UND likely to lose Lemieux

UND is likely to lose forward recruit Brendan Lemieux to the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

Lemieux had been playing for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL and was expected to come to UND in the fall of 2014, but a source says he’s expected to soon leave the USHL and sign with Barrie.

At the time of his commitment, Lemieux said he researched and made visits to OHL teams as well as colleges and made the decision that the college route was for him. Even so, Barrie still used a high pick on him in the OHL draft.

Lemieux had one goal and one assist in 11 games this season for the Gamblers. He led the team with 34 penalty minutes.

UND previously lost three recruits to CHL teams in the span of 18 months in first-round draft picks J.T. Miller and Stefan Matteau as well as undrafted forward Miles Koules.

Lemieux quick to respond to OHL draft

The OHL held its priority draft this morning and two Sioux recruits were selected — Nick Schmaltz went in the fourth round to Windsor and Brendan Lemieux went in the fourth round to Barrie.

Yes, that means these teams are going to try to pry these players away from their UND commitments during the next few years.

Lemieux, who researched OHL teams before making his commitment to UND, quickly posted on Twitter: “Congrats to all drafted in the OHL, just to clarify I will not be joining them due to my commitment to UND!”

He also posted: “Don’t worry, you’ll see me in green and white for sure.”

When Lemieux committed in February, he said he expected to get drafted, but had made up his mind.

Windsor, which has the rights to Jordan Schmaltz, selected Jordan’s younger brother. Obviously, Windsor will try to lure both of them and will likely throw a lot of money at the dynamic brothers from Madison.

Windsor went hard after Jordan last summer, but he remained committed to UND and is playing for a very good Green Bay Gamblers squad this season. Be assured they will be coming again this summer.

Jordan and Nick’s father, Mike, and brothers Mike and Monte all played football for the Sioux, which helps UND’s case.

Jordan is expected to come to UND this fall and be a puck-moving defenseman for the Sioux. He could go in the first or second round of the NHL draft this summer.

Nick isn’t scheduled to come to UND until 2014. He is scheduled to play for Green Bay the next two years alongside Lemieux.

Lemieux commits to UND

Brendan Lemieux posted on Twitter that he has committed to UND.

Lemieux is the captain of the Toronto Red Wings AAA team and the 1996-born son of four-time Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner Claude Lemieux.

Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News posted on Twitter that Lemieux was the best player at the last Toronto NCAA Showcase.

He is not the only son of a former NHLer that UND has lined up: Others include Chris Wilkie and Adam Tambellini.

More to come later on.