Here are some younger players to watch:
Danil Gushchin – 5-9, 161 – Muskegon - He’s a 2002 birthdate. This Russian has speed, feistiness on defense, enough to play the PK. He had a goal and an assist in one period but has been solid every time I’ve seen him.
I spent all morning on the road and the rest of the day and night at the rink. I saw some great games that featured some talented players. This is the start of their regular season so keep that in mind. The first three are goalies.
Wouter Peeters – 6-4, 205
Whenever NHL fans talk about hockey players out of Norway, Mats Zuccarello is the gold standard. Compared to any other Norwegian NHLer, his 262 points is a cut above. The next Norwegian player we’ll start to talk about is Mathias Emilio Pettersen.
Pettersen, 17 (his birthday is April 3rd), will be
Some players stand out in development camps because of their play. Noah Cates certainly did that. I felt like it took him a day to get used to the talent level and by Day 2 I gave him this report:
Noah Cates – 6-1, 165 – LW – Stillwater High School
Buffalo - - One player was ready to attack the rigors of the NHL Combine was goaltender, Dayton Rasmussen. The 6-2, 200 pounds this goaltender is physically “ripped”.
Watching him on the long jump he held his own. I was anticipating him on the bench press and that’s when he
Hackensack, NJ -- I was watching a very action-packed game between the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. the Waterloo Black Hawks. The level of play in the USHL continues to get better and Canadian snobs will always say their leagues are better, right now they are but who knows what