The 2016 USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp conveniently coincided with the NHL Draft just down the road in Buffalo this year. It made the trek from one to the next easy for the myriad of NHL scouts and college coaches who wanted to attend both.
With the exception of Tyler Inamoto who missed significant time with injury, the camp was void of U.S. NTDP players, meaning a significant portion of the high-end talent in the age group was missing. However, the camp represented a good opportunity for scouts to see many of the top Americans who will be eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
The 2016 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August was chosen following the week. The two most notable snubs were forward Ben Copeland and defenseman Dylan Samberg.
Last year, two players ended up getting drafted after being left off the Hlinka team - defenseman Casey Staum (Montreal Canadiens) and forward Mitchell Mattson (Calgary Flames). Suffice to say, it's a good opportunity for those who made the team, but not making the roster isn't the end of the world.
There were several players who stood out as potential prospects for the 2017 NHL Draft while others showed that they could be good college players down the road. There were no players that stood out as having first round potential. However, there is a long time between now and next year's draft.
The following rankings, by position, take into account performance at the camp as well as future potential. Look for a more specific 2017 NHL Draft watch list later in the summer with NTDP players included. Height/Weights taken from Hockey Tech line charts provided at camp. Team listed is most recent team entered into Hockey Tech. * denotes late '99 not eligible until 2018 NHL Draft.
Rankings are difficult because different players are valued for different things. For example, should a really good second or third line center be valued higher than a decent skilled player? This observer thinks so. The goal is to value the players that will contribute at a greater level down the road.
1. Ben Copeland, Forest #18, Right Shot, 5'10"/164, Edina, Minn., Waterloo Black Hawks - He had that extra gear to get around opposing defenders and to maintain puck possession for extended periods of time in the offensive zone. He played a complete game throughout the camp. On one assist, he did a good job digging a puck out from behind the goal line and hitting an open linemate in the slot. He showed the ability to get chances and finish them. He doesn't have the fastest shot, but he gets it off quickly and it's accurate, evident by a shootout goal that he fired into the top corner. His speed and hockey IQ helped in puck pursuit. He forced turnovers and pucks seemed to find him. He played through the puck. His 200-foot game showed in the All-Star game when he chased back to break up a play in his defensive zone before turning it back up ice for a scoring chance at the other end. His patience and vision with the puck were exemplified on an odd man rush in Wednesday's game against Gold when he gained the blue line on the left wing, stopped and hit the trailing right defenseman.
2. Ryan Poehling, Columbia #14, Left Shot, 6'1"/186, Lakeville, Minn., St. Cloud State - The former Lakeville North superstar is accelerating to be a freshman for Bob Motzko's Huskies this upcoming season. There's no denying he has the physical maturity to be ready for college hockey, but whether or not he can think the game at that level yet is up for debate. He has a strong lower body and can really explode into the zone with the puck. He has a heavy shot. His game is simple and he plays to his strengths. He's not going to be dangling and toe-dragging opposing defensemen. He's strong on pucks, can have an impact below the dots and has a hard shot.
3. Evan Dougherty, Gold #8, Right Shot, 6'1"/181, Kalamazoo, Mich., Fargo Force (Bowling Green) - He saved his best hockey for the last day of camp. He was absolutely terrific in the All-Star game. He made a perfect pass right on the tape to Dylan Seitz for a goal on a two-on-one and tipped a Seitz shot for another goal. He also blocked a Ben Mirageas shot at one end before racing down the other end for a rebound goal after he had passed it to a teammate. He has a hard shot. He's heavy on pucks and did a good job being persistent in his own zone. He looks to be a nice pickup for the Falcons.
4. Ivan Lodnia, Kelly #11, Right Shot, 5'9"/175, Novi, Mich., Erie Otters - His game is all about his stickhandling and skating ability that allows him to maintain puck possession and create offense. His size might be a concern to some NHL scouts, but he was really good throughout the camp here. He's consistently aware of where his linemates are and gets himself into positions where he can have an impact in the offensive zone. His skating and puck handling make up for his lack of size to keep the puck on the opposite side of defensemen. He has a quick release. He's crafty and creative, often seeing possibilities for plays that many others don't see. The only negative is he made a couple of quick and careless decisions with the puck in the All-Star game when he had less time and space because the competition had been elevated a notch.
5. Charlie Dovorany, Gray #14, Left Shot, 5'11"/177, Wausau, Wis., Fargo Force (Minnesota-Duluth) - His game is built on his ability to play heavy and be strong on pucks. He's around the puck a lot. He's a fun player to watch because he doesn't have the elite skill, but he works hard, competes and wins battles for loose pucks. A perfect example was in Wednesday's game against Columbia, his persistence on a scramble in front of the net eventually led to his poking the puck home for a goal. Later in the game he got the puck to the net by willpower for a Robert Trivigno rebound goal. He plays a complete game. He made a nice stick check on Ryan Poehling in the All-Star game while backchecking. He's going to be a nice bottom six center down the line who can contribute offensively from time to time.
6. Austin Pratt, Kelly #8, Right Shot, 6'2"/225, Lakeville, Minn., Red Deer Rebels -He's a big-bodied winger who is strong on pucks. He has a pretty good first step for a big guy. When he plays to his strengths, he's very effective. His hard, heavy shot and net front presence will be his two biggest assets going forward. A goal he scored against Gold showed off his finishing ability. He found the high corner of the net from a bad angle after waiting for the goalie to go down. It's not only his wrist shot. One of his other goals was a cannon of a slap shot from the high slot. He also did a good job tipping pucks in front. He will have to improve his play in all three zones to truly garner serious NHL Draft attention.
7. Ethan DeStefani, Red #8, Right Shot, 6'2"/195, Bedford, NH, Waterloo Black Hawks (Merrimack) - His improvement over the last year has been significant. He went from a player with size and potential to a legit prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft. His size and ability to make plays off the sidewalls are what stands out first. He brings the puck into the slot with strength and power. He made a nice centering pass from the wall in the All-Star game. In a game earlier in the week, he won a battle below the goal line and sent a pretty pass out front to Christian LeSueur for an easy tally. He's heavy on pucks. A year in the USHL could really benefit him in learning to truly play a complete game that will be necessary at the next level.
8. Brannon McManus, Royal #11, Right Shot, 5'9"/182, Newport Beach, Calif., Omaha Lancers (Minnesota) - He's not a player you notice every shift, but he has the offensive skill set to take over a game and change its tone rather quickly. In the game against Orange, he just took it over helping his team to three quick goals. He has good vision especially in the offensive zone. When he's on the power play with extra time and space is when he truly excels. A power play assist exemplified that. He gained the zone on the right side, pulled up and zipped a pretty pass to the weak side for a goal. He exudes confidence with the puck. One of his goals earlier in the week was an absolute beauty, sniping a wrist shot just below the crossbar.
