Michigan Tech’s Mitch Meek Transfers to LIU; Sharks Add More Recruits

Michigan Tech defense Mitch Meek announced that he’s transferring to Long Island for this upcoming season. Meek just completed his third season with Michigan Tech, and will head to LIU as a grad transfer eligible to play next season.

Meek has appeared in 61 games in his college career, posting three goals and seven assists from the blue line. The 23-year-old, who was originally committed to Clarkson before landing at Michigan Tech in 2017, is from British Columbia.

LIU head coach Brett Riley has been building his roster steadily since he was announced as head coach two weeks ago.

Here are the latest LIU commitments, including comments from our scouts here at Neutral Zone …

’99 D Marty Westhaver: “Marty is an aggressive forward. He comes in off the rush with tons of speed, very quick first 3 steps, although his use of his edges are inconsistent. For instance, he missed the block and kept gliding, which exposed the right side of the ice, and wasn’t able to get back into position until Penticton had already set up their play. But when he is in the offensive zone, he uses his edges well to redirect his speed and movement to find the open ice. Marty was aggressive on the powerplay, forcing the defenseman back into his own zone.”

’99 F Connor Szmul: “Connor can fly in open ice. He played with tremendous pace and showed vision and the ability to make plays at top speed. He looked smooth and controlled. He also made people miss with a quick stick and lateral mobility. He was tough to defend with space. He could cut, ride his edges and handle the puck with his head up. He also showed a good stick in tight areas as he could weave his way from traffic and also pick pucks from scrums and emerge with possession.”

’00 F Madoka Suzuki: “He skates with above average straight-line speed and is very quick to the puck. His work ethic is unmatched on the ice helping him to be a strong penalty killer. He is aggressive on the puck and he always keeps his feet moving. His puck control could improve as could his strength and balance, but as he gets bigger and stronger with age, his work ethic will make him a very difficult player to defend against. Madoka scored a goal in this game. His line-mate fired a shot from the corner of the offensive zone and it deflected off of his body before going into the net.”

’99 F Nolan Welsh: “What Nolan lacks in skating ability, he makes up with being positionally sound. He is a a defensively minded forward that will angle himself to block shots and break up plays.  Nolan’s crossovers are quick and fluid.”

’99 F Aaron White: “Here, we got a decent look at his game. He played the left wing as a right shot. He showed to be slick getting pucks off the wall and to the middle of the ice. He can thread pucks through and his hands were soft to receive passes. We liked how he went to good scoring spots without the puck he worked to hunt loose pucks and showed a high compete.”

’99 F Gustav Muller: Appeared in 49 games for Madison in the USHL last season, scoring six goals and adding four assists. This past season was his first in the U.S. after spending all of his career in his native Sweden prior to this season.