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The USHL announced today the 30-man protected list and affiliate for its member clubs. The team rosters are full of Hockeyrecruits4u players and others trying to make the final 23-man rosters to be submitted to the league office, as well as USA Hockey by September 21, 2015.

See listings here.

imageNTDP Chad Krys announced via Twitter on Friday that he has verbally committed to Boston University.

The 5-11, 183 lb. native of Ridgefield, Conn., was the top-scoring defenseman for the US NTDP U17s last season, registering 29 points (3G,26A) in 41 games before being called up to the U18s, where he added 20 points (3G, 17A) in 22 games.

Congrats to Chad and his Family!

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2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner and No. 2 Overall NHL Draft Pick
Chooses Leading Hockey Brand for On-ice Equipment and Apparel

Bauer Hockey, Inc. announced that Buffalo Sabre Jack Eichel has joined its roster of athletes, becoming the latest elite player to align with the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of ice hockey equipment. Eichel, the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner and second overall NHL draft choice, will exclusively wear BAUER equipment on ice and will work closely with Bauer Hockey’s product development team to provide insight and feedback into future product direction. In addition, BAUER will be Eichel’s exclusive provider of performance and lifestyle apparel.

“I am very excited to start my professional career with Bauer Hockey,” Eichel said. “When you think of hockey, you think of BAUER and the opportunity to join the roster of great BAUER athletes is an incredible feeling. The best players in the world choose BAUER and I’m looking forward to working closely with the entire team for many years to come.”

BAUER is opening an Own The Moment Retail Experience, 34 Cambridge St., Burlington, on 8/15.

 

imageThe New York Rangers hire Steve Greeley as Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Steve has spent the last two years as associate head coach at Boston University committing players right off our prestigious listing.

Greeley, 34, who was part of a team that captured a Hockey East title and advanced to the National Championship Game.

In addition to his time at BU, Greeley served as a scout with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006 through 2013, including as a pro scout for the final four years of his tenure.

Greeley said it took all of one phone call from Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton to be convinced this was the move for him.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for the opportunity,” Greeley said, “It took one phone call and I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Greeley called Gorton a “mentor” over his nine years in the business after his playing career wrapped up.

“I’ve known him for a while and he’s been successful wherever he’s been,” Gorton said. “He’s a hard-worker. I’ve always known that.

Gorton said that Greeley’s role is very similar to the one he had upon his arrival in New York in 2006, in that he’ll work at both the amateur and professional levels. Gorton said Greeley will report directly to Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark.

At the amateur level, the Scituate, MA native was a regional scout for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2009 through 2012.

“I think I’m very passionate about the game,” said Greeley, who lives in the Boston area. “The opportunity to work at different levels has allowed me to create a pretty big book about a lot of players.”

Greeley said he’s very excited to join an organization like the Rangers, whom he said everyone in the business looks up to. He said the current team has a strong crop of young forwards that excite him, and that more are on the way.

Congrats to Steve and his family!

The NHL follows our lead….Hockeyrecruits4u 2014 Hockey Achievement Award winner and Los Angeles Kings scout Bob Crocker has been named as a 2015 recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy, The Lester Patrick Award has been presented by the National Hockey League and USA Hockey since 1966 to honour a recipient’s contribution to ice hockey in the United States. He is still giving back, coaching this week at the Beantown Summer Classic.

imageCrocker, who has scouted with the Kings since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, is the club’s Amateur Scout – Northeastern United States. His tenure in hockey dates back to 1954-55, when he played for Boston University. A 2006 Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Crocker, nicknamed the “dean” of New England hockey scouts, scouted for the New York Rangers from 1993-05, before which he served as the assistant general manager for the Hartford Whalers from 1980-92. He has won three Stanley Cups – two with Los Angeles and one with New York – in addition to the Calder Cup and two NCAA titles with Boston University, where he served as freshman coach and was a top recruiter.

Said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, in a statement, “By honoring Bob Crocker and Jeremy Jacobs, the Lester Patrick Award selection committee has recognized the dedication and drive of two important contributors to hockey in the United States. Jeremy Jacobs – as owner for 41 years of the NHL’s first U.S.-based team and long-serving Chairman of our Board of Governors – has provided unparalleled vision, innovation and inspiration to the advancement of hockey and the NHL. As a coach, a scout and a hockey executive, Bob Crocker has devoted decades to the development of young American players. Congratulations to both on this long overdue recognition.”

