Scouting Reports

Bantam Sixty Development Camp: Part Two

Posted on June 30, 2020

Neutral Zone was able to gather more information on some players that didn’t make our original report on the SIXTY Development Camp. We watched pratctces and games right through Sunday. Below are 27 new players that we evaluated and added to our profiles. Some we missed and some we just needed more time to evaluate….

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Northeastern Adds Two Transfers From Inside Hockey East

Posted on June 28, 2020

The Northeastern Huskies have added a pair of transfers from inside Hockey East, picking up forward Marco Bozzo from UMass and defenseman Johnny DeRoche from Vermont. Bozzo is eligible to play immediately for the Huskies as a grad transfer. Last season for the Minutemen, Bozzo appeared in 32 games with two goals. Prior to UMass, he…

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Gary Roberts Blog: Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition

Posted on June 28, 2020

The following article was written by Gary Roberts, NHL veteran forward who now owns and operates Gary Roberts Training Roberts will contribute more information to Neutral Zone readers. Click here to access Gary’s at-home training programs delivered on the Gary Roberts training app. Neutral Zone readers earn 10% discount when applying Neutral Zone promo code NZ10 at…

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Bantam: Sixty Development Camp: Top 50

Posted on June 26, 2020

Neutral Zone sent two scout to the rink for a first time in a long while to check out the Sixty Development Camp put on by the New England Hockey Group. There were practices and games and we watched both. Players came mostly from New England but there were some from California and the Atlantic…

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Western Michigan Elevates J.J. Crew to Assistant Coach

Posted on June 24, 2020

Western Michigan elevated J.J. Crew to assistant coach on Wednesday. Crew had been serving as the team’s director of player development and he replaces Dave Shyiak, who left the program last month to take an assistant job with St. Cloud State. Crew did no recruit in his previous role, but prospects should expect to see…

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Mercuri Switches Commitment to UMass

Posted on June 22, 2020

Lucas Mercuri, who was committed to Vermont, announced on Monday that he had committed to the UMass Minutemen. “Mercuri is a big strong forward with a brain,” said NZ scouts. “He finds the quiet areas off of the cycle very naturally. On line rushes he reads the defenseman’s gaps very well and will not force…

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Bowdoin Hockey Won’t Play Until at Least Jan. 1

Posted on June 22, 2020

In an open letter from Bowdoin College president Clayton Rose to the college’s community, it was announced that all sports at the school – including men’s and women’s hockey – won’t play until Jan. 1 at the earliest. The decision was made mostly in part due to the school not having students on campus for…

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Merrimack Recruit LaForme Traded to Ottawa 67’s

Posted on June 18, 2020

Merrimack recruit Steven LaForme has been traded to the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL and according to a press release by the team, will enter training camp for the 2020-21 season. If he signs with the 67’s, LaForme would forgo his NCAA eligibility. It would seem likely that a signing is in the works, considering Ottawa’s willingness…

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University of Alberta Drops Hockey Among Other Sports

Posted on June 18, 2020

The University of Alberta announced this week that it will be dropping men’s and women’s hockey, as well as basketball and volleyball for the 2020-21 season in cost-cutting measures due to coronavirus. “This scenario has brought most of our diverse revenue streams to a complete halt, and the athletics budget is no longer able to…

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WHL Announces Return to Play Initiative

Posted on June 18, 2020

The WHL wrapped up his league meetings via online video conference earlier this week, and during the meeting, teams discussed and finalized the league’s return to play initiative. With government and health authorities in each of the six jurisdictions in the WHL territory in the process of releasing further directives on their re-opening plans, the…

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