Michigan likes them Honeybaked players. As Puckhead first posted on The Wolverine board, Kevin Lynch, a 2009 forward recruit, has verballed to Michigan. He's apparently passing on a chance to join the Plymouth Whalers (though it's possible he'll still end up there like AJ Jenks did) in favor of playing for the NTDP for the next two years before traveling a couple miles down the road for college.
The linked article indicates that Wisconsin, BU, Notre Dame, and MSU were interested in him.
MGoBlog and WCH have their takes on his commitment.
He's supposed to be a good penalty killer, good faceoff man (Yes, I am saying THANK GOD on that one....seems like we've brought in a few guys lately that can do that. It'll be a nice change.), good defensive forward, can score some goals. Having never seen him play, it does seem like he'd fall into the Helminen, Ebbett, Rust category, no? And that's a good thing.
WCH also makes mention of the fact that Joe Exter is going to become the NTDP's goaltender coach. That is great to see. It was awesome how the college hockey world came together about his injury (what with the Exter-ribbons and whatnot) and it's nice to see that he's stayed in the game and has landed a pretty good job. And umm....now that he's going to be working with some pretty darn good goalies, I'd like to remind him that I wore one of those ribbons. So if he could...ya know...steer a stud netminder to Ann Arbor, I'd really appreciate it. Kthxbi.
Honeybaked U16 team won the MWEHL regular season title, and Lynch was the 3rd leading scorer with a 14-14--28 16 PIMs line in 28 games. He was just a tick behind a recruit that I really wanted in Kenny Ryan (5 points, but he played 3 less games), and just ahead of Michigan recruit Chris Brown, who led the team in goals, PIMs, and PPGs.
Lynch's verbal gives the Wolverines commitments from an incredible 21 players who have yet to suit up for the team.