9. Sasha Chmelevski, Black #15, Right Shot, 5'11"/188, Northville, Mich., Ottawa 67s - His speed and overall skating ability is a dangerous weapon. He creates chances because of this and can generate offense from anywhere on the ice. A game against Red stood out as being one of his better games. From a step or two off the left boards he found an open teammate at the backdoor for a power play goal. His speed through the neutral zone drew a penalty, which he did a few times on the week. He was able to niftily move through traffic with his skating and stickhandling. He's good chasing down loose pucks.
10. Cole Coskey, Forest #17, Right Shot, 6'0"/189, Zion, Ill., Saginaw Spirit - He's a complete player who plays through the puck. He has above average speed, can stick handle, has good footwork and agility and quick hands. He had a really nice goal later in the week where he picked up a puck in close with a lot of traffic, but managed to lift a shot up high and in. He impacts all 200 feet of the ice and plays with physicality. He's quick on pucks and has a high motor. One good example of that was in a game vs. Gold where he got back to his defensive blue line on the backcheck. He hit an opposing player to free the puck up after he had been deep in his offensive zone.
11. Matt Miller, Black #17, Right Shot, 6'2"/181, Leo, Ind., Victory Honda 18U (Michigan State) - The Spartans' recruit got better as the week went along. His speed and ability to use his size to get in on the forecheck and disrupt opposing defensemen was most notable. His speed allowed him to beat out opposing defensemen for loose pucks on more than one occasion. He's got an above average shot that he got off coming down the right wing. He's got a good stick. In Wednesday's game against White, he made a nice backcheck, lifting up a stick to break up a scoring chance. He scored a rebound goal off a Marc McLaughlin shot. His long reach allowed him to make a nice pass around a defender on a two-on-one opportunity. He was very good in the All-Star game. His relentless forecheck forced a few turnovers. On one play, it was a one-man show, as he shot the puck into the corner. He beat out a defender, retrieved the puck and got it out front for a scoring chance.
12. Dylan Seitz, Royal #15, Left Shot, 6'1"/189, Eden, NY, Kitchener Rangers - He has some muscle to his game and has a heavy shot. He didn't think the game as well as some of his peers, but he saved his best hockey for last in the All-Star game. He played well below the dots and worked with well Evan Dougherty. He also made a nice play, breaking up a play at his own defensive blue line with a hard backcheck. He's got a hard shot, can finish and has size to intrigue.
13. Stephen Agriogianis, Columbia #10, Right Shot, 5'8"/163, Florham Park, NJ, North Jersey Avalanche 18U (Penn State) - His vision, hockey IQ and skating all shined through in camp. He's patient with the puck and slows the game down, which is a big step in being able to play as he makes the jump to college and possibly beyond. He starts the offense with his ability to contribute in all three zones. He's definitely a playmaker who thinks pass first. He made a nice pass back to the right wing after he had gained the offensive zone off a turnover in the neutral zone during the All-Star game.
14. Tyce Thompson, Orange #17, Right Shot, 5'11"/150, Orange, Conn., Salisbury Schoo (Providence) - His play here was the most complete this observer can remember it being. He got back to deflect a pass out of play in his own zone and his puck pursuit forced turnovers. His skating and explosiveness has improved and he's gained some size. His best hockey is still ahead of him.
15. Jacob McGrew, Red #10, Right Shot, 5'9"/190, Orange, Calif., JA Jr. Kings 18U - He's a good skater with above average hands. He drives the net, he has a quick release and can finish. He sniped a wrist shot just under the crossbar for a goal against Black on Tuesday. He has good hands and footwork to catch passes while on the move. He has a second gear to catch up to the rush or separate from opposing defensemen.
16. Sam Walker, Royal #8, Right Shot, 5'10"/142, Minneapolis, Minn., Edina HS (Minnesota) - The Gopher recruit did some things well here. He's a good skater and is strong on his feet to the point he can make power moves despite not having the biggest frame. His first goal was a backhand finish off a pass from Robert Hermman. He received the puck in traffic but made time to roof a backhand. He made a pretty backhand pass to Bobby DeFriest for an easy goal on an odd man rush. He uses his body and edges to leverage the puck from opposing defenders. He had eyes in the back of his head for a nice drop pass right inside the blue line against Gray.
17. Marc McLaughlin, Black #18, Right Shot, 5'11"/192, Billerica, Mass., Cushing Academy (St. Lawrence) - He did what he does best. He's physically mature for his age and is able to just run over opposing players and bulldoze his way to the puck. He has an incredibly heavy shot that he gets off quickly. He has the speed and strength to drive into the zone and rip shots from the high slot. He's tough, battles hard along the wall and plays a heavy game.
18. Paul Cotter, Forest #8, Left Shot, 5'11"/171, Canton, Mich., Lincoln Stars - He's a type of player that could be a good third or fourth forward in college down the road. He does a lot of the little things well. He is good away from the puck, he gets his stick and body in passing and shooting lanes. He skates well. He's fast in on the forecheck, has a high compete level and forces turnovers with his puck pursuit. He exhibited nice patience with the puck on a pass to Cole Coskey on a two-on-one odd man rush.
19. Jonathan Bendorf, Gray #12, Left Shot, 5'10"/202, Yardville, NJ, Wichita Falls Wildcats (Rensselaer) - His skating needs work, but he's a fun player to watch. He's strong and rugged and goes into the dirty areas. He wins a lot of battles along the walls and behind the goal line because of his strength and compete. He showed off an offensive touch with a good look to Matt Cassidy on an odd man rush earlier in the week. He has a knack for being around the puck and having an impact despite the awkward stride.
20. Cole Guttman, Gray #16, Right Shot, 5'9"/163, Northridge, Calif., Dubuque Fighting Saints (St. Cloud State) - He's another player whose play is indicative of a year spent in the USHL. He's mature on the ice, does the little things and has hockey smarts. He has a good stick and has a good shot that he can release without breaking stride. He scored a goal scorer's goal early in the week.
21. Wyatt Bongiovanni, Orange #11, Left Shot, 5'11"/175, Birmingham, Mich., Des Moines Buccaneers - With his play here, it was evident he had played a year in the USHL. His game just showed more maturity than a lot of his peers. He was good away from the puck, created chances and had a quick, hard release. He generally seemed to be in a position to find the puck.
22. Riley Prattson, Royal #12, Right Shot, 5'8"/161, Tolland, Conn., Selects Academy 18U (Providence) - He possesses strong offensive skill set, but his ability to generate and impact the game has lessened with other players continuing to develop and get bigger and stronger around him. His acceleration and quick release are most notable. He has a hard shot for a player of his size.
23. Nolan Moyle, Gold #9, Right Shot, 6'1"/174, Briarcliff Manor, NY, Green Bay Gamblers (Michigan State) - He's not a flashy player. It takes a while to notice him out there and to appreciate what he brings to the game. He has sneaky speed with a good stride. He does a good job bringing the puck into scoring areas from the walls. He showed his extra gear to get past Tyler Inamoto on Wednesday, beating him down the left side. He also had a nice tip-in goal on Monday.
