The most improved player in the USHL this season may be University of Denver 2012 recruit Daniel Doremus (6'1 192 lbs) from Aspen, Colorado. That's not to say that big things weren't expected from Doremus by the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Stampede selected the 18 year-old forward with their first round selection in the USHL Draft last year.
Before deciding to play junior hockey in South Dakota, Doremus received overtures from Canadian teams in AJHL & BCHL. Playing midget hockey for the Colorado Thunderbirds under DU alums Angelo Ricci and Shawn Kurulak, Doremus became one of the brightest prospects in Colorado youth hockey.
A week ago Friday, Doremus scored a game winner with 4.8 seconds remaining in a game against Cedar Rapids. A week later he scored another game winner with 41 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Stampede to a 4-3 win over Tri-City Friday night in Kearney, Nebraska. On Sunday he scored a goal and an assist against the Lincoln Stars to propel Sioux City to their 7th straight win.
Doremus had 9 goals and 10 assists in his first 36 USHL games. In his last 8 games, he has 6 goals and two assists. Needless to say, he has played a major role in the recent success of Sioux Ciry.
The hottest player on the hottest team in the USHL may be a Pioneer earlier than 2012, if he continues at this rate. He will be 19 years-old in October, so perhaps DU will bring him in a year early as was the case with Tyler Ruegsegger in 2006.
2011 Recruiting ClassD Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-18)
F Garrett Allen (Fargo, USHL)
D Joey LaLeggia (Penticton Vees, BCHL)
F Larkin Jacobson (Janesville Jets, NAHL)
D Wade Bennett (Wichita Falls, NAHL)
F Matt Tabrum (Omaha, USHL)
2012 Recruiting Class
D Matt Van Voorhis (U.S. Under-18)
F Tyler Pham (Colorado Thunderbirds-U18)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-17)
D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls, USHL)
2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Colorado Thunderbirds-U18)