Plymouth, MI - - It’s been a minute since I’ve covered this event. It’s great. I love international competitions. I love seeing Team USA in the USHL and outside of it. I watched two games, including Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, and the U.S. team. One thing rang true. Speed was going
Sean Behrens is a 5-10, 176-pound defenseman who can do a lot of things out on the ice. If teams focus on what he can do, he’s a sure-fire, second-round pick, and maybe a late first. When you couple in the fact that he’s committed to the University of Denver,
Dylan Duke is a 2021 NHL Draft eligible player who was a top goal scorer with the NTDP this season. He was second to Sasha Pastujov in goals for the U18 squad with 29. That’s a nice year for a player who scores tough goals in the dirty areas and
Brett Berard didn’t make the USA roster because his coach at Providence, Nate Leaman, is the head coach of the 2021 World Junior Championship squad, it happened because he never takes a shift off, and he can create situations out on the ice.
“He’s a great coach, and I’ve enjoyed playing
I’m always hearing people say, and I’ve said it, how did that player slip into the sixth or seventh round of an NHL draft? This year I’ve identified one that has a promising future, and that is Alex Young, and the San Jose Sharks selected him with the 196th overall
Cam York has been a player I’ve followed for years now. I watched him grow up in the NTDP, seeing him in various games and tournaments over the years, and now he’s inching closer to turning pro.
York was a player who greatly benefitted from Flyers Rookie Camp, you remember, back
Normally around this time of the year, we would be talking about the new group of NTDP players who would be getting ready for their new season. Luke Hughes is one of the big returning names who should land in the top ten in the 2021 NHL Draft. He’s the
Most hockey players are rink rats and love to be around the rink and the sport they love and some go a step beyond that and are gamers, and that’s how I would describe Ty Smilanic, who will definitely get drafted whenever the NHL holds to 2020 NHL Draft.
Just playing for the NTDP means you’ve accomplished a lot early in your hockey career. You can also be on that team and not get as much credit as your play deserves. Here are three players who opened my eyes:
Brett Berard – 5-9, 152 – RW - In both
Vancouver - - The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was full of surprises on the draft board but the one thing that many people expected was the players from the US National Team Development Program dominating the first round.
It started with the expected first overall, Jack Hughes, going to the New