24. Isaac Johnson, Orange #16, Right Shot, 6'2"/170, Andover, Minn., Des Moines Buccaneers - He's explosive and has good size. He can take over a shift when he wants to, but is a little inconsistent in that regard. He used his size and strength to win a battle for a loose puck down low and hit Wyatt Bongiovanni for a goal early in the week. He made a similar play that started with his heavy play on a forecheck later in the week against Forest. He has good hands for a big guy. He pulled a puck back and then around a defender for a goal in tight against Royal.
25. Jerry Harding, Orange #18, Right Shot, 6'1"/196, Canton, Mass., Nobles Prep School - He's a fun player to watch who has already reportedly made visits to BC and Providence. He has a ton of speed, plays with an edge, but is sometimes overly reckless. He had a few huge open ice hits the break up plays and separate the puck carrier. On one penalty kill he got off two hard shots because of his tenaciousness and speed. He made a nice pass up to the center who was streaking through the neutral zone from his position on the right wing on a breakout. His game is somewhat similar to recently graduated Providence Friar Brandon Tanev.
26. Mark Castelic, Red #17, Right Shot, 6'3"/203, Phoenix, Ariz., Calgary Hitmen - He has the physical tools and skates well enough for his size to be worthy of scouts keeping an eye on him this year in the WHL. His play was just a little inconsistent at camp. He made a nice backdoor look for a goal early in the week, but his true calling is as a third or fourth line winger who can get up and down the sheet and disrupt the flow of the game. In the All-Star game, he delivered two huge hits. One was in open ice in the neutral zone that forced a turnover. The other was deep in the right corner of his offensive zone that rushed a defenseman into an errant pass.
27. Jordan Seyfert, Forest #10, Right Shot, 5'9"/160, Annville, Pa., Chicago Steel (Merrimack) - He's quick, skates very well and is crafty. His skating allows him to maintain possession for long periods of time despite his lack of size. He had two goals from poor angles where he showed his precise shot including a four-on-four goal. A pass he made on the power play made it look like he had eyes in the back of his head. He's slick, stickhandles well and has good moves. He made a couple of nice plays on the backcheck and has an edge to his game. If he can bulk up and improve on his ability to penetrate into the scoring areas, his game could really take off. He has the potential to be a very nice college player for Mark Dennehy's Warriors.
28. Robert Welsher, Gray #11, Left Shot, 5'8"/171, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., Oakland Grizzlies 18U - His skating and puck possession skills are his best attributes. He has breakaway speed. He slid a puck five-hole past Cayden Primeau for a goal early in the week. He has above average vision with the puck on his stick. He had a great game against Columbia. He had a good look out to Mikey Anderson who was pinching for a goal. Later in the game his speed helped him win a battle to a loose puck that he sent out front for a Jon Bendorf goal.
29. Chase Danol, Columbia #12, Left Shot, 6'0"/175, Westland, Mich., Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U - He's a smart player that does a lot of things well. He's not elite in any one part of his game, but he's a good player who is starting to draw college offers. He used his acceleration to split the defense and had a second gear to blow by opposing defenders to the outside as well. He gets in good position to receive passes and has good footwork. He made a nice low to high pass against White that set up a good chance.
30. Tyler Gratton, Orange #12, Left Shot, 6'1"/170, Pottstown, Pa., Chicago Steel (Penn State) - He played a heavy game and showed some good signs for the future. His best game was against Royal on Wednesday. He made a nice pass from the left wing out to the right slot for a Jack Lippis goal and scored another. If he continues to bulk up and play to his strengths, he could be a strong two-way center on the second or third line.
31. Aidan McDonough, Columbia #15, Left Shot, 6'1"/174, Milton, Mass., Thayer Academy - His performance here was eye opening. He had a breakout year alongside Ty Amonte (BU) and Casey Carreau (BC) on a line in prep, but his play here showed he's more than just the two of them. He's a glue guy. He's not going to be the linemate dangling up and down the sheet, creating offense all by himself. He goes to the net hard, he fights for position and for loose pucks and stays with it. He cycles, does the dirty work down low and along the boards. He scored a nice second chance goal. Each of his goals here were scored right on the doorstep. They were from crashing the net, persistence and being willing to pay the price.
32. Ryan Sandelin, Red #9, Right Shot, 5'11"/181, Hermantown, Minn., Hermantown HS - He plays like a coach's son. He has good hockey IQ and pays attention to the details. He took a hit to make a play in Sunday's game against Columbia, his best game at camp. He has good separation speed and can accelerate quickly. He had a nice finish on his lone goal of the camp.
33. Cooper Haar, White #9, Left Shot, 6'2"/209, Huntington Beach, Calif., Bismarck Bobcats - He's a bottom six guy who plays with a physical edge. He made a few big hits to force turnovers, especially early in the week. He has a strong stride, is heavy on pucks, but with limited offensive upside.
34. Chris Garbe, Kelly #12, Left Shot, 5'9"/177, Miller Place, NY, Selects Academy 18U (Brown) - His best game of the camp came in the first one on Saturday. He's quick and can win races to loose pucks, but had a tough time generating offense without a player like Ivan Lodnia on his line.
35. Matt Cassidy, Gray 17, Left Shot, 5'11"/175, Medford, NJ, Green Bay Gamblers (Quinnipiac) - He was a little streaky here, but he had some good moments. He scored a nice goal Sunday, going top shelf with a quick wrister. He has good instincts and thinks the game well. He made a nice chip up the left wing boards to Craig Needham. His assist in Monday's game came off a nice play from below the goal line.
36. Kamil Sadlocha, Red #12, Right Shot, 5'10"/169, Carpentersville, Ill., Chicago Mission (Ohio State) - He's a good skater who can create time and space and finish. His best game was against Black on Tuesday where he used his speed to generate offense, including a power play goal. He's a good player and will do well at the college level, but he's not yet dynamic enough to think anything beyond that is possible.
37. Matt Quercia, Columbia #8, Left Shot, Andover, Mass., NH Jr. Monarchs (Boston University) - It wasn't the best week for the Terriers' recruit. He never seemed to really get going and get into the offensive groove that he's definitely capable of. It was a steep step up in competition. He definitely thinks the game well offensively. He's a playmaker with vision, creativity and possesses an excellent skating stride. He did get quite a few shots off early in the week, despite not lighting the lamp.
38. Baker Shore, Gold #18, Right Shot, 5'10"/183, Englewood, Colo., Chicago Steel - He's one of those players that isn't easily noticeable when watching him. He isn't flashy, but he can maintain possession and stickhandle well even in tight spaces. He's smart, knows where to be and makes simple, but smart and impactful passes to linemates.
39. Joey Strada, Gray #18, Left Shot, 5'4"/130, Scottsdale, Ariz., Skipjacks 18U (Arizona State) - His play here earned him a scholarship offer to play college hockey for the Sun Devils in his home state. He's small, crafty and gets shots off quickly. He finished off a nice pass from Cole Guttman in a game Wednesday. His propensity to turn the pucks over needs to improve, but he could be a good college player down the road.
40. Mick Messner, Columbia #17, Left Shot, Madison, Wis., Madison Capitols (Wisconsin) - He plays with an edge. His feet never stop moving and he skates well. He has a heavy, hard shot to go along with that. He got a lot of chances because of his motor and skating ability.
