Scouting Reports

2001 National Rankings

Posted on June 18, 2020

Neutral Zone is pleased to announce the final National Rankings for NCAA-Eligible prospects born in 2001 playing in North America. This comprehensive list ranks the top 400 prospects in this birth year and then below ranks an additional 975+ players. Players are ranked by league as well. “With the season being cut short this year…

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Eastern Exposure All-Star Weekend: 2006 Day 1 Standouts

Posted on July 10, 2020

Neutral Zone had two scouts in attendance to watch the first day of the Eastern Hockey Group All-Star Weekend. We watched the 2006 group practice all morning as they worked on body positioning and body control drills. They also played some small games. The coaches were elite, play was excellent and it was well organized…

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Top 100 Uncommitted Prospects: 1999s, 2000s, and 2001s

Posted on July 8, 2020

Neutral Zone has released its National Rankings for the Top 300 1999s, the Top 500 2000s, and the Top 400 2001s based on this past season of play (2019-2020). Also included in each report are 450-900 additional players — either listed in alphabetical order or ranked based on their respective . . . The content…

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Former UConn Defenseman Rumored to Sacred Heart Staff

Posted on July 8, 2020

Former UConn defenseman Steve Bergin is leaving his position as head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) and he’s rumored to be the new assistant coach at Sacred Heart, filling the spot vacated by Paul Kirtland, who it was reported last week is taking an assistant coaching position at Yale. Bergin, who served as…

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BC Lands Former Harvard Recruit

Posted on July 8, 2020

Boston College picked up a huge addition this week in forward Trevor Kuntar, a former Harvard recruit who had a breakout season in the USHL this past year with Youngstown. “Kuntar finished this tournament tied for 8th in scoring with 5 points over 6 games,” NZ scouts said at this past year’s World Junior A…

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WHL: Victoria Acquires Wyatt Wilson from Swift Current

Posted on July 7, 2020

The Victoria Royals announced that they have acquired the rights to unsigned defenseman Wyatt Wilson (2003) from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2023 WHL Bantam Draft. “One of the bigger defenders in the tournament, and a throwback defender who dominates his end of the ice with brute…

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WHL: Moose Jaw Adds Gordon Burnett to Coaching Staff

Posted on July 7, 2020

The Moose Jaw Warriors hired Gordon Burnett to the coaching staff as an assistant coach, joining head coach Mark O’Leary and assistant coach Scott King on the Warriors bench. Burnett joins the Warriors after spending last season as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), which included serving…

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Pair of Russian Imports Sign CHL Deals in QMJHL, OHL

Posted on July 7, 2020

The Moncton Wildcats announced on Tuesday that they had signed Maxim Barbashev, a Russian forward with Atlant Mytishchi U17. Barbashev was selected with the 50th overall pick in the CHL Import Draft this past spring. tallied 19 points in 19 games with Atlant, while also serving as an assistant captain. He was called up to the…

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NCDC, PWHPA Finalize Exhibition Series

Posted on July 6, 2020

The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and the NCDC have come to an agreement to begin a series of exhibition games beginning with this upcoming season. The PWHPA’s New Hampshire team will play each NCDC team once. “I am extremely excited to see our NCDC teams participate in an exhibition series with the PWHPA,” USPHL…

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QMJHL: Furlong Signs with Halifax

Posted on July 6, 2020

The Halifax Mooseheads signed 2004-born defenseman Jake Furlong on Monday. A native of Novia Scotia, Furlong played in the U.S. this past season and starred for the new Mount St. Charles Academy U15 team. In 56 games, the 5-foot-9 blueliner had seven goals and 37 assists. Prior to joining Mount St. Charles, Furlong played for…

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LaForme Reportedly Signs OHL Contract with Ottawa

Posted on July 6, 2020

Merrimack will reportedly lose a recruit to the OHL. 2003-born forward Steven LaForme was traded to the Ottawa 67’s last month, and according to a report in The Turtle Island News, he has signed an OHL contract and will play for the 67’s this upcoming season. By doing so, LaForme will forgo his NCAA eligibility. “I kind of saw it…

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