NTDP 2016 Camp Invites

NTDP 2016 Camp Invites (’00)

The NTDP released their 2016 class of invites for tryout camp this month in Plymouth, and there were not many surprises. What has emerged as one of the deepest, most intriguing American birthyears in a while was proven strong at the Youth Olympic Games last month where they took Gold. This roster includes the entirety of that team. Looking at a state-by-state view, it’s a dominant showing for Minnesota, with 12, and the rest of the hockey-‘M’ states also saw a lot of their best players selected.


This is a forward group that includes a lot of size, offensive talent (of all shapes/heights), speed, and power in their games. It has a little bit of everything. At center for the camp is the highest concentration of upside at one position, and it’s not a coincidence that all 8 have commitments to major programs before the puck drops in Plymouth.

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BU’s Jake Wise likely leads the group, but with Oliver Wahlstrom (Harvard) and Jake Pivonka (ND) flagging right behind and fellow Terrier recruit Jack DeBoer improving each year, those four can go up against any four centers around right now. Add two bright stars from Minnesota in Grand Rapids’ Gavin Hain (North Dakota) and Luverne’s Jaxon Nelson (Minnesota) to go with 6’4 Skipjacks forward Pat Giles (BC) and Honeybaked’s Jon Gruden (Miami), it’s clear there are going to be some tough calls. For Wise, Hain and DeBoer, this month included a chance to take a championship in their high school competitions (MA, MN, Prep respectively).

At wing (for the camp at least), the skill level is pretty high with Tyler Weiss (BU), TJ Walsh (BC), Blake McLaughlin (MN), Joel Farabee (BU), Max Ellis, Trevor Janicke (ND) and recent Michigan recruit Calen Kiefiuk. The others are generally a bit bigger, including Penn State’s Jake Goldowski at 6’4 and Notre Dame’s growing Jack Perbix, listed at 6’0. Erik Middendorf, Curtis Hall, Ryan O’Reilly (UNO), Jack Randl and Blade Jenkins round out the rest of a forward group where everyone can threaten to score and a number can create at a high level. Hall has already tendered with Youngstown, which could be a rough go for the Phantoms if he chooses to do what former Y’town-tender Jake Tortora did last year, and decide to accept an offer from the NTDP after tendering.


On defense, the stellar group that went to Norway gets a boost in Mission U16 defender Bode Wilde (Harvard), who will be a key OHL Draft look, alongside a number of the players invited to camp. Fellow tall, aggressive defenseman Mattias Samuelsson brings an edge and heavy shot to go with immense athletic ability. Unlike the forward group, a number of the better defenders invited are uncommitted to-date, including Ty Emberson, an explosive athlete with a unique ceiling at 5’11. The Wisconsin native led his HS team in scoring this winter despite playing on the blue. Minnesota’s K’Andre Miller, Mississauga’s DJ King, and TPH’s Ben Schultheis each bring hulking frames and raw athletic upside – each will certainly have schools and junior scouts evaluating over the months to come.

There are also some smaller talents at D, most glaringly 5’6 Brandon Tabakin, a recent Yale recruit who has a great sense for the game and quickness overall. Kimball Union’s Jordan Harris is listed at 5’9 but plays a strong game in all three zones. He’ll have an opportunity to try for a prep championship this coming weekend. Harris, along with fellow-invite TJ Walsh at forward, was named top at his position for his age at our OTB Teal Invite last summer. The rest of the defensive group includes a number of very notable committed prospects, including Minnesota recruit Ben Brinkman, a three-sport athlete from Edina with a very projectable frame and skillset around the puck.

Stand-out BC recruit Adam Samuelsson, already at 6’5, is going to be given long looks unless he really does not perform to his ability. Already having highlighted more players than can make the team on ‘D’, this defensive group is going to competent to say the least. Christian Krygier, Spencer Stastney (Notre Dame), Jacob Semik (Michigan), Jace Foskey, Will MacKinnon and Slava Demin are each pretty intriguing invites as well and could contest for spots. Semik in particular – another early Michigan commit – has shown his talent consistently in all three zones, can skate really well and alongside Honeybaked teammate Will MacKinnon and Caesars U16’s Christian Krygier, was a part of USA’s Gold Medal winning outfit in Norway.


For goalies it is an interesting year. There doesn’t seem like an early super high achiever in this group, but there is potential. Less than a year ago, Keegan Karki was turning heads in 15 camp in New York and he showed up again on this roster for obvious reasons. He’s a competent, huge goalie at 6’4 who can make some very eye-grabbing stops. With a year of starting under his belt at St. Cloud Cathedral, as far as raw potential goes, the NTDP may not be able to look past. Fellow invitees Drew DeRidder (OJG U16) and Todd Scott (Omaha U16) are below the 6’0 threshold but are more than capable of achieving stand-out performances; the two were the battery USAH sent to Norway and won Gold. The other two are goaltenders from high school hockey, Isaiah Saville from West Anchorage and Ryan Ullan from Hibbing. Saville was at 15s in NY this summer and showed well, whereas Ullan wasn’t, but the 6’1 stopper had a great season statistically in Minnesota HS and garnered an invite.

As far as players not on the list, it’s easy enough to say some names that could have earned a spot, but it’s much harder when one tries to pick who they would take a place away from. Not every player is going to dominate camp, but across-the-board there is plenty of upside so a lot of good players didn’t get invites. A couple that come to mind are UConn recruits Drew Elser and Mac Wiseman, Toronto Marlies forward Akil Thomas, Wisconsin recruit Brady Smith, and Princeton recruit Doug Connor.

