With the high school hockey season just a few days away, it's time to unveil the 2014-15 SB Nation Massachusetts High School Preseason All-State Teams. In the coming days, we'll publish our full preview with preseason rankings as teams vie for a spot at the TD Garden come March.
The talent pool in Massachusetts is top heavy with nine of the 12 players on the first and second teams having already committed to a Division I college.
Forward: Matt Filipe, 12/31/97, LC, Jr., Malden Catholic (Northeastern) - The Lynnfield native is a true power forward with strong skating ability and the physical strength to bull his way to the net front and other scoring areas. With the departure of Tyler Sifferlen and Ara Nazarian to the USHL, Filipe will takeover much of the responsibility to keep the dynasty going at MC. A late '97, he's a name to keep an eye on for the 2016 NHL Draft. Filipe had a coming out of sorts at this past summer's USA Hockey Select 17 Festival where he poured in four goals and added an assist. His performance there earned him a spot on the U.S. roster for the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders own Filipe's USHL rights. His father Paul played college hockey at Northeastern.
Forward: Peter Crinella, 10/26/96, LC, Sr., Springfield Cathedral (Holy Cross) - Another power forward Crinella has a heavy shot and brings a real physical presence in all three zones. He's not afraid to mix things up and he's hard to knock off the puck. Crinella, always held in high regard for his leadership ability, will be the elder statesmen on a still young Cathedral team that should be one of two favorites to knock Malden Catholic off its mantle as four-time Super 8 Champs. His older brother plays baseball at Merrimack.
Forward: John Leonard, 8/7/98, LW, Jr., Springfield Cathedral (UMass) - He has a great overall skillset with good lateral skating ability and tremendous stickhandling. His stock has risen significantly, having been invited to the US National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp last spring. He had a big week at USA Hockey Select 16 Camp this summer, posting five goals and three assists in five games. Leonard was drafted by the Green Bay Gamblers in the fourth round of the USHL Futures Draft last spring. He's committed to play hockey for UMass, the school where his father had worked as an assistant basketball coach.
Defense: Ryan Shea, 2/11/97, LD, Jr., BC High (Northeastern) - There is so much to like about Shea's game. For over a year now, he's impressed at every showcase, high school and midget game he's played in. The son of former BC Eagle Danny Shea, he had offers from a majority of Hockey East schools before deciding on the Huskies. Shea is poised and confident with the puck on his stick in all three zones. He has good vision, makes strong breakout passes and is overall immense in the transition game. He can quarterback the power play and will likely attract the attention of NHL scouts all season long. He's pegged as a fourth through sixth rounder by NHL Central Scouting Service. Shea made the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) roster, but elected to stay with the Eagles. He played two games last month and will likely join the Phantoms after the conclusion of the high school season.
Defense: Mike Seibold, 9/20/96, RD, Sr., Reading High School - The only uncommitted prospect to crack the first team, Seibold is a solid, sturdy defenseman who was a horse, logging a ton of minutes as the Rockets ran through the Division I North Tournament en route to the state championship at that level. He's played for the Islanders Hockey Club 18U team and will once again be a key cog for Mark Doherty's team.
Goaltender: Keith Petruzzelli, 2/9/99, Soph., Springfield Cathedral (Quinnipiac) - A giant young backstop who combines size, fundamentals and athleticism. He was one of the first '99s in the country to commit to a NCAA school when he and his brother D.J. committed to the Bobcats. This season he'll take on more responsibility, taking over full time with the graduation of John Liquori.
Forward: Riley Prattson, 4/28/99, RC, Soph., Springfield Cathedral (Providence) - He was really impressive last season as a young freshman. He's small, but he moves quickly around the ice. He's always got his head up and is a very heady hockey player. He's a good skater who had nine goals and three assists in five games played at this July's USA Hockey Select 15 Festival. He should be an absolutely dynamite weapon for Cathedral this winter.
Forward: D.J. Petruzzelli, 1/8/97, LC, Sr., Springfield Cathedral (Quinnipiac) - He's nifty with the puck on his stick and scored quite a few highlight reel goals last season, but he also does a good job of creating space for his teammates. He's a good skater that fits in the mold of quite a few other Bobcat recruits. He'll be a significant contributor on a team destined for Super 8 glory.
Forward: Patrick Kramer, 3/6/97, LC, Sr., BC High (Merrimack) - He doesn't possess the flare or stick skills that will wow observers, but he's a well rounded player who plays a heady game. He's got above average speed and is good with the puck on his stick. He'll certainly be the offensive leader on John Flaherty's team that is built from the net out. Kramer, more of a set up guy, is an affiliate player of the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL).
Defense: Dan Petrick, 4/6/99, RD, Jr., Springfield Cathedral (Northeastern) - He was the youngest blue liner on a Panthers team that advanced to the Super 8 semifinals last winter. He's got good vision, he's athletic and can zip the puck around on the power play. He tried to do a little too much at USA Hockey Select 15s this summer, but he should be a very good defenseman in high school hockey this winter.
Defense: Ryan Walsh, 4/19/97, LD, Sr., Xaverian - He kind of slipped under the radar with the attention on the top three forwards and goaltender for Dave Spinale's team last season, but he was a horse on the back line when healthy. He's a big blue liner who possesses a blistering slap shot.
Goaltender: Brandon Collett, 2/24/98, Jr., Catholic Memorial - Not the prototypical big goaltender of modern era hockey, but he's got cat-like reflexes and a real good glove hand. He was the backbone of last year's CM team that didn't have the best of years for Bill Hanson's high expectations. Once again he should carry the Knights into a Super 8 bid.
Forwards Jake Wise (Central Catholic/Boston University commit), Eric MacAdams (Austin Prep), Tim Sweeney (Xaverian), Devin Tongue (Springfield Cathedral), Paul Hardiman (Catholic Memorial), Jon Beniers (Xaverian); Defensemen Jayson Dobay (BC High), John McLean (Malden Catholic); Goaltenders Brandon Payzant (BC High) and Aidan Murphy (Xaverian)
Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.