Both Crocker and Jacobs will be honored during the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, December 17 in Boston.

Congrats to Bob and his family!

imageThe Vancouver Canucks Hockey Operations department named Judd Brackett Director of Amateur Scouting.

Judd Bracket served seven years as an Amateur Scout in the Canucks organization prior to being named Director of Amateur Scouting. Brackett will oversee the Amateur Scouting staff, leading the department and supporting the player evaluations of regional scouts. Brackett will report to John Weisbrod (Assistant GM) in his new role.

Hockeyrecruits4u, recognized Judd in May of 2014 with our story, The Architect of the Champions, noting he and his staff did a masterful job building the USHL Clark Cup Championship team Indiana Ice.

Congrats @Canuckscout!

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The Beantown Summer Classic is a six day event held every summer on the second weekend of August. The tournament features three boys divisions.

Pro Division (Aug 9-12)
Only players that are from ’95-’98 birth years will qualify to be selected into the top summer showcase of its kind. This division will consist of eight teams. Each team will carry 10 forwards, 6 defenseman and 2 goalies. Each team will practice on the morning of their first day then play four games versus some of the other seven teams in the showcase, followed by a fifth game in which the teams will be reseeded. Each team will be coached by a current NHL scout. Each game will consist of two 25 minute halves. Player’s need to be in Marlboro at approximately 11am on the 9th. Last game on the 12th will end at 3pm.

Futures Division (Aug 10-12)
This division will be for players between the three birth years below the pro division (’98-’00). This division will consist of six teams. Each team will carry 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies. Each team will play three games against some of the other five teams in the division, followed by a fourth game, in which the teams will be reseed eventually leading to a champion. Each team will be coached by a current NHL scout. Each game will consist of two 25 minute halves. Player’s need to be in Marlboro at approximately 1pm on the 10th. Last game on the 12th will end at 3pm.

Prospects Division (Aug 8-10)
This division will feature three age groups (’01/’02/’03/’04). Each age group will consist of two teams. Each team will carry 12 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies. Each team will have three practices and play a three games versus the other team in their age level. Each game will consist of two 25 minute halves. Teams will be coached by a current Division 1 coach or NHL scout. The on ice training sessions will be led by D-1 college coaches or NHL scouts/staff. In the past three years we have had coaches from Boston College, Northeastern, UNH, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Quinnipiac as well as staff from the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators working on ice with the players putting them through practice and training sessions. Player’s need to be in Marlboro at approximately 1:00pm on the 8th. Last game on the 10th will end at 5pm.

Click here for schedule.

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Development camps give team draft picks and invitees the chance to experience an NHL camp with the team staff on and off the ice. Prospect development camps aren’t just beneficial to the player, as they also give front office members a chance to evaluate player talent, allowing young prospects to embed themselves on NHL radars.

Hockeycruits4u players at NHL Camps in 2015;
CBJ Tyler Bird F
TOR Jeremy Bracco F
CAR Taggart Corriveau F
OTT Joel Daccord G
BOS Ryan Donato F
NJ J.D. Dudek F
BUF Jack Eichel F
NJ Casey Fitzgerald D
WPG Erik Foley F
ARI Conor Garland F
VAN Adam Gaudette F
OTT Miles Gendron D
COL A.J. Greer F
CAR Noah Hanifin D
DET Patrick Holway D
CHI Michael Lackey G
EDM John Marino D
PIT Joseph Masonius D
CAR Jake Massie D
CBJ Sonny Milano F
TOR J.J. Piccinich F
ANA Steven Ruggiero D
FLA Patrick Shea F
CHI Ryan Shea D
MIN Alex Tuch F
FLA Joe Wegwerth F
OTT Colin White F

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Hockeyrecruits4u will be busy this weekend. Our scouts will be at the USPHL Summer Showcase this weekend July 17-19, at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA. Follow all the action here.

