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NHL Draft Chaos

Posted on May 30, 2020

2020 NHL Draft information The Draft itself will take place after the Stanley Cup has been won. There are seven teams who have already been eliminated from the playoffs (Ottawa, Detroit, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, New Jersey and Buffalo) and each is in contention for the #1 overall selection. All 15 non-playoff teams (including…

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Shane Lachance

Posted on May 9, 2020

Brian Murphy; US Director of Scouting on Shane Lachance, Tabor Academy, Pick #128 in Phase II of the USHL draft by Tri-City. Shane is a four star rated player by Neutral Zone. Before writing this, I spoke with our NHL guys who had seem him as well and wanted to make sure they agreed with…

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USHL Draft Recap

Posted on May 8, 2020

Neutral Zone scouts have put together a USHL Draft recap breaking down a total of 110 picks from each team in both Phase I and Phase II. We provided background and scouting information on each team’s top selection in each draft as well as a good value pick and a sleeper pick. In most cases there were several players to choose from but we tried to spread it out among regions so each territory was represented.

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Michael Stenberg

Posted on May 6, 2020

Brian Murphy; VP and Director of US Scouting on Mike Stenberg; #4 Overall selection in the USHL Draft by Des Moines: I was told about four years ago to watch out for a kid named Mike Stenberg. I was told three things. 1. He was strong and played with lots of snarl. 2. Every Prep…

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Get to Know Camron VanSickle

Posted on May 5, 2020

Brian Murphy; VP and Director of US Scouting on Camron VanSickle: There very few players who seem to become more relaxed and more focused near the net. You almost see a smile one their faces. Rutger McGroarty would be one. Camron CanSickle is another. He is cool, cold blooded, poised; a goalie assassin. I don’t…

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Billy Norcross

Posted on April 21, 2020

Just to be upfront, I think Billy’s best days are ahead of him…… and that’s what makes Billy an NHL prospect for the 2021 Draft.

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MAHA Bantam Festival 2004

Posted on April 19, 2020

This evaluation was originally written in July of 2017. We came across it doing some “house cleaning” and loved seeing all of the familiar names with their evaluations. We thought it would be interesting to look back at what our scouts said about them as Bantams.

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Saxen Robertson

Posted on April 18, 2020

2004 Saxen Robertson from the Pitt Penguins Elite went undrafted in the OHL. I understand that he may not be at the top of team’s lists but he is a player that would be a perfect fit from a development standpoint. Teams would be lucky to have Saxen for a few years. Brian Murphy. Director…

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Jake Bongo

Posted on April 17, 2020

Twenty years ago Jake probably would not have gotten a sniff of NHL attention, but that isn’t the case now. He’s got a high hockey IQ, great wheels, fantastic motor, is an absolute dog on a bone for the puck and is one of the most competitive players I saw in New England last year (2019-20). And by competitive I don’t mean he tries hard. I mean that it’s obvious that losing hurts his sole.

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Andrew Centrella

Posted on April 17, 2020

Andrew Centrella of the Valley Forge Minuteman is our 81st ranked 2004. he played up on the U16 team and is a player we feel OHL teams missed him in last month’s draft. The USHL did not miss him, specifically the Omaha Lancers who grabbed him at #101 in the Future’s Draft. A bit low…

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