Monday, May 13, 2013

Penn State Confirms Koudys, Richard, Williamson and DeRosa Additions

Patrick Koudys, an RPI transfer, becomes PSU's second NHL draft pick (Washington, 5th round, 2011)

Penn State officially announced the additions of forwards Rick DeRosa (Port Huron - NAHL) and Dylan Richard (Spruce Grove - AJHL), as well as defensemen Patrick Koudys (Muskegon - USHL) and Mike Williamson (Spruce Grove - AJHL) on Monday afternoon.

Given that we've been talking about these guys for a few months - they committed between November (Koudys) and March (DeRosa) - I'll assume that you already know something about them. But if not, here's the post on each from the time of their pledges.

Koudys: PSU Lands Former Engineer Koudys
Richard: Richard to Join Linemate Glen in 2013
Williamson: All Saints Day
DeRosa: Philly Native DeRosa Picks PSU

For status checks and updates throughout this past season, refer to the Commit Cycle series as well.

With that in mind, we'll skip to what's new, specifically Guy Gadowsky's first public comments on the four.

On the group as a whole: "This group will be a great addition to the incoming student-athletes we added during the early-signing period. Patrick Koudys and Mike Williamson add size and strength to our blue line, while both Dylan Richard and Ricky DeRosa bring high levels of character and hockey-IQ to our forwards."

On Koudys: "Patrick has experience at the NCAA level and is a big, solid defenseman who takes pride in being a tough person to play against. He takes care of his own zone first and fits a need very well for us."

On Richard: "Dylan has an extremely high hockey-IQ both offensively and defensively. He's a winner and a tremendous leader who always plays for the team. His habits will quickly transition to Penn State."

On Williamson: "Mike has great feet with a huge shot from the point. He will be a welcomed addition to our blue line."

On DeRosa: "Ricky's known as a high-character guy. He has a great work ethic and is known for being a 200-foot player who will work hard in all three zones."

These additions join November's early-period signings - goaltender Eamon McAdam, defenseman Dave Thompson, forwards David Goodwin, Zach Saar and Eric Scheid - to form a robust incoming class (Koudys and Scheid, the two transfers, will be a junior and a sophomore respectively, the others will be freshmen of course). Ahead of any possibly-on-the-way subtractions, the roster presently sits at 29: 4 goalies, 9 defensemen and 16 forwards.

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