The Junior Women’s Hockey League, a consortium of AAA teams and prep schools that gathers once a month in various locations across the US and Canada for showcase events, met in Minneapolis last weekend to play games at Mariucci and Ridder arenas.
I spent last Friday morning/afternoon checking out some of the action in the U19 division, and was able to see games featuring six of the league’s eight teams(NAHA White, Chicago Young Americans, Pacific Steelers, Balmoral Hall, Washington Pride, and Boston Shamrocks).
Here are my thoughts on some of the top performers that I saw.
Amy Potomak-F-’17-Pacific Steelers(Minnesota)-Obviously she’s pretty well-established as one of the best female players in the world for her age by this point. She’s got long legs with a smooth stride that makes her so much faster than everyone else on the ice. With her team trailing by a goal late in Friday’s game, she took a puck end-to-end to tie the game. Her shot isn’t quite a weapon like future temmate Grace Zumwinkle, but those two, both Gophers next year, are neck-and-neck for top forward recruit in the country.
Delaney Drake-F-’17-NAHA White(Wisconsin)-Drake is another incredible skater. She’s a decent playmaker, but her feet are much better than her hands.
Veronika Pettey-F-’17-Washington Pride(Northeastern)-She really took over the second half of their game against Pacific Steelers. She’s really strong on the puck with excellent hands, and made a couple great passes, including setting up a tap-in backdoor goal.
Morgan Wabick-F-’17-Balmoral Hall(UConn) -Not huge, but really tough and strong on her stick.
Kyleigh Hanzlik-F-’17-NAHA White(Wisconsin)-She doesn’t necessarily stand out right away, but is a really solid complementary piece that puts up a lot of points because she’s really good with the puck on her stick.
Caitlin Schneider-F-’17-CYA(Wisconsin)-A really quick forward, with good skating.
Anne Bloomer-F-’18-CYA(Harvard)-Fast with a strong handle on the puck. She created a lot in the offensive zone with the puck on her stick.
Maegan Beres-F-’17-NAHA White(Boston College)-Sort of a lean, athletic center with good quickness and agility that really competes hard in the dirty areas of the ice.
Eleri/Delani MacKay-F-’18-NAHA White(Colgate)-The twin sisters are both really strong players that have a great nose for the puck and are always involved in the play and creating opportunities.
Emma Wuthrich-F-’18-NAHA White-I was a bit surprised she doesn’t have a college commitment yet. She’s got exceptional hands for a forward with her size, which makes her really dangerous in the offensive zone.
Kaya Brossard-F-’18-Pacific Steelers-A strong solid player overall. Definitely D-1 potential.
Julia Blitz-F-’19-Washington Pride(RPI)-She definitely benefits from playing on the Pride’s top line with Pettey, who creates so many opportunities, but she’s got some really impressive skill for such a young player.
Tianna Lopes-F-’17-Pacific Steelers(Manhattanville)-I was a little surprised to see she’s going to Division III because she’s a nice skater with good jump. She created a few nice opportunities with that.
Tamina Kehler-F-’18-Pacific Steelers-She needs to get stronger, but has a lot of upside because she handles the puck really well 1-on-1 and is really good in the offensive zone.
Olivia Cvar-F-’19-Balmoral Hall-A big power forward that can dangle with the puck a little bit.
Madison Ondrick-F-’19-CYA-A big power forward despite only being in 10th grade. Lots of upside. Her older sister is committed to RPI.
Jaden Trboyevich-F-’17-Boston Shamrocks-A very responsible, reliable two-way forward.
Skylar Podvey-D-’17-NAHA White(Ohio State)-Prototypical small, puck-moving defenseman. Liked her quick first step to get moving and she was really smooth handling the puck.
Taylor Wabick-D-’17-Balmoral Hall(UConn)-Similar to her sister, but play defense. Not huge, but very strong, with an above average shot from the point.
Alex Allan-D-’18-Pacific Steelers(Boston University)-Allan is a tall defenseman that still has some room to grow. She played big minutes and was the most effective defenseman for the Steelers.
Kiki Roust-D-’18-NAHA White(Merrimack)-Roust plays a really solid all-around game. She doesn’t necessarily stand out in any one area, but did everything pretty well.
Elise Park-D-’17-Washington Pride-Captain of her team and plays a nice, responsible game.
Rachel Ziff-D-’19-Washington Pride-A really nice skater that holds her own against older, more mature competition.
Amber Ketzenberger-D-’18-Washington Pride-She played a really nice overall game, and looks like she has D-1 potential.
Taylor Tom-D-’17-Balmoral Hall-Played top pairing defense with Wabick and had a strong, overall game. Decent D-1 prospect.
Aimely Michaud-Nolan-D-’17-NAHA White(Union)-A small defenseman that moves the puck pretty effectively, but doesn’t quite have the same elite quickness and smoothness of a player like Podvey.
Bella Hanson-D-’17-Boston Shamrocks-A decent defenseman with good offensive upside.
Corrine Schroeder-G-’17 Balmoral Hall(Boston University)-A big goalie that made some nice saves against a very good NAHA team.