41. Kyle McLean, White #16, Left Shot, 6'0"/173, Basking Ridge, NJ, Oshawa Generals - He's confident with the puck and is firm on his feet. It's evident he played a year in the OHL and knows how to play the game the right way. His hockey IQ is his strength.
42. Skyler Brind'Amour, Gray #15, Left Shot, 6'2"/170, Raleigh, NC, Selects Academy 18U (Michigan State) - His strength definitely lies with his skating. He can finish and moves well to get into position, but didn't do enough to really separate himself here.
43. Jason Polin, Columbia #16, Right Shot, Holt, Mich., Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Western Michigan) - The Bronco commit is a good skater who plays well away from the puck and exhibits a high level of hockey IQ. He's fast to get in on the forecheck and has good instincts.
44. Alex Mella, Forest #14, Left Shot, 5'11"/187, Stamford, Conn., Shattuck St. Mary's - He didn't have the best camp, but he showed signs of offensive ability. His strength is certainly his shot, which he gets off quickly and with some velocity. He had a really nice goal early in the week, going top shelf from the right circle. He's a goal scorer who looks to be close to putting it all together.
45. Erik Urbank, Red #16, Right Shot, 6'0"/180, Lake View, NY, Nichols (Dartmouth) - His game is all about his ruggedness and ability to be strong and heavy on pucks. When he does that, he does a nice a job distributing the puck to his open teammates after defenders have converged on him.
46. Connor McMenamin, Black #10, Left Shot, 5'11"/184, Collegeville, Pa., Shattuck St. Mary's (Penn State) - He has that extra gear to gain the necessary separation. He made a nice pass from the left wall to the weak side after entering the zone. He had a decent shot when he did get chances.
47. Robert Trivigno, Gray #8, Left Shot, 5'7"/142, Setauket, NY, Shattuck St. Mary's - He's quick and has a good stick. One goal he scored was a backhand finish in tight and with traffic around. He has good acceleration and made a couple of good defenders look foolish as he beat them down the left side. He was also willing to go to the net for a player his size.
48. Lucas Boka, Red #11, Right Shot, 6'0"/196, Plymouth, Mich., Windsor Spitfires - He's a hard hitter who will be a bottom six forward as he continues his development. He's rugged and has a heavy shot, but is limited offensively. He keeps his feet moving and uses his size and strength as leverage to draw penalties.
49. Robert Herrman, Royal #16, Left Shot, 5'11"/182, Poway, Calif., Green Bay Gamblers (Arizona State) - His best game might have come against Orange, despite not finding the score sheet in it. He had a big hit in the left corner, was flying all over the ice and got off a few quality chances.
50. Matt Fawcett, Kelly #16, Left Shot, 5'5"/136, Lincoln, RI, Winchendon Prep School (Quinnipiac) - He's quick and crafty. He makes things happen in the offensive zone. His lone goal here was a high shot from in tight after a nice stickhandling move.
51. Brian Halonen, Gray #10, Right Shot, 5'11"/198, Delano, Minn., Delano HS - A good skater, he had five assists on the week. He forechecks and is willing to dig for pucks to get to teammates. He had nice patience on a three-on-two to hit the trailer for a goal.
52. Marko Reifenberger, Columbia #11, Left Shot, Denmark Township, Minn., Hill-Murray High School - He skates well and has a hard shot. He made a good low to high pass for a good offensive chance in a game Monday. He can hold on to the puck and maintained possession for a lengthy period of time before firing home a goal from the left circle early in the week.
53. Brandon Kruse, White #8, Left Shot, 5'9"/142, Saline, Mich., Waterloo Black Hawks - He's an A skater who gets to pucks quickly and has above average closing speed. He hustles and did a nice job getting back on a backcheck to turn it around and create offense going the other way.
54. Jacob Marti, Gold #14, Left Shot, 5'11"/181, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Rocky Mtn. RR 18U - He had a nice week here offensively, but what really stood out was his ability to generate chances from hard work. His forecheck and overall motor allowed him to win loose pucks and gain possession. One play that stood out was against Forest when his forecheck drew a penalty.
55. Craig Needham, Gray #9, Left Shot, 5'9"/165, Medford, Mass., Lawrence Academy (Maine) - He's never the type of player to impress in a showcase environment. He's a good skater who plays the game the right way, but he doesn't have the elite skill set to wow observers. He did have a nice assist, carrying the puck down the left side against Columbia. He has good hockey IQ and footwork.
56. Brock Caufield, White #18, Right Shot, 5'9"/153, Mosinee, Wis., Green Bay Gamblers (Ohio State) - He had his best game against Columbia. He's at his best when he's contributing to the transition and pushing the pace. Both of his goals against Columbia came on the rush. One was a one-timer off a feed from Jack Nisbet. The other was a rush down the left side that he created from nothing.
57. Ethan Kimball, Gold #12, Left Shot, 5'11"/181, Holden, Mass. St. Mark's Prep School - His explosiveness and skating has progressed significantly. He showed ability to skate with puck into scoring area with power. He has a strong shot and can certainly finish. Once he learns to think the game a little better, his physical tools could allow him to really take off.
58. Jackson Pierson, Kelly #14, Left Shot, 5'8"/150, Zionsville, Ind., Culver Academy - He showed some real good signs especially early in the week. He made a nice pass through the neutral zone in transition to Chris Garbe on Saturday. He tipped in a Anthony DeMeo point shot early in the week as well. He showed patience and vision with a pass back to the trailer on a three-on-two against Gold.
59. Alex Pollock, Forest #16, Left Shot, 5'9"/175, Bemidji, Minn., Bemidji HS - Early in the week against Gray he made a nice toe-drag and beat a couple of defenders before finishing with a tuck five-hole goal. His speed to the outside drew a penalty and he had a nice finish on a shootout goal against Gold.
60. Cole Donhauser, Black #12, Left Shot, 5'11"/172, Buffalo, NY, Nichols Prep - He had good patience to finish a backhand breakaway and scored another goal just by being persistent on the goal mouth. He's a decent skater who had a nose for the puck.
61. Christian LeSueur, Red #18, Right Shot, 5'9"/165, Greenwich, Conn., Brunswick School (Dartmouth) - His best game came against Columbia in which he had a hat trick. He has a decent shot and knows where to find the puck, but he'll have to round out of his game to be able to truly bring that to the collegiate level.
62. Reed Lebster, Kelly #17, Right Shot, 5'11"/165, Grand Rapids, Mich., Des Moines Buccaneers - He had a strong move to the slot that he finished off with a top shelf wrister. His other goal came when he showed patience, waiting for the goalie to go down before firing a blast up high.
63. Jack Lippis, Orange #8, Right Shot, 5'8"/148, Mission Viejo, Calif., The Gunnery School - He's small and showed some signs of being crafty, but wasn't dynamic enough for his size on a consistent enough basis. He had quick hands and scored a breakaway goal against Forest. He had a nice give-and-go with a linemate for a good chance against Royal.
