Brown University hockey's program received some unwelcome news on Monday when the coaching staff learned prized recruit Nikita Nesterenko had de-committed.
Nesterenko, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, was selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild. After a productive three-year career at Lawrenceville, Nesterenko is playing for the Chilliwack Chiefs in the BCHL this season.
In his first 10 games, he has a goal and eight assists. While Nesterenko has always been an agile skater with shiftiness and skill, he's added some muscle and reportedly looked very good at the recently completed BCHL Showcase.
Nesterenko is reportedly being courted by Hockey East and Big Ten schools. The '01 would likely matriculate next fall at whatever school lands him.