Hockey East : Top Players and Pro Prospects

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Jack Eichel – Fr Boston University – Eichel is the best pro prospect the entire NCAA has had in a few years, he’s as one and done as it gets in NCAA D1 hockey. Noticeable every shift, Eichel is supremely skilled and has good size, a blue chip pro prospect in every regard. Also leads the nation in points.

Kevin Roy – Jr Northeastern – The best forward on the team since he arrived, Roy is a strong NHL prospect. The 93′ from Quebec had 104 points in the USHL prior to his NCAA career in which he has averaged better than a point per game every season. Roy doesn’t have great size, but his skill level is there, he’s a 4th rounder for Anaheim, he will have a contract off at the end of this season.

Danny O’Regan – Jr Boston University – A dual citizen (US and Germany), O’Regan has become a solid all around player in his three seasons with the Terriers. San Jose drafted him in the 5th round (San Jose has a history of selecting German players in the draft). O’Regan should have a chance to play in the AHL this year and could earn a spot with the Sharks for 15′, he could also come back for another season.

Mike Paliotta – Sr Vermont – A big, solid defenseman that can jump in offensively, Paliotta is a great NHL prospect. He came to Vermont from the USNTDP, played immediately, and has gotten bigger and better, he’ll be in the AHL by the end of the year and could see time with Chicago (70th overall in 11′ Draft) next season.

Robbie Russo – Sr Notre Dame – Like Paliotta, he came to the NCAA from the USNTDP and played intermediately, unlike him, Russo is a bit smaller. The 93′ from Illinois is a seasoned offensive defenseman and will have a chance in with Islanders (95th overall in 11′) organization.

Jon Gillies – Jr Providence – It was important for Gillies to have a strong season, he was the starter for the US World Jr. Team in 14′, he’s big and skilled, great attributes in any goaltender. Gillies has a great chance with Calgary, the organization that drafted him 75th overall in 12′. Gillies is about 6’5-225 and quick, he will have an opportunity to play professionally at the end of the season.

Noteables

Brett Seney – Fr Merrimack – Seney is a 96′ and eligible for this year’s draft. He’s undersized, but having a highly productive season. The skill level is there, he’s producing as one of the youngest players in the league, expect a high draft selection. A London, ONT native, Seney came to Merrimack from Kingston in the OJHL.

Transfers Excel

Trevor Mingoia and Frank Vatrano were each highly recruited forwards. Mingoia was a 92′ on some really good Syracuse Stars teams, strong producer for Berkshire in the prep ranks, and good enough to go straight to Union a team building toward an NCAA Title run. Well, he only ended up playing in 18 games, it was a tough lineup to get into, and he spent some time in the USHL prior to transferring to Providence. (Providence coach Nate Leaman used to coach Union.) He’s now had a two productive seasons for the Friars and is one of the team’s top contributors.

Frank Vatrano was a big time scorer with the Boston Jr Bruins and tore up the Empire league when he was 4 years younger than half the league. (like Jack Eichel). He was highly recruited by Boston College and starred with the USNTDP. Vatrano ended up not playing any games with the Eagles, went back to his Jr. Bruins organization and ended up with UMass. Good for them, it’s great to see it going well for those two players.

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ECAC Highlights and Top NHL Prospects 14′-15′

The ECAC Hockey Conference has produced the past two NCAA D1 National Champions. Here is a look at the highlights of 2014-2015 and information of some of the top players.

F – Dan Ciampini – Sr Union – It’s going to be really interesting to see where Ciampini ends up next season. He’ll likely end the year with an AHL team and bounce between AHL and ECHL next season, but there’s a strong argument for giving him a chance. It was Ciampini who lead Union past Boston College in the Frozen Four and he’s an awesome goal scorer. He doesn’t have great size and isn’t particularly fast, but his production will give him a chance to prove himself in the pro ranks.

F – Mike Vecchione – So Union – He’s fast, strong with the puck, responsible defensively, and has a great wrister. Vecchione was originally committed to UNH and as a former Mass. prep star, he came to Union highly touted. He could have a professional opportunity at the end of this season, but might be wise to put in one more season with coach Rick Bennett.

