Friday, November 22, 2019

UNH Commits Update: 11-22-2019

Carsen Richels
Signs UNH NLI
Alex Gagne
Signs UNH NLI

News & Notes

National Letter of Intent:

The signing period of the National Letter of Intent (NLI) program began November 13th and ends August 1st. Some of the key provisions of the NLI are:
~ The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
~ The prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year.
~ The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid to the student-athlete for one academic year, provided he/she is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules.
~ A recruiting prohibition is applied after a prospective student-athlete signs the NLI. This prohibition requires member institutions to cease recruitment of the prospective student-athlete once an NLI is signed with another institution.
~ If the student-athlete does not fulfill the NLI agreement, he/she has to serve one year in residence at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

In the last week, forward Carsen Richels and defenseman Alex Gagne signed an NLI with the University of New Hampshire. Richels and Gagne are seniors in high school so have the potential to enroll as "true freshmen" at UNH next Fall. Forward Will Margel, who graduated from South Kent Prep School last spring, signed an NLI with UNH in April.

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2020 UNH Commit Will Margel scored 45 goals and 55 assists in 64 games last season with the Selects Academy 18U - the team that won the 2019 USA Hockey Tier I National Championship. In May, the Madison Capitols selected him in the 1st Round (#7 overall) of the USHL Draft. Margel started at left wing in the Capitols' season opener and scored his first USHL goal in Game 5. However, that was the last point he registered for the Capitols and his playing time diminished. Madison currently has the worst record in the USHL.
The Coquitlam Express of the British Columbia Hockey League acquired Margel from the Madison Capitols on November 7th and put him on their top line with Massimo Rizzo (North Dakota commit, Carolina Hurricanes draftee) and Connor Gregga (Minnesota State commit). In his first 3 BCHL games, Margel has scored 2 power play assists. Coquitlam currently has the best record in the BCHL.

~ Over his last 7 games with the Wenatchee Wild, 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Nick Cafarelli has scored 3 goals and 7 assists. Overall, he has 12 goals, including 7 power play goals, and 14 assists in 24 games. Cafarelli is tied for 6th in BCHL goal-scoring and 12th in scoring.

United States Hockey League:

~ 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Alex Gagne signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH on November 17th. The 6'3", 196 lbs., left-shot defenseman has played in 10 of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders' 16 games, has scored 4 assists, and has a +/- rating of +1.
Gagne is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Although the NHL Central Scouting Service has not included him on their "Players to Watch" lists, former NHL defenseman Ian Morin, the Director of Neutral Zone's NHL Draft coverage, projected Gagne as a late third round selection in the NHL Draft next June. In addition, Steve Kournianos of the Draft Analyst and contributor for the Sporting News ranked Gagne #108 in his 2020 Preliminary Rankings.

Minnesota High School Hockey:

~ 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Carsen Richels signed a National Letter of Intent with UNH on November 13th. The 6'2", 201 lbs., left-shot winger recently completed his fall season in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League. He scored 8 goals and 11 assists in 19 games.
In the updated November "Players to Watch" list, the NHL Central Scouting Service continued to rate Carsen Richels a 'B' Prospect meaning he's a candidate to be selected in the 2nd or 3rd Round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Richels' first game of his senior season with Blaine (MN) High School is on November 27 against Hill-Murray HS. Last season, as a junior, he scored 42 goals and 41 assists in 29 games.

New England Prep School Hockey:

~ 2021 UNH Commit David Sacco recently completed his fall season with the the Cape Cod Whalers U18 split-season team. He scored 5 goals and 2 assists in 9 Eastern Hockey Federation Selects games and 2 assists in the 2019-20 18U Tier I National Bound Massachusetts Hockey State Championship. The Whalers were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The NHL Central Scouting Service continued to rate David Sacco a 'C' Prospect in their updated November "Players to Watch" list. He is a candidate to be selected in the 4th, 5th or 6th Round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Sacco begins his junior season with the Lawrence Academy Spartans on December 6th. Last year, he repeated his sophomore academic year and was listed as a sophomore on the hockey roster. He scored 14 goals and 15 assists in 25 games.

~ 2021 or '22 UNH Commit JP Turner and the Neponset Valley River Rats U16 team won the 2019-20 16U Tier I National Bound Massachusetts Hockey State Championship. Turner scored a goal and 2 assists in the 3 tournament games.
JP Turner begins his junior season with Avon Old Farms on December 4th against Williston-Northampton. Last season, as a sophomore, he scored 5 goals and 8 assists in 25 games.

