SB Nation Massachusetts High School Hockey Rookie of the Year
Jake Wise, Fr., Forward, Central Catholic
The Boston University commit is enormously talented and has a skill set well beyond his years. Wise, a 2000-born prospect, first came onto the hockey scene when he starred at the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament a few years ago.
The North Andover, Mass. native had 16 goals and 26 assists in 25 games this season. It's more than just his gaudy numbers that stick out. He's a tremendous skater. He has good speed, he cuts well and can really maneuver from end-to-end by using his quickness and lateral movement.
He's got a hard shot, but it's his passing that really stands out. There were a few passes he made this season that just made observers say, how did he do that and how did he even see that guy or know he'd be there. He's a true rink rat who loves the game and loves getting better. His hockey IQ is off the charts for a player his age. Two scouts this observer has spoken with in the last month suggested Wise is just as good as Jack Eichel was at the same age.
Wise is a good character guy with humility who is admired by his teammates and coaching staff. Early reports indicate Wise will return to Central Catholic for his sophomore season. It would be a great boost to the Raiders and high school hockey as a whole to have such an elite talent on the ice.
Runners-up: Dylan Regan, Fr., Goaltender Austin Prep and Cameron Gendron, Fr., Forward, Central Catholic
Jeff Cox covers college, junior, high school and prep hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.