Scouting Reports

U16: Super Series Youngstown. Top 45

Posted on February 24, 2021

Neutral Zone observed the AAA Super Series Youngstown Showcase held in Youngstown, OH and Pittsburgh, PA between February 19th and February 21st. Some of the top U16 teams in the country were at hand to each play three games. This showcase was filled with premiere skill and talent from every team. Over three days of…

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USHL: Chicago Steel vs NTDP U17: Top 12

Posted on February 24, 2021

Neutral Zone evaluated a game between the Chicago Steel and the NTDP U17 team that took place on Sunday, February 22nd in Plymouth, Michigan. The Steel opened the game strong and controlled the first ten minutes of the first period. Chicago was able to establish its forecheck and put pressure on the NTDP early, forcing…

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U16: Appleton, WI Showcase. Top 30

Posted on February 24, 2021

On the weekend of February 13th-15th, 2021, The Northeast Wisconsin Jr Gamblers(2-1-1), Chicago Mission(1-2-1), Team Illinois(1-2-1) and the Oakland Jr Grizzlies(1-0-3) got together for a four team U16 AAA Showcase at the Community First Champion Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.  The teams played round robin for the first three games and the fourth was based on…

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NAHL: Chippewa Steel, Kenai River, MN Magicians

Posted on February 21, 2021

Neutral Zone was able to watch the NAHL over the weekend of February 13th. There were some good games in the NAHL as the season begins to wind down, teams are understanding that all points are important.  Below is a list of players and their evaluations based specifically on these four games.  Chippewa Steel Liam…

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MN High School: #2 Benilde St. Margaret’s vs #3 Eden Prairie Eagles

Posted on February 19, 2021

Neutral Zone attended this MSHSL battle between #2 Benilde St. Margaret’s and the host #3 Eden Prairie Eagles.  The Eagles came out flying and skated to a 4-1 victory.  Please see the top-rated 13 skaters from this epic match-up.  Eden Prairie- MSHSL Jackson Blake #43 (F, R, 5’8″, 134, Eden Prairie HS, 08/03/2003, North Dakota)-Jackson…

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NCDC: Twin City vs CT Rangers (Double Header)

Posted on February 18, 2021

Neutral Zone was able to watch the USPHL-NCDC over the weekend in specifically a double header with the Twin City Thunder. They had tough weekend of hockey bringing both games to a close ending. Below is a list of players and their evaluations based specifically on the weekend.   Twin City Thunder  Gabe Potyk #71 (F,…

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National Rankings 2000’s: Top 300

Posted on February 13, 2021

The 2020-2021 season has been in hockey terms, a “gongshow” for the 2000 born age out junior players. We would typically release our mid-term rankings for each birth year in December but with several seasons having late starts (or no starts at all) we had to push it to February. The list below is for…

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NCAA Commits: Ohio State Commits USHL Goalie

Posted on February 25, 2021

G – Reilly Herbst (’00) commits to Ohio State for 2021 You could call him a late-bloomer. Herbst is a Colorado native who has been in the USHL with Chicago and Dubuque this season, appearing in five games total. He spent last season with the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL, where he posted a 2.81…

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USHL: Sioux Falls Stampede vs Lincoln Stars. Top 12

Posted on February 25, 2021

Neutral Zone watched a game that took place on Monday, February 15th between the Lincoln Stars and Sioux Falls Stampede. The Stars started the game off strong, opening the scoring just over a minute into the contest after jumping on a loose puck in the offensive zone and capitalizing on the chance. Aside from the…

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NCAA: Schingoethe Commits to Western Michigan

Posted on February 24, 2021

2002 F Wyatt Schingoethe commits to Western Michigan for 2021 Schingoethe, an Illinois native, has been on the radar of college coaches since he was 14 years old. In 2016, as a 14-year-old he committed to Notre Dame and then in 2019, when he was 17 years old, he had committed to Denver. In 23…

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USHL Announces Combine and Draft Dates

Posted on February 24, 2021

The USHL announced dates for the 2021 USHL Draft as well as combined dates for this upcoming spring and summer. First, the USHL Draft will be held on May 26 and May 27, starting with the Phase I Draft on May 26 and the Phase II Draft the following day. This year, 2005-born players are…

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WHL Teams Make Moves Ahead of Season Restart

Posted on February 23, 2021

The WHL season is starting up again this week, and teams across the league, who will be playing in geographical pods, have begun making roster moves to prepare for the resumption of the schedule. Some WHL franchises lost players to other junior leagues when things shut down in the fall. The Kamloops Blazers began the…

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USPHL Premier: Twin City, Utica, Detroit

Posted on February 22, 2021

Multi-Game: Neutral Zone Scouting attended (online) the USPHL-Premier game Twin City Thunder vs the Utica Junior Comets on February 16, 2021. An out of conference game that showed intensity early from both sides. Utica Junior Comets took an early lead and never really looked back. Despite a bit of a push to start the 3rd…

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