Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Whalers score big coup with Jenks signing

The Plymouth Whalers have snagged a top 15-year-old in center A.J. Jenks.

Jenks, who turns 16 later this month, was selected by Plymouth in the seventh round (132nd overall) in this spring’s OHL Priority Selection and signed with the Whalers today.

A native of Wolverine Lake, Jenks played last season for the HoneyBaked midgets, where he scored 26 goals with 29 assists for 55 points and 97 penalty minutes in 66 games. Before that, Jenks spent the bulk of his youth hockey days playing in the Compuware system.

“We’re excited about having A.J. here in Plymouth,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “He’s one of the top-rated prospects in his age group.”

The International Scouting Service had Jenks rated second overall among the top 1990 birthdays eligible for this spring’s draft, right behind Steve Stamkos – the top pick by Sarnia – and ahead of other first round OHL selections Michael Del Zotto (Oshawa), James Livingston (Sault Ste. Marie), Mitch Gaulton (Erie), Tyler Cuma (Ottawa), Cody Hodgson (Brampton), Greg Nemisz (Windsor), Michael D’Orazio (Owen Sound), Jared Staal (Sudbury) and Philip McRae (London).

Jenks had committed to the U.S. National Team Development Program and was reportedly off to the University of Michigan in 2008.

No comments: