Announced earlier today, Northwood Prep defenseman Mattias Samuelsson has committed to play for Michigan.
The first thing about Samuelsson that stands out is that he is leagues ahead of his classmates physically. He towers above his opponents as a stately figure, already measuring above 6'2 and close to 200 pounds as a freshman in high school.
Samuelsson isn't just a mauler. He's stout defensively, plays a smart simple game and moves the puck well out of his zone.
His father Kjell Samuelsson measured in at 6'7 and appeared in 813 NHL games as a player, before joining the Flyers AHL club as an assistant coach. His current role with the Flyers is Director of Player Development.
Samuelsson joins Blade Jenkins as Michigan's two verbals from the 2000 age group.
Update: Luke Samuelsson, who plays as a forward at Northwood tells me that he has committed as well and will join the team in 2018.