Also, this weekend is the Senior Chowder Cup. Check out all the action http://www.proamhockey.com/2015-chowder-cup-s11990

It’s quite a thrill to of hearing your named called at the NHL Entry Draft. The reality is that there are only 211 players that have the fortune of becoming a selection for an NHL team.

There are 7th round selections who’ll make it and 1st rounders that don’t. It all comes down to the player and how bad he wants to play. Every year there are college free agents that go through the draft and two years later they’re in the NHL. So it comes down to how much a player wants it, and how much work he’s willing to put in.

Teams will start holding their development camps in the coming weeks where many undrafted players will get an invite to showcase their skill and compete level. College Hockey, Inc. ‏added a development camp roster with sortable list. …with 63 of 126 still undrafted free agents, that’s half if your doing the math.

There are always opportunities to get noticed and enter your name into the draft the following year, but sheer will and determination is what separates the players who make it an the players who don’t. There are countless ways to make it in the NHL. Getting drafted certainly helps, but for those who weren’t selected, it’s not the end of the road. Effort, tenaciousness, and mental toughness will go far in making a dream come true.

Our friends at College Hockey Inc. have done a great job recording Fifty-six current or future NCAA players representing 27 schools were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft Friday and Saturday in Sunrise, Fla. After a record three current NCAA players (Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin and Zach Werenski) were taken in the top eight of the draft on Friday, 53 current college players or committed recruits representing 27 different college programs followed in the remaining 203 picks at BB&T Center. See story here.

Another great report over is over at College Hockey News

What happens now to the players college team? Does a player go to CHL, AHL, NHL or stay playing NCAA hockey. It will be interesting to see how many players end up on different teams than they may have originally planned or committed to…

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Hockeyrecruits4u is in Sunrise, Florida for the 2015 NHL Draft. Top end talent, right off our listing, where 4 years ago we were the first to identify Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin as NHL first round picks. When asked about the draft Eichel said, “It’s really cool to be able to go through this with your family and friends,” “So many of them have sacrificed so much to be able to do what I do, and I’m happy to just be able to share this with them.”

Noah Hanifin told us, I think it’s definitely starting to hit me now,” “The draft is tomorrow night and it’s pretty crazy. I’ve dreamed about this moment for so long, and now that it’s here it’s going to be an adventure. I’m really looking forward to it.”

JACK EICHEL, C, BOSTON UNIV. | 6-2, 19526-45-71 in 40 games
Eichel will be an elite first liner, a dominant offensive presence around which a championship team can be built.
•SCOUTS SAY: “He makes the game look easy. Vision and hockey sense…and power. He’s the complete package. If he has one thing to work on it would be his shot and even that doesn’t need much. He’s a special, special player.”

NOAH HANIFIN, D, BOSTON COLLEGE | 6-2, 2055-18-23 in 37 games
Hanifin has long been regarded as the third-best talent in the class but he is the type of player who could play 15+ years for a team. He is a strong, two-way defender. He moves the puck quickly and effectively and is very useful in transition.
• SCOUTS SAY: “There’s absolutely no risk in this kid’s game. He makes good decisions as a routine. If he’s ever in trouble, he can skate his way out of it.

COLIN WHITE, C, USA NTDP (USHL) | 6-0, 1834-13-17 in 20 games
He’s the ideal two-way center, a high intensity performer whose hockey sense is off the charts. White does his best work along the boards. He excels at the cycle and is relentless in pursuit of the puck. Like Patrice Bergeron he might not be the highest scoring player on the team but he does so many little things so well that he might just be the most valuable.
• SCOUTS SAY: “White will be a great addition to any team in the NHL, he’ll provide attacking options going forward, and he’ll drop back when needed. That ability to use all 200′ of ice in a league that relishes two-way play will be key to White’s success.”

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Other Hockeyrecruits4u players going to be selected:
Jeremy Bracco Freeport, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
Erik Foley Mansfield, Mass.Cedar Rapids Roughriders (USHL)
Brandon Fortunato Albertson, N.Y. Boston University (NCAA)
Charlie McAvoy Long Beach, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL)
Conor Garland Scituate, Mass. Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
Ryan Hitchcock Manhasset, N.Y. Yale University (ECAC)
John Marino,North Easton, MA, South Shore Kings (USPHL)
Bob Carpenter, Cambridge, MA, Soiux City Musketeers (USHL)

imageTwenty years ago, the NHL trend was toward big, tough grinders after the defence-oriented New Jersey Devils captured their first Stanley Cup with the likes of Bobby Holik and Randy McKay. That surely didn’t bode well for a nifty QMJHL centre generously listed at 5-8 and 165 pounds.

