New York State : Jr. Hockey Observations and Rankings

USPHL

Rochester Jr. Americans – (26) 15-10-1
PAL Jr Islanders – (29) 10-15-4

Rochester is lead up front by Nick Petrella (26)6-29-35. Will Massey has a 2.75 GAA and .920 save percentage in net.

Elite

Syracuse Stars 16-5-1

Syracuse (G) Mark Specia leads the league with a .960 save percentage. 94′ (F) Jake Farabee (6’4-207) leads the team with (21) 7-20-27.

EmpireĀ 

New York Aviators – 19-2-0
Syracuse Stars – 14-2-0
Rochester Jr. Americans – 9-8-0
PAL Jr. Islanders – 6-14-0

The Aviators are led by Finnish-born Daniel Backstrom, the league’s leading scorer (21) 10-39-49. The Waterloo Blackhawks (USHL) are reportedly giving Backstrom a tryout contract for December. Jeremy Warrick (21) 21-27-48 and Michael House (20) 21-19-40 fill out the rest of the Aviators top scorers.

U-18

Rochester Americans – 8-4-2
Syracuse Stars – 8-5-0
PAL Jr. Islanders – 5-9-0

U-16

Syracuse Stars – 14-1-0
Rochester Jr Americans – 8-9-0
PAL Jr. Islanders – 7-11-0

Syracuse is lead by solid goaltenders Gabe Vinal and Thomas Draper. Highly touted 99′ (D) David Farrance has a (15) 13-12-25 line. The Syracuse core is formed by several members of their bantam team that competed at the 2014 USA Hockey National tournament including 99′ (F) Josef Glamos (14) 4-14-18. Zach Taylor and Kevin O’Neil are also pretty solid prospects.

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