Yusaku Ando @ando.yusaku -
1. Yusaku is an electrifying and offensively gifted Japanese winger hailing from Tomakomai. He relocated to Canada at 13, which is credited for his rise as a top hockey talent.
2. At the young age of 15, he played AAA for the prestigious Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, notching a combined 90 points in 55 games and leading the @csshl and @naphl in goals. He also represented Japan at the U18 Division 1B World Hockey Championships, putting up six points in five games while winning a Gold.
3. Over the past two seasons, Yusaku has suited up in the @ushl for the @youngstownphantoms, accumulating 48 points in 85 games.
4. In the 2019 U20 World Championships, Yusaku again represented Japan, racking up 8 points in 5 games while capturing yet another Gold medal.
5. While Yusaku went undrafted at the 2021 @nhl Entry Draft, he is a late birthday and will have another opportunity next year. His @ushl rights are now owned by the @ridertown_usa and he has committed to the @msumaverickshockey once he’s done with juniors. Yusaku has been heralded as one of the best players from Japan, and his immense talent and speed make him a promising NHL prospect who will definitely make waves in college hockey.