Daniel Briere of the Drummondville Voltigeurs was a perennial contender for the league scoring title, but many hockey observers agreed with the Montreal Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky, who said Briere would be “a potential first-round pick were he bigger.” An official NHL scouting report went further: “Size is his only setback; if he were 6-0, he would be a franchise player.”

The 18-year-old clearly made an impression on Phoenix GM John Paddock. After Briere finished 1995-96 as the CHL’s leading scorer, the Coyotes picked him 24th overall in the first round.

NHL success wasn’t instant for the flashy pivot. Not until 2001-02 did he enjoy his breakout campaign with 60 points. After being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, he established a new career high in points with 65 in 2003-04. For his career, Danny has played 973 games, scored 307 goals and has had 389 assist for a total of 696 NHL points.

Here in Sunrise, FL is a Danny Briere clone, Conor Garland of the Moncton Wildcats, he too is 5’8″, 165 pounds, (Scituate, Massachusetts). It may be debatable that the NHL is changing their perception of small players, and we’re about to find out for sure with regards to where Conor Garland is selected.

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Like Briere, Garland led the QMJHL in scoring (35 goals and an astonishing 94 assists).Only the second American-born player to lead the QMJHL in scoring after Pat LaFontaine, Garland’s wizardry with the puck and unpredictability often brought fans out of their seats. According to super scout, T.A. Lent, “He has always been a creator, a rare talent who makes others around him better”. With the recent success of Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Johnson, it wouldn’t be surprising to us for Garland to be taken in the first half of the draft.

imageThe North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced its teams and divisional alignment for the 2015-16 season. The 22-team league will be divided into four divisions (Central, East, Midwest, South) spanning 10 states.

A new, four-team East Division added to the NAHL for the 2015-16 season, which include recent announcements of the Aston Rebels, New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, who will join the Johnstown Tomahawks to make up four teams in the East.

“The new East Division is a very exciting step for the NAHL and one that is reflective of the changing landscape in the league,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “The NAHL has a wide variety of markets that have enabled our owners to sustain and grow their respective teams, so that they may continue to provide opportunities for the players and entertainment for the communities that support them. We feel like the new teams in the East will not only provide their teams with enhanced access to scouts and a deep player pool, but also allow them to showcase the type of hockey that has enabled the NAHL to thrive as a premier development league for 40 years now.”

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Harvard and Yale have a historic Ivy League hockey rivalry that started in 1900 when they played their first game in New York City. Since that first game, a 5-4 Bulldog victory, Harvard and Yale have gone on to become two of the most distinguished programs in college hockey, as well as, archrivals!

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From ECAC Championships and NCAA Frozen Four appearances to producing Stanley Cup champions and Olympic gold medalists, the Crimson and Bulldogs have established proud legacies on the ice, befitting their world renowned educational institutions known for creating gentlemen and scholars off the ice.

When we wrote our story, “All Bets are off..” our thought was players might go from one school to another but most schools wouldn’t recruit another teams commit. Yet it seems the Gentleman’s agreement is over at these two Ivy schools after Hockeyrerecruits4u player John Marino,’97, D, decommitted from Yale and committed to Harvard at the same time?? Toxicodendron radicans or Poison Ivy.

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How is this possible? No it’s not because the Marino family were saddened by a Don Muse exit to be head coach for the USHL’s Chicago Steel. This only can happen if a Harvard Hockey coach was talking to the player, then convinced him to switch commitments.

Yale hockey has had great success, this isn’t a program one would want to leave, as a matter of fact, it’s the envy of the Ivy League! Since Keith Allain ‘80 (a friend of Hockeyrecruits4u) took over as head coach in 2006, he has elevated the Bulldogs to be recognized among the nation’s perennial powers. The numbers tell the story of Yale’s ascension in the Allain era.

