UConn men’s hockey bolstered its future defensive core on Tuesday, landing a commitment from ‘05 defenseman Jax Wismer.
Listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with a left-handed shot, Wismer is puck-moving defenseman known for his skating ability, passing and puck-handling skills. SI Prospects touted him as a player “loaded with potential” and said the biggest aspect of his game that needs improvement is positional awareness.
Currently a junior at St. Andrew’s College (a prep school in Aurora, Ontario), Wismer is expected to join the Huskies either immediately after graduating (2023-24) or the year after (2024-25).
UConn is expected to face significant turnover on the blue line soon with the current junior class of Carter Berger, Jake Flynn, Roman Kinal and Harrison set to graduate after the 2022-23 campaign. While that timeframe could change (Berger is an NHL pick and could leave early and all four players have the bonus COVID year), the Huskies will need to replace them all eventually.
Wismer is the fourth defenseman committed to UConn, joining Jack Pascucci (‘02, expected to arrive in 2022), Owen Simpson (‘03, expected to arrive in 2022) and Kevin Fitzgerald (‘04, expected to arrive in 2023).
The Utopia, Ontario native is also the Huskies’ third ‘05 commitment following forwards Thomas Klochkov and Matthew Wood.