There are plenty of uncommitted skaters who could have been interesting picks as well, such as Wayzata’s Colin Schmidt, Selects’ Conner Hutchison, Trinity-Pawling’s Joey Musa, Kevin Wall and Cade Murnan-Mechor from Buffalo, big defender Aidan Fulp from IL, Ethan Frisch from MN, Bobby Burns from Michigan.. the list goes on.

From a philosophical stand-point, picking this team has to be a challenge. Some will prefer players get picked that could literally be Olympic-team players someday and evidently show that potential. Others will think it should be ‘project’ type players with an unclear upside and that the NTDP should be developing more of those players rather than the top-end ones. Others may have entirely different, but valid, views. With such a hard group of players to pick, it seems like they’ve done a nice job of picking a bit of everything for the camp. At the end of the day, this is just one camp at one point in time when invites went out and while it is bigger than most camps, anyone who did not get an invite shouldn’t sweat it too much. There will be teams and opportunities all around hockey for many of the players who didn’t get invited and those could very well turn out to be the better paths if they too are taken with commitment and perseverance.

Below is a sortable chart with the heights we have. You can also sort by commitment, which should show that the more things change in college hockey, the more they stay the same. BU, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Dakota – many of the usual suspects are well-represented by their recruits here, and likely will be well-represented on the final team.

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College Hockey Recruiting: Michigan Tech

The first half of our College Hockey Recruiting series for the 2013-14 season is filed away and as the season inches closer, we open our second half with a preview of the Michigan Tech Huskies. You can view the other College Hockey Recruiting previews already done here, and keep an eye out for the rest of this and other features coming down the pipe.

Are you eager to see your name on the recruit list? With over 100 years of history, college hockey is the single most popular game for men and close to 30% of the NHL players come from US college ranks. Every Friday and Saturday during the season the stadiums are rife with school fight songs and family and friends supporting their teams vociferously. So,it is natural to want to belong to the center stage. Have you been missing out on all the fun? Is an irritable skin condition like acne the cause for your misery?

While there is multibillion dollar industry solely dedicated to women’s skin woes, the same can’t be said for men. The industry is still nascent because men’s skin is a much-ignored topic. Usually men ignore their skin issues until it is too late and requires medical intervention. They are often ignorant on what creams, lotions and cleanser to use.

A few of the common problems faced by young men in college are acne, rosacea and redness. A lot of these crop up due to poor hygiene and hormonal changes. Poor knowledge of face washes and face masks leads to wrong treatment of these conditions which only aggravates the situation. Acne, one of the most common skin condition prevalent in young people is unsightly and painful in some cases. This condition is characterized by papules, pustules and cysts filled with pus. When pores of the facial skin get clogged, acne occurs.

Rosacea another skin condition characterized by redness on the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. In severe cases, it is seen on the scalp, ears, neck and the chest. When left untreated it leads to pimples and red bumps giving the face a perpetually swollen expression.

There are aggressive methods of treating with laser or exfoliation. Next, medically you have to resort to cortisone injections in severe cases. But if you start taking care from the initial stages you won’t have to put yourself through the agony of chemicals, injections and medications. Facemasks containing a few ingredients like wheat germ, grapefruit oil, provitaminB5 are known to help treat acne and other skin related conditions naturally and harmlessly. But hunting for these products and then making a mask is troublesome and laborious. Thankfully there are few readymade natural face masks like the Black Mask which use these same ingredients and more to treat all facial skin conditions safely and without side effects.

So, if you want to focus completely on your game and are keen on been recruited for the next season, your attention should be only on your training and practice and not on unsightly and ruddy skin condition, which by the way aggravates with stress. So as a daily routine inculcate washing your face with a mild cleanser and follow it up with a toner.Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For now, let us focus on the present scenario where

This Recruiting Preview benefitted greatly from the help of Tech Hockey Guide recruiting guru Tim Braun. Tech Hockey fans certainly should know the site already, but for the rest of our readers, check out one of the more in-depth team-specific websites in all of college hockey.

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

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

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 the same school. Goaltender Keith Petruzzelli is being hyped as America’s next young phenom in the net, while freshman Ryan Poehling is the youngest of three talented SCSU-bound brothers skating for a strong state championship finalist Lakeville North team this year – a group that should only get better with an influx of more young Lakeville-area talent on the way. Mikey Anderson is a vigilant, two-way defenseman for Hill-Murray and the younger brother of one of USA’s top 1998-born talents, now-fellow UMD recruit Joey AndersonDan Petrick, of Springfield Cathedral is reportedly a physically mature defenseman who, like Anderson, has had a regular shift in high school hockey since the start of eighth grade – no small feat wherever you play. It is noticed that players fall out of form and have weight issues. Coaches and team doctors give them Detoxic because parasites in the intestines makes them put on excess weight which they cannot afford for have to be in the best shape possible to be able to last longer and bring in as many laurels to the team as possible in the short careers that these sportsmen have. More at Lastly, Cayden Primeau committed last night, to Northeastern, a little over a year after his defenseman David Melaragni committed to the same program. He’s without a doubt the best goaltender we’ve seen of the 1999′s, considering we haven’t extensively watched Petruzzelli. If we had to provide a barometer for where the other recruits we’ve seen would fall within the whole group, Poehling and Anderson would both have been in the top 30.