2019-20 Statistics


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2020 Commits
Will Margel*
3/16/01 (F)
Coquitlam Express BCHL 3 0 2 2 0
Madison Capitols USHL 12 1 0 1 2
2020 or '21 Commits
Alex Gagne*
8/12/02 (D)
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 10 0 4 4 8
Carsen Richels* 10/3/01 (F) Blaine High School Minn HS - - - - -
MPLS ST PAUL UMidwest HSELH 13 6 9 15 8
Playoffs 3 2 0 2 0
Elite League All-Star Team International 3 0 2 2 0
Nicolas Ardanaz
5/30/02 (D)
West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 26 1 5 6 2
Nicholas Cafarelli
12/31/01 (F)
Wenatchee Wild BCHL 24 12 14 26 18
Aidan Curran
1/22/01 (F)
Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 11 0 4 4 4
Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 11 1 4 5 0
Connor Sweeney
5/5/00 (F)
Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 28 1 5 6 17
2021 Commits
Timo Bakos
7/28/00 (F)
Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 12 2 1 3 0
Robert Cronin
8/15/00 (F)
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 10 0 0 0 2
Liam Devlin
1/7/01 (F)
Chicago Steel USHL 15 1 1 2 18
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
Islanders Hockey Club NCDC 21 4 12 16 2
Jack Ring
12/18/00 (F)
Northeast Generals NAHL 24 2 11 13 4
David Sacco
1/3/02 (F)
Lawrence Academy NE Prep - - - - -
Cape Cod Whalers U18 EHF Selects 9 5 2 7 18
Mass Regionals 2 0 2 2 0
2021 or '22 Commits
JP Turner
1/31/03 (F)
Avon Old Farms NE Prep - - - - -
NV River Rats 16U Beast Series 7 3 7 10 34
Playoffs 1 0 1 1 2
Mass Regionals 3 1 2 3 0
Morgan Winters
12/8/01 (F)
Tabor Academy NE Prep - - - - -
NV River Rats 18U Beast Series 7 1 1 2 6
Playoffs 1 0 1 1 2
2022 or '23 Commits
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
Boston Advantage U18 ECEL 4 2 1 3 0
Mass Regionals 2 1 0 1 0
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2020 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2020. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the commit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the commit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The commit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.

Friday, November 15, 2019

After Enduring Lengthy Ineligibility, Filip Engarås Set For UNH Debut

Filip Engarås
UNH Center - #16
"There's a lot of different thoughts that come to mind regarding Filip, his situation, and his penalty. To sum it up, I think its a tremendous show of his character as a young man." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach, November 13, 2019
For 16 long months, Filip Engarås (pronounced En-gair-ROWss) has been waiting to don his UNH jersey in a regulation game. When he committed to play for the University of New Hampshire back in May, 2018, the 6-foot, 190-pound centerman from Stockholm, Sweden was planning to be the first Swedish player in the history of the UNH men's hockey program.

Players who want to participate in NCAA athletics are required to submit documentation to the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse) verifying they've met both the academic requirements and amateurism standards. Filip had no difficulty meeting the academic standards but the NCAA did not grant him amateur status.

In European countries, junior hockey programs are often affiliated with and supported by professional hockey clubs. At the age of 16, Engarås moved nine hours north of Stockholm to play for the Skellefteå AIK hockey organization. He played for the Skellefteå Junior 18 and Junior 20 teams for three seasons. However, according to the website for the Skellefteå AIK team in the Swedish Hockey League - Sweden's top professional league, Engarås also played in 4 of their games in the 2016-17 season and 2 games in the 2017-18 season.

One could argue that Engarås's professional hockey experience in Sweden was extremely limited. His average time on the ice in the four 2016-17 games was 4 minutes and 21 seconds and for the two games in 2017-18, it was 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Across all six games, he registered a total of 2 shots on goal and no points. Regardless, the NCAA Eligibility Center ruled that Engarås did not meet amateurism status and did not allow him to play any games for UNH all of last season or for the first 9 games of this season.

The only real game experience Filip has had while at UNH was in the exhibition game against the University of Guelph this preseason. He registered 2 shots on goal and won 6 out of 11 faceoffs. However, as Head Coach Mike Souza described in the weekly press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Filip Engarås has made far more contributions to the UNH hockey program over the last 16 months. Fortunately for Filip, his teammates, and UNH hockey fans, he will make his official debut on Saturday night in the game against the University of Maine.

