The 2017 New England Pro-Am Hockey Junior Chowder Cup took place this past weekend, July 20-23. This observer took in action Thursday, Friday and Sunday at both the Foxboro Sports Center and Rodman Arena.
The event featured two divisions – 2001 and 2002 – with players born between 2001 and 2003. While there were far too many teams, as usual, there were plenty of good hockey players on hand.
Selects Hockey Development won the ‘02 Division while All-American Prospects won the ‘01 Division.
The following list is comprised of uncommitted prospects that stood out during the course of the showcase. It excludes players who attended USA Hockey Player Development Camps (15s or 16s). The evaluations from Select 15s and Select 16s will be out later this week.
Eamon Powell (BC), Nick DeSantis, Ian Pierce, Hunter McKown and Ryan Waltman were a few prospects who attended a USA Hockey PDC who stood out here.
#33 Selects Hockey Development, Forward, Shoots Left, 1/10/02
He’s not quite as physically mature as the other two Fins on the Selects Hockey Development team, but he’s got a ton of skill. He has good speed and could create scoring opportunities in transition. He had good agility and hockey sense. He protected the puck well with stickhandling and switching sides. He scored a nice goal on Sunday where he drove out front from behind the cage for a turnaround wrister.
#7 Selects Hockey Development, Defense, Shoots Right, 6/3/02
The Finnish native has good size and is an above average puck-moving defender. He skates well and has some agility to his game. He sees the ice well and made a few really nice looks in transition and in the attacking zone.
#18 Selects Hockey Development, Forward, Shoots Left, 9/25/02
A late birthdate from Finland, he has good size and projects well. He can skate and he had a nose for the puck. He scooped in for a rebound goal and he played with grit. He scored a goal later by bulling his way into the slow and firing a low wrister past the goalie. He wasn’t quite as skilled as his two fellow Fins, but there’s the potential for him to be a power forward.
#28 All-American Prospects 02, Forward, Shoots Right, 7/8/02
The Welland, Ontario native is a goal scorer. He has terrific hands and can score from anywhere. He scored a nifty goal from a near impossible angle on Thursday. He gets it off quickly and with zip. He scored another beauty of a goal later in the weekend off a re-direct. He’s reportedly playing the 2017-18 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in the T1EHL.
#00 All-American Prospects 02, Goaltender, Catches Left, 10/21/02
A massive goaltender from Ontario, he looks to be a legit pro prospect. He moves well and takes up a lot of net. He didn’t face much rubber, but did a nice job tracking pucks when he did.
#22 All-American Prospects 02, Forward, Shoots Left, 1/27/02
A cerebral center, the Oakville, Ontario native is a great skater who possesses the necessary speed to play a 200-foot game. He does a good job on the forecheck and retrieves pucks. He seems to project as a good third line center going forward.
#2 All-American Prospects 02, Defense, Shoots Right, 10/7/02
A Canadian who plays for St. Andrew’s College, he’ll be a hot commodity for Division I teams looking for a steady, reliable defender. He has good gaps and a good stick. He’s strong, has good size and skates well enough.
#21 Hockey Essentials 01, Defense, Shoots Right, 11/10/01
A late ’01 who’ll be heading to Shattuck St. Mary’s, per Mark Divver of the ProJo, he’s a blue liner with a mean streak. He has good size, length and can be an intimidating force in his own zone. He’s been with Shawinigan Lake Prep School in British Columbia.
#4 Future Pros Hockey 01, Defense, Shoots Left, 7/10/01
He has good size, skated well going forward and exhibited confidence and poise with the puck on his stick. In the past he’s shown a little bit more of a physical presence, but he floated a little here. It’s summer hockey, but still would have liked to see more compete out of him. A Russian by birth, he’s been in Ontario the past few years. He’s a Kingston Frontenacs draft choice in the OHL.
#18 Future Pros Hockey 01, Forward, Shoots Left, 1/26/01
The Etobicoke, Ontario native is a sixth round pick of the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL. He’s shifty and has good agility. He’s elusive and is able to create time and space for himself to make an impact offensively.