64. Teddy Wooding *, Forest #12, Right Shot, 5'11"/164, Wrentham, Mass., Rivers Prep School - He scored two goals, has a knack for the puck and was willing to go into the dirty areas. He has improved a lot over the course of the last year, including during the prep season.
65. Riley Murphy, Gold #17, Left Shot, 5'11"/174, Rockford, Mich., Fox Motors - He showed some flashes here. He scored a nice redirection goal, tipping it into the far corner of the net. He also had a couple of strong sequences in his own zone on the penalty kill in a game against Kelly.
66. Brian Adams *, Forest #15, Left Shot, 5'6"/153, San Ramon, Calif., Chicago Fury 18U - He's one of those water bug type players who flies around the ice, is quick on puck pursuit and makes things happen based on his energy.
67. Ben Perkins, Royal #9, Left Shot, 5'8"/160, Barrington, Ill., Chicago Mission 18U - He's quick and wasn't afraid of bigger opposing defenders. He had a really good chance on the penalty kill against Gray due to his willingness to battle through traffic.
68. Ian Murphy, Black #9, Right Shot, 5'11"/175, Milton, Mass., BC High - A late add to the roster, he didn't find the score sheet, but he does have good speed coming down the right wing.
69. Caleb Rule, White #14, Right Shot, 5'10"/169, Lansing, Mich., Shattuck St. Mary's - He's a gritty forward who is a pass first type player. He's a 200-foot player with good vision.
70. Bram Scheerer, Royal #14, Left Shot, 6'2"/163, Edina, Minn., Edina HS - When he used his size and strength to his advantage, he was able to get into the scoring areas, but he didn't consistently use his best assets. He didn't always look to penetrate the middle and would take perimeter shots. He does have the possibility of developing into a power forward if he puts it all together.
71. Hunter Rowan, Royal #18, Left Shot, 5'8"/177, Pemberville, Ohio, Bloomington Thunder - He's quick, especially getting in on the forecheck. His puck pursuit is notable. Going forward, he projects as a penalty kill specialist. He did make a few good passes, including one that he threaded the needle on precisely.
72. Nicholas Nardella, Gold #16, Right Shot, 5'8"/152, Rosemont, Ill., Chicago Mission 18U -He showed the ability to finish with his patience and awareness.
73. Riley Johnson, Royal #17, Right Shot, 5'7"/160, Raleigh, NC, Salisbury School - He can generate some speed going up the left side on his weak side. His stride is a little bit choppy, but he has decent speed.
74. Matt Dahlseide, White #12, Left Shot, 6'0"/157, Woodbury, Minn., St. Paul Academy - He didn't find the score sheet, but had a decent game against Black. He showed off good vision with a pass out to Caleb Rule and made a nice move to the middle on another play, but couldn't finish.
75. Joe Berg *, White #17, Right Shot, 5'10"/173, Plano, Texas, Lone Star Brahmas - He's a good passer and sees the ice well. He has good agility.
80. Matteo Menotti, White #11, Left Shot, 5'6"/152, Libertville, Ill., Topeka RoadRunners - He's quick and had a good jump to his step.
81. Robert DeFriest, Royal #10, Right Shot, 6''0"/199, Coral Springs, Fla., Portland Jr. Pirates - He went to the net and finished a couple of chances, but his skating needs some improvement.
82. Alex Steeves, Kelly #9, Left Shot, 5'10"/170, Bedford, NH, Sioux City Musketeers (Notre Dame) - It wasn't the best week for the Future Irish forward, whose older brother is also committed to Jeff Jackson's program.
83. Noah Cates, Gold #15, Left Shot, 6'0"/175, Stillwater, Minn., Stillwater HS - His passing through the neutral zone and ability to push the pace impressed in a game against Kelly.
84. Jack Nisbet, White #15, Right Shot, 5'10"/173, Scituate, Mass., Dexter School - He didn't have the speed to get time and space here, but his vision is good and helped him find the score sheet in each of the last two games.
85. Sam Morton, Orange #14, Left Shot, 5'8"/133, Lafayette, Colo., Chicago Fury 18U - He was quick and not afraid to go up against bigger guys earlier in the week. He did have a tendency to play from the perimeter at times later in the week.
86. Quinn Martin, Red #15, Left Shot, 5'11"/161, Santa Fe, NM, Colorado Thunderbirds 18U - He missed the last game of camp with an injury, but is a decent skater and has a high compete. He just needs to learn to play with more of a purpose each shift.
87. Julian Detmer, Kelly #15, Right Shot, 5'10"/176, Washington, DC, Shattuck St. Mary's - He shows signs of having good hockey IQ and knowing where to go. He made a couple of nice backchecks in a game against Red.
88. Matt Allen, Gold #11, Left Shot, 6'2"/171, Smithfield, RI., Avon Old Farms (Providence) - He didn't find the score sheet, but his play was a positive step forward after being buried on the depth chart in prep this winter.
89. Nick Abruzzese, Orange #15, Left Shot, 5'7"/145, Slate Hill, NY, North Jersey Avalanche 18U - He's quick and crafty, but much of his puck possession came on the outside. He made a few good passes.
90. Trevor Schroder, Kelly #18, Left Shot, 6'1"/217, Lansing, Mich., Omaha 18U - He's got a big frame, but skating needs improvement.
91. Kendrick Frost, Orange #10, Right Shot, 6'4"/184, Lee's Summit, Mo., Amarillo Bulls - He has decent size and was occasionally strong on pucks.
92. Andranik Armstrong, White #10, Left Shot, 5'8"/172, Alexandria, Va., Kimball Union Academy - He has a high motor and is persistent in pursuit of opposing players with the puck.
93. Aaron White, Forest #9, Right Shot, 5'10"/172, Sylvania, Ohio, Victory Honda 18U - He made a nice pass in the first game here that stood out, but missed much of the rest of the camp with an injury.
Josh DeLuca, Black #8, Right Shot, 6'0"/153, Livonia, Mich., Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U -
Ryan Naumovski, Orange #9, Right Shot, 5'11"/140, Shelby, Mich., Little Caesars 18U -
Michael Outzen, Columbia #9, Right Shot, 5'10"/174, Littleton, Colo., Cushing Academy -
Dylan Pitera, Gold #10, Left Shot, 6'0"/174, Culver, Ind., Culver Academy -
Alex Singley, Red #14, Right Shot, 6'1"/195, Latrobe, Pa., Johnstown Tomahawks -
Nolan Sullivan, Black #14, Left Shot, 5'11"/190, Eden Prairie, Minn., Eden Prairie HS -
Luke Suter, Black #11, Right Shot, 5'8"/151, Omaha, Neb., Omaha 18U -
Gabriel Wahl, Forest #11, Left Shot, 6'0"/165, Omaha, Neb., Omaha 18U -
Chase Wesen, Kelly #10, Left Shot, 5'11"/170, Bozeman, Mont., Sioux Falls 18U -
1. Ben Mirageas, Orange #7, Left Shot, 6'1"/177, Newburyport, Mass., Bloomington Thunder (Providence) - There's perhaps not a smoother and more efficient defenseman at this age level than the Friars recruit. He's not going to wow observers rushing the puck up the sheet, but he has a tremendous impact on the possession game and is an offensive threat with the puck. He has a tremendous shot from the point, as evidenced by his two goals in one game. It's more than just his shot. He has the feet and mobility to walk the blue line with precision. While he still has progress to be made in the defensive zone, his upside is tremendous. He did make several nice plays defensively, including a great one-on-one play against one of Forest's top forwards in a game Tuesday. His skating is good enough that he can recover if he makes a misstep. He's just a steady two-way defenseman.
