REPORT: Denver lands highly-prized former St. Cloud recruit on heels of Pioneers’ sweep

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Today was the beginning of the signing period for college hockey recruits. For most of the day, there was little intrigue as the Pioneers officially added formerly verbal commits in Slava Demin, Brendan Budy, and soon, they’ll add Will MacKinnon. But the biggest news of the day came after the close of business when, as friend of LetsGoDU Jake Baskin reported on Twitter and was later confirmed by the Dubuque Fighting Saints, highly touted center, Cole Guttman.

The news of his signing was big because prior to signing his National Letter of Intent (NLI) he had been verbally committed to play at St. Cloud State, the team the Pioneers just swept at Magness Arena. Guttman will join the Pioneers next year.

Of course, given the fracas at the end of Saturday night’s game that saw a linesman separate DU head coach Jim Montgomery and SCSU head coach Bob Motzko, speculation flew on Twitter that Guttman’s decision was the subject of the argument. While no one will be able to confirm nor deny that, it adds another level of intrigue to what took place over the weekend.

In any event, Denver just gained an extremely talented center with a high ceiling. Last year, in 53 games with Dubuque, Guttman put up 54 points on 27 goals and 27 assists. So far this year, in just 10 games, he has eight points on four goals and four assists.

“I’m really excited,” Guttman said via the Fighting Saints’ website. “When the opportunity came around, I obviously had to jump on it. It’s close to home, it’s a great program, and the coaching staff is awesome. I’m excited to get started.”

As a Dubuque alum, he’ll join Dubuque’s all-time winningest coach in Montgomery. While Guttman never played for Montgomery, Dubuque is turning into a pipeline for the Pioneers as Guttman will join Dylan Gambrell and Evan Janssen as recent Pioneers to have played for the Fighting Saints.

“I think I can offer a lot to the Pioneers, and [Montgomery] had faith in me as well. I was really fortunate for them to have faith in me, and as I said before, I can’t wait to get out there.”

With Guttman, Montgomery is continuing to show the country that Denver is poised to sustain their current stretch of national success and keep the Pioneers atop the college hockey world for some time come. While St. Cloud fans will certainly feel at least a bit disappointed about this move, this news could not be any better for Denver fans.

News and Notes

Jim Montgomery’s wife is expecting and due very soon. He and his family are hoping that his new baby girl is born prior to their series this weekend against North Dakota.