Friday, February 22, 2008

Hot 15 Prospects

The USHL has been picked pretty clean by this point in the season. The prospects ready to play in ’08 compare favorably to other leagues, but for youth, look for our neighbors to the north. The Canadians leaning towards the NCAA route have three of the top five spots.

Morin’s future status remains in question, but as perhaps the top American ’91, he’s staying on the list until it’s confirmed that he signed a contract.

Hot 15 Prospects
1. Jeremy Morin (91/F) – USNTDP
2. Chris Kreider (91/F) -- Phillips Andover
3. Kevin Clare (92/D) – Jersey Hitmen -- EJHL
4. Matt Mackay (90/F) – Calgary Canucks – AJHL

5. Danny Biega (91/D) – Salisbury Prep
6. Shane Sooth (92/F) – Salisbury Prep
7. Anthony Hamburg (91/F) – Dallas Stars
8. Brandon Saad (92/F) – Pittsburgh
9. Emerson Etem (92/F) – Shattuck
10. Chris Bournazos (90/F) – Team Illinois
11. David Valek (91/F) – USNTDP

12. Matt Leitner (90/F) -- Ohio - USHL
13. Chris Knowlton (89/F) -- Des Moines - USHL
14. Dylan Olsen (91/D) -- Camrose Kodiaks -- AJHL
15. Anders Lee (90/F) -- Edina -- MSHSL

Others to Consider
Steven Johns (92/D) – Pittsburgh

Ross Henry (90/D) – Lincoln – USHL
Tyler Landman (90/F) – Roseau – MSHSL
Sam Alfieri (91/F) – Shattuck
James Werner (90/F) – Team Illinois
John Ramage (91/D) -- St. Louis -- NAHL

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Here's my list of 93's. I'm fairly solid on the top eight, so don't bother trying to change my mind. All of the top eight are simply playing at a completely different level than other kids their age. The rest of the names are primarily good players on traditionally good teams in traditionally good leagues. Obviously, a handful of these USA players will be persuaded to play in the CHL leagues, but I think most will try to go the college route. I didn't even bother trying to find Canadians for this list for the same reasons. However, I'll consider adding any standout Canadian kids who've had parents or siblings play college hockey. I'm open to suggestions.

1. Rocco Grimaldi (F) – Little Caesar’s

2. Shane McColgan (F) – LA Jr. Kings
3. Colin Jacobs (F) – Texas Attack
4. Travis Boyd (F) – Hopkins HS
5. Seth Ambroz (F) – New Prague HS
6. Trevor Morbeck (F) – Milwaukee Jr. Admirals
7. Andrew Ryan (D) – Victory Honda
8. Vincent Trocheck (F) – Little Caesar’s
9. Kyle Plageman (F) – Cleveland Barons
10. Cason Hohman (F) -- Texas Attack

Others to Consider
Jack Barre (F) – Mid-Fairfield
Alex Broadhurst (F) – Chicago Fury
John Doherty (F) – Chicago Fury

Danny Elser (F) -- Shattuck
Kevin Emmerling (F) -- Boston Advantage
Max Everson (D) – Edina HS

Alex Gacek (F) -- Governer Academy
Kacper Guzic (F) – Little Caesar’s

Kevin Irwin (F) -- Cleveland Barons
Adam Krause (F) -- Hermantown HS
Jacob MacDonald (D) – Compuware

Michael Paliotta (D) -- Choate Prep
Duke Pieper (D) -- Shattuck
Tyler Rostenkowski (F) -- Culver Academy
Luke Sandler (F) – Culver Academy
Zach Todd (D) – Boston Jr. Bruins
Ben Torchia (F) – Victory Honda

Joe Yeadon (F) -- Burlington