1999 Recruits

1. 99 G Keith Petruzzelli – Quinnipiac

2. 99 F Ryan Poehling – St. Cloud State

3. 99 D Mikey Anderson – Minnesota-Duluth

4. 99 D Dan Petrick – Northeastern

5. 99 G Cayden Primeau – Northeastern

6. 99 F Sean Dhooghe – Ohio State

7. 99 F Matt Allen – Providence

8. 99 F Brannon McManus – Minnesota

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99 D David Farrance – Syracuse Stars U16

99 G Dylan St. Cyr – Honeybaked U16

99 F Riley Prattson – Springfield Cathedral HS (MA)

99 D Sean Keohan – Dexter School (MA)

99 D Jack Olsen – Lakeville South Bantam AA

99 F Luke Manning – Stillwater Bantam AA

99 F Mike Pastujov – Honeybaked U16

99 D Drew Hunter – Livonia Stevenson HS (MI)

99 F Baker Shore – Colorado Thunderbirds U14

99 F Baron Thompson – Omaha U16 AAA


Below is a list produced from a season-long look at 1999-born talent across the country. From Brainerd Bantam AA, to Belle Tire, the AYHL All-Stars and Mid-Fairfield, we saw a lot of teams – 14 of MyHockeyRankings.com’s current top 20 Bantam AAA teams, 15 of YouthHockeyHub’s top 20 Bantam AA (highest classification for Bantam hockey in MN) and plenty of others across the country.

There’s a fuller preface to these rankings and our full ninety prospects, with reports, on OTB Elite for subscribers. One of the skaters originally ranked here (Chase Gackle) was a 1998 because of the fog of war that is Minnesota Bantam AA skater birthdate information. To compensate, we’ve removed the skater, updated this page, and added our now-25-ranked prospect, Austin Pratt, at the end.

Top 25 Uncommitted 1999 Skaters

1. 99 D Max Gildon – Dallas Stars U16 – 6’2 – 171

Elite, fluid defenseman is a star in the making – slick with the puck and carries confidence beyond his years. A smart skater, Gildon processes the game quickly, reading and jumping the play when appropriate. Strong on his skates and tough to play against, escapes his own end with ease and adept at moving the puck on. A natural on the powerplay, though he isn’t a flashy handler of the puck, Gildon analyzes his opportunities with clinical attention-to-detail and makes the smart play. Effective on every shift and dictates the tempo, able to slow the game down at will and skate with it when it the pace ticks up a few notches. Should be a major WHL Draft target.

2. 99 F Sean Dhooghe – Chicago Mission U14 – 5’3 – 120

Committed to Ohio State, 4/12/2014

We’ve written on Dhooghe plenty here – a top 10 uncommitted prospect for us when we were including the Bantams in the Select 70. The HPHL’s leading scorer owns a 15-15-30 line that highlights his ability to make cerebral plays as well as bury the puck at key times. His speed and toughness put him at a high level, but his hockey sense and the razor-sharp clip at which he processes the game make him elite – even at 5’3, if that’s still his height. Brother Jason (1997) is committed to Ohio State.

3. 99 F Vanya Lodnia – Belle Tire U14 – 5’8 – 145

A sensational talent who earns his keep in the offensive zone. No skater in the age group that we’ve seen plays the wide-open, east-west style that Lodnia does quite as well. Dictates the flow of the game with his ability to slow it down at will and seek out a gap defensively or find a teammate to pass to. Attacks in sequences with flashy moves, toying with defenders and showcasing his talents – at some point his high skill could shift over into being cute and less undeniably effective, but his IQ and ability to make plays all over the sheet will take him very far. Quick release and possesses a nose for the net.

4. 99 F Andrew Andary – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U14 – 5’8 – 150

Where Honeybaked’s 1998 group cornered the market on some elite Michigan-area talent, a large majority of the Great Lakes State’s top 1999-born prospects are concentrated between Oakland and Belle Tire this season. Andary is a big piece of the puzzle for a great OJG team – can drive an offense entirely by himself, though the Grizzlies rarely need him to. One of the more dynamic, effective playmakers of the 1999 class, strong on his skates and hungry for the puck, Andary usually wins battles and recovers loose pucks to teammates, unafraid to make a simple offensive centering play or take it to the net himself. Deceptive in nature, he hides his intent with the puck well and plays with a ton of engagement and awareness in every zone.

5. 99 F Grant Mismash – SSM U14 – 5’11 – 158

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the top four Bantam teams in the country, in a tier by themselves, each have some terrific prospects and are well represented within our top 5. Mismash is one of the horses on a Shattuck team that, when firing on all cylinders, are a seriously tough draw and should be a favorite heading into nationals. Tough to contain, skilled goal-scoring threat with quickness and a high top-speed, his 81 points in 56 games are impressive, but a tendency to take penalties (110 PIMs) could be a draw back as he heads up the levels.

6. 99 F Brannon McManus – SSM U14 – 5’9 – 154

Committed to Minnesota, 4/27/2014

The most prolific goal-scorer of the 1999s as it stands right now and that’s not likely to change, so he could be the most highly regarded player of the group when all is said and done. Seems to find the twine on most chances and that’s due to a seriously refined scoring touch, with prolific, quick hands that get the job done more often than not. Kills it on the wing, but wins draws down the middle and can conduit the play up ice with vision. Slippery and sharp, defines dangerous around the crease. 60 goals in 56 games, with a 30% shooting percentage, but just 8 penalty minutes and 44 assists are telling, positive signs as well.

7. 99 F Sasha Chmelevski – Belle Tire U14 – 5’9 – 150

Lodnia (#3) and Chmelevski have uncanny chemistry with each other, able to seek each other out all over the sheet and make plays as a two-pronged assault, bringing in whoever else on the ice is with them. Chmelevski, a wide-based skater, seems to be the type who makes other players better, a poised, skilled forward with vision and playmaking ability. Zips pucks around the sheet with purpose and plays a measured game that could take him very far.

