3 NHL draft picks among 10 Northern Michigan University hockey signees

Warroad, Minn.’s Hampton Slukynsky faces a shot against East Grand Forks, N.D., on Feb. 6. (Grand Forks Herald photo by Nick Nelson)

MARQUETTE — Head coach Grant Potulny and the Northern Michigan University hockey team have announced the recent signings of 10 future players to the Wildcats program.

The Nov. 20 announcement included six forwards, three defensemen and a goalie with the group also including three NHL draft picks.

Here are the signees, listed with their position and current team, starting with the NHL draft picks:


Hampton Slukynsky, goalie, Fargo Force (USHL) — A fourth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings, he is a 6-foot-1 netminder who will join his brother Grant Slukynsky at NMU.

Rasmus Larsson while playing with a Swedish national team. (Photo courtesy Blue Seat Blogs)

A gold-medal winner at this year’s IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, he posted a 54-5-2 record with a .933 saves percentage and a 1.53 goals-against average with 18 shutouts over two seasons at Warroad (Minnesota) High School.

With the Fargo Force this season, he is 7-0-0 with a .903 saves percentage and 1.92 goals-against average with one shutout.


Rasmus Larsson, defenseman, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) — A fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft by the New York Rangers, he is a 6-3 left-shot defenseman from Hasselby, Sweden. In the 2022-23 season, he played 50 games with Vasteras IK in Sweden’s top junior league, recording 16 goals and 18 assists with a plus-23 rating.

Larsson also spent time with Sweden’s U-19 and U-20 international teams, where he put up a total of four points and was plus-6 in seven games. Playing with the Green Bay Gamblers this season, he has a goal and five assists in 19 games.

Vladislav Lukashevich


Vladislav Lukashevich, defenseman, Tri-City Storm (USHL) — A fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft by the Florida Panthers, Lukashevich is a 6-1 left-shot defenseman from Magadan, Russia. Last season, he was an alternate captain for Loko Yaroslavl, where he put up two goals and 16 assists with a plus-19 rating in 45 games.

Playing for the Tri-City Storm this year, he has three goals and four assists in 16 games.


Jakub Altricher, forward, Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) — A 5-10 left-shot center from Praha, the Czech Republic, last year he played his first season of U.S. juniors with the USHL’s Green Bay Gamblers, where he had a goal and 11 assists in 23 games.

With the Waterloo Black Hawks this season, he has four goals and seven assists in 12 games with a plus-5 rating.


Tanner Bruender, forward, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) — A 6-foot left-shot center from Portland, Oregon, he has played in the USHL the last two seasons. Last year, he put up two goals and five assists for the Sioux Falls Stampede, and this season with Green Bay, he has three goals and three assists through 19 games.


Austin Moline, defenseman, Shattuck St. Mary’s (USHS-Prep) — A 6-4 right-shot defenseman from Las Vegas, he has played the last two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s 18-Under Prep of U.S. High School hockey.

He put up a goal and 21 assists in 54 games with a plus-16 rating last season, and this year has three goals and 10 assists in 20 games with a plus-6 rating.


Simon Meier, forward, Penticton Vees (BCHL) — A 5-10 left-shot forward from Bulach, Switzerland, he played for Kloten U-20 of the Swiss U-20 Elite league last season, putting in 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points in 30 games. He also served as an alternate captain for Switzerland’s U-18 teams in the World Junior Championships and internationally, scoring six goals and 10 assists between the two.

Playing this season for the Penticton Vees, he has five goals and 16 assists in 18 games.


Adyn Merrick, forward, Langley Rivermen (BCHL) — A 6-foot forward from downstate Saline, he has one assists in 14 games this season for the Langley Rivermen this season. Last year, he played for the Springfield Junior Blues of the North American Hockey League, where he had 10 goals and eight assists in 40 games.


William Renfrew, forward, Penticton Vees (BCHL) — A 5-10 left-shot forward from Fairbanks, Alaska, he has four goals and 11 assists in 19 games this season for the Penticton Vees. He played for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL last season, where he accumulated 23 goals and 32 assists for 55 points in 48 games.


Adam Pietila, forward, Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) — A 6-foot right-shot forward from downstate Howell, he has 10 goals and three assists in 18 games this season for the Youngstown Phantoms. Last season, he played for the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL, totaling 25 goals and 25 assists for 50 points in 51 games.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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