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Kings of East Coast. Players Ranked 1-50

Posted on August 13, 2021

Neutral Zone attended the Kings of East Coast at Tsongas Arena on the Campus of UMass Lowell. The event was run by Vinny Montalbano who is an NHL Scout and also the GM of the CT Rangers in the NCDC. It was very well run with accurate rosters and any changes were communicated directly to…

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USHL Phase 1 Draft: Minnesota Blue Army AAA

Posted on June 2, 2021

The Blue Army AAA had three players selected in the Phase I USHL Draft’s sixth round. Here’s a look at how each has evolved into high end players who are now high end USHL prospects.

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USHL Draft: NV River Rats 15U AAA

Posted on May 29, 2021

The NV River Rats 15U AAA team had two highly skilled forwards selected in the draft. Both play with pace, protect the puck well and are not afraid to fire the puck while in traffic. In this review we take a look at Cam Russo and Joey Zheng’s progression from U14 standouts to potential USHL power forwards with speed.

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USHL Phase 1 Draft: Boston Jr Eagles

Posted on May 28, 2021

The Boston Jr. Eagles organization showed well in both the Phase I Futures Draft and the Phase II 2021 USHL Drafts. In total they had 14 players drafted and an additional 3 players attended the NTDP’s 40 man camp. In this draft recap we focus on their 2005 birth year players who were selected in the Phase 1 Futures draft and their evaluations as they’ve progressed through U14 hockey into potential USHL players.

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NAHL: Corpus Christi names Lysyj head coach

Posted on May 25, 2021

The Corpus Christi Ice Rays have named Michael Lysyj as the team’s next head coach. Lysyj, 32, was an assistant coach this past season for Des Moines in the USHL and he spent the 2019-20 season with the Everett SIlvertips in the WHL. He also has experience in the NCAA with RPI and SUNY Fredonia….

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Major shakeup in the CHL; OHL season over, WHL nixes playoffs

Posted on April 20, 2021

The OHL announced today that it has ended its return to play plans for the 2020-21 season due to the recently extended stay-at-home order in Ontario. “We have worked tirelessly with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past year on different scenarios and different windows of opportunity but the reality…

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NAHL Summary: New Mexico, Wichita Falls, Minot, Minnesota Wilderness. Top 25

Posted on April 16, 2021

Neutral Zone was able to watch the doubleheaders between both the New Mexico Ice Wolves versus the Wichita Falls Warriors and the Minot Minotauros versus the Minnesota Wilderness April 9-11. Below is a list of players and their evaluations based specifically on this weekend of games.  New Mexico Ice Wolves  Jackson Wille #23 (F, L,…

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Memorial Cup canceled for second year in a row

Posted on April 13, 2021

The 2021 Memorial Cup has been canceled due to COVID-19. It marks the second year in a row that the Memorial Cup has been canceled by the CHL. The CHL made the announcement on Tuesday that this year’s tournament would not happen. “The CHL is committed to the health and safety of our players, their…

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NA3HL Playoffs: Rochester Grizzlies vs Peoria Mustangs. Three games.

Posted on April 12, 2021

Multi-Game: Neutral Zone Scouting attended (online) the NA3HL playoff games 1, 2, and 3 of the CentralDivision Finals between the Rochester Grizzlies and the Peoria Mustangs on April 8th , 9th and 10th. Game 1: A typical play-off game! A very tight-matched game that saw two teams make little mistakes.Both goaltenders played great – giving…

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NA3HL Playoff Series: North Iowa Bulls vs Alexandria Blizzard. Top 16

Posted on April 6, 2021

Multi-Game: Neutral Zone Scouting attended (online) the NA3HL playoff games 1 through 3 between the North Iowa Bulls and the Alexandria Blizzard on April 2, April 3, and April 4th, 2021. This match-up was a West Division semi-final battle.  Game 1: A back and forth affair which saw two teams that didn’t want to make…

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