Michigan State Spartans Add To Class Of 2013

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Michigan State Spartans Add To Class of 2013 November 16, 2012 7:42 AM

Some people questioned the hiring of Tom Anastos as the head choach for Michigan State. Some thought he may not be a strong enough recruiter or that he may not be capable enough behind the bench. Anastos has silenced many of those people lately.

Tom Anastos added two more players Thursday to his recruiting class for the 2013 season. Joe Cox and JT Stenglein are joining Mackenzie MacEachern and the Spartans in 2013. These are three very versatile and well-rounded forwards.

"We are very excited about this class," said Anastos. "They possess a nice blend of scoring ability, size, speed, toughness and tenacity that will help us continue our evolution into a championship-caliber team." Anastos said in a released statement.

JOE COX
Forward; 5-11, 160; DOB 1/7/94; Chelsea, Mich./ Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)

Scouting Report: A fierce competitor that sticks his nose into every situation on the ice… A top penalty killer and shot blocker … Makes smart plays and goes to the `dirty areas’ every time … A hard worker with lots of energy.

Owns a 3-8-11 scoring line through the first 15 games of the season in Muskegon …Is serving as a team captain this season in Muskegon … In 2011-12, owned a 6-14-20 scoring line in 57 games for the Jacks … Two of his six goals were game-winning tallies … Had 33 PIM … Was teammates with current Spartan blueliner Travis Walsh last season in Muskegon … Played for Team USA in the summers of 2010 and 2011 at the European Tournaments … Captained the 2011 USA Team at the prestigious Ivan Hlinka Tournament … Is a product of the Compuware AAA Hockey Program …

J.T. STENGLEIN
Forward; 6-0, 200; DOB 7/11/93; Greece, NY/Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

Scouting Report: Will bring a scoring touch and a considerable physical presence to the Spartan lineup.

Currently in his third season with the Youngstown Phantoms …. Member of the US Junior Select Team that captured a gold medal this fall (Nov. 10) at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia … Scored the game-winning goal against Canada West in the gold-medal game, a 6-3 victory for the US … Had two goals and two assists in the tournament overall … In 11 games for Youngstown this season, has six goals and five assists … Was named the USHL CCM Player of the Week for a five-point effort in a win over Waterloo … In 56 games in 2011-12, scored 31 goals and added 20 assists … His 31 goals are a Youngstown franchise record … … Also recorded 132 penalty minutes …

MACKENZIE MacEACHERN
Forward; 6-2, 175; DOB 3/9/94; Troy Mich./ Brother Rice/ Chicago Steel (USHL)

Scouting Report: Very dynamic scorer in high school … Big, with a very good reach … has good hands, sees the ice well and has a good scoring touch around the net.

Was the third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (No. 67 overall) … Is in his first season with the Chicago Steel (USHL) … In nine games, has three goals and six assists and is a +3 … Completed his senior year at Brother Rice High School (2011-12) by helping his team to its first Division 2 State Championship since 2005 … Named the state’s Mr. Hockey in addition to being named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association Dream Team … In 29 games, had a 42-48-90 scoring line and was an impressive +50, netting 11 power play goals, eight shorthanded markers, and six game-winners … Was the fourth pick overall by Chicago in the 2012 United States Hockey League Draft …

MacEachern signed with MSU in the spring and was a third-round pick of the St. Louis Blues in June’s NHL draft. The 6-2, 175-pound Troy native is considered a potent goal-scorer. He has three goals and six assists through nine games with the UHSL’s Chicago Steel.

As a senior at Birmingham Brother Rice, MacEachern was named Mr. Hockey and led the Warriors to the Division 2 state title with 42 goals and 48 assists in 29 games.

Michigan State has four seniors who will depart the team at the end of the 2012-13 season; three are forwards Anthony Hayes, Chris Forfar, and Kevin Walrod, along with defenseman Matt Grassi. Anastos and his staff brought in 12 new faces for the fall of 2012.

Michigan State Scouts have been very active this fall and are looking to round out the 2013 roster, while also recruiting for 2014 and 2015.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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