Two separate tournaments going on at the same time in Minneapolis, MN displayed 16 different teams from the top division of Minnesota High School Hockey, which is AA. Out of the 16 teams in the two tournaments, 13 were ranked in the Top 20 in the State of Minnesota. To say there was an abundance of talent would be an understatement. The 2 tournaments combined had 21 Current Division 1 commitments and when all said and done, the number will most likely be north of 40.
Making the top 40 in this write up was not an easy task and left out some future players that will be good additions to a Division 1 programs. Some players had good weekends and some were quiet, our guess is that you haven’t heard the last of some of the Honorable Mentions as they continue to develop.
The Schwan Cup Gold Division winner went to Edina, led behind a stout defensive core and great offensive depth. Edina proved too much for their opponents in the long haul and cruised to victory.
The Sports Authority Classic was a round robin tournament that came down to the last day with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state battling it out. Stillwater HS remained undefeated as they took down Elk River in the final day in a great show down.
Many of these games set the tone for what could be a great AA State Tournament in March at the Excel Energy Center. There isn’t much separation between the top 10 teams in the state and it could very well come down to who is playing the best hockey in early March.
Casey Mittelstadt (6/200, Eden Prairie HS, 98) – A special player who was leading the USHL in scoring when he left to return to Eden Prairie to avenge a State Championship loss. He is as dynamic as they come and can change a game every time he is on the ice. He has an elite stick in traffic and can make something out of nothing. He is strong, fast, quick and smart which covers pretty much every category. He is currently ranked #5 overall in North American Skater by NHL Central Scouting. Look for him to go in the top 15 or 10 depending on how he finishes with Green Bay when he returns in March. College: Minnesota Grade: A+
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