UND’s latest commitment, 1998-born forward Mark Senden, is described as a high-character forward that can play in a lot of different roles.
Wayzata High School coach Pat O’Leary, a former Gopher player, said the first and foremost, Senden is “a great kid.”
Senden played with the U.S. Select team in Germany this summer and was picked to be captain of that team.
In Germany, Senden ended up being one of the team’s top scorers, posting five points (two goals, three assists) in four games. Only three teammates ended up with more points in the tournament — Minnesota-bound Garrett Wait, BU-bound Henry Crone and WHL-bound Kailer Yamamoto.
One of the luxuries for the UND coaching staff will be that Senden is very versatile.
O’Leary said that he possesses the offensive skills to play on a scoring line, as well as the grit and tenacity to play on a third or fourth line. He also has the ability to play both center and wing.
In high school, Senden will likely play quite a bit of center this season, but O’Leary said that he’s very good along the wall, so he wouldn’t be surprised to see him play wing in college.
Senden actually has quite a few Gopher ties. His uncle, Stu, played for Minnesota from 1997-01 (was teammates with O’Leary there). Although he’s going to Minnesota’s biggest rival, O’Leary doesn’t have any problem.
“There will just be two games a year where I can’t cheer for him,” O’Leary said with a laugh.