When USA Hockey tweeted the roster for the 2023 World Junior squad. I noticed two names. Sam Lipkin and Kenny Connors are both local Philadelphia guys. It’s amazing to see how hockey has grown in this area, and I remember when it started to grow.
In 2018-19, both players were teammates
Vantassell is a 6-3 ¾, 190 pound right wing who plays for the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL hails from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. It’s a town known for having the corporate headquarters for Verizon Wireless and a few more companies. Surely, it must have a bit more an
Gleb Veremyev was a player I’d seen before in this calendar year. I’ve been to Plymouth, Michigan a lot lately for various games and camps. He's improved a lot since the beginning of this season. This New Jersey-born left wing is a fun player to watch.
“I live in Monroe Township
Connor Kurth is a right wing who is in the midst of his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He scored 41 points in 52 games last season, and in 2021-22 his scoring has been elevated. His 27 points and 13 goals in 20 games will obliterate what he
Matty Beniers hasn’t been hiding. He hasn’t come out of nowhere. Nobody is surprised to see him performing at a high level. He’s had an interesting path this season, and through it all, the talented center has continued to see his draft stock rise.
Beniers has a great cutting motion in
Matt Coronato is a 5-10, left wing who is currently ripping up the USHL for the Chicago Steel. Is he the next star player to come out of Long Island? It sure seems so. His journey is very similar to players in that area.
In 2017-18, he was tied for the
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
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