173-105-29 in 9 seasons as Yale head coach
2013 National Championship
5 NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 – 6 wins)
2 straight regional finals (2010, 2011)
2 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championships (2009, 2011)
2 ECAC Hockey Regular Season Titles (2009, 2010)
6 Ivy League Championships (3 straight)

Decommits happen, but not to a rival institution the very same day. We have written a lot about the battle of the NCAA vs CHL for players. For instance, Yale lost a second committed prospect today when Hockeyrecruits4u player Cam Dineen,’98, D, signed with the North Bay Battalion most likely to best position himself for next years NHL draft.

Hockeyrecruits4u will keep a close watch on commits and how they pan out. Our focus since inception has been on the ’96 birth year and younger and those 96’s have started to enter college and will continue to, or not… We will see…

 

 

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This years QMJHL draft had many head scratchers… Remember each team must take two American’s..

  • The first US player picked was at # 90 (Jack Bliss).
  • Moncton takes Hockeyrecruits4u and Sailsbury’s Mike O’Leary (Cornell) who was out at USHL’s Dubuque camp scoring a goal in the All-Star game.
  • Chicoutimi took Hockeyrecruits4u Charlie Kelleher a 1997 birth year in the ’99 draft year, um doesn’t that mean he is a free agent? How do ’97 FA’s get on draft list,.. the draft listing is screwed up every year, meanwhile the QMJHL Governors do nothing about it.
  • Hockeyrecruits4u only had 5 players to recommend as ones to make a QMJHL team.
  • No players selected from Maine or Vermont.

We honestly believe the Q doesn’t get it. The teams have no idea how to sell what they have to the New England players plus the NCAA gets better at marketing their education, $100-million hockey facilities and student centers that can accommodate entire communities. More importantly the NCAA route is obviously a superior lifestyle so important to young men and their families.

As the arms race at these universities continue to grow, there will be mounting pressure for players that can only be removed with one solution, investment. And as more schools spend, the number of NCAA players in the NHL will continue to rise, and the QMJHL will produce fewer and fewer phenoms.

The NCAA has older players, 21 year old freshmen, and is becoming the training grounds for the NHL with bigger, stronger players improving the product on the ice, producing more and more NHLer’s every year. The surging popularity of the National Hockey League in the United States can’t be denied. The revenue and ratings confirm it. The buzz around star players and successful teams, nationally and locally, confirms it. Two years ago the NHL had over 105,000 fans watch a game worth two points in the standings, freezing their arses off in the snow at Michigan’s Big House.

Players are looking for places to play which help them reach their potential  and get to the next level. Instead of going for it all and trying to peak in Major Junior at 20 years old the “educated” choice is to develop more in college and have career alternatives. Along with recruiting, facilities and coaching the NCAA is out scoring the QMJHL…

Here are all the picks from New England by State.