F – Jimmy Vesey – Jr Harvard – He might be the best forward to come out of Harvard since Dominic Moore. He isn’t big, but it’s clear that he’s highly skilled. When Harvard players are NHL prospects, the organization that drafted them knows they are going to play in the NCAA for four years and that will most likely be the case with him.

D – Jeff Taylor – So Union – It’s unfair to compare him with the departed Shayne Gostibehere (Philadelphia) , one of the best defenseman in the history of the NCAA Tournament, but that’s the role he has for Union this season. Taylor is super smooth with the puck, reads the play extremely well, knows just what to do with the puck and puts it there. He was drafted by Pittsburgh following the National Championship run, but as a 7th rounder, they will likely give him another year to develop. They will certainly be keeping an eye on his development over the summer in development camps.

D – Pat McNally – Sr Harvard – McNally was the best player in New England Prep when he led Milton to a championship four seasons ago. (along with Yale’s Rob O’Gara). He’s an offensive skilled defenseman with size who it is rumoured would have gone much higher in the NHL Draft (he was a fourth round selection to the Canucks) if he had not committed to Harvard. He went anyway, had an outstanding season, then something happened. McNally was booted off the team for an academic investigation that involved 280 students in a history class. He earned his spot back on the team and was having another great season, leading Harvard to a #5 national ranking, and then is out with an injury for the rest of the season. Too bad for Harvard, but McNally is ready to be a professional.

G – Mitch Gillam – So Cornell – It’s hard to choose the best goaltender in a conference with so many great ones, but you have to look at the numbers. Mitch Gillam is the best goaltender in the country, statistically. Gilliam is the latest in an amazing line of Cornell goaltenders (Underhill, LeNeveu, McKee, Scrivens, Illes. Every Cornell goaltender is seemingly a solid NHL prospect, Gillam (Ontario) came in a bit older, he played for Berkshire in the prep ranks and two in the BCHL then sat behind Illes. Another factor that doesn’t work in his favor is Gillam is undersized for a pro goaltender. Looks like Cornell has it’s foundation for the next two seasons in place.

Honorable Mentions

F – Sam Anas – So Quinnipiac – Anas is the reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year and an out of nowhere NHL prospect. Anas is a finesse player with decent size for a pro forward, he should be back at Quinnipiac, he’ll return as one of the top pro prospects in the country next season.

F – Kyle Crisculo – Jr Harvard – New Jersey native is undersized and already a bit older, he’ll finish up at Harvard. Crisculo is a great NCAA player though.

F – Matt Peca – Sr Quinnipiac – A 7th round selection of Tampa Bay, he’s pretty small. Then again, Tampa Bay has a history of producing with smaller players. Peca has had a strong NCAA career and should have a spot penciled in for the AHL next season.

D – Devon Toews – So Quinnipiac – Toews is a strong NHL prospect. He has size and he’s developing early as a 94′ who’s already played a full NCAA season. He has NHL attention (4th round, Islanders). He should be back for another season with Quinnipiac, but he’s destined for bigger things.

D – Eric Sweetman – So St Lawrence – This team has two outstanding sophomore defenders in Sweetman and Gavin Baureuther, two similiar players. Sweetman is a Maryland product who excelled in lacrosse. He was solid in the USHL and has produced consistently for St. Lawrence. He’s a two-way defender, but a bit undersized. He’ll be back for one or two seasons.

G – Kyle Hayton – Fr St Lawrence – Yes, St. Lawrence has two very good defenders, but this team was outplayed in a lot of ECAC games and came out on top because of Hayton. At this point, it looks like he will certainly be Rookie of the Year. Hayton had an interesting prep career, he played in his hometown for Shattuck St. Mary’s then two in the USHL. He’s seriously undersized for a professional goaltender. Unless you’re ultra high level skilled and you’re as small as Hayton, you’re not going to have a lot of pro interest. You can’t deny that he is a great goaltender and has put together a great season for a team that wasn’t expected to do much.

G – Alex Lyon – So Yale – Another Minnesota goalie that found a way to the ECAC, Lyon had a few strong seasons with Omaha in the USHL prior to starting as a rookie for Yale. He has decent size, but he’ll be a four season NCAA goaltender.

