Penn State Hockey: Inside look at 2023 recruiting class

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Earlier this May, Guy Gadowsky had finalized Penn State Hockey’s 2022-2023 recruiting class.

The Nittany Lions are bringing in three forwards, three defenseman, and one goalie, featuring five freshman and two transfers.

Here’s a breakdown of the newest additions to the Penn State Hockey roster

Ashton Calder, F, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds – Transfer – University of North Dakota

Originally from Sault Ste. Maria, Michigan, Calder comes to Penn State Hockey seeking a master’s degree in management and organizational leadership.

Calder is exercising his fifth-year option granted to him by the NCAA after the pandemic had occurred.

With 141 games under his belt, Calder has appeared in the third-most amongst active NCAA players, for this upcoming season. Putting up 44 goals and 100 career points, that ranks him fourth amongst active players.

Calder was previously with Lake Superior State University for the previous 2018-2021 seasons, before transferring to North Dakota for the 2021-2022 season.

The 2020-2021 campaign saw career highs for Calder, as he put up 29 points and helped clinch a berth in the NCAA national tournament for North Dakota.

Calder had spent time in the BCHL, USHL, and NAHL before his collegiate career.

Hopefully bringing some leadership qualities to a relatively young Nittany Lions team since the departure of Alex Limoges, Liam Folkes, Evan Barret, and Brandon Biro.

Jarod Crespo, D, 6-foot and 190 pounds – Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

Jarod Crespo will be an incoming freshman having played his last two seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers.

In 98 games played for the Gamblers, Crespo put up (11 goals, 25 assists).

Prior to the USHL, he spent time playing for the Salisbury school in Connecticut logging 32 points in 56 games played. He also wore the North Jersey Avalanche AAA club jersey for multiple years growing up, being from Easthampton, NJ.


Noah Grannan,G, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds – Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)

Grannan had spent the 2019-2021 seasons with the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, where he produced an average save percentage of 0.883 during his 50 game Stampede career.

Prior to the USHL, Grannon played for the United States National Development Program at the U17 and U18 level, establishing a 0.859 save percentage during 36 games wearing the red, white, and blue.

Dylan Gratton, D, 6-foot and 180 pounds – Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)

Dylan Gratton joins his older brother Tyler in Happy valley, after putting up 18 points in 60 games played for the Musketeer last season.

Dylan had become a veteran in the USHL, playing for three separate teams over the last few seasons. Starting with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and Youngstown Phantoms before his time with the Musketeers.

Carter Schade, D, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds – Lincoln Stars (USHL)

Schade played his last two seasons with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL.

A smaller sized defenseman with offensive upside, Schade was previously selected with the first overall pick in the 2018 USHL Phase I Futures Draft.

Schade pup up four goals and 27 assists in 55 games played last year for the stars.

The Nittany Lions hope Schade keeps showing that offensive blue line power, due to three defensemen graduating this past spring.

Alex Servagno, F, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds – Green Bay Gamblers, (USHL)

Servagno is an incoming freshman that recently played alongside Crespo for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.

He served as an alternate captain during the 2020-2021 season while hitting a milestone of 150 career games for Green Bay.

Servagno tallied 85 total points in 156 games total in the USHL. This past season managing (15 goals, 26 assists) in 59 games. Servagno adds speed and playmaking ability to the lineup of this year’s Nittany Lions.

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