Buzz: Steven Fogarty Won’t Be Going To The WHL

According to Coming Down The Pipe, 2011 third round pick Steven Fogarty will choose to play in the BCHL over the WHL this coming season.

Fogarty has a verbal commitment to play at the University of Notre Dame and will play there after a year with the Penticton Vees.

They say that the Rangers preferred Fogarty to play in the WHL with Edmonton, but  suggested that he play in the BCHL next season if he wanted to play with ND in 2012-13. They say that the Rangers didn’t want him going back to the USHL.

Fogarty was selected with the 72nd pick in June’s draft.

WATCH Fogarty get interviewed right after being picked.

Notre Dame is a pretty good program, and while the WHL may be a quicker way for him to develop, it is up to Fogarty to decide where he wants to play. He is very raw and it’s still very early to project anything out for him, but the Rangers did do pretty well the last time they took a center from Minnesota who went to play NCAA hockey.