G – Steve Perry – Soph – Clarkson – A Pennsylvania native, Perry came to Clarkson from Fairbanks in the NAHL. Again, an undersized goaltender, also undrafted, but Clarkson has a good one here.

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NCAA Hockey Pro Prospects 2014′-2015′

Best Available Defense

1. Mike Reilly – Jr. – Minnesota – COLUMBUS
2. Pat McNally – Sr. – Harvard  – TAMPA BAY
3. Colton Parayko – Jr. – Alaska – ST.LOUIS
4. Jeff Taylor – Soph. – Union – PENGUINS
5. Rob Russo – Sr. – Notre Dame – ISLANDERS
6. Casey Nelson – Soph. – Minn-State – Free Agent
7. Zach Palmquist – Sr. – Minn-State – Free Agent
8. Mike Paliotta – Sr. – Vermont – CHICAGO
9. Teddy Doherty – Jr. – Boston College – Free Agent
10. Dylan Zink – Soph. – U-Mass Lowell – Free Agent

Best Senior Forwards

1. Dan Ciampini – Union – Free Agent
2. Austin Czarnik – Miami – Free Agent
3. Zach Hyman – Michigan – Free Agent
4. Matt Peca – Quinnipiac – Tampa Bay
5. Blake Coleman – Miami – New Jersey
6. Taylor Holstrom – Penn St. – Free Agent
7. Tanner Kero – Michigan Tech – Free Agent
8. Evan Rodrigues – Boston University – Free Agent
9. Matt Leitner – Minn-St – Free Agent
10. Michael Parks – North Dakota – Philadelphia
11. Cody Wydo – RMU – Free Agent
12. Mark MacMillan – North Dakota – Montreal
13. J-P LaFontaine – Minn-St. – Free Agent
14. Justin Kovacs – Western Michigan – Free Agent
15. Matt Garbowsky – RIT – Free Agent
16. Dan Doremus – Denver – Free Agent
17. Pat Doherty – St. Lawrence – Free Agent
18. Matt Willows – UNH – Free Agent
19. Cole Gunner – Air Force – Free Agent
20. Grayson Downing – UNH – Free Agent

Top Underclassmen

1. Jack Eichel – Fr. – Boston University
2. Dylan Larkin – Fr. – Michigan
3. Mike Vecchione – Soph. – Union
4. Danny O’Regan – Jr. – Boston University
5. Riley Barber – Jr. – Miami
6. Sam Anas – Soph. – Quinnipiac
7. Kevin Roy – Jr. – Northeastern
8. Jimmy Vesey – Jr. – Harvard
9. Jay Compher – Soph. – Michigan
10. Jake Guentzel – Soph – Nebraska-Omaha
11. Mario Puskarich – Soph. – Vermont
12. Andrew Copp – Jr. – Michigan
13. Teddy Blueger – Jr. – Minn-St.
14. Justin Kloos – Soph. – Minnesota
15. Hampus Gustafsson – Soph. – Merrimack
16. Tyler Kelleher – Soph. – UNH
17. Dom Toninato – Soph. – Minn-Duluth
18. Alex Kerfoot – Soph. – Harvard
19. Evan Campbell – Soph. – U-Mass Lowell
20. Casey Bailey – Jr. – Penn St.

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USPHL Notes – Jan 2015

USPHL Observations

It looks like there is an upper tier of teams in the USPHL this season and they are as follows.

1. Jersey Hitmen
2. Philly Jr. Flyers
3. Boston Jr. Bruins

The Jr. Flyers are lead offensively by 94′ Trevor Gooch (Army), 94′ Ryan Badger and Gregg Burmaster (Clinton, NY), a Colorado College recruit. The Jr. Flyers are also very strong in net where 94′ Joseph Young (Union) and Curtis Frye (formerly of the USNTDP) have seen the bulk of the starts. The other goalie who’s played for the Jr. Flyers this season is 95′ Jeff Hextall.

The Jr. Flyers also have defenseman 5’11-155 Christian Meike (Michigan) and 5’9-165 96′ F Anthony Siderio (Connecticut). Other players to watch from this team are 98′ D David Melaragni (Northeastern), 94′ F Dylan Pitt, 95′ F Ron Greco and 94′ F Zach Lynes.