As for being the first Swedish player in UNH Men's Hockey history, it's a matter of interpretation. Freshman defenseman Kalle Eriksson from Leksand, Sweden has played in 7 out 8 games so far this season. My guess is Kalle and Filip wouldn't mind sharing the honor.

Here's the entirety of what Coach Souza had to say about Filip Engarås, how he's handled the many months of ineligibility, and what he means to the team:
"There's a lot of different thoughts that come to mind regarding Filip, his situation, and his penalty. To sum it up, I think its a tremendous show of his character as a young man because being someone from Sweden, when his penalty was handed down - whether it's too harsh or not, I guess is irrelevant now. He could have left. He could have gone back to Sweden and played but he had fallen in love with UNH and I think his heart was here. But, to be healthy, to sit out a whole year, plus an additional 9 games is a lot on a young person.

We presented him with - 'hey, this is completely up to you. We completely understand if you want to move on.' (We were) hoping all along that he would want to stay here and having a good feeling that he may, but understanding if he didn't.

There's been a roller coaster of emotions for him all along the way. I think it's hard, sometimes we talk all hockey here, but being a student athlete...I think hockey and sports is such a big part of these young people's lives. And to have that not be a part of their life can effect you in all sorts of areas. He was able to maintain his focus academically, and I know it wasn't easy for him. Give Joanne Maldari and our academic support people a lot of credit for that. Colin Shank and our support staff in general, continually making him feel welcome.

As I told the team often times last year, he was as much a part of the team as anyone. Often times, if we were preparing for a team and were working on the penalty kill, we would have him be the marquee guy on the power play. So he was as much a part of the team as anyone last year. But, to not be able to play is hard. I'm happy that's behind him and we're looking forward to seeing him play in live action.

100%, he'll be in the lineup Saturday night. He's a natural center. I'm not sure what he's going to bring (to the offense). I don't know yet who he will be playing with. I just know he's a solid two-way player. I was able to see him play in Europe and we've been able to watch him here for a year plus a couple months.

He's talented and cerebral. He's not going to bring people out of their seats but, if you understand the game, you'll have a real appreciation for the ways he plays both sides of the puck."
Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach, November 13, 2019
For those fans who haven't seen Filip Engarås play or don't know about his background and accomplishments, here's a re-post of a Preview I prepared on him at the beginning of last season. It's called "UNH Freshman Filip Engarås: A Clever Two-Way Center":
"Filip is a two-way player that is excellent on faceoffs. He was the center on a talented line for his team and led them to success. He was a two-year team captain that will bring leadership qualities." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach
“Filip Engarås is a clever two-way center who reads the game well." Carl Larsson, Swedish scout for Future Considerations
Filip Engarås (Pronounced En-gair-ROWss) UNH Jersey #16
Forward, 6'0", 190 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
DOB: 5-16-1999 Turned 19 in May
Last Team: Skellefteå AIK J20 (Swedish Super Elite League)
                  ~ Captain and Starting Center
Commits to UNH: May, 2018 at Age 19 years
"Filip Engarås: UNH Hockey's First Swedish Player"

2017-18 Highlight Reel



Scouting Report
“He is a clever two-way center who reads the game well. Has really great skating abilities and good work ethic. Has improved his release and is now a good shooter, combined with the smartness which he uses to find unexpected passes. I am excited to see his future development as he is that kind of guy that really works hard, on and off ice. He is certainly determined to have a good hockey career.” Carl Larsson, Swedish scout for Future Considerations

Junior Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Filip Engarås  (F) 2017-18 Skellefteå AIK J20 Super Elite 42 22 23 45 34
Playoffs Super Elite 3 2 0 2 6
Team Sweden U19 Intl 4 2 0 2 6
2016-17 Skellefteå AIK J20 Super Elite 38 10 9 19 14
Playoffs Super Elite 2 0 0 0 0
Skellefteå AIK J18 All-Swedish 1 1 0 1 0
Playoffs All-Swedish 3 3 1 4 0
Skellefteå AIK J18 Elite 2 0 2 2 0
2015-16 Skellefteå AIK J20 Super Elite 10 0 1 1 0
Skellefteå AIK J18 All-Swedish 11 3 0 3 8
Playoffs All-Swedish 2 1 0 1 2
Skellefteå AIK J18 Elite 16 7 12 19 14
Team Sweden U17 Intl 6 1 1 2 6

