|Dan Nybondas (photo by HIFK)|
The Quinnipiac Bobcats have dipped into the Finnish junior hockey league for a recruit for the 2017-2018 season. A source has confirmed to the BobcatsHockeyBlog that HIFK Helenski U20 forward Dan Nybondas has verbally committed to Quinnipiac. Nybondas is a 6'6, 194 pound 1996 born forward playing in the Jr. A SM-liiga in Finland. This season in 48 games played for HIFK, Nybondas has 32 points (14 goals and 18 assists). That is good for third on the team in scoring. Nybondas will be the second European player on the Quinnipiac roster with defenseman Kārlis Čukste out of Latvia. This commitment might also open the door for future Finnish players to play for the Quinnipiac program.
Not much is known about Nybondas at this time, but the website Finnish Junior Hockey who covers the U20 league gave this scouting report to me about him.
"He has a good shot and scoring touch, can drive the net and has decent hands and skating ability. At times have seen some nice flashes of skill. Based on my viewings this season he might be more of a 3rd line center."
With Nybondas coming in as a 21 year old freshman in the fall, Quinnipiac might have upwards of 12 incoming new players with seven of them being forwards, two freshman defenseman and a goaltender along with the two transfers that will become eligible in Brandon Fortunato and John Furgele.
Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.