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Top Minnesota High School Players By Class

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A few years ago, as a means of organizing all the players in the state of Minnesota, I started keeping a list of all the high school players in the state that I've seen by which grade they were in. It's a fairly handy little list, with players constantly moving up and down.

I've decided to post the top parts of my list as a way of pointing out some of the top players in the state this year. I'll go with 20 seniors, 15 juniors, 10 sophmores, and 5 freshmen. Obviously I know the older kids a little better having seen them more, so I think the senior list is fairly solid, on down to the freshman list, where it's mostly a shot in the dark. If you think I've missed anyone, feel free to leave a comment or email me about it.

I'd also like to mention just how deep high school hockey is this year.There's a lot of really good seniors floating outside of the top 20 right now, including 4 that have made college commitments. Comparing this year's group with the past two senior classes, I think this year's is already way ahead of them.

The list is after the jump.

Top 20 Seniors

  1. Nick Bjugstad-F-Blaine(Minnesota)
  2. Zane Gothberg-G-Thief River Falls(North Dakota)
  3. Brock Nelson-F-Warroad(North Dakota)
  4. Caleb Herbert-F-Bloomington Jefferson(UMD)
  5. Adam Knochenmus-F-Roseau
  6. Troy Hesketh-D-Minnetonka(Wisconsin)
  7. Jacob Meyers-G-Benilde
  8. Max Gardiner-F-Minnetonka(Minnesota)
  9. Max Gaede-F-Woodbury(Minnesota State)
  10. Andrew Prochno-D-Minnetonka(St. Cloud)
  11. Mark Alt-D-Cretin-Derham Hall(Minnesota)
  12. Brett Stern-D-Centennial(Minnesota State)
  13. Cal Decowski-F-Andover
  14. Justin Holl-D-Minnetonka(Minnesota)
  15. Chris Casto-D-Hill-Murray
  16. Adam Krause-F-Hermantown(Minnesota-Duluth)
  17. Christian Isackson-F-St. Thomas(Minnesota)
  18. Joe Faust-D-Bloomington Jefferson(Princeton)
  19. Archie Skalbeck-F-Hopkins
  20. Justin Crandall-F-St. Thomas(Minnesota-Duluth)

Top 15 Juniors

  1. Ben Marshall-D-Mahtomedi(Minnesota)
  2. Dan Molenaar-D-Eden Prairie
  3. Adam Wilcox-G-South St. Paul(Minnesota)
  4. Garrett Hendrickson-F-Virginia(St. Cloud)
  5. Andrew Welinski-D-Duluth East(Minnesota-Duluth)
  6. Brandon Wahlin-F-White Bear Lake
  7. Ben Bahe-F-Hill-Murray
  8. Ryan Jaremko-D-Elk River
  9. Zach Schroeder-F-St. Thomas
  10. AJ Reid-F-St. Thomas
  11. Kyle Rau-F-Eden Prairie
  12. Andrew Ford-G-Eden Prairie
  13. Max Birkinbine-F-White Bear Lake
  14. Tyler Heinonen-F-Delano
  15. Max Everson-D-Edina

Top 10 Sophmores

  1. Christian Horn-Benilde-St. Margaret's
  2. AJ Michaelson-F-Apple Valley
  3. Brady Skjei-D-Lakeville North
  4. Brock Kautz-G-Rochester Century
  5. Michael Zajac-F-Eagan
  6. Gage Torrel-F-Monticello
  7. Mike Reilly-D-Holy Angels
  8. Austin Rudnick-D-Breck
  9. Derek Smith-D-Apple Valley
  10. Nate Arentz-F-Lakeville North

Top 5 Freshmen

  1. Parker Reno-D-Edina
  2. Grant Besse-F-Benilde-St. Margaret's
  3. Lance Carney-D-White Bear Lake
  4. T.J. Moore-F-Benilde-St. Margaret's
  5. Dan Labosky-F-Benilde-St. Margaret's