|Nathan Tobey during his time with the Dallas Stars AAA program.|
The month of January not only saw the Bobcats stay hot on the ice but on the recruiting trail as well. Quinnipiac picked up three verbal commits capped by a huge addition in United States National Developmental U-17 program defenseman Nathan Tobey out of Lantana, Texas. He follows in the footsteps of current Bobcat Ty Smilanic and former Bobcat Connor Clifton who both played for the USNTP. The 6'0, 161 pound Tobey is a right shot defenseman who has 4 assists in 46 games played this season. He has another season with the USNTP and will be NHL draft eligible in 2023.
The Bobcats also picked up 2001 forward Tim Heinke from the South Shore Kings (NCDC). The 6'1, 194 pound Heinke is a native of Kensington, Connecticut who played high school hockey For Avon Old Farms prior to his time with the South Shore Kings. An offensive minded forward, Heinke has 40 points (28 goals, 12 assists) in 33 games played. Heinke will be joining the Bobcat program in the fall to bring needed offensive depth with the talent that Quinnipiac will be losing up front after this season.
Finally the Bobcats added some more future defensive depth when they got a verbal commitment from Chase Ramsay a Granite Springs, New York native who is currently playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL. The 2003 born Ramsay is a 6'0, 181 pound right shot defenseman who is in his first season with Des Moines after playing for Avon Old Farms. In 33 games, Ramsay had 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). He is expected to play another season of junior hockey before heading to Hamden for the 2023-2024 campaign.
Obviously the gem of these commits is Nathan Tobey who has the ability to develop under Rand Pecknold and his staff as they have done an excellent job of developing defenseman to where they are signing NHL contracts with current defenseman Zach Metsa likely going to be the next in that pipeline following players such as Devon Toews, Connor Clifton, Chase Priskie and Peter Diliberatore.
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