NCAA: Vermont Commits Two, UND/Harvard Add Future Players

’03 D Karter McNarland to Vermont (2022)

McNarland is a Sask. native who played for the Humbolt Broncos in the SJHL last season, scoring 10 goals and adding 40 assists in 57 games from the blue line. This season, he’s scheduled to skate with the Sioux Falls Stampede once the USHL season begins next month.

McNarland is slated for a 2022 arrival in Burlington. He measures 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds. Prior to joining the Broncos, he played U15 and U18 hockey with the Saskatoon Generals AA and AAA programs.

’02 F Thomas Sinclair to Vermont (2021)

Sinclair is projected for a 2021 arrival and he’s back in the OJHL this season after having a breakout season for the St. Michael’s Buzzers last season. In 45 games last season he scored 18 goals and added 26 assists.

Sinclair, who is from Toronto, has been based out of the area for much of his career, also skating with St. Michael’s College and the Mississauga Rebels AAA program.

This past summer, Sinclair was ranked No. 276 in our 2002 NCAA Eligible Rankings list.

’03 F/D Tyler Dunbar to North Dakota (2022)

Dunbar is a hyrbid player who can play both forward and defense but in our most recent viewings, he has appeared to settle in on the blue line. He appeared in 26 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) last season, scoring two goals and registering 10 assists. He started last season with the Soo Thunderbirds in the NOJHL and played AAA hockey for the Soo Greyhounds. He’s slated to return to the Lumberjacks this season and is projected for a 2022 arrival at UND.

“He is a tall, athletic, soft-handed defenseman who makes brilliant passes all over the ice,” our scouts said. “He is a bit raw for a skilled defenseman and at times carried pucks into bad spots, but his ability to make quick stick moves and get around forecheckers and deliver tape to tape passes effortlessly is impressive. He has a great spin move which he uses often to get away from pressure and keeps his head up ice to find lanes and is also willing to take ice and carry the puck.

“His hands are really smooth and he can break down anyone 1v1 and get around them but doesn’t overexpose the puck too often or make high risk plays. Dunbar has great hand-eye coordination and at least twice batted pucks out of mid-air to break up passes and he uses his reach and length to his advantage to get to pucks, to poke check and to block passing lanes. His decision making with the puck is beyond his years and the touch he puts on his passes given his stick skill and the vision to find the lanes make him one of the best puck movers in the camp.”

’04 F Nathan Morin to Harvard (2022/2023)

Morin is an exciting prospect for Harvard who turned 16 years old this past March. A native of Quebec, he had 19 goals and 21 assists last season for Levis Chevaliers in the QMAAA.

In our rankings for the 2020 QMJHL Draft this past May, we had Morin as the No. 24 overall prospect available. Morin ended up being selected No. 19 overall by the Victoriaville Tigers.

“Oftentimes, he was first on the forecheck digging up pucks for his linemates, which on one play led to a goal,” said scouts. “During many shifts, he was a spark plug for his team when they needed energy. Needs to work on his shot as he tends to hold onto the puck a second too long. He has a quick set of hands and feet that both work in unicine. Nathan earned an assist on a pass behind the net. During a shootout, he made a quick handed deke that got saved. He enters the zone with speed and has elite edges.”

Morin is eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft.