Connecticut reportedly lands Russian NHL prospect Letunov

According to the Hartford Courant, Maxim Letunov, a highly-touted recruit originally from Russia, has committed to play hockey at UConn after his initial plans to attend Boston University fell through due to what the Courant called “complications with the admissions process.”

Letunov, a 19-year-old forward, was a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2014, but in March, was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Zbynek Michalek and a third-round draft pick.

In 118 games for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL the last two seasons, Letunov posted 107 points, including 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists) in 58 games during the 2014-15 season.

The Courant noted that while UConn is still awaiting official word on Letunov’s admission to the university, it was not expected to be an issue. What is to be determined in the coming weeks is whether Letunov will be granted his initial NCAA eligibility for the upcoming season or for the 2016-17 season.

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