Rd-Rk Team       Player       Pos ST
7-110 Rimouski Alex Mella LW CT

7-127 Rimouski Lucas Niezelski RD CT

12-203 Baie-Comeau Christian LeSueur RW CT

13-221 Chicoutimi Matt Gosiewski C CT

13-223 Cape Breton Jake Gresh RD CT

14-238 Victoriaville Brendan Casey RD CT

14-248 Val-d’Or Eric Esposito LW CT

14-250 Québec Jack Hoey C CT

14-251 Blainville-Boisand Patrick Harper C CT

5-90 Gatineau Jack Bliss LW MA

6-92 Acadie-Bathurst Jake Ryczek RD MA

6-107 Saint John Mark McLaughlin C MA

9-152 Halifax Cooper Jones RD MA

9-154 Saint John Ben Mirageas LD MA

10-171 Cape Breton Alex Zafonte G MA

10-180 Moncton Keith Petruzzelli G MA

12-201 Baie-Comeau Logan Drevitch LW MA

12-210 Sherbrooke Derek Osik C MA

12-211 Québec Matthew Quercia F MA

13-219 Drummondville Max Sauve F MA

13-220 Victoriaville Dario Latessa G MA

13-225 Rouyn-Noranda Chris Brown RW MA

13-227 Charlottetown Ian Murphy RW MA

13-233 Blainville-Boisbriand Mike Young RD MA

14-236 Acadie-Bathurst Patrick Dawson LD MA

14-237 Drummondville Casey Carreau F MA

14-239 Chicoutimi Charlie Kelleher RW MA

14-243 Rouyn-Noranda Michael Callahan LD MA

14-249 Shawinigan Jayson Dobay LD MA

7-112 Gatineau Alexander Steeves C NH

8-128 Rimouski Mike Robinson G NH

9-162 Moncton Ethan DeStefani. RW NH

13-230 Val-d’Or Reilly Walsh RD NH

6-96 Sherbrooke, Matt Allen C RI

14-242 Halifax, Matthew Fawcett C RI

14-245 Charlottetown, Dennis Cesana RD RI

Congrats to all the players selected!

Hockeyrecruits4u is in Buffalo this week for the NHL Combine. Terry Pegula’s Sabres have done an outstanding job setting this combine up. The First Niagara Center and the fitness facilities available to the players to perform the tests is amazing. It’s a very exciting time around Buffalo with all these potential NHL stars. Including Hockeyrecruits4u players Jack Eichel-BU, Noah Hanifin-BC, AJ Greer-BU, Davud Cotton-Cushing, Callum Booth-Quebec, Kameron Keilly-Chalottetown, Daniel Sprong-Charlottetown, Jeremy Bracco-USNDT, Eric Foley-Cedar Rapids, Colin White-USNDT and John Marino-South Shore Kings.

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The NHL Combine will give NHL teams the opportunity for interviews with the prospects at First Niagara Center through June 6th. The medical examinations will take place June 4, and the majority of the fitness testing will take place June 6 at HarborCenter.

The QMJHL entry draft, which will be held at the Palais des Sports Léopold-Drolet in Sherbrooke this Saturday, June 6 is an important milestone. For players selected, it’s the first time they are recognized as elite by professional organizations whose number one responsibility is to develop NHL players.  Independent assessment of potential without politics, favors or friends being factors.

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Ranked first is Maxime Comtois of the Chateauguay Grenadiers of the Quebec Midget AAA League. Maxime had a great season. His consistency, work ethic and ability to score the big goal make him a very interesting prospect. He has good physical abilities well used in tight spaces. His shooting skills and his natural scoring talent make him a dangerous player on the offense. He’s able to find his teammates on the offense, while his coach is even using him on the point during power plays. He’s noticeable on the ice and one can feel his love of the game. Maxime will be an important asset on his junior team particularly if he keeps scoring goals in difficult situations.

The top Maritimes prospect is Shane Bowers of Halifax who is ranked 3rd. No doubt that Shane is the best skater of the next draft. This centre player is fast and extraordinarily mobile on his skates. His great qualities on the offense make him a very dangerous forward. He works hard during each presence on the ice and his speed is unnerving to the opposing defencemen. He’s generous with his teammates.

Click here for the complete list.

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Hockeyrecruits4u is pleased to announce the commitment from 2015 draft pick Anthony Demeo,’99, D. The Port Washington, NY, New Jersey Rocket player was the Greyhounds 2nd pick (3rd Round, 61st overall) in this past April’s OHL Priority Selection.

“Like many elite players at his age, Anthony had a lot of options in terms of what his next steps would be in his academic and hockey career. We are thrilled a player such as Anthony is committing to our program.” began Hounds General Manager Kyle Raftis.

“With his ability to push the pace from the blue line with his skating, combined with his size, we are very excited to be part of Anthony’s future hockey and academic successes” continued Raftis.

The 6.00, 188-lb defenseman played one season ago with the New Jersey Rockets Minor Midget hockey club. In 25 games played he tallied 1 goals and 15 assists (16 points).Demeo was a participant in the USA NDTP U17 (National Develop Training Program) this past March before taking part in the OHL Gold Cup as part of the Elite Hockey Group team.

“I am extremely excited because I was fortunate enough to get drafted to the team that was number one on my list of teams I wanted to go to, and that made the decision to commit so easy. I can’t wait to get to Sault Ste. Marie and become part of the community and the Greyhounds” said Anthony.

Congrats to Anthony and his family!