In the flurry of 2019 recruits signing NLIs this week, a couple new verbal commits surfaced.
Earlier this week, I profiled forward Brock Bremer of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. While Bremer hasn’t yet signed a National Letter of Intent, he is listed by eliteprospects.com as a 2019-20 UNO recruit.
The Mavericks also received a verbal commitment from forward Vincent Nardone of the Flin Flon Bombers (SJHL). He is listed by eliteprospects.com as a 2020 recruit.
Nardone caught the eye of scouts this season at the SJHL Showcase, according to the Flin Flon Bombers website (www.bombers.ca). His play made an impression, and he cracked the NHL Central Scouting List as a “player to watch.”
Bomber head coach Mike Reagan praised Nardone on bombers.ca.
“One school last week said to me, ‘he catches your eye on every shift.’ He’s creative and plays with a lot of pace and energy,” said Reagan. “He hounds pucks and doesn’t mind going to the tough areas.”
“You don’t see these things very often in an 18-year old and he has a late birthday so he’s almost a 2001 born player. He’s provided our team with an additional threat that makes us very hard to defend against.”
As of this writing, Nardone ranks 7th on Flin Flon in total points (20) and 4th on the team in goals (12).
He is ranked 19th in the SJHL in goals, and 35th in total points.
Last season Nardone played for the Saint-Eustache Vikings (AAA midget hockey league located in Quebec).
I looked at the Saint-Eustache Vikings Facebook page (my high school French classes helped me decipher some of the information in there). In 40 games with the Vikings, Nardone had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 total points) with the club.
There is always a degree of uncertainty about a future recruit until a NLI is signed.
It sounds like Nardone is set to have a productive season with Flin Flon. If Nardone lands at UNO in 2020, he should be an exciting player for Maverick fans to watch.