MUSKEGON, MI - For the sixth time in franchise history, the Muskegon Lumberjacks will exercise their tender option, foregoing their Phase-one, first-round pick in order to sign defenseman Dylan Gratton to a tender agreement.
Gratton hails from Pottstown, PA, stands six feet tall and weighs in at 160 pounds. Born on February 25th, 2003, Dylan recently celebrated his 16th birthday.
Gratton played his youth hockey with the same organization as Alex Gaffney: the North Jersey Avalanche. This season, Gratton racked up 14 goals and 18 assists in 46 games playing at the U16 level, one year above his age group. In the ‘17-’18 season, Gratton played two years above his age, and produced 12 goals and 14 assists in 47 games.
“First of all, he is a phenomenal young man off the ice,” said head coach Mike Hamilton. “As a player, he is an effortless skater and makes a great first pass. We are very excited to have landed a player with Dylan’s abilities and character.”
Gratton is committed to Penn State University, where he will play collegiately with his older brother, Tyler. Tyler may be best known for his double-overtime, Clark-Cup winning goal in game five of the 2017 Clark Cup Finals. Since then, Tyler has played for Fargo and Central Illinois.
Dylan was first noticed by coach Hamilton and assistant coach Josh Nelson at Team USA top 40 camp, and stood out right away.
“We first noticed him at NTDP camp, and he was outstanding,” said Hamilton. “He was on our radar right from the start as a potential tender, if he were to be available.”
As part of the tender agreement, Grattton will play in 55 percent of Muskegon’s games next year. Muskegon still has their second tender available; should they decide to use it, they would surrender their Phase-two second-round pick as a result. Teams are allowed only two tenders per year.