Education/Analytics

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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A New Way Forward for USA Hockey: Improving NTDP’s NHL Draft Performance

Posted on June 30, 2017

Disclaimer: Let us start this article by saying that the current system works, the current system was created by some of the brightest minds in youth hockey and every year despite economic cycles, USA hockey grows its base not only throughout the NHL but in youth hockey as well. Therefore, we are not coming from a…

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NCAA Recruiting: Do Stats Matter?

Posted on June 12, 2017

After every college hockey season, our analytics team looks over the freshman class and analyzes their output. There are several reasons as to why but mainly we do it in an effort to evaluate our ratings and rankings, to analyze the NCAA recruiting classes and update our algorithm. We also strive to provide educational material…

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From Both Sides of the Aisle: CHL vs. NCAA

Posted on May 12, 2017

The CHL vs. NCAA debate has gone on for long before Neutral Zone and will likely continue well into the future. As a staff spread out throughout North America we wanted to shed some light on the topic from a neutral, unbiased perspective. Our scouts provide a unique perspective as we have both NCAA and…

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USHL Phase 1 Draft Recap: Sioux Falls Stampede

Posted on May 10, 2017

As a continuation of our USHL Phase 1 Draft Coverage. Neutral Zone scouts give an inside look at each teams selections, where they came from and what their game is. Star ratings and ranking information is for subscribers only, but we give commentary on each player and our scouts give their take on the teams…

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The Making of a Hobey Baker Finalist in 2017

Posted on March 17, 2017

  Ten players have named finalists for the Hobey Baker Award; the highest honor for a collegiate hockey player. We have analyzed the ten finalists to see how old they were as freshman, what leagues they came out of and where they are from. Of the ten players chosen, only three were drafted in the…

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The 2016 NCAA Recruiting Class: A Look Back

Posted on February 24, 2017

Division 1 Edition As the college hockey season heads into the last weekend before playoffs, we thought it would be a great time to release our 2016 Recruiting Class Analysis. This is used by our scouting staff internally to grade our performance and make improvements for the following season. We study the areas we were…

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