Isn’t It Obvious: “One and Done” — Eichel taking on McDavid for First Overall, Do the Gophers have the Top Class?

Tweet “One-and-Done” Eichel Paving a New-Look NCAA Path for Elite NHL Prospects? It doesn’t take much more than a google search to see the hype BU recruit Jack Eichel is already warranting for the 2015 draft: USA Today: USA’s Jack Eichel…

U14 Nationals Preview

Tweet The U14 division at Nationals seems absolutely stacked, most of USA’s top teams rightfully made it this far, so I figure it makes sense to do a primer on some of the top 1999 teams who will be opening play…

First Look at the 99s: Five Early Recruits, Top 25 1999 Prospects, Top 3 Goaltenders

Tweet This is our first look at the 1999 age group. While four skaters have already committed to a D1 school out of the 1999 class, it’s worth noting that the first three have at least one sibling committed to…

Some Prospects from Michigan High School Hockey

Tweet Ed. Note: Early on in the season, it was clear that we were going to have a sparse look at the Michigan area. That goes especially for the Michigan HS Ranks, as they are the teams who wouldn’t be…

Isn’t It Obvious: Eagles The Top Class? OHL Draft Puts Michigan and Michigan State on the Same Team, TV-Pucken

Tweet For this month’s Isn’t It Obvious, I wanted to get back to covering more broad stories and prospects as the last two have been “Previewing the NHL and CHL Drafts“, as well as the “Top Thirteen Recruiting Stories of…

Scouting the Super 8

Tweet Hello there folks, my name is Mark Bilotta and I will be covering New England for Over The Boards, offering up all that is fit to print about college hockey prospects from those six familiar states in the northeast. Annual…

Scouting the BCHL Playoffs

Tweet To describe this year’s BCHL playoffs as intense is an understatement. Game after game was a battle and as a hockey fan, the heart is pumping and the adrenaline is flowing. Excellent games to watch and some definite names…

Hitting The Links: Bracket Week, Top Three 1999s, Rising Prospects, College UFAs

Tweet College Hockey Pickem Fill out your own bracket here and join our official group, if you want. The group name is ‘OTB’ and password is ‘BracketWatch’. If you end up with the best bracket out of the group, we’ll…

College Hockey Commitments – March 2014

Tweet New commitment page, same deal. This page will be updated as March’s Division 1 commitments come in and you can find the earlier commitment pages below. Feb/14 - Jan/14 - Heisenberg 2014 list - S70 Listing Feb/14 - S70 Graduates - S70 Newsletter 95 F Miles Wood…

NTDP Camp Roster, Reactions and Positional Breakdown

Tweet The NTDP’s Evaluation Camp Roster was released this afternoon. While a number of names had already leaked out to the public, it’s exciting to see the list in it’s entirety and any surprises to make it. From my end,…

Select 70 Uncommitted Goaltenders Watch List

Tweet We opted to make space for other players on our Select 70 ranking by removing goaltenders from that list, and in doing so, dedicate a page directly to the top uncommitted goaltenders we’ve come across this season. This time…

College Hockey Commitments – February 2014

Tweet New commitment page, same deal. This page will be updated as February’s Division 1 commitments come in and you can find the earlier commitment pages below. Jan/14 - Dec/13 - Heisenberg 2014 list - S70 Listing Oct/13 - S70 Graduates - S70 Newsletter 97 F Wade Allison (#6) commits…

New England Championship: #1 Salisbury vs. #7 Gunnery

Tweet Live Stream via the NEPSAC ($10) At 7:15 this Sunday evening, on the ice of Yale’s Ingalls Rink, New England’s top seed, Salisbury, will face off against a squad from The Gunnery that have all kinds of momentum. Both teams…

Select 70 Top Uncommitted Prospects – February 2014

Tweet We’re back with the third edition of our Select 70 Uncommitted Prospects. This list has changed in two key ways since our October and May listing. First, we took out all the Bantam Major prospects because we’ve been able…

View from the Pacific: A Few 2014 Draft Eligibles from the BCHL

Tweet How’s it going hockey fans? My name is Jeff McCarthy and in the upcoming season, I will be covering British Columbia for Over The Boards, providing insight on potential NCAA talent on the horizon here on the West Coast….

