Education/Analytics

USHL Phase 1 Draft Grades

Posted on May 8, 2018

Team: Cedar Rapids Roughriders Grade: B- Picks: 11 Total; 3 in Top 50; 7 in Top 100 Best prospects: Andrei Bakanov (#5 Ranked) Best Value: Austin Cook (#59 Ranked / #85 Overall), Charlie DesRoches (#28 Ranked, #37 Overall) Summary: Cedar Rapids started out the draft taking arguably the most USHL ready prospect in this draft…

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USHL Phase I Draft: Top 350 Rankings (2002s)

Posted on May 7, 2018

Tonight marks the USHL Phase I draft where teams will have 10 rounds of selections to acquire the rights to the best 2002’s in North America (and beyond). Neutral Zone scouts have compiled a ranking of the top 350 players in the draft. We have excluded players who have signed CHL contracts, players who have…

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USHL Tenders: Risks and Rewards

Posted on April 19, 2018

Following the NTDP Evaluation Camp, many top prospects in the U.S. and Canada will be offered tenders to USHL clubs. With the draft only a few weeks out, more and more players signing tenders, including Alex Gaffney, Ruben Rafkin, Colby Ambrosio, Chase Bradley and Wyatt Schingoethe signing with Waterloo. A tender is a binding contract between a player…

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The OHL Draft: A Draft Analysis

Posted on April 11, 2018

The OHL Draft is the most distinguished amateur hockey draft in the world. Some of the greatest players in the history of the NHL were first drafted in the OHL, but the league does not necessarily draft the best players available. This year’s draft featured over 60 Americans and over 30 NCAA-committed players. Drafting NCAA-committed…

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Analyzing the 1998 Rankings

Posted on March 20, 2018

Neutral Zone released its rankings of the top 600 NCAA-Eligible, 1998-born prospects. While the actual rankings are for subscribers only, we compiled basic analytics describing the players’ positions, leagues and commitment statistics. The most interesting is the star rating, which shows how players have progressed, regressed or stayed the same, and how many new players…

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A Study of the Top 50 NHL Scorers

Posted on December 19, 2017

NHL Top 50 Scorers in NHL – Analysis At Neutral Zone we typically just analyze CHL and NCAA prospects and players, but there has been growing demand for NHL based information. In this short study, we analyze the Top 50-point producers in the NHL as of 12/18/2017. We looked at who they are, what countries…

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NCAA DIII Freshman Analysis: November

Posted on November 29, 2017

By Brendan Collins Earlier in the season we analyzed the NCAA Division I freshman and their early contributions to see who was making an immediate impact, how old they were and what leagues those players came from. We found some interesting results. The USHL dominated statistics and 78 percent of the leading scorers were 19-20-year…

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NCAA Freshman Analysis: October

Posted on November 3, 2017

By Brendan Collins While the Ivies are just getting underway, the rest of college hockey has already played for a month. At Neutral Zone, we evaluate, rank and profile amateur NCAA and CHL prospects for NHL, NCAA, CHL and Junior coaches and scouts as well as players, parents and fans. Every month we take the…

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A Sit Down with Steve: Q&A with Neutral Zone Founder

Posted on September 1, 2017

As Neutral Zone prepares for the 2017-2018 season we sat down with Neutral Zone President and Founder Steve Wilk to talk about Neutral Zone, the upcoming season and exciting new features to the website.   What made you want to start Neutral Zone? I played hockey as a youth both in the United States and…

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Wisconsin High School Hockey Standout Commits to UMass Lowell

Posted on August 24, 2017

  UMass Lowell and Head Coach Norm Bazin recently received a commitment from 3.75-star prospect Chase Blackmun, a 6-foot, 185-pound, right-shot defenseman out of Hudson, Wisconsin. In a time of single sport specialization, early commitments and the erosion of high school hockey; Chase goes against nearly every modern hockey movement.  He stayed at his local…

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