2. Tyler Inamoto, Forest #3, Left Shot, 6'1"/190, Lake Barrington, Ill., USA Under-18 (Wisconsin) - He reminds this observer of another former NTDPer, Steve Santini. He's physical, skates well and has good size. His foot speed isn't elite, but it's good enough to be an affective defenseman. He has the capability to slow the game down and thinks well out there. He makes quick decisions with the puck to start the transition, but doesn't rush.
3. Mikey Anderson, Gray #6, Left Shot, 5'11"/196, Roseville, Minn., Waterloo Black Hawks (Minnesota-Duluth) - Having not seen him since last summer's Select 16, it was apparent he had spent a year in the USHL. His game wasn't quite as flashy, but it was far more mature and consistent. He just plays a very heady game now. He still has the skating and physical tools, but it's less flare for the dramatic. His vision and awareness were positives. He has gained physical strength as well, and it shows. In a positive way, he goes unnoticed out there. He just doesn't make mistakes. He's physically very strong and gets the job done. He consistently played very well in his own zone.
4. Dylan Samberg, White #2, Left Shot, 6'3"/190, Saginaw, Minn., Hermantown HS (Minnesota Duluth) - He was very good defensively and has physical tools to intrigue NHL scouts. He's big, strong, physical and has a long reach. He projects as a stay-at-home, shutdown defender. This observer doesn't remember him getting beat once in the camp. He stood up several forwards throughout the week. He does a good job using his reach for pokechecks. He's confident and tight on gaps. He rode BU recruit Matt Quercia right into the boards in a game Tuesday against Columbia. He did that several other times to opposing forwards. His skating needs a little bit of work, but he has the most pro upside of any defender in the camp.
5. Tommy Miller, Red #7, Right Shot, 6'1"/182, West Bloomfield, Mich., USA Under-18 (Michigan State) - He had a really strong start to camp, but was good throughout. He's tight on gaps, makes good reads and has a good stick. He's a smooth skater, is in control of the game, and has good vision. He has good foot speed. There was one time against Black where he had pinched and was caught. However, he raced back and broke up the ensuing play in his own zone. His recovery and closing speed were factors throughout the week.
6. Clayton Phillips, Gold #5, Left Shot, 5'10"/174, Edina, Minn., Fargo Force (Minnesota) - Throughout the week it was apparent his skating and physical maturity was a step ahead of most of the other defensemen here. He's another player whose experience in the USHL was a benefit. His play against Kelly was notable. He made several nice plays in his own zone, including a few pokechecks to break up transition plays before they had a chance to develop. In a game against Forest, he made a nice play to force a top forward wide. His closing speed and ability to contain opposing forwards is a strong suit. He's steady and consistently solid.
7. Reilly Walsh, Columbia #3, Right Shot, 5'10"/181, Andover, NH, Chicago Steel (Harvard) - Similarly to Anderson, Walsh's game is much more controlled and he's learned when to pick his spots more wisely. He's a tremendous skater and can push the pace by carrying the puck up ice and with firm outlet passes. He's always going to be an offensive-minded defender. He has a good shot and thinks the game offensively. He's not physical, but he does a good job covering ground in his own zone because of his ability to get going quickly.
8. Michael Callahan *, Gray #4, Left Shot, 6'2"/194, Franklin, Mass., Roxbury Latin (Providence) - He has a pro frame, and if this was purely a projection ranking, he would be higher up the list. He has a ton of pro upside. He moves well for a big guy and can deliver huge hits. He's good on gaps and has a good stick to go along with his reach. This wasn't his best showing, but the potential is there for him to be a top three round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
9. Joey Keane, White #6, Right Shot, 6'0"/180, Homer Glen, Ill., Dubuque Fighting Saints (Miami) - His skating is one of his best attributes. He has a good first step, keeps up with opposing forwards and does a good job covering ground. He's tough along the wall and made a few real good looks early in the week. The one negative, and the reason he's towards the bottom of the top 10, is he doesn't let the game slow down and come to him as well as some of the guys ranked higher.
10. Joshua Ess, Kelly #7, Left Shot, 5'11"/180, Burnsville, Minn., Lakeville South HS (Wisconsin) - He was a pleasant surprise here, earning a scholarship offer to play for new head coach Tony Granato's Badgers. He likes to join the rush, he has a hard one-timer and can skate well. However, it was his play defensively that showed the most improvement from last year. He gets his stick in lanes and is in position to make plays defensively. His lateral movement is good and he can skate backwards well.
11. Graham Lillibridge, Gold #2, Left Shot, 5'9"/144, Geneva, Ill., Chicago Steel (Yale) - For a smaller defenseman, he does a very respectable job in his own zone. He's tougher than his size would indicate. He skates well and can win battles for loose pucks. In each game, he made a nice play with his feet. He can escape and can carry the puck out of trouble. His ability to break the puck up ice is strong. He has a good, accurate low shot from the point. His skating allows him to maintain defensive zone coverage without being overly physical.
12. Ronald Brickey, Orange #6, Right Shot, 6'3"/189, Burtcvhille, Mich., Muskegon Lumberjacks (Western Michigan) - He's a rugged defender that will certainly earn his keep in his own zone. He's strong, tough along the walls and makes it difficult for opposing forwards. He does a good job keeping forwards outside and to the perimeter. He had a couple of nice pokechecks against top forwards in his team's game versus Forest.
13. John St. Ivany, Kelly #6, Right Shot, 6'2"/195, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Sioux Falls Stampede (Yale) - He projects as a shutdown defender with decent mobility. His size and overall physical tools are what intrigues most scouts. Once he learns to use his size and strength to his advantage on a more consistent basis, he'll be even more effective.
14. Grant Anderson, Black #3, Right Shot, 6'2"/172, Plymouth, Minn., Wayzata HS (Nebraska-Omaha) - He has a good stick, does a good job containing opposing forwards and makes good outlet passes. His skating is above average, but not as strong as those ranked above and around him in these rankings. He had a tough outing in the All-Star game, but had a decent week.
15. Jayson Dobay, Royal #7, Left Shot, 5'11"/155, Weymouth, Mass., Thayer Academy (UMass) - Vision, skating and being a physical two-way defender are his strengths. He parlayed his strong play into a commitment with the new Minutemen staff that had following his progress. He's aggressive, has a heavy one-timer and can rush the puck up ice. He has strong recovery speed, racing back to get back into the play defensively after a rush up ice against Gray. If looking for a fault, it could be said he runs around a little and could pick his spots more wisely. Another positive was his play improved, as he got more comfortable out there as the week moved along. His physical tools are there, and he has more upside than others around him in these rankings. It will be interesting to see how he develops at Thayer and then Cedar Rapids before heading to Amherst.