Uncommitted Prospects from Minnesota High School, 2014

Tweet Our look at uncommitted talent across the country continues, this week highlighting a couple prospects each day of the week from the Minnesota High School Hockey League. Last week took a glance at some prospects from Wisconsin and some…

Hitting The Links: 2014 Roads to Yale and the X

Tweet Big Commits 1. 96 F Ryan Donato – Dexter School - Harvard 2. 98 D Luke Martin – STL Blues U16 - Michigan 3. 97 F Shane Sellar – Canterbury School - Dartmouth 4. 95 F Spencer Naas – Benilde-St. Margaret’s School…

Isn’t It Obvious: Previewing the Upcoming NHL and CHL Drafts

Tweet For this month’s Isn’t It Obvious, all of the recent NHL draft buzz has me thinking enough of the season has passed to present some opinions. I’ve been fortunate enough to see nearly all of the well-regarded draft eligible…

Top Uncommitted Goaltending Prospects, Part I & II

Tweet Our look at uncommitted talent across the country continues, as we take a look at some of the top stoppers within each age group. Part one takes a look at the 1994s, 1995s and 1996s, a number of which…

Isn’t It Obvious: Top Thirteen Recruiting Stories of 2013

Tweet For this month’s Isn’t It Obvious column, a round-up of some of College Hockey Recruiting’s biggest stories in 2013. 1. Minnesota’s Positional Trio of 1998s Make College Decisions In a rare swing for the Midwest, this summer saw Minnesota’s top…

College Hockey Commitments – January 2014

Tweet New commitment page, same deal. This page will be updated as January’s Division 1 commitments come in and you can find the earlier commitment pages below. Limited advertising opportunities are available, click here to inquire. Dec/13 - Nov/13 - Heisenberg 2014 list - S70 Listing Oct/13 - S70 Graduates - S70…

Top Performers of 2013

Tweet Keeping in spirit with the regular Top Performers round-up, here’s a look at some of the top performers of 2013. Like the other Top Performers features, this is heavily weighted on statistical production in context, but this particular feature…

Leagues of Their Own: AJ Greer

Tweet As the New Year approaches and the feeling-out period of high school hockey is replaced by more meaningful, marquee match-ups, we touched base with our fourth Leagues of Their Own featured prospect this season, Kimball Union Academy co-captain AJ…

49th Annual Flood-Marr Championship

Tweet MILTON, MA – The 49th Annual Flood-Marr closed with what became an epic prep school hockey match-up between powerhouse programs Nobles and champions Salisbury. They say good teams find a way to win, and with a 4-0 record on…

Scouting The Flood-Marr, Day By Day Recap

Tweet This year’s 49th Annual Flood-Marr tournament fell on a fortunate date for scouts across the country. With USHL action over a week ago, and college hockey on break, evaluators from the NHL, Division 1 ranks, and Jr. A circuits…

Hitting The Links: Holiday Tournament Season

Tweet We’ve given the Minnesota hockey ranks a lot of love this season and we’re not stopping any time soon – but it’s Holiday Tourney season and no one does it better than New England. The collection of talented prep…

Scouting the NAPHL Showcase

Tweet OTB spent the weekend up in Blaine for the NAPHL showcase, I came through Friday night and stayed until Sunday, where our other MN-based scout Gunnar joined for the afternoon U18 tilts and the inaugural all-star game. With 40…

Isn’t It Obvious: Red Hot Recruiting

Tweet With sixty new recruits up on the board from November alone, there’s a lot to talk about in this month’s Isn’t It Obvious, and I’m going to tackle most of it with Elliotte Friedman’s thirty thoughts template later on,…

Top Performers at the Blue Ox

Tweet We spent the weekend up in Brainerd, taking in all 28 games of the inaugural Blue Ox Bantam tournament. The line-up of teams was formidable: Minnetonka, St. Cloud, Bloomington Jefferson, Centennial, Brainerd, Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Hermantown, STMA, Eastview, Eden…

Top Performers: OTB All-Elite League Teams

Tweet As we close the book on this fall’s Elite League season, we’ve chosen two ‘all-league’ teams from our viewings in lieu of this week’s Top Performers round-up. To clarify, these aren’t based on any projections or scouting – they’re…

Leagues of Their Own: Ryan Donato

Tweet Our newest Leagues of Their Own installment is with returning Dexter School junior forward Ryan Donato. One of New England’s top uncommitted prospects, the son of Harvard head coach Ted Donato hit the top of the scoring charts in…

Leagues of Their Own: Jack Dougherty

Tweet Our first Leagues of Their Own interview of the season is with uncommitted (#7) NTDP defenseman Jack Dougherty, winner of two MN Class A State Championships with St. Thomas Academy, in 11-12 and 12-13 respectively. The 6’0, 185 puck-moving…

Minding P’s and Q’s: Looking at the roles of the USPHL and QMJHL in College Hockey Recruiting

Tweet Our next look at the recruiting beat this season is a brief look at New England’s new top junior hockey league, the US Premier Hockey League, and a much longer look at whether the QMJHL is really looking like…

College Hockey Recruiting Class Rankings

Tweet Well, the season is just over a month away and with that it’s time to release our College Hockey Recruiting Class Rankings. Like our Select 70, this list has been in the making all season long and weighs a…

Scouting New England at the Yankee Conference Select 17s

Tweet At Tri-Town Arena in Hooksett, NH over the weekend, USA Hockey organized a collection of New England’s top 97s (minus Massachusetts players). The games were well attended by both D1 and D3 scouts and it became quickly obvious that…