Three players who played for South Kent prep school in Connecticut could be drafted in today's NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Shane Starrett, a Boston University recruit, made huge strides in the second half of this season. He impressed NHL scouts enough to move up to 15th from 35th in the NHL Central Scouting Bureau Final Rankings. His twenty-spot jump was from the mid-term rankings to the final rankings.
Providence College recruit Anthony Florentino, a rugged defenseman with offensive upside, was ranked 75th out of North American skaters for the NHL Draft.
New Hampshire recruit Jason Salvaggio, a Weymouth, Mass. native, has tons of offensive upside. The six-foot-six-inch forward scored 54 goals and 40 assists in 64 games for South Kent and the Selects Academy based out of South Kent. He also played in 17 USHL games for the Indiana Ice where he compiled five goals and six assists. He de-committed from the University of Connecticut after the conclusion of the season. He visited several Hockey East schools including Merrimack and UMass-Amherst before deciding on the Wildcats.
This past season, two former South Kent players captained Hockey East teams. Maine's Joey Diamond and Boston University's Wade Megan played for the Cardinals. Union College defenseman Shayne Gotisbehere was the last Cardinals alum drafted. The Philadelphia Flyers selected him in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Megan (2009) and Brian Mueller (1991) were the other South Kent alums selected in previous NHL Drafts according to the school's website.
Jeff Cox covers the NHL Draft, the American Hockey League and college hockey for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.