A sudden hole in Penn State's lineup just got filled. Two days ago, Vince Pedrie's surprise departure to the New York Rangers/Hartford Wolf Pack raised some doubts about the Nittany Lions' blue-line next season, but one of the best offensive defensemen in the USHL committed to replace him today.
Cole Hults of the Madison Capitols leads his team in assists (25) and points (31) and is the fifth-leading scorer among defensemen in the league. Standing at 6-foot-1, 185 lbs., it looks like Hults plays a complete game and should be able to contribute from day one.
Hults' former commitment to Providence further evidences the step forward that Penn State has taken; instead of going to a traditional hockey school, the talented skater is heading to the upstart Nittany Lion program.
Penn State's newest commit has a family history of success in college, as his brother Mitch spent two years at Lake Superior State before signing with the Anaheim Ducks/San Diego Gulls this week. Hults is the seventh commit in Penn State's incoming class and the second defenseman.
Welcome aboard, Cole!