8. 99 F Evan Barratt – Team Comcast U14 – 5’10 – 155

Incisive, offensively-mature forward is a nice skater and very sharp in the final third. Moves off the puck purposefully and owns a sharp release that makes him very dangerous. A little lanky for his 5’10 frame but has real quickness breaking in and makes himself unpredictable and tough to contain. Great hand-eye and athleticism that help him to be great at this level. As a freshman for Hun (NJ-HS), Barratt owns a 23-38-61 line, good for 2nd leading scorer on a 20-7 team.

9. 99 F Brady Tkachuk – St. Louis U14

It’s no surprise that the brother of elite talent Matt Tkachuk (Notre Dame) is a player as well. Brady doesn’t seem to be close to where Matt is, which is no knock on Brady, but he could certainly close the gap. A tall skater with a long reach and skill on the puck, Tkachuk is a dynamic playmaking talent who always seems to be dialed in to the play. The type of skater who gets two or three breakaways a game right now, and though his skill on the puck isn’t to the point that he always converts, he’s constantly a threat in the offensive zone. Often breaks loose of defenders and within a stride has stretched beyond hope for the opposing team. Fluid skater that sees the ice well, a sharp passer that is deceptive in nature and has a sharp release that, when all put together, spells a behemoth of a skater to see in the future. Could land at Notre Dame, obviously, but don’t count out other major programs.

10. 99 F Brenden Stanko – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U14 – 5’9 – 160

Athletic, quick skater with a great release. Isn’t afraid to mix it up – an imposing threat on the fore-check, Stanko’s versatility sees him kill penalties by creating turnovers or staying in a smart shot lane. Strips forwards of the puck in their own zone and places his shots with no warning, a consistently dangerous threat who projects well.

11. 99 F Kyle Kawamura – TPH Thunder U14 – 5’6 – 148

May be the most impressive athlete of the 1999 class, despite his small stature. TPH’s captain possesses a low center of gravity that makes him tough to knock off the puck and powerful skating ability that allows Kawamura to impose his will at a moment’s notice. A lack of production offensively against the better teams we’ve seen him play is concerning, but we’ve also seen Kawamura take over games in dominant fashion, so there could be a special player here. Size is a concern, but athletic gifts aren’t, and it’s hard to question this production: 60-40-100 line in 45 games.

12. 99 F Sammy Walker – Edina Bantam AA

He’s one of the smallest skaters on the ice right now, but is razor-sharp and cunning in the offensive zone. Absolute goal machine who distributes the puck beautifully. Owns a high, high skill level. Has two brothers playing for Victoria of the WHL.

1399 D Peter Tabor – Edina Bantam AA

The late 1999 is a powerful, well-framed defenseman that looks like another great Hornets blueliner. Maybe the best in recent years – and that’s factoring this championship-defending season where the high school team’s entire defensive core will likely play college hockey. Runs down massive minutes for this Edina team and knows his way around the offensive zone.

14. 99 F Scott Reedy – SSM U14 – 5’11 – 166

One of the smartest, most natural playmakers we’ve seen at any age level this year, with poise and skill to spare. Leads SSM in scoring with 46-64-110 points in 56 games.

15. 99 D/F Clayton Phillips – Edina Bantam AA

A supremely gifted skater who comes alive with the puck, Phillips may have the best separation-quality speed and motor of the 1999 age group and while we thought he could do a lot more with his skillset up front, we’re told now that he’s been moved back to defense that he looks like the best skater on the sheet (including #13-ranked Peter Tabor), controlling the game and dictating the outcome — so don’t be surprised if Phillips rockets up the rankings next time around.

16. 99 F Chase Danol – Belle Tire U14 – 5’11 – 155

At Danol’s size, the fact that he hasn’t filled out and seems to be an unignorable offensive threat bodes incredibly well. Slick, strong-skating forward that plays a smart, sneaky brand of hockey. Often in scoring position before you know it and has a quick release that can punish an unattentive goaltender.

17. 99 F Andy Nedeljkovic – Victory Honda U14

An all-situations skater with size that makes him very tough to deal with, Nedeljkovic is a force on the puck, driving the play north and tough to shake off of it. He’s not afraid to mix it up physically and wills the play around the sheet. Hockey sense shines through in his purposeful, heady offensive positioning and ability to negate skaters in his own zone time and time again. Could be a pro prospect at the end of the day, not unlike his brother, a top American goaltending prospect, Alex Nedeljkovic.

18. 99 F Cameron Hausinger – LA Jr. Kings U14

Well-framed forward from Anchorage seems like the type of skater the WHL is going to seriously key in on. Hard on the puck with a high battle level, Hausinger was LA’s most effective forward on most shifts. His toughness and engagement make him somewhat of a wrecking ball, running around the zone looking to throw a body and make a subsequent play on a loose puck, getting under the skin of the other team and further frustrating them with how tough he is to contain. Gets to the net and creates chances, an intuitive and intimidating forechecker who reads the play quickly while surging at a skater. Could be a big time power forward in the making.

19. 99 D Chris Trouba – Compuware U16 – 6’3 – 170

The younger brother of NHLer Jacob Trouba possesses a similar build and, not unlike our #1 prospect Max Gildon, is a strong defensive force that’s making strides at the U16 level. Composure and body control are impressive, and as he continues to develop, he may emerge as a consistent offensive threat as well.

20. 99 D Josh Maniscalco – SSM U14

Versatile, punishing defenseman with vision and athleticism. The upside on Maniscalco is enormous thanks to what he brings to the table – a little of everything – all pretty well. Vicious when he wants to be and can impact the scoring sheet as well.

