Scouting Reports

October 10, 2021: U18 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite vs. U18 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Posted on October 15, 2021

10/10/21 – Pittsburgh Penguins Elite vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres – U18 AAA Pittsburgh Penguins Elite – U18 (AAA) William Moore #21 (F, L, 5’10”, 187, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U18, 03/22/2004)- The puck does not stay long on Moore’s stick. His release is quick, and the puck is on the stick off the stick in a…

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October 10, 2021: U15 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite vs. U15 Detroit Little Caesars

Posted on October 15, 2021

Quentin Bourne #8 (D, L, 5’8″, 148, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15, 03/04/2006)- Bourne is very communicative. He can be heard all over the ice, directing traffic, calling for pucks, and supporting teammates. He’s absolutely fiesty for size and doesn’t shy away from getting in the mix. He’s strong on skates with a even stronger straight…

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October 10, 2021: U15 Pittsburgh Penguins Elite vs. U15 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Posted on October 15, 2021

10/10/21 – Pittsburgh Penguins Elite vs Buffalo Jr. Sabres – U15 AAA Pittsburgh Penguins Elite – U15 (AAA) Owen Phillips #6 (D, R, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15, 01/12/2006)- Phillips has an impressive first and second step out of turns. He can explode out of turns with the puck and get up ice quick. He’s not…

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Dufton Tournament Recap: Top 33 Performers

Posted on October 14, 2021

During the weekend of October 7th-10th, in London, Ontario, Neutral Zone staff attended and observed some of the top major bantams (u15) players in Ontario.  Sixteen teams participated in this AAA level tournament.  The Halton Hurricanes finished the tournament with a 6-0 record after defeating the Ottawa Jr. 67’s in the championship final by a…

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NCAA: Halliday chooses Ohio State, Percival to UConn

Posted on October 14, 2021

(F) ‘01 Holt Oliphant commits to Air Force for 2022 Oliphant is the latest in a slew of college players to hail from Northbrook, Illinois. Something must be in the water there. He’s in his second season with the Johnstown Tomahawks in the NAHL where he has four goals and three assists in nine games….

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Morandum Thoughts: Columbus Day Weekend

Posted on October 14, 2021

I spent my weekend watching games at Thayer, Warrior, Canton Ice House and New England Sports Village. These are the players who made an impression and my internal notes on why. Enjoy.

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U16: Pens Elite Showcase: Pens, Mission, Sabres, Caesars. Top 40

Posted on October 14, 2021

10/9-10/10 Pens Elite U16 Showcase       Neutral Zone evaluated the U16 Showcase hosted by the Pens Elite, held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on October 9-10th. Four of the top ranked U16 teams in the country were in attendance. Every game displayed high levels of talent and skill with tightly contested finishes as these…

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U18: Three Games. Buffalo Regals v NJ Rockets AND Nashville Jr Preds v St. Louis Jr. Blues AND SKS Academy v LI Gulls. 35 Players

Posted on October 13, 2021

Beast Columbus Day (U18) Buffalo Regals vs. NJ Rockets Buffalo Regals Ryan Walsh #19 (F, R, 6’0″, 174, Salisbury School, 08/25/2003, Brown) – Ryan’s a good-sized center who is a good skater with a wide, long stride. He played with pace throughout the game and utilized his speed to create pressure and havoc in both…

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USHL: Goalie Report 10/8-10/9

Posted on October 12, 2021

USHL Goalie Report; October 9th-10th The USHL had 13 games this past weekend giving Neutral Zone goalie scouts an opportunity to watch plenty of goalies throughout the league. This weekend provided some stellar goalie performances and will be fun to watch as the season progresses. Below are the top goalies from this weekend in the…

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NCDC: South Shore vs. NJ Rockets and Jr. Bruins vs. Jersey Hitmen. Top 30

Posted on October 11, 2021

NZ was able to get down to the NCDC Showcase on Saturday 10/9 at the Ice Vault in Wayne. We solely focused on two quality, one goal games; South Shore vs. NJ Rockets and Jr. Bruins vs. Jersey Hitmen. Attached is a breakdown of players from both games we viewed. Grades are for this game…

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