Here’s a report on a few that I saw in Allentown over the weekend.
Adam Fantilli – Center – 2023 Draft Eligible – I’ve been seeing him since his USHL days. Now, at the end of the year in must-win games, he’s been outstanding. His power play goal to tie the game against Penn State was amazing. He rushed to the net and had a small space to shoot at high and nailed it. He got points, he was backchecking well, he had a backhand pass that was difficult to do. His skating is close to elite. I get Auston Matthews vibes.
Gavin Brindley – Right Wing – 2023 Draft Eligible – He’s got great speed through the neutral zone. He’s super effective on the rush. He thinks the game fast. He’s aggressive on the PK. His defensive play is top-notch. His release on his wrist shot on the power play is very quick.
Liam Souliere – Goalie – Undrafted junior – He’s 5-11 but I can’t worry about that right now. As far as his play goes, he made some great stops under pressure especially against Michigan. He kept his team in the game. He’s fast post-to-post, he’s active with his stick and otherwise and he is excellent in traffic. He sees well in traffic that’s the key.
Connor Maceachern – Center – Undrafted senior – I remember him from the USHL. He is good in the face-off circle. He was a key assist in one of the games. He also had a goal off the rebound. His speed is good. At 5-10, maybe he doesn’t play center but he could be a good organizational depth guy. I would give him a look.
Blake Pietila – Goalie – Undrafted senior – For him it’s the season and before that matters. He got blown out but his heart was huge. He didn’t want to leave the game. He has excellent rebound control, good glove, and makes big saves at the right time. I would think he will have suitors.