St. Cloud, MN – In a surprise development, defenseman, Josh Luedtke of Minnetonka, MN announced his commitment to St. Cloud State University via Twitter on May 2nd. Luedtke announced “Honored to announce my commitment to play hockey at St. Cloud State University! I can’t thank God, my family, teammates, coaches and everyone who has supported me over the years enough. Excited for the future!’ The talented Luedtke originally committed to Northern Michigan University in October of 2017 but changed course and signed an NLI with Denver University in November of 2018. It appears he will join the Huskies for the 2021-22 season.
The 19 year-old Luedtke is a 2019 graduate of Minnetonka High School and was a teammate of 2020-21 incoming recruit Joey Molenaar with the duo leading the Skippers to the MSHL Class AA State Championship in 2017-18. In that tournament, Luedtke scored two goals and added three assists in wins over Hill-Murray, Centennial and Duluth East for the state championship.
Luedtke, who captained the Skippers in 2018-19, was a three-year player accumulating 21 goals and 57 assists for 78 points in 74 games in his high school career. He also skated in the Minnesota High School Elite League for Team Southwest in 2018-19 scoring seven goals and adding six assits for 13 points in 20 games. The 5’8″ 165 pound right shooting defenseman skated for the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL in 2019-20 and in 45 games had 20 assists and 36 penalty minutes.
Neutral Zone, a prominent amateur scouting and player ranking site described Luedtke as “fast, strong on his skates and plays a puck possession game. He has a rocket snap shot which he can fire in stride on the rush and he has a quick release, power wrister from the point that he gets on net every time. He’s only 5’8” but he’s got excellent lower body strength and a powerful, balanced stride and can take a hit and keep going. What makes Luedtke a special talent is his powerful skating, his quickness both in hands and feet and his ability to play with pace. He makes decision with the puck and process the game at full speed and can make opponents miss with his nifty stick skills without slowing down a hair. Defensively he’s quick, he’s aggressive and he plays a tight gap. ”
Luedtke was on the Huskies radar prior to his commitment to Denver University. Although the St. Cloud State coaching staff cannot comment on the player at this time it appears likely he will skate one more year in the USHL before joining the Huskies in 2021-22. Most likely, he will join another top defensive recruit, Jack Peart as a freshmen on the Huskies making this duo two of the top young defenseman in all of college hockey. Another talented defenseman, 6’0″ 180 pound Evan Bushy, the brother of current SCSU defenseman, Brendan Bushy will also be in the mix to join those two in 2021-22 or 2022-23.
This is the fifth commitment the Huskies have received in the past month including graduate transfers Seamus Donohue (Defenseman, Michigan Tech), Jared Cockrell (Forward, Colgate), Jack Johnston (Forward, Fairbanks NAHL), Mason Salquist (Forward, Fargo USHL) and Luedtke.
Note: Typically, a prospective student-athlete is only permitted to sign one valid NLI in an academic year. You must wait until the next academic year to sign another NLI if you have not enrolled already at a four-year institution.