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12-06-2012, 08:42 AM
Aaron Vickers
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C Connor Hurley - Green Bay Gamblers, USHL (2013, 38th overall, Buffalo)

Not a lot of talk around here for high schooler Connor Hurley, who we've had pegged as a first rounder for more than a few months now. He could be the highest high schooler taken since Nick Bjugstad.

Yesterday, he committed to Notre Dame after checking out several schools. He opted to return to Edina to finish out his high school career in the hopes of a state championship instead of joining his brother in Muskegon - a tough choice no doubt.

“Last year, we had a young team and lost only two players,” Hurley said. “This year, we are bigger, stronger and we wanted to stay together and try to win a state championship.”

If that’s not pressure enough, Hurley – 21st in Future Considerations November ranking for the 2013 NHL Draft – is attracting plenty of attention from the scouting community for his high-end hockey sense, impressive creativity and an ability to adapt to every role.

They’re just a few of the many reasons scouts are lining the stands to catch a glimpse at the Eagan product.

“It’s kind of crazy to see all the scouts at our games but I try to focus on what is going on inside the boards on the ice,” he said. “I just try to do the best I can do every shift and every game. I am fortunate to play with some very good and smart hockey players.”

This kid has first rounder written all over him at this stage.

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