Caruso is a Montana native who is a late addition for the Pioneers.
Caruso was split among three teams this season, playing five games in the NAHL for the Johnstown Tomahawks and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. He also appeared in six NCDC games for the New Jersey Rockets. Last season he played 28 games for the St. Cloud Norsemen in the NAHL, posting an .897 save percentage and a 4.08 GAA.
NZ Scouts: “Caruso is excellent on low shots and uses his stick very effectively as his routinely directs pucks either into the corner or out of play. Jack is very quick on his feet and athletic. Caruso also challenges shooters appropriately, such as in the second period when he faced a breakaway. He was so far out that he forced the shooter to shoot wide because he had nothing to shoot at. Caruso is able to be so aggressive due to his quickness and athletic ability. Jack also did a nice job swallowing pucks into his midsection thereby eliminating rebounds. He was able to do this once in the first period and again in the third while on the PK, when he utilized a butterfly slide out to the top of his crease while tracking a puck from the corner to the point. Caruso is also a decent puck handler.”
Trine has good size for a goalie (6-3) and he’s originally from Sweden. However, he’s been in the U.S. for the last three seasons. He started playing high school hockey in Illinois for Adlai E. Stevenson, posting a .916 save percentage and a 2.36 GAA in 14 games.
After one year there he moved to the USPHL and the Northern Cyclones. He started in 2018-19 appearing in just even games, posting a numbers of .904/2.62. But this past season he appeared in 20 games for the Cyclones and was terrific, posting a .934 save percentage and a 1.73 GAA.
A native of Whitby, Ont., Poulias has spent his junior career in the CCHL and OJHL. This season with the Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL), he scored 14 goals and notched 22 assists in 62 games.
In our 1999 National Rankings Report, Poulias was ranked the No. 46 overall prospect in the CCHL.
NZ Scouts: “Andrew is a quick skater with above average straight-line speed. He is skilled with the puck and possesses the confidence to hold onto it through pressure. He doesn’t panic under pressure and plays with his head up so as to see the ice. He displays an ability to create offense with his passing, while also showing a willingness to drive the net and shoot himself. He scored his team’s first goal in the game by driving the net and banging home the rebound.”
Hayes had six goals and 10 assists in 34 games at Albany Academy this past season and he also played for the Springfield Rifles U19 team in the BEAST league. Prior to Albany Academy, Hayes played in the MIAA for Pope Francis and also had one season at East Longmeadow High School.
NZ Scouts: “Cormac had an undervalued season at Albany Academy. He is quick and fast. Lots of puck possession time He sees plays in the offensive zone and uses his points. He has quick hands but his feet are his best asset. Not big but tough and tough to catch.
Ramirez had a terrific season at Phillips Exter, scoring 17 goals and adding 24 assists in 31 games. In the fall, he played for Top Gun’s U18 team in the EHF Elite league. A Pennsylvania native, he played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team prior to his prep career.
NZ Scouts: “The more we watched Reese, the more we appreciated his game. He has a nice shot and we really liked how we he was able to get pucks on the net while moving his feet. It was tough for goalies for read. Hi first step is very good and his hands are quick and clean. He worked hard and was around the puck a lot. He finished hits and forced opponents to work for every inch.”
May was ranked No. 235 in the Top-300 in our 1999 National Rankings report and is coming off a standout season with the Stouffville Spirit in the OJHL.
In 54 games, May had 25 goals and 41 assists for 66 points. Aside from 22 games withs the Milton Menace, he’s spent his entire OJHL career with the Spirit.
NZ Scouts: “He has progressed every year offensively in the OJHL. Neutral Zone thought he had above average speed that could work at the next level. Quick and agile with a really good set of hands. Made some passes in the game that got your attention. Will play at the top of the crease as that is where he had his power play tap in goal. Uses his size down low to create space which allows him to keep plays alive. Intriguing player and will be on teams watch list as playoffs approach.”
The Ottawa native has spent his entire junior career in the CCHL and he was ranked the No. 49 CCHL prospect in our 1999 National Rankings. This past season with the Kemptville 73’s, Domitrovic stored six goals and added six assists in 26 games.
NZ Scouts: “He is short but stocky, balanced on his edges and has swift hands. He had 1 assist in his 1 game here and looks to be a solid 2nd/3rd line forward for Kemptville this season.”