21. 99 F Ben Copeland – Edina Bantam AA 

Right-shot center stands out from shift one due to his speed. Great acceleration allows him to create separation near-instantly and makes a lot of great looks to create, betraying a terrific hockey mind. Slippery throughout all three zones, Copeland makes difficult plays with the puck at top speed and has a fantastic shot that he can place with little time to shoot. Undeniable scoring touch. Has some swagger to his game and sells his dekes very well.

22. 99 F Jake Transit – Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U14 – 5’6 – 130

He’s only 5’6, but few skaters are as competent and engaged on the puck as Transit is. Uses his quick, active hands to dice through defenders and constantly pushes the pace. A hound on loose pucks who swoops through before undressing a skater or performing a nice pass-and-skate maneuver around the sheet. Elusive. Attempts the physical game at times but lacks effectiveness.

23. 99 F Lukas Boka – Compuware U16 – 5’11 – 175

The little brother of Michigan commit Nick Boka is a player already, skating up for Compuware’s U16s. The wide base to his skating allows him to really dictate his velocity, and Boka cuts throughout the zone and balances well both on and off the puck. Quick to pucks, nice net presence, hockey sense… Boka has a lot of potential. Will be someone we keep an eye on closely.

24.  99 F Nolan Sullivan – Eden Prairie Bantam AA

Already possesses a D1 build and looks the part as well. A powerful, athletic skater who wins battles all over the ice. Has a nice mix of physicality and isn’t afraid to agitate the other team’s best players. Great shooter with a nose for the net. When he turns it on, he’s legitimately unstoppable and almost guaranteed to score at this level.

25. 99 F Austin Pratt – SSM U14 – 6’1 – 210

Has developed admirably through the season, relying less on his heavy shot and large frame to showcase a high ceiling inherent with his ability to protect the puck and gain each zone. If he continues to tweak and potentially simplify his game as a power forward with playmaking tendencies, he could be the early clear-cut pro prospect from the 1999s.

Top Three 1999 Goaltenders We’ve Seen

  1. 99 G Cayden Primeau – Team Comcast U16 – Northeastern
  2. 99 G Kyle Keyser – Belle Tire U14
  3. 99 G David Tomeo – SSM U14

Goaltending is fickle at this age, but in comparison to last year, this doesn’t seem to be the positional strength of the age group. We expect a large number of goaltenders to emerge. That said, on upside alone, we caught a lot of top-tier teams and there were only about fifteen goaltenders we considered – just five we felt comfortable listing this early. Cayden Primeau is the early star of the class, son of NHLer Keith Primeau. He committed to Northeastern last night. Kyle Keyser is a terrific goaltender from Minnesota who skates for a strong Belle Tire group and should be a WHL draft pick, though he’s still sub-6″, so NHL prospects will be tempered, and David Tomeo is the star stopper on Shattuck’s loaded Bantam team. He’s a good goaltender, but that’s got to be a weird team to play goal for, as they surrender the occasional prime chance and otherwise often keep things quiet defensively. Primeau is the only one who plays for a team that doesn’t go to town on most opposing teams, he’s playing up and looks great at the U16 level.

Potential WHL 2014 Draft Notables

Max Gildon, Kyle Keyser (from Minnesota), Grant Mismash, Brannon McManus, Peter Tabor, Scott Reedy, Clayton Phillips, Cameron Hausinger, Ben Copeland, Nolan Sullivan

Recruiting Notes, Week 2: NTDP 18’s Are Skilled, 5 new commitments, WHL Camps, Full List of 1999 Recruits

Recruiting Notes, Week 2: NTDP 18’s Are Skilled, 5 new commitments, WHL Camps, Full List of 1999 Recruits

Gifs of the NTDP U18 Team (via @HFwoodhouse):

Auston Matthews, with what would have been an extraordinary power move to the net, if anyone touched him.

Just another day at the office for Boston College’s Colin White:

Boston College’s Jeremy Bracco turns Minnesota High School’s goaltender of the year, Hunter Shepard, inside out:


  • Princeton added a 1998-born scorer in Ontario’s Colin Tonge, who threw down 28 goals in 35 games last season and will be in junior hockey with the OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs.
  • Michael Graham committed to Minnesota-Duluth last night. Graham had caught a lot of attention out East after making noise at Brown’s Showcase in Rhode Island, but the Eden Prairie (MN) star instead becomes yet another talented in-state prospect for the Bulldogs pipeline. Graham was our #69-ranked prospect last week.
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  • Andrew Peeke to Notre Dame. The big defenseman from Selects Academy was our #28-ranked prospect in our preseason listing.
  • Graham Slaggert to Notre Dame as well, who in the process became the 100th prospect we had ranked (in his case, as a Bantam) to choose the NCAA or CHL route. You can see the full list (now 102 players) here.
  • Miami have a terrific and very talented forward group coming up: Jack Roslovic, Karch BachmanWillie Knierim, Alger brothers, Gordie Green and now a top 1999 in Cole Coskey continues that trend. He committed on Sunday.
  • Another commitment we missed coverage on during the site renovation was a staff favorite of ours from Minnesota, St. Thomas Academy’s Christiano Versich, who chose Colorado College in August. Versich was our #85-ranked uncommitted prospect in May, the last list we had put out prior to his commitment.
  • Our Midwestern scout Gunnar Olson caught Versich at the Chicago Steel’s camp and felt he was going round-for-round with SCSU star recruit Robby Jackson. Both can wear down teams with purposeful, tough, up-tempo offensive-minded plays and come up with both goals and sharp first assists. We highlighted Versich in the summer when he was a leading scorer at this summer’s Select 17 camp.