16. Jack Rathbone, Royal #5, Left Shot, 5'10"/177, West Roxbury, Mass., Dexter School (Harvard) - His skating and ability to join the offense are top notch. His offensive ability from the blue line is going to be his calling card. He's smooth and has good foot speed. He can get shots off from the point. He makes excellent breakout passes and has the vision to hit long home run passes to forwards who are getting separation in the neutral zone.
17. Marc DelGaizo *, Kelly #5, Left Shot, 5'9"/185, Basking Ridge, NJ, Muskegon Lumberjacks (UMass) - This week really proved that he can be a very good college defenseman. He's a good skater and has a good stick. He's always active, getting in shooting and passing lanes and using his agility to keep opposing players to the outside. He's not flashy, but does a nice job in transition. He can skate up ice and has good vision on breakout passes. He has good gaps and can move the puck as he patrols the blue line in the offensive zone.
18. Connor Mayer, Black #2, Left Shot, 5'10"/171, Champlin, Minn., Benilde-St. Margaret (UConn) - He is a good skater who is smooth and has strong closing and recovery speed. He doesn't think the game quite as quickly or effectively as some of his peers, which is why he fell down these rankings from past camps.
19. Corson Green, Black #4, Left Shot, 6'2"/206, Potsdam, NY, Chicago Steel (New Hampshire) - He's an intriguing prospect because of his size and mobility. His stride isn't the prettiest, but he's able to move the puck up ice with his skating and outlet passes due to his above average vision. He has a hard shot and likes to jump into the offense. Once he works on his first step with more explosiveness, he could be even more of a threat. He'll always be an offensive-minded blue liner, but he has the size and physical tools in order to become better defensively.
20. Cameron Babiak, Kelly #2, Right Shot, 5'11"/182, Saline, Mich., Des Moines Buccaneers - He's not overly big, but he has a toughness and physical presence to his game. He consistently does a nice job, keeping opponents in check and forcing plays wide. He made a huge open-ice hit in a game against Gold.
21. Ryan Wilson, Red #2, Right Shot, 6'1"/195, San Diego, Calif., Milton Academy - He had a really good week here. He's a smart defenseman who reads plays well and anticipates what's going to happen. He's solid on gaps, does a good job riding opposing forwards to the boards and is just tough to play against. He's hard to beat one-o-one. He moves the puck well. He had a nice end-to-end rush early in the week, feeding Ethan Destefani for a goal. He makes good lead passes in transition. He had a firm pass to the weak side to give a teammate an easy scoring chance. He has good footwork on the blue line, having the ability to step around oncoming forwards to get shots through to the net.
22. Julian Kislin, Royal #2, Right Shot, 6'0"/189, Manalpan, NJ, North Jersey Avalanche 18U (Northeastern) - He's a player who continues to show signs of positive development. His strong play was especially notable early in the week. He's not flashy, but he's smooth and steady. He's tight on gaps, has an aggressive stick, pokechecks and does a decent job keeping the play to the outside.
23. Chase Hartje *, Royal #3, Left Shot, 5'10"/177, Bemidji, Minn., Bemidji HS - He's a smooth skater who projects to be a good, mobile college defenseman. He can escape from trouble and skate the puck up ice. His skating allows him to maintain coverage in the defensive zone. He has good vision. He made a terrific look to the backdoor from the right point in a game against Gray. He also plays better in his own zone than some give him credit for.
24. Ben Pirko, Red #3, Left Shot, 6'1"/158, Arlington, Va., Avon Old Farms (Union) - He's the ultimate kind of defenseman that you don't notice a lot of the times because he just goes out there and does his job without making mistakes. He's steady and makes good, but simple outlet passes. He has above average hockey IQ and skates with his head up. He made one really nice look to the backdoor for a scoring opportunity from his position at the left point in a game against Black on Tuesday.
25. Sean Keohan, Orange #5, Right Shot, 5'10"/165, Milton, Mass., Dexter School (Dartmouth) - He's another blue liner who keeps it simple and doesn't make many mistakes. He's steady. His skating has always been good, but he has a little more explosiveness now.
26. Ronald Attard, Royal #4, Right Shot, 6'2"/186, White Lake, Mich., Victory Honda 18U - He has good size and has the physical tools, but he's a little bit raw. He shows signs of having potential to develop into a better defender. He has a good stick and did a good job getting in passing and shooting lanes. If he can learn to think the game a little better and put it all together, college coaches will come calling.
28. Thomas Elia, Forest #2, Right Shot, 5'11"/145, Buffalo, NY, Nichols Prep - His best game came against Gold when he was good in all three zones. He made a nice defensive play, riding an opposing forward right into the boards as he was entering the zone. He showed off his smooth skating, joining the rush. He has above average awareness of his surroundings on the ice.
27. Hunter Lellig, Kelly #4, Right Shot, 6'0"/174, Davenport, Iowa, Chicago Mission 18U - He skates well, is an offensive-minded defenseman and has good vision, especially moving the puck up ice in transition. He makes crisp passes on the tape. He reads plays well and is tight on gaps.
28. Jacob Modry, Gold #7, Left Shot, 6'3"/183, El Segundo, Calif., Wenatchee Wild (Rensselaer) - He's still a raw prospect who hasn't quite put it all together, but he has the size and physicality to earn a few more looks. He made a couple of nice physical plays in his own zone, but he also got beat a couple of times by faster forwards.
30. Bryce Dolan, Black #5, Right Shot, 6'0"/185, Barrington, RI, Kimball Union Academy - His play improved significantly over the course of the last year under the tutelage of former Maine coach Tim Whitehead. He's steady, skates well and has good mobility. He's a prospect that could continue to develop into a good late bloomer for a college team.
31. Matt Stoia, White #3, Right Shot, 6'1"/172, Northville, Mich., Oshawa Generals - His skating needs a little improving, but he has good physical tools and there are signs that he could develop. He has an active stick in breaking up passes, plays tough in his own zone and keeps opposing forwards to the perimeter. He's tight on gaps and has a good reach.
32. Brian Scoville, Red #5, Left Shot, 6'3"/215, Agawam, Mass., Winchendon Prep School - He was really good in his 15 year, but took a little bit of a step back last year. However, the former UMass commit is showing positive signs of development. His skating continues to get better. He can stay with his man and plays well in his own zone. He has good size and is rugged defensively. The biggest knock on him here was his propensity to rush decisions at times and not let the game slow down. If he can continue his upward trend, he'll have a college commitment again.
33. Chase Blackmun, Gray #5, Right Shot, 5'11"/189, Hudson, Wis., Hudson High School - He's a decent skater who distributes the puck well. He made a nice pass down to the left wing for a wide-open scoring chance against Royal on Tuesday. He holds the line as he patrols the point. He makes good lead passes in transition. He just needs to learn to be able to establish the pace and not get rushed which he does at times.