#10 Selects Hockey Development, Defense, Shoots Right, 2/1/02
The Northfield, Ill. native skates well and has good size. He plays with a mean streak. He breaks pucks out of his own zone with vision and skating ability. He reads plays and gaps well. He quickly transitions from defense to offense. His hands are just average if nitpicking a flaw in his game.
#19 Selects Hockey Development, Forward, Shoots Right, 5/27/02
He scored the game-winning goal in the championship game, but he was good all weekend. The Ottawa, Ontario native plays for the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan and is a third round pick of Prince George in the WHL. He has a low center of gravity, protects pucks and competes hard. He skates well drives the net. He was impressive at the World Selects Invite back in May as well.
#91 All-American Prospects 02, Defense, Shoots Left, 5/10/02
He’s a big offensive defenseman with good hands. The Rockland, Ontario native scored a few really nice goals using his feet and puck skills. He was a little suspect at times going back.
#4 All-American Prospects 01, Defense, Shoots Left, 6/22/01
A Saginaw Spirit OHL Draft pick, he’ll be headed to Loomis Chaffee in September. He’s a smooth skating defender with puck skills. His poise and hockey sense were both above average.
#39 Boston Jr. Whalers Orange 02, Forward, Shoots Left, 4/4/02
The Boston Advantage product seems to score everywhere he goes. He has good speed and can find the back of the net with a precise shot.
#20 Selects Hockey Development, Defense, Shoots Left, 5/30/02
The Dieppe, New Brunswick native projects as a stay-at-home defender. He’s an intimidating, physical presence on the ice, but his puck carrying skills are limited.
#17 Future Pros Hockey 02, Forward, Shoots Left, 6/10/02
The Cambridge, Ontario native checks in at 6-foot-7 and is north of 200 pounds per the roster. His skating isn’t terrible. If he can grow into his frame and improve his feet, there is potential. He scored a snipe from just inside the blue line in a game Thursday.
#8 Hockey Essentials 01, Forward, Shoots Right, 5/12/01
After playing the past few seasons for Frolunda in Sween, he’ll be with the North Jersey Avs 16U team this winter. He doesn’t have great size, but he’s quick and knows where to go to get open and score goals.
#40 NH Knights 01, Forward, Shoots Right, 4/25/01
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, he played on a line with Maine commit Lynden Breen. He has good size, decent hands and is an adequate skater. He’s a fourth round pick of the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL. College coaches should keep an eye out for him if he plays Junior B as expected this season.
#28 NJ Spitfires, Defense, Shoots Left, 1/12/02
The son of Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky, he is a tall, lanky defender with upside. He had a good stick and had good positioning in the defensive zone. He closed quickly and kept plays from developing.
#25 NJ Spitfires, Forward, Shoots Right, 3/13/02
He had good speed and was able to draw a penalty because of it. He had good hands competed hard in a game against Evolve. He’s small, but he certainly appears to be a potential NCAA prospect.
#89 Pro Skills Hockey, Forward, Shoots Left, 5/20/02
He scored a goal on a nice sneaky release where he showed off his reach. Only seeing him on Sunday in the playoffs, he didn’t score a lot, but there’s potential. The St. Catherine’s Ontario native plays for the Niagara North Minor Midget AAA.
#26 Pro Skills Hockey, Forward, Shoots Right, 1/8/02
Like Smith, he also plays for Niagara North Minor Midget AAA. He’s also on the small side, but he’s quick and skates well on his edges. He’s more of an energy guy who gives it his all each shift.
#12 Players First Hockey, Forward, Shoots Left, 3/4/02
The Mississauga Reps product was shifty and made some great passes. His skating is solid and he found the score sheet here.
#30 Top Shelf Yellow 01, Goaltender, Catches Left, 3/19/01
The rising sophomore at Hotchkiss gets lost in the shuffle with all the other big name ’01 goaltenders in Massachusetts, but he’s a Division I prospect. He has good size, moves well enough and has good fundamentals. He made a few good saves in a game Friday.