WHL Camps:

  • The excellent “Small At Large” WHL site had coverage of WHL camp season, which had some interesting American names invited to camp.
  • A few of those names? Mound defenseman Colin Baird (99) was at Seattle’s camp. The big defender has a nice ceiling. So does Moorhead’s Seth Benson, who alongside Shattuck-St. Mary’s forward Austin Pratt, reportedly made some noise up at Red Deer’s camp. Benson could be the dark horse of this Minnesota 1999 group, went undrafted but already stands at 6’3 and very tough to contain.
  • Defenseman Bryce DeFazio, from the Colorado Rampage, is an intriguing name who can make plays at the point and will attract some eyes again this season. A nice add to camp by Tri-City.
  • 1999-borns F Willie Reim (St. Thomas Academy) and D John St. Ivany (LA Jr. Kings), each nice young American prospects, were up at Vancouver Giants camp alongside 1997s F David Brumm (Omaha U16) and D Brennan Menell (CYA U16), who both signed to the league.
  • Medicine Hat, in addition to listing Peter Tabor, have the rights to Jack HarrisBen Copeland, Sammy Walker and 98s Max Gerlach, Brian Hawkinson and Casey Staum. Without anyone looking, the Tigers have one of the more fierce American/Minnesotan prospect pools in the league. All are uncommitted.

On the Trail:

  • Our National Prep Rosters and Schedules page has been updated with links to Shattuck-St. Mary’s Bantam roster as well as Prep, U16 and Bantam schedules out of Faribault.
  • For scouts looking to get organized ahead of tournament season, we have schedules for some major tournaments this month up on OTB Elite.
  • BCHL Vernon Vipers HC/GM Jason Williamson stepped down as the new season approaches. He had a nice group coming in, including the return of former BU recruit Liam Coughlin, an Edmonton Oilers draft selection.
  • Clint Lewis left Cornell this summer and will be headed back to Jr. Hockey to figure out his new landing spot.

1999: Who Has Committed?

Just to keep tabs on who is already committed out of this 1999 birthyear. For the 2000s, we’re told Selects Academy’s Matthias Emilio Pettersen isn’t actually ‘committed’ to Denver right now, and the only one we can confirm right now is Oliver Wahlstrom (Maine) at Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

  • F Ryan Poehling – St. Cloud State
  • D Mikey Anderson – Minnesota-Duluth
  • F Cole Coskey – Miami
  • F Sean Dhooghe – Ohio State
  • F Scott Reedy – Minnesota
  • F Brannon McManus – Minnesota
  • G Keith Petruzzelli – Quinnipiac
  • F Logan Hutsko – Penn State
  • G Cayden Primeau – Northeastern
  • D Dan Petrick – Northeastern
  • F Riley Prattson – Providence
  • F Matt Allen – Providence
  • F Graham Slaggert – Notre Dame
  • F Michael Pastujov – Michigan
  • D Matt Anderson – Minnesota-Duluth

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Leagues of Their Own: AJ Greer

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 Greer. A former Penn State recruit, the 6’3, 205 lb forward is not only one of College Hockey’s top prospects, but also finds himself shaping up to be a serious NHL prospect (2015) with the seemingly sky-high ceiling that comes with his athleticism, frame and skillset around the puck.

Highlighted by The Hockey News’ Ryan Kennedy as one-third of prep school hockey’s Most Dangerous Line, the late-1996 birthyear forward posted 35 points (16 goals) in 30 games for a loaded Kimball Union group last season and leads the team in the early going this season. Prior to that, the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) 2013 draft selection skated in the Quebec Midget AAA circuit for Collège Esther-Blondin in 2011-12. We’re fortunate to have him join the series and will check in with him later in the season for another installment as his team works to make a meaningful run.

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Over The Boards: How’d you get into hockey?

AJ Greer: I started at 3 years old, I was always around the rink, somewhere, cause my dad was the GM for the Cornwall Colts, it’s in the CCHL. He sent a lot of guys the college route. He started in 1996, the year I was born and stopped in 2003, so all my young years we used to drive up from Joliette to Cornwall. They signed me up for hockey, I actually did figure skating as well.

OTB: No kidding? That must be paying off pretty well now, were you good at figure skating? 

AG: I was in a few competitions and got some medals, I could have continued in that but figure skating, for me, it wasn’t really my passion. It was just really to get the basics of skating. I started figure-skating at 3 and I started hockey at 3 so it always continued. Typical day I’d go to school, then figure skating from 3:30 until 5 and then from 5:30 until 7 practice.

OTB: At the same rink?

AG: At the same rink. I stopped figure skating at twelve, though, just because I couldn’t function with the blades…

OTB: Yeah. Plus, hockey gets a little more demanding.. 

AG: Yeah, intense. I stopped from 8 to 11 and then from 11 to 12 I started back at figure skating, for a year and it didn’t work.

OTB: Were you always living in the same spot through that age?

AG: No, I moved from Joliet to Repentigny when I was 8, so I did more of my younger, more “elite” hockey there, atom double B, peewee double A, and so from there I kept on going. That year I started in peewee double A, they took out the “lates”, so the 96s, with the december birthdate. So I only took one year of Peewees and then I moved up to Bantam AA, played that for two years and went to Midget AAA.

OTB: What teams did you play against in bantams?

AG: You kind of play like each region, now there’s bantam AAA as well. It’s pretty much just little regions together. Every weekend we’d travel, it’s not that far.



OTB: So where’d you go after bantams?

AG: After Bantam AA I wasn’t supposed to go play Midget AAA, at first, because the Midget AAA works with a program where all the teams have to go to one school and then they practice, and they miss class, but all together so there’s no confusion. It was a French school I had to go to and I said no because I’d gone to English school all my life and I wanted to go to an English school. So I applied to St. Paul’s (NH-Prep) and everything was good and at the last minute they told me I wasn’t in.

