The 18-year old is expected to be among the top picks in the 2009 NHL draft and there is a chance the Spartans could lose him to a one-and-done situation but Langley (BC) Chiefs coach Barry Wolff says he'll be worth it for MSU.
"We're very excited for Derek, the way he came on in his first season and carried so much of the offensive burden," Wolff told the media. "Michigan State is a great school and we'll know he will have a great support network there and be put in a great situation to succeed."
The standout forward put up 63 points for Langley in just 57 regular season games and was named to the BCHL's All Star team.
He is ranked 40th by NHL's Central Scounting after being ranked 106th at the mid-term. His 66 spot jump was the highest among any player rated in the top-60 and was due in part to his improvement which saw him climb from the fourth line to the top line in Langley.
GSN congratulates Coach Rick Comley and Grant on his commitment to the Spartans.