34. Nick Hale, Orange #2, Left Shot, 5'9"/153, Raleigh, NC, Salisbury Prep School - He's a decent skater who has mobility and thinks the game offensively from the blue line. He's tight on gaps, has a good stick and likes to join the rush. He's still a fringe Division I player because of his size, but he could make a really good Division III defenseman if he doesn't get scooped up.
35. Ryan Sidorski, White #4, Right Shot, 6'1"/170, Williamsville, NY, Buffalo Jr. Sabres - He has good size and has a pro frame, but he doesn't think the game well enough yet.
36. Erik Nilsson, Gray #2, Left Shot, 5'8"/167, Cincinnati, Ohio, Ohio Blue Jackets 18U - He has a good first step, skates well enough and likes to jump into the rush. He needs to pick his spots more wisely, but his aggressive play sometimes pays off. He delivered a huge open-ice hit on one of Royal's top forwards on Tuesday.
37. Anthony DeMeo, Kelly #3, Left Shot, 6'0"/183, Port Washington, NY, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - He has good size, but doesn't do much to establish himself or to differentiate himself from his peers. He had a really good camp last summer, but wasn't as notable this time around.
38. Jaden Shields, White #7, Right Shot, 5'9"/185, Royal Oak, Mich., Austin Bruins - His skating is only average, but he has good footwork and gets off a hard one-timer. He's tough to play against one-on-one and plays aggressively.
39. Jackson Decker, Black #7, Left Shot, 5'7"/163, Algonquin, Ill., Coulee Region Chill - He's a small defenseman who has minimal upside, but he could be a late bloomer as an older freshman down the road due to his high compete level and toughness.
40. Diarmad Dimurro, Forest #4, Right Shot, 5'8"/165, Highland Hills, NY, Gunnery (Dartmouth) - He's an above average skater who plays a pretty simple game for an undersized defenseman. He makes smart outlet passes and has good hockey IQ.
Garrett Anderson, Orange #3, Right Shot, 6'1"/205, Elkhorn, Neb., Omaha 18U -
Matt Anderson, Columbia #4, Left Shot, Shakopee, Minn., Holy Family HS -
Colin Baird, Columbia #2, Left Shot, 6'4"/190, Saint Paul, Minn., Mounds View HS -
Jesse Bjugstad, Forest #6, Left Shot, 6'1"/178, Stillwater, Minn., Stillwater HS -
Mark Capkovic, Royal #6, Left Shot, 5'7"/154, St. Louis, Mo., St. Louis Blues 18U -
Cam Cervone, Gold #6, Right Shot, 5'10"/192, Rochester Hills, Mich., Compuware 18U -
Jake Evans, Orange #4, Left Shot, 6'0"/165, Wausau, Wis., Wausau HS -
Colin Felix, Columbia #6, Right Shot, 6'0"/186, Ocean City, NJ, St. George's (UMass) -
Fletcher Fineman, Forest #7, Right Shot, 6'2"/203, Lake Worth, Fla., Bloomington Thunder (Union) -
Chris Lipe *, White #5, Right Shot, 6'0"/186, Rockford, Mich., Fox Motors 18U -
Nikolai Lyssogor, Black #6, Left Shot, 6'0"/179, Denver, Colo., Colorado Thunderbirds 18U -
Travis Mitchell *, Columbia #7, Left Shot, South Lyon, Mich., HoneyBaked 18U -
Tanner Palocsik, Red #4, Right Shot, 5'10"/165, Aliquippa, Pa., Pittsburgh Penguins 18U -
Bobby Pearl *, Forest #5, Left Shot, 5'10"/176, Wakefield, Mass., Dexter School -
Matthew Rickard, Gray #3, Right Shot, 5'9"/170, Coventry, RI, Bishop Hendricken -
Ty Schaefer, Gold #3, Left Shot, 5'7"/157, Clark, NJ, NJ Titans 18U -
Anthony Stark, Gold #4, Right Shot, 5'7"/169, New York, NY, Shattuck St. Mary's -
Kaelan Taylor, Columbia #5, Left Shot, 6'0"/158, Oceanside, Calif., LA Jr. Kings 18U -
Dominic Vidoli, Gray #7, Left Shot, 5'11"/176, Culver, Ind., Culvery Academy -
Vincent Weis, Red #6, Right Shot, 5'6"/136, Verona, Wis., Team Wisconsin -
1. Keith Petruzzelli, Kelly #1, Catches Left, 6'6"/180, Wilbraham, Mass., Muskegon Lumberjacks (Quinnipiac) - He's a big goalie who covers a ton of net. He has good post-to-post movement and is graceful in the crease for such a big guy. He's smooth and makes saves look easy. The knock against him has sometimes been his propensity for giving up soft goals, but he was focused and good here.
2. Cayden Primeau, Forest #30, Catches Left, 6'3"/177, Voorhees, NJ, Lincoln Stars (Northeastern) - He's fundamentally very sound. He's big. He covers a lot of net. Pucks hit him because he's always in position and square to shooters. His one negative here was he wasn't the best the few times he came out to handle the puck.
3. Kyle Keyser, Red #30, Catches Left, 6'2"/182, Coral Springs, Fla., Flint Firebirds - He has very good athleticism and cat-like reflexes in net. He made a couple of nice saves with his blocker in a game against Black. He does a good job stirring rebounds into the corner. His post-to-post explosiveness is impressive. He is a good skater.
4. Jonah Giem, Kelly #30, Catches Left, 6'3"/194, Littleton, Colo., Colorado Thunder-Birds 16U - He has really good size and the physical tools to develop into a pro prospect goaltender. He's athletic, made some big saves, challenges shooters and likes to be aggressive.
5. Mitchell Gibson, Royal #1, Catches Left, 6'1"/176, Phoenixville, Pa., Sioux Falls Stampede - He has pro athleticism and looks the part of a high-end goaltender. He moves well in the crease and makes saves look easy.
6. Ryan McInchak, Royal #30, Catches Left, 6'1"/163, Brownstone, Mich., Belle Tire - He's grown and has really developed into a prototypical modern-era netminder over the past year. He has good positioning, makes saves look easy, quick to pounce on loose pucks, and he tracks pucks well. He made saves on pucks he saw.
7. Ryan Bischel, Orange #30, Catches Left, 6'0"/174, Medina, Minn., Benilde St. Margaret - He did a good job tracking pucks, quickly covering up loose rebounds and squaring up to shooters. He likes to challenge shooters and moves well in the crease.
8. John Begley, Gray #30, Catches Left, 6'1"/160, Lake Forest, Ill., Hill-Murray - He showed some potential here with his ability to be quick and make the saves on pucks he saw.
9. Gabe Vinal, Forest #1, Catches Left, 5'1"/183, East Syracuse, NY, Syracuse Stars - He does a good job squaring up to and challenging shooters at the top of the crease.
10. Joe Dragonjac, Orange #1, Catches Left, 6'0"/152, Beaver Falls, Pa., Philadelphia Jr. Flyers - He was quick on pucks and looks to have some potential between the pipes.