OTB: Wow. What’d you do then?

AG: I panicked, really, a little bit. I didn’t know what I was gonna do until I decided to play Midget AAA and managed it so I went to an English school and I didn’t miss practices or class. Education’s pretty important for me.

OTB: Is that because of your dad and his experience in hockey or..?

AG: Yeah. My dad retired the day I was born, so he’s been following me my whole life and so sending guys to college was big and my mom always told me the only thing we want is for you to have a college education, we don’t care if you go to the NHL, we don’t care if you get drafted, we just want you to have a scholarship and get an education. I didn’t really get it at first. I wasn’t really familiar with this college thing, and yeah, I just came to Beantown last summer. Didn’t know anything and I signed with KUA one week before I came to prep school and I got some (D1) offers pretty soon after that.

OTB: So, where Penn State’s concerned, why did you decide to decommit?

AG: Penn State is the first college I ever saw, I didn’t really know what college hockey was at first, coming from Quebec. When I got there I was just amazed by all the facilities and that’s what really got me. I didn’t really know what my options were. Coming to the US was a big decision for me, and I think it was the right decision because I got to prove myself academically and on the ice. Where I was before, when I committed, and where I am now, I think I could have gone to a better ‘hockey’ school – closer to home, but also a better hockey tradition.

OTB: What do you feel about, right now, a lot of players are committing at a pretty young age and some of them might come into the same boat (as you). You’re a guy who committed fairly young, what do you think about the whole process of committing so early?

AG: I mean, it all depends on the person. If you think that you’re set, and there’s no looking back, commit as early as you want… for me, and for my family, I think it was more of a time decision. We were just really flattered and didn’t really think things out.

OTB: You think you made the decision too soon?

AG: Yeah. I really want time, and I started having doubts. I didn’t really talk about it, then I talked to my family and my advisor, and they talked to me about it but they wanted me to be closer to home. My parents didn’t go to college so I wanted to share the college experience with them, come to the games and have a shared experience.

OTB: Do you think you’re going to take a little while to decide, this time around? Or are you gonna go for it sooner rather than later?

AG: I’m not sure. It’s all a matter of time. Whatever happens happens, it’s gonna be a family decision and I’m gonna review it with my advisor. Right now I’m looking at Hockey East, closer to home. Whatever pops up, I’ve been contacted by a couple schools but I’m just gonna take my time. I can’t say a date right now, it’ll be soon, but not like, two weeks.

OTB: Was the Q(MJHL) ever an option you considered?

AG: No, I was always in the “college entourage”, my godfather went to UVM and played with Marty St. Louis and Tim Thomas. I never had a person in my family go to the Q, no one talked about it. The Q, with what I value and what my parents value, it was just not a good fit for me.

OTB: Some players, it makes sense, I don’t think there’s any reason why any particular route would “always” be a negative when there are so many different situations in every league.

AG: Yeah, it’s different for everyone, you know? If you’re not as strong at school and have a great shot at making the NHL, the Q would be your route. In the Q – I’m not trying to downgrade it or say it’s not good – but you can get traded and moved around. One of my buddies got traded three times in a year, and it’s your only option once you’re there. One thing about college hockey, even if I break my leg, break two legs and can’t walk or play hockey, I’m always going to have an education.

OTB: How was your season last year? 

AG: Great group of guys, you know, couldn’t have asked for a better group. They helped me through a lot, academically, they’d see if I had difficulty in anything and always help me out. We had two great captains, Doyle Somerby and Alex Carle and Mike Levine, doesn’t get better…  I couldn’t have asked for a better first year at prep school. I loved it. The hockey, when I heard there were only 30 games I was bummed, but with fall hockey it’s alright.

OTB: I like that the games matter more, too.

AG: Yeah, you’ve only got 30 games to show what you’ve got.

OTB: This year, you guys lost a lot, how is the adjustment going to be now that you’re going to be one of the guys who has to ease the newer guys into the schedule and bear a little more of the load, too?

AG: This year, JD and I are co-captains, he’s a great kid, hard worker, natural talent, you know? He’s probably the guy that works the hardest at school without making it look hard (laughs), he’s just a natural hockey player. For me and him to be the leaders, with all the new guys, we lost like 14 or something guys, I just want to do the same thing the guys did for me last year.

The skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the body

The skin is one of the most sensitive organs in the body and none of us like to have a bad skin. Though it is generally perceived that only women love to maintain their skin, the introduction of many cosmetic precuts for men show us how men are also concerned about their skin.

Gone are the days when skin care routines were restricted to woman, on the contrary, in today’s fast paced world, even many women do not have a skin care routine. They compromise on their routine and when they realize the consequences, it is too late.

Skin Care Routine

Having a skin care routine is very important if you want to flaunt a flawless young looking skin. However, with today’s high level of pollution and infections on the rise, a good skin care routine is necessary to ensure your skin is hale and healthy at all times.

Though one can resort to plastic surgery or other expensive treatments that can resolve most of the skin related problems, a little care on a regular basis can prevent you from stepping over to that side. These treatments are not only expensive but time consuming too. The time you believe to be saving by not spending on a skin care routine, is spent in bulk when you go for such treatments.

For those who cannot spend time or money on skin care, there are ready made facial packs, Black Mask and even scrubs that can be bought across the counter. Using these on a regular basis as advised can also prevent your skin from aging or looking dull and lifeless.

