Pearson welcomes three additions to first recruiting class

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 8:59am

The Michigan hockey team has rounded out new head coach Mel Pearson’s first incoming class with two transfers and one additional commitment, the program announced Tuesday.

Forwards Alex Roos and Luke Morgan will transfer into the program from Colorado College and Lake Superior State, respectively. Forward Jack Becker signed his letter of intent after three years with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League.

The trio will add attacking prowess to a program that frequently lacked it in the final few seasons under former head coach Red Berenson. The Wolverines’ Corsi percentage in 2017 — a metric used to measure shot attempt differential at even strength — was the third worst in college hockey at 42.8 percent. Pearson’s Michigan Tech team finished fourth, at 56.5 percent.  

With five incoming forwards ready to replace the three graduating senior forwards — including Alex Kile, the team-leader in shots — Michigan has beefed up its depth up front.

Becker has the track record at a high level to suggest he may be able to help out. The 20-year-old notched 28 points — including 16 goals — last season in 49 games in the USHL.

Under Pearson, Michigan Tech showed fervent interest in Becker leading up to his commitment to the Huskies in January. Becker’s father, Russ, played for Michigan Tech in the 1980s, when Pearson was an assistant coach there. With Pearson moving to Michigan, Becker followed suit, inking his letter of intent to Pearson and the Wolverines.

Roos played three seasons at Colorado College, totaling 15 goals and 13 assists in 105 games, though he saw his playing time decrease as his career progressed. Roos did not play for the Tigers last season, instead stepping away from the program to focus on his economics degree. Roos, 22, will have one year of eligibility left.

Morgan, 19, helped lead Lake Superior State with 22 points in his freshman season. He also spent a season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL, where he notched 25 points in 60 games. While Roos (a graduate transfer) and Becker (a commitment) will be eligible to play right away, Morgan will be forced to sit a year, heeding the NCAA’s established transfer rules.

While it would be ambitious to expect Roos or Becker to be slotted into the top six forward slots right away — those will likely belong to a mix of established players such as senior Tony Calderone, sophomore Will Lockwood, junior Cooper Marody and talented freshmen like Josh Norris and Michael Pastujov — the newcomers will bring valuable attacking depth as Pearson attempts to rejuvenate a struggling program.