After reviewing each section of the state, today we'll look around at some of the top individual players in the state, by class. If a player has already committed to a college, I'll put that in parenthesis. The names I list aren't in any particular order.
Tyler Johnson-Cloquet(Colorado College)- He's my pick to win Mr. Hockey this year. He's small, but strong and faster.
Ryan McDonagh-Cretin-Derham Hall(Wisconsin)-A very good defenseman. I think he'll make a big move in the NHL draft rankings this year, similar to David Fischer last year.
Pat White-Grand Rapids(Minnesota)-All-around excellent player. Chose to come back from the USHL for his senior year.
Mike Louwerse-Blake(Minnesota State)-He has a great combination of offensive skills and grit and toughness.
Aaron Marvin-Warroad(St. Cloud State)-Already a fairly high NHL draft pick. He's got great size and is excellent with the puck.
Nick Larson-Hill-Murray(Minnesota)-A big kid that may not be the prettiest player, but is extremely effective offensively.
Bryan Brutlag-Holy Angels(RPI)-He's an excellent skater, and has very good offensive potential.
Mike Dorr-Roseville(Minnesota-Duluth)-Chose to return to Roseville instead of playing the entire year in the USHL.
Reid Ellingson-Cloquet-The top goalie in the state.
John O'Neill-Anoka-Kind of under the radar in terms of attention, but a very talented player.
Nico Sacchetti-Virginia(Minnesota)-Should be one of the top scorers in the state again.
Jake Youso-International Falls-One of the most natural-looking skaters in the state. Could commit to a college soon.
Jared Festler-Little Falls(St. Cloud)-Great offensive instincts. Is always in position to score points.
Chris Student-Benilde-Small for a defenseman, but a great skater and passer.
Jake Hansen(Minnesota)-Should be a high NHL draft pick this summer.
Joe Frazer-Brainerd(Nebraska-Omaha)-Really flying under the radar in terms of attention, but a talented and extremely tenacious player.
Joe Gleason-Edina-Good skater, and excellent playmaking ability.
Adam Mueller-Roseville-Had a great summer, and should be a top scorer in high school hockey this year.
Drew Olson-Brainerd-Very good defenseman that should attract a lot of college interest.
Aaron Ness-Roseau-Excellent offensive defenseman.
Ben Hanowski-Little Falls-Big forward with excellent hands.
Danny Mattson-Holy Angels-Good skater and good offensive ability.
Tyler Lapic-New Prague-A big forward with excellent offensive capabilities.
Zach Budish-Edina-One of the best players in the US born in 1991.
Jared Maetche-St. Cloud Tech-More of a grinder, but also a very good skater.
Charlie Thauwald-Rochester Mayo-Good skater.
Tyler Landman-Roseau-Played great at this summer's Select 16 Festival.
Nick Oliver-Roseau(St. Cloud)-Big forward that has already committed to a college.
Isaac Kohls-Hill-Murray-Played previously for Shattuck-St. Mary's. Excellent hands.
Nate Schmidt-St. Cloud Cathedral-One of the top prospects in the country. Will play for NTDP next season.
Ryan Walters-St. Thomas Academy-Great goal-scorer.
Jordan Johnson-Hill-Murray-Talented defenseman. Only frehsmen on Hill-Murray's team.
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