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AYHL U16; Team Maryland at Virtua

Posted on November 20, 2016

11/19/16; Team Maryland U16@ Virtua U16; AYHL U16 Good battle. The teams jockeyed the lead back and forth until the start of the third when Virtua scored back to back in the first minute to ultimately win 5-4. Connor Tait put on a show with two goals and a strong overall game. Players noted below…

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U18 Five Nations Tournament: Top 25 NHL Draft Prospects

Posted on November 20, 2016

The Five Nations Tournament in Plymouth, MI displayed many future NHL picks that may develop into impact players at the highest level.  Teams from the United States, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Switzerland brought good teams to the tournament to compete.  There were some high end prospects that were not there from some of the European countries due them playing Pro Hockey in their country or in the CHL.  Many of these top players will be summoned by their respective countries for the U20 World Junior or U18 World Championships coming up.

However, there was plenty of talent to go around and keep the NHL Scouts busy at the USA Hockey Arena.  The tournament went down to the wire with the United States taking the title.  From this tournament we have listed the top 25 NHL prospects for the upcoming 2017 and 2018 NHL Drafts.  This tournament was just a snap shot of these prospects as they all have many more opportunities to move up and improve their stock before draft time.

Top 25 NHL Draft Prospects

  1. Brady Tkachuk (F) (USA) 6-2/194, LH, 2018 NHL DRAFT – The younger brother of Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk has a different game than his older sibling. He has taken on the identity that is more of his father and former NHL player Keith Tkachuk.  He is a bit bigger and plays a more physical north and south game.  With a very high compete level, he plays very hard in traffic and uses his body very well.  Always mixing it up as well as making plays.  He has grown a lot in the last 2 years and still adjusting to his body.  He has long reach and a good skill set in traffic.  Not the top player here right now, but he is a late 99 birth year and is not even eligible to be drafted until the 2018 NHL Draft.  Look for him to be an ‘A’ player on NHL Central scouting next fall.  COLLEGE: BOSTON UNIVERSITY

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Scouting Report: Shattuck St. Mary’s vs NJ Avalanche U16

Posted on November 19, 2016

Neutral Zone made the trek to Hackensack for a great game between two of the country’s top U16 teams on Friday. It was a well-played game featuring a lot of the top prospects in the ’01 and ’00 birthyears. It ended up 5-3 Shattuck but the Av’s held a 2-0 lead early on and had the better part of play for about the first half of the game. While these players are ranked A-C, the rankings ONLY reflect how they played in this particular game and its relative to the competition. Meaning a “B-” in this group, is an “A” just about anywhere else.

Cole Kodsi (L, 5’11”, 168lbs, ’00, Avs)

Under rated player coming out of NMH. He has an excellent shot with a quick release. Powerful skater who is likely to get bigger and stronger in time. We’d like to see him distribute the puck better as he forces passes at times or misses them all together. He has a versatile game at this level where he can play for power or go wide on defenseman and get pucks to the net. College: Michigan State   Grade: B

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CCHL Games; November 4th, 11th, 17th

Posted on November 18, 2016

Nov 4th, 2016 Cornwall Colts vs. Hawkesbury Hawks #5 Sebastian Dirven (LD, 6’3/185, Cornwall, 98) – Big skating defensemen, skated well tonight, carried the puck a lot tonight, he did n a few occasions try to do too much stickhandling with the puck and turned the puck over on those occasions but was able to…

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U16 Atlantic Roundup: LI Royals, Virtua, Titans, Penguins, Rockets, PAL

Posted on November 16, 2016

LI Royals @ Virtua U16; Virtua wins 15-0; October 15, 2016 Forwards A Kyle Knight (R, 6’, 170 lbs, ‘00, Virtua) Knight was at his sniping best….4-4-8! He is a pure shooter. He has an excellent wrist shot and is placing shots better whereas he used to just fire high. Max Kouznetsov (L, 5’10’, 170lbs,…

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ON Midget AAA; Brockville, Kempville, Cumberland, Gloucester, Pembroke, CIH

Posted on November 15, 2016

Neutral Zone scouted some Ontario Midget action on November 12, 2016. Below are player we noted and added to our profiles.   Brockville Midget AAA- November 12th, 2016 Ben Davy #38 (L-Defense -5’10 188 lbs-Brockville Midget AAA- Jan. 30th, 2000) Small average skating defencemen. Needs to add speed to his game and quicker feet.  He…

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OJHL; Markham Royals

Posted on November 15, 2016

Report from November 11, 2016 game. #3 Josh Hardiman (L, 6-4/215, Markham Royals, ’96) Defenceman. Doesn’t handle puck particularly well. Heavy skater, stay at home defender. Aggressive shot blocker.  Game rating is a C. #6 Jonathan Tecce (L, 6-2/220, Markham Royals, ’96) Defenceman. Scored a short handed goal down two men. Plays a lot of…

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10 Misconceptions among Hockey Prospects

Posted on November 14, 2016

  “If you’re good enough, coaches can get you into their school”  Misconception:  Regardless of a players academic performance, college coaches can get players into schools if they are good enough at hockey. Reality: NCAA Hockey Coaches are a part of the athletic office of their school which is entirely separate from the admissions office….

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Major Bantam; Huron Perth at Eastern Ontario

Posted on November 14, 2016

Major Bantam AAA Alliance East – November 2016 – Blueline tournament Saturday, Nov 12 Huron Perth vs Eastern Ontario Wild    Game rating scale used for the Minor Midget players below     A+   THE PROSPECT HAD A MIND BLOWING GAME A     THE PROSPECT WAS A DOMINANT PLAYER IN THE GAME B+   THE PLAYER WAS…

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OJHL; Georgetown vs. Orangeville

Posted on November 13, 2016

Nov 13, 2016; Georgetown Raiders vs. Orangeville Flyers   Georgetown controlled most of the play from the second period onward and went on to a 4-1 win. Both goalies played well, lots of quality scoring chances throughout the game. Orangeville failed to execute on some potential odd man rushes with Georgetown playing really aggressive. Players…

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