Scouting Reports

U18 World Championship Quarter Finals: Team USA vs Team Sweden

Posted on May 8, 2021

Neutral Zone was in attendance for a quarterfinal matchup at the U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas between the United States and Sweden. This was a high-paced affair that involved skill and speed on both sides. The United States came out hard, looking to establish their forecheck and put pressure on the skilled Swedish players…

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USA Hockey Nationals U18: Top 130

Posted on May 8, 2021

USA Hockey Nationals U18 – Maryland Heights, Missouri  4/28-5/3  Neutral Zone was in attendance for the U18 USA Hockey Nationals held in Maryland Heights, Missouri from April 28th-May 3rd. The Rochester Coalition was able to take the crown as National Champions defeating the NJ Avalanche 4-2 in the Finals. There was a ton of skill…

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U18 World Championships: the Czech Republic Team vs team Finland

Posted on May 2, 2021

Neutral Zone was in attendance for a wild back and forth, round-robin game between the Czech Republic and Finland. The game was a rollercoaster for both teams that saw four different lead changes and ended with three consecutive goals from Finland in the last eight minutes of the game to finish a crazy comeback. The…

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U18 World Championships: Team Finland vs Team Germany

Posted on May 2, 2021

Neutral Zone was in attendance to watch Finland take on Germany in round-robin action at the U18 World Championships in Frisco, Texas. This game was one-sided from the drop of the puck and virtually over before ten minutes had elapsed in the first period. Immediately, Finland was all over Germany, using their skill and speed…

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U18 World Championship: Team USA vs the Czech Republic Team

Posted on May 2, 2021

Neutral Zone was in attendance as team USA took on the Czech Republic in U18 World Championship round-robin action. The Czech Republic came out strong to start the game and played very physically in the first twenty minutes of play. They experienced extended time in team USA’s defensive end and really established an offensive zone…

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BCHL: Trail, Merritt, Penticton, Cranbrook, Surrey, Prince George, Coquitlam, Chiliwack. Over 50 Players Evaluated.

Posted on April 29, 2021

Neutral Zone was able to watch this weekend in the BCHL. With a combined 10 games viewed, we were able to cover a large portion of the league. Below is a list of players and their evaluations based specifically on this weekend.  Trail Smoke Eaters  Jordan Hendry #6 (D, R, 5’9″, 165, Trail Smoke Eaters,…

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PHL Off-Ice Testing Top Performers

Posted on April 26, 2021

Neutral Zone’s Pandemic Hockey League did a day on combine testing on and off-ice on Sunday. We hired Sport Testing and replicated what happens at the highest levels including the NHL. Below are the top 10 in each category for skaters and the top three in each category for goalies. We tested over 90 athletes,…

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Top 300 National Rankings 2001 Birth Year

Posted on April 22, 2021

Neutral Zone scouts have scoured North America this season to cover every junior league that was playing including pre-season and scrimmages. Given the impacts of COVID-19 some prominant leagues like OJHL, CCHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc. have played little hockey which was a hurdle for our scouting staff but we did the best we could to…

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NCAA: Stramel commits to Wisconsin shortly after U-18 Worlds, more NCAA commitments

Posted on May 14, 2021

2001 (D) Cade Alami commits to Boston College for 2021 Alami was originally a Providence commit. He played in the BCHL during the 2019-20 season (13 points in 58 games) but stayed in the U.S. to play for the Jersey Hitmen in the NCDC this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alami is a 6-foot-7…

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USA Hockey Nationals U16. 80 F, 50 D, 7 G.

Posted on May 12, 2021

Neutral Zone made the trip to Maryland Park, Missouri to watch the USA Hockey Nationals. While Neutral Zone had scouts at every level, this report is focused on the U16 division. Sixteen teams qualified for the event and played 3 round-robin games. The best 8 teams moved on to the single-loss elimination format until a…

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Free: 2021 NTDP Evaluation Camp Roster

Posted on May 11, 2021

USA has a program where they field a U17 and a U18 team who train and lives in Michigan while competing in the USHL along with other exhibitions and tournaments. It’s a collection of some of the best players in the eyes of USA Hockey in the 2004 and 2005 age groups. Not all the…

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U18 World Championship: Team USA vs Team Finland

Posted on May 8, 2021

Neutral Zone was in attendance for round robin action of the U18 World Championships in a game that took place between the USA and Finland on Saturday, May 1st. This was an incredible back and forth game between two teams who love to play at a high pace and both brought the energy for this…

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Mass HS Report 2: D1 Top 130

Posted on May 8, 2021

The Massachusetts HS season in many ways, while imperfect due to the pandemic, was the envy of many other local leagues. It allowed these players a chance to show what they could do, even with a truncated schedule. It meant seniors having a chance to lead their teams one last time before they graduate. It…

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NCAA: Graziano flips commitment to Notre Dame

Posted on May 5, 2021

2000 (G) Josh Graziano commits to Notre Dame for 2021 Graziano was originally committed to Union and played four games for the Dutchmen last season before returning to junior hockey. In 20 games this season for the Johnstown Tomahawks and New Mexico Ice Wolves, he posted a 2.19 GAA and .930 save percentage. Graziano is…

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Neutral Zone will host USHL Draft Show

Posted on May 5, 2021

Neutral Zone is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a live broadcast during the USHL Phase I and Phase II Drafts. This will be a live feed with several of our scouts talking about the drafted prospects to give both hockey professionals and hockey fans an inside look at this years talent pool….

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Analysis: Breakdown of all NCAA DI Hockey Head Coach hires since 2013

Posted on May 4, 2021

The talk of the college hockey community has been the hiring of Todd Woodcroft as the University of Vermont’s new head coach. Woodcroft comes to the Vermont after serving as assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League. He didn’t play NCAA, he didn’t coach in NCAA and this would be his…

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