The Need

Here are a few reasons why a good skin care is essential to maintain the health of your skin:

  • Shedding – The skin sheds every single day. What looks healthy and fresh today may not be there tomorrow as a result of shedding. This is why you should take care of your skin, to ensure that the healthy skin will continue to stay.
  • Skin Types – Different skin types require different care. Just because a person you are close to does not have a skin care routine and suffers no skin issues, does not mean it will work out for you too. Each skin has its own set or reactions and resistance to substances and the weather
  • Beautiful Skin – If you wish to have beautiful skin all your life, you need to put in the time and effort. Beautiful skin does not come easy and a skin care routine is one of the most essential factors that retains the beauty of your skin
  • Prevention – When you have a skin care routine, the skin is well taken care of and this prevents skin blemishes and issues. Just like everything else, it is better to nip the problem in the bud and prevent it from becoming a bad situation
  • Saves Money – As pointed out earlier, a regular skin care routine saves you a lot of money and time. When the skin problems start, it consumes a lot of your money and time, hence it is better to start a skin care routine early.


Chocolate has many truths and myths

Chocolate has many truths and myths surrounding it. Sinceyoung, we had been restricted to the amount of chocolate consumed per day, or per week. It was feared that chocolate causes germs and flaws within teeth. Chocolates are known to weigh you more on the scale!

There are many more things that can be considered as truth or fake news. We shall explore them and probably tell you why actually chocolate is good for you!

Dark chocolate is healthy and nutritious:

Dark chocolate is normally with high cocoa content, and that is healthy for thebody. it has ahigh amount of minerals and some amount of fibre, and some traces of sugar. Taking this chocolate in moderation is actually beneficial for your body. The amount of caffeine in this is very small, unlike other chocolates.

It is apowerful source of antioxidants:

It has been found that the raw unprocessed cocoa bean has the highest amount of antioxidants in it. dark chocolate contains organic compounds which are biologically active and possess thefunctionality of antioxidants. They include the flavanols and catechins and polyphenols among other antioxidants.

From a test, it has been shown that dark chocolate contains more antioxidant properties than any other fruit category.

It is known to lower blood pressure:

The component in dark chocolate has the flavanols which are capable of producing and releasing the Nitric Oxide gas, which is essential to trigger the brain to relax the cells, this, therefore, reduces the pressure of the blood.  Flavonols are the component responsible for this activity.

It is naturally proven to raise HDL levels:

Dark chocolate is always beneficial to theheart. There are many aspects that be cured pertaining to theheart. One of the important factors affecting the hearthealth is the cholesterol levels.

There is good and bad cholesterol, which is important in keeping the heart in good condition. The bad cholesterol is responsible for heartaches and blocking. Dark chocolate has the capability to reduce cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.

Protection against Sun:

Dark chocolate is known to reducethe risk from sun damage. So load up on the chocolate when you are visiting the beach next time.

Well, what if all this goodness is combined to give you a mixed benefit? In a form of a protein shake? Well, getting excited? Yes, so are we! We are happy to announce that chocolate slim is a supplement that is loaded with the natural benefits of dark chocolate, along with many other nutrients possessed ingredients that boost up the metabolism rate of your body, helping you not just fight against internal conditions, but also against the deadly obesity.

This supplement is a health supplement that follows the standards of the industry and is tested. All you need to do is, mix it with milk and add this powder and just shake! Your healthy nutritious, delicious shake is ready, in a jiff. You can consume it with the confidence of getting a step closer to ahealthy lifestyle, and being an active person than you were before.


Here are some good reasons why you must opt for face masks



Are you having paucity of time?

Have you been meaning to visit a salon and a spa for a long time? Is work and other personal commitments keeping you away from the real relaxation that you are craving for?

Psychologists believe that a person is at the brink of a breakdown often and sometimes all that he is craving is some attention and pampering to avert some major outburst or even simple arguments.

If you have not been keeping dates with your beauty regime, then the facial mask is here to save your day!

What is a face mask?

A face mask can come in different variants. The first one is the cream based which comes in a tube or a small container. The cream is to be evenly spread out on the face and the neck and gradually it generates heat to be able to solidify on the face. A few masks also come in the powdered form which has to be pre mixed with either saturated water or rose water and applied.

These masks feel great if they are refrigerated for a few minutes before applying on the face and the neck. Because then they are soothing to the tired skin.

There are also pre cut face masks that have the requisite cream in them. they are moist when removed from their packaging and they have to be only placed on your face. They also have cutting for eyes, nose and the mouth. The only disadvantage of a precut face mask is that you need to lie down while it is on you and unlike the other pull off one you cannot be mobile and doing work. But if your idea of wearing a mask is for relaxation and rejuvenation then nothing better than it!

The face mask is universal:

The face mask is for everyone. Whether men or women, whatever your skin type and whatever your beauty regime is. The purpose that a face mask serves is that

  • It hydrates the skin sufficiently well so that there is no dryness in it. Dryness can bring about acne and finer lines on the face.
  • Removes excessive oil from the skin: the mask gently removes the excess oil from the skin and at the same time does not harm the dry skin.
  • It can improve the appearance of the skin: often skin pores open up and break out in to ugly black and white heads. Wearing a face mask can help clear the dirt and the grime from these pores and therefore help in maintaining flawless skin and also make the pores invisible to the naked eye.
  • Tightens the skin: wearing a face mask helps the skin to stay taut and not loosen up because of the wear and the tear. Also excess pollution that we live in can have an adverse effect on our skin health and make our skin older than our age.


It must be remembered to not try to speak while the face mask is drying up. The effect of speaking or pulling the skin while the mask is drying on the face can be disastrous because it can loosen the skin and leave it hanging.


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