U18

Kings of East Coast: Top 40 Prospects

Posted on August 16, 2019

Neutral Zone had a scout at every day of the Kings of East Coast Showcase July 30th-August 1st, 2019. The event took place at UMass-Lowell and was run by Vinny Montalbano, NHL Scout and GM of the CT Rangers (NCDC). There were six teams. Vinny and his staff did a superb job of bringing together…

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Liberty Bell Games 2019: Top 80

Posted on June 29, 2019

Neutral Zone attended the Liberty Bell Games in early June in Red Bank, NJ. The players in attendance ranged from 2002-2004 birth years and were chosen through an application process by the Liberty Bell staff of professional scouts. Players had to be from or play in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeastern region (NY, NJ, PA, DE, DC, VA.)…

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Beantown NAPS U16/U18: Top 25

Posted on June 28, 2019

Beantown NAPS U16/U18 Top 25 Even though this is not one of the primary events on the New England scouting calendar we thought we would pop in for a quick look at the U16 and U18 levels of Beantown NAPS. The event was not easy for us to scout: requiring us to pay $15 (cash…

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Mass Festival Final 40: Team NZ Mass Teams for 2002s-2004s

Posted on May 21, 2019

Neutral Zone had two experienced scouts at both days and every game of the Final 40 in Marlboro, MA, May 18-19. All the players are good and the more we watched, the more we talked about the players we would love to have a chance to coach. With over 30 years of playing at the…

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U18 AA Michigan State Championship: Top 40

Posted on March 26, 2019

The 2019 18U Midget AA State Championship took place in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. There were seven teams all from the State of Michigan that qualified for the tournament. In the semifinal game, Kensington defeated Big Boy White 5-2. In the other semifinal game, Big Boy Red shutout Lapeer Storm. Then later in the afternoon…

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U18 Atlantic District Qualifiers: Top 20

Posted on March 18, 2019

Atlantic District Qualifiers Top 20 U18 March 9-10 Top four teams in the Atlantic District competing for a spot to play the North Jersey Avalanche in the District Championship. The North Jersey Avalanche were given a bye as the top seed. The New Jersey Hitmen walked away from the weekend with the best record after…

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NHL Midget Youth Cup: U18, U16: Top 120

Posted on February 20, 2019

Neutral Zone had one scout evaluate the U16 Division and one scout evaluate the U18 Division at the annual NHL Youth Cup in Marlboro, MA on February 8-9. It’s a bit strange as events go as information on the event was tough to come by there is little buzz surrounding it overall. There were lots…

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U18 STX Notre Dame Shootout: Top 50

Posted on February 4, 2019

Neutral Zone was in South Bend, Indiana for the U18 STX Shootout for the weekend of January 25-27. Teams from the Midwest, Florida, and Calgary, Alberta participated in an 8 team tournament. There was great action with tight games as 6 games ended up in a tie. Team Illinois came up as the top team…

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USPHL: All Star Games: U16, U18 and NCDC

Posted on January 24, 2019

USPHL All-Star Games – January 21, 2019 Every year in late January the USPHL celebrates its All-Stars in festive one-off red, white and blue unis. This event has historically been a launching pad for players who seek to move on to the next level: be it prep, D3 or D1 in college. Here we watched…

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Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Jamboree: Top 30

Posted on January 2, 2019

Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep Jamboree Top 30 Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep team hosted a strong 6 team tournament in Faribault, MN in December. It featured teams from the United States and Canada. We saw some great games with skill, intensity and urgency. There was a large group of USHL and Division I schools on hand looking for…

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