Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hot 15 Prospects

No prep players in this edition. Their seasons haven't really kicked into gear yet and there are just too many hot junior players available right now. There's a lot of foreign players in this list, so you can be assured that not all will retain their NCAA eligibility.

Hot 15
2. Stanislav Galiev (F/92) - Indiana-USHL
3. Matt Nieto (F/92) - USNTDP
5. Justin Baker (D/91) - Streetsville-OJHL
6. Brett Chartier (F/91) - Lincoln-USHL
7. Brandon Saad (F/92) - Mahoning Valley-NAHL
9. Beau Bennett (F/91) - LA Kings AAA
11. Jordan Depape (F/92) - Winnepeg Saints-MJHL
12. Rocco Grimaldi (F/93) - Little Caesar's
13. Kirill Gotovets (D/91) - Shattuck
14. Joe Wilson (F/92) - Syracuse-EJHL
15. James Polk (F/92) - Shattuck

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Okay, here's the post I promised on 1994's. Again, please don't assume that this list means I agree or disagree with the practice of recruiting kids this age. My goal with this post is really to identify some players of this birthyear that are the most likely candidates to be recruited first. Keeping that in mind, I'm going to miss A LOT of fantastic rural players and incredible players not involved with traveling bantam/midget/junior teams. I'm just going to list the players alphabetically, because ranking 14-year-olds against eachother is an effort in futility. However, I am going to put an asterisk* by a few players who simply stand out amongst the competition... just because I can.

Riley Barber (F) - Compuware
*Grant Besse (F) - Breck HS
*Connor Carrick (D) - Chicago Fury
Mackenzie Cook (F) - Reading HS/Boston Little Bruins
Andrew Doane (F) - Nobles Prep
*Nick Ebert (D) - North Jersey Avalanche
Adam Gilmour (F) - Thayer Academy
Matt Halverson (D) - Wayzata HS
*Seth Jones (D) - Dallas Stars AAA
Dennis Kravchenko (F) - California Wave
Kristian Manthey (D) - Anoka HS
AJ Michaeson (F) - Apple Valley HS
Brian Morgan (F) - Boston Jr. Bruins-EmpireJHL
Josh Nenadal (F) - Cleveland Barons
Drew Newmeyer (D) -Phoenix Firebirds
Ryan Papa (F) -Chicago Young Americans
Alex Roos (F) - Team Illinois
Jack Rowe (F) - Chicago Mission
Kyle Ruggles (F) - Little Caesars
Zane Schartz (F) - Chicago Fury
*Ian Spencer (D) - North Jersey Avalanche
*Brady Vail (F) - Compuware
Alec Vanko (D) -Madison Capitols
*Frankie Vatrano (F) - Boston Jr. Bruins-EmpireJHL

There you have it... a random list of good, young, and soon to be over-hyped players that could potentially be the first of their birthyear to be recruited... unless of course Michigan decides to snipe some player out of Ontario first.