More on Curtis Frye : The goaltender played at Phillips-Andover as a sophomore and was a bit of a surprised to be taken for the USNTDP that year. The next season he had an injury and didn’t play much. Following that, he returned to junior hockey and played in the USPHL with Suffolk PAL. Frye and Hunter Miska each had a rough year in Ann Arbor and the team brought in Thatcher Demko (Boston College) to take over some of the workload. Miska is currently in the BCHL and will go to Minnesota-Duluth next season.

David Farrance : The 99′ defenseman for the Syracuse Stars U-16 team has taken an offer to play at Boston University and will likely be with the USNTDP next season, but don’t count the OHL out. In recent OHL Draft rankings Farrance was routinely rated in the top 10 of players available.

 

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BCHL Hockey Report : Top Uncommitted Prospects and League Report

Top Uncommitted BCHL Players

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(D) Kristian Blumenschein – 97′ – West Kelowna – 5’10-180

(F) Jordan Kawaguchi – 97′ – Chilliwack – 5’8-165

(F) Jonathan Desbiens – 96′ – West Kelowna – 5’8-170

(F) Taro Hirose – 96′ – Salmon Arm – 5’10-165

(F) Brogran O’Brien – 97′ – Prince George – 6’1-170

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ECAC Hockey Report

The ECAC is home of both the current women’s (Clarkson) and men’s (Union) D-1 National Champions. The ECAC has produced the past two D-1 National Champions.

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A USA Hockey Powerhouse : Shattuck St. Mary’s

When it comes to USA Hockey organizations, there are very few more prestigious than the Shattuck St. Mary’s school in Faribault, MN. The school consists of 70% boarding students and the majority of them come to participate in the “Center of Excellence” programs in hockey, golf, soccer, or ice skating. (There are also programs for engineering, music and bio science).

The boys hockey program has captured 18 USA Hockey National Championships, all at the U-18 level (until last season). (99′, 01′, 03′, 05′, 07′, 08′, 11′, 12′, 14′). The other national titles are from the girl’s hockey program.

Shattuck St. Mary’s has existed since 1858, but it wasn’t until the early 1990’s when the school was facing serious financial problems and decided to start the “Centers of Excellence” program, did they become an athletic power. Since the school already had the only ice rink in the immediate area, they decided to start with hockey.

Noteable Shattuck Hockey Alumni by Year

Ty Conklin – 94′
Joe Corvo – 95′ 
Ryan Malone – 99′
Zach Parise – 02′

Drew Stafford – 03′
Sidney Crosby – (02′-03′)

Pat Eaves – 03′
Jack Johnson – 05′
Jonathan Toews – 05′
Kyle Okposo – 06′
Derek Stepan – 09′

Erik Haula – 09′
Nathan MacKinnon (09′-11′)

Despite all of that, it wasn’t until April 2014 that Shattuck took home a National Championship at the bantam AAA level. That team was lead by current U-16 teammates and University of Minnesota commits Scott Reedy, Josh Maniscalo and Brannon McManus. This year’s team features two of the “Big Three W’s” – Maine’s Oliver Wahlstrom (the youngest player to ever commit to a D1 program – his home state’s University of Maine) and Massachusetts native Thomas Walsh. (The other big W is Jake Wise, a fellow 00′ and Boston University commit).

Walsh and Wahlstrom are the leading scorers on this year’s team (by a lot). The fact that these two players came to a school in Minnesota despite being from the Northeast, where any organization or prep school would be happy to have them, says a lot about where Shattuck stands in the pecking order of amateur hockey organizations.

Whether or not Shattuck can repeat as National Champions will be determined in April 2015. Expect their biggest competition to come from Honeybaked, the Colorado Thunderbirds and Chicago Mission. 

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2014-2015 Shattuck St. Mary’s Bantam AAA

Through 20 games, Walsh has 25-23-48 and Wahlstrom has 27-20-47. The team’s next leading scorer is Grisha Gotovets, a freshman from Minsk, Belarus (10-22-32).

