Emma Conner (Edina High School, F, 2021) to University of Minnesota.
In late October, Neutral Zone learned of Conner’s commitment to the University of Minnesota. Conner was originally committed to Penn State but made the switch to the Gophers after promising junior season at Edina HS, a powerhouse program in Minnesota. Conner is an exceptional player who Neutral Zone has had the privilege to scout since the 2016 Stoney Creek Bantam showcase when she played for the Anaheim Lady Ducks. She was among the highest graded forwards at that event and never seemed to lose traction. She’s been featured on 11 scouting reports on Nerutal Zone over the past 4 years. Last season, Conner was ranked 6th in our Minnesota High School 2021 Grad Year Rankings. Conner’s road to Minnesota has been a bit unique given she’s an Arizona native who has had to jump teams in recent years playing U14 with Anaheim Jr. Ducks then going to Selects Academy where she played U19 as an under-ager and then last year made the move to Minnesota HS to play with Edina.
“She has good size and skill, keeps her head on a swivel and plays a strong positional game. A natural goal scorer, she can snipe in any situation with her accurate quick release shot. She drives the net hard and is also a good F3 on the rush. Versatile with her ability to play either center or wing, and has the speed and skill to break down defenders 1v1.”
From our extensive coverage on Conner, she is poised to have a strong senior season and has the potential to be an immediate impact forward for the Gophers. While de-commitments are rare at this point in the women’s game; the uncertainty of COVID-19 and current college players being given another year of eligibility, could lead to more in the coming months. It is also worth noting that in the past 5 season, NCAA women’s hockey has seen a rise in transfers which could encourage players to take more time in the commitment process and make the best decision for them.