well. He is a very smart player, an excellent student and brings strong leadership capabilities.”




Appeared in 38 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL this season after being selected by Muskegon in the 2013 USHL Phase Two Draft, contributing five goals and eight assists … Played three seasons (2010-13) with Detroit Catholic Central, contributing 26 points (5-21) in 30 games in his final season in 2012-13 … In 82 career games for DCC, Gatt produced 43 points (9-34) … Brother, Nickolas, played for MSU from 2012-14.




Previously Signed Players




Josh Jacobs

Shelby Township, Mich. • Indiana Ice (USHL) • D • 6-2, 193 • DOB: 2/15/96

NHL Entry Draft Eligible


Scouting Report: Excellent skater with size … moves the puck very well and has great use of his reach in defending.




Anastos on Jacobs: “Josh is a strong-skating, puck-moving defenseman that has very good offensive instincts and skill. His size, skating mobility and reach make him difficult to play against. Josh comes from a highly successful amateur hockey background where he has proven championship-level experience.”




Has 25 points, including five goals and 20 assists, in 63 games so far this season (through May 2) with the Indiana Ice of the USHL … Jacobs and the Ice advanced to the Clark Cup Final where they will take on Waterloo in a best-of-five series that begins May 9 … Jacobs had a 2-13-15 scoring line in 48 games in his first season with Indiana in 2012-13 … One of 40 players selected to take part in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Pittsburgh this September … Played for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia earlier this month … Also represented Team USA at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria … Played midget hockey for Honeybaked U16 in 2011-12.




Edwin Minney


Wind Gap, Pa. • United States National Team Development Program (Under-18) • G • 6-4, 191 • DOB: 3/29/96


NHL Entry Draft Eligible




Scouting Report: At 6-4, has a great presence in the net … has matured in his development especially in rebound control.




Anastos on Minney: “Ed is a big, athletic goaltender who has gained incredible experience as part of the U.S National Development Team. He has excellent work habits and a strong skill set. We feel he will be an outstanding collegiate goalie.”




Had a 23-9-1 mark with a 2.63 GAA and .900 save percentage in 38 games this season … Was a part of the U.S. National Under-18 team that won the gold medal at the World Championship in Lappeenranta, Finland, going 2-0-0 with a perfect 1.000 save percentage … Appeared in 35 games for the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2012-13, posting a 4.04 GAA and .890 save percentage … Led the U.S. to first place at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland, going 3-0 with a 2.25 GAA and .912 save percentage … Went 1-0-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .896 save percentage at the 2013 Five Nations Tournament win Jarvenpaa, Finland … Played midget hockey for the Washington Little Capitals of the Tier I Elite League in 2011-12, posting a 2.71 GAA … Participated in the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September in Pittsburgh.


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