Defenseman Michael Kesselring has made his choice of where to attend and play college hockey. The Edmonton Oilers prospect announced today that he has committed to Northeastern University in Boston. The New Hampshire product is set to join the Huskies next year for the 2019-20 season and beyond.
Kesselring, a 2018 sixth-round pick, has been a highly sought-after name for college programs for some time. Prior to his senior season at the New Hampton School, Kesselring initially committed to a different Hockey East school, Merrimack College. However, after big blue liner put together a nearly point-per-game campaign last year, his value skyrocketed and he decided to take aim at a more prestigious program. Kesselring was released from his National Letter of Intent with Merrimack in June and has spent the summer making a decision on his next step, finally landing with Northeastern.
As for this season, Kesselring has joined the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, a team with which he spent a brief time at the tail end of last season. The Bucs were not the only junior team to draft the multi-talented defender; he was also selected by the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts but opted to continue on the college route. At 6’4″ and still growing, the 18-year-old Kesselring is likely to play a top pair role in Des Moines and could have another big year in store in the USHL before heading to Northeastern next season. Once there, He’ll then be in good company with the Huskies, who have top prospects like goaltender Cayden Primeau (MTL), Jordan Harris (MTL), Jeremy Davies (NJD) and Tyler Madden (VAN) on the roster already and will add Kesselring and Riley Hughes (NYR) among others next season.