There next leading goal scorers are a pair of 01’s – Grant Silianoff (Edina, MN) and Niklas Norman (Maplewood, MN). It’s getting rare to see youth teams letting kids play a year up, so the fact that these two players are good enough to play for the best bantam team in the country a year early really speaks to their talent level. (Bet the fans in hockey-crazy Edina are happy about Shattuck scooping up their next superstar.)

This Shattuck roster only has six players from the state of Minnesota on it. In all, there are 13 states and provinces represented on the roster and 3 nations.

In net, Shattuck has JP Mella (Stamford, CT) and Thomas Lalonde (Montreal, QE).

The defense is Eric Fisher (Houston, TX), Bruno Fludzinski (Brooklyn, NY), Matt Staudacher (Grand Blanc, MI), Connor McCue (Gurnee, IL), Aleko Karamanis (Courtenay, BC) and Jack Lagerstrom (Edina, MN).

Forwards that weren’t already mentioned are Max Zingler (Eagle River, WI), PJ Demitrio (Sewell, NJ), Cole Mackie (Anchorage, AK), Ryan Drkulec (Mansfield, TX), Andy Stoneman (Faribault, MN), Luke Mountain (Maplewood, MN) and Wyatt Palmer (Plymouth, MN).

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USNTDP Prospects : The Next Wave

On this blog, we’ve covered the 99′ age group more than any other. This year, the best 99’s will compete for a chance to join the USNTDP in Ann Arbor. These are the prospects who at this point in the season stand the best chance of being chosen.

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Guide: USPHL Premier Prospects 97′ and Younger / 00’s to Watch / Top 99′ Goalies

00’s to Watch

Tom Walsh – Shattuck
Oliver Wahlstrom – Shatuck
Sam Stevens – Mission
Cullen Young (D) – Jr. Bruins U-16
(D) Jacob Semik – 6’1-160 Honeybaked

(D) Bode Wilde – 6’2-176 Honeybaked

(D) Trevor Spence – Nobles

(D) Brandon Tabakin – 5’6-125 – No Jersey Avalanche

99 Chris Garbe on LI Gulls

99 Goalies

A Dylan St. Cyr

1A Cayden Primeau

Jake Begley – Hill Murray HS

Ryan Bishel – Bendile St Margerts

Nikolas Donafrio – Compuware

Joe Dragonjac – Pitt Pens Elite

Tyler Haywood – MF Rangers – Selects Acad

UPSHL Premier (younger than 96′)

F Charlie Kelleher – Boston – 97 5’8-195 MA

D Zach Mirageas – Islanders – 97 – 5’9-180 MA

D Cam Kuhl – PAL – 97 – 6’1-190 NY

D Joseph Duszak – PAL – 97 – 5’10-171 NY

F Lucas Michaud – Portland – 97 – 5’11-200 ME

D John Marino – So. Shore – 97 – 6’2-180 MA

USPHL Premier

Kyler Johnson 97 D Syracuse 6’2 170 NY

Providence (97’s)

Callahan Johnson 5’11-175 MA

Michael Ranalli 5’7-155 RI

Ryan Perry 5’8-150  RI

South Shore – (G) Cody Murch 97 6’5-190 NC

Isles (D) Matt Robinson 5’8-160 NH

Hitmen (D) William Walker 97 5”10-165

Hampton Roads

(D) Nick Richards 98 6’2-165 MI

(D) Regan Cananagh 97 6’0-165 VA

FL Eels – Cory Richardson 6 155 CO 97

FL Eagles

Tyler Romel D 6-2 180 NC

(CA) Justin Apodaca D 5’11 175

Zach Kowalchuk D 5’10-190 AZ

Jakob Ustorf (F) 5’10-145 OH

Palm Beach Hawks

Alex Garcia – 5-9 170 FL

Jacob Tomita 6-1 155 FL

Cole Hampton 6-1 180 FL

Richmond Generals

(F) Chad Lopez 5-11/185 TX 97

(D) Danil Kharinov 6’3-215 RUSSIA 98

Tampa Bay Jr’s

Connor Smith D 5’9-170 FL 97′

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Northeast : Bantam AAA Rankings by State

Northeast Youth Rankings by State

The top Tier 1 Bantam hockey teams in the Northeast.

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