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Monday, May 17, 2010

Lake Superior adds another forward for 2010-11

Nick Shkreli's northern progression has officially reached the nation's boundaries.

The North Stars forward, who has skated his way from Wichita Falls, Tex. to Youngstown, Ohio to Traverse City over the past three seasons, will continue his equatorial flight next year, heading to Sault. Ste. Marie to ply his trade for Lake Superior State University.

Shkreli, who came to the North Stars last summer after a season with the North Division rival Mahoning Valley Phantoms, was sidelined for the first month of the season with a broken wrist - suffered during a playoff series against Traverse City the season before. Upon his return, the Romeo, Mich. product reeled off 42 points in 45 games, bagged 13 goals - including four game-winners - and was a +9 with a mere 22 penalty minutes. He earned a spot on the All-North team at the NAHL Top Prospects all-star event in January, and dished out five assists over ten playoff games.

"Really, the first 15 games or so after he came back, he probably was at 70 percent or so," Traverse City head coach/GM Anthony Palumbo assessed. "But the last two-thirds of the season, once he really started to get healthy and get into his rhythm, he became a point-a-game guy and one of our top offensive options."

Shkreli started heating up in December, cranking out 19 points in 17 games, and finished the regular season with seven points in his final five. He had 11 multi-point games, including a pair of three-point outings.

"Lake State was looking for a kid with the talent, but also with the work ethic to go with it, and that's exactly what they got with Nick," said Palumbo, who won a national title while captain at Lake Superior State in 1989 and another as an assistant coach in 1992. "He has all the qualities to be an impact player at the next level."

Shkreli is one of eight players from the Stars 2009-10 roster to commit to an NCAA Div. I school - about 1/3 of the roster. A ninth, David Chaney, joined the team at Western Michigan University before the season, ending his stint with the North Stars before it officially began. In all, nearly 40 current and former North Stars players have committed or played NCAA hockey in the team's first five years. Two - Joe Greener and Steven Oleksy - have gone on to the professional ranks.

"We didn't have a lot of individual accolades this year as far as being All-North Division or All-NAHL or any of the postseason awards and stuff," Palumbo said. "But we did put as many of our own kids into Div. I programs as any team in the league. To me, that's as telling as all the team successes we had on the ice this year. It says you have a high caliber of player in your program."

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