Saturday, November 09, 2019

UNH Power Play - #1 in the Nation

#1 Power Play


One fifth of the way into the 2019-20 regular season, the UNH Wildcats have the top-ranked power play in NCAA Division 1 hockey. In 7 games, UNH has had 31 power play opportunities and have scored 10 power play goals. That's a 32.3 scoring percentage on the power play. Rensselear Polytechnic Institute is second in the nation with 29.6 PowerPlay% and Michigan State is third with 29.2%. The Ivy League schools have only played 3 games so are excluded from this analysis.

Two UNH juniors, defenseman Max Gildon and winger Patrick Grasso, lead the team with 3 power play goals. Junior winger Charlie Kelleher has scored 2 power play goals, junior defenseman Benton Maass has one, and sophomore forward Angus Crookshank has one. Here are the video highlights of all 10 UNH power play goals:



Max Gildon
Max Gildon has scored 3 of UNH's 10 power play goals, two with a slap shot and one, an unassisted move to the net. He has also assisted on 5 others power play goals. Gildon leads all NCAA Division 1 defensemen in scoring (11 points). He's also tied for 1st in assists (8) and T-2nd in power play goals. Overall, he is tied for 5th in NCAA scoring.

Patrick Grasso
In the 2016-17 season, Patrick Grasso scored more power play goals (9) than any other NCAA freshman. He also tied for 2nd in game-winning goals (5) and T-3rd in goals (20). He missed most of the 2017-18 season with an injury that required surgery. Now, in his third year of eligibility, Grasso looks to be rounding back into scoring form, particularly on the power play. Like Gildon, he has scored three power play goals in 7 games and they are both tied for 3rd in the NCAA. Grasso has also distributed 2 power play assists.

Charlie Kelleher
Junior winger Charlie Kelleher, along with Patrick Grasso, are the Alternate Captains on the 2019-20 UNH squad. Kelleher has tallied 2 power play goals. The most dramatic came last Saturday night in overtime against Dartmouth. Max Gildon wristed a shot toward the goal that deflected off Angus Crookshank's skate. Kelleher, parked on the doorstep of the crease, banged the loose puck home. He has also contributed 3 power play assists. Kelleher scored another overtime, game-winning goal against Merrimack College two Saturdays ago. Here's a rinkside video of his OT GWG against Dartmouth:



Angus Crookshank
As a freshman last season, Angus Crookshank tied for second in goal-scoring on the team with 10 goals. In the second game this season, Crookshank scored his power play goal on a tip-in off a wrist shot by Max Gildon. In the last 2 games, Crookshank scored the thrilling, OT game-winning goal against Boston College and scored two more goals against Dartmouth. He was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week.

Benton Maass
This season, junior defenseman Benton Maass has primarily played on UNH's second power play unit. Gildon is the only defenseman on the first PP unit along with forwards Kelleher, Grasso, Crookshank and sophomore Jackson Pierson. Maass began the season in dramatic fashion scoring the game-winning goal on a power play against Miami. Freshman forward Chase Stevenson tapped the puck into the top of the slot and Maass rocketed a shot past the Miami goalie. As a freshman, Maass scored 3 power play goals.

UNH's penalty kill units have been scored on 4 times in 24 opportunities - a Penalty Kill % of 83.3. Their special teams net of +6 is the best in Hockey East. The Wildcats return to action tomorrow afternoon at home against #2 ranked UMass-Amherst.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

UNH Freshman Lucas Herrmann: A Hard-Working, Gritty Forward

Lucas Herrmann
UNH Forward #6
"Lucas will give us size in the middle of the ice and showed great leadership this season with Madison." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach
"Herrmann had a level of snarl that at times helped him and at times did not..The 2000 was not intimidated by older players. He was not huge or heavy but very strong and skated well. He had some nice tools, soft hands and is a solid prospect." Neutral Zone
Lucas Herrmann UNH Jersey #6
Forward, 6'2", 187 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Lancaster, New York
DOB: 8-1-2000 Turned 19 in August
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
Last Team: Madison Capitols (USHL)
                       ~ Center/Winger
Commits to UNH: April, 2019 at Age 18 years, 8 months.
"UNH Commit Lucas Herrmann: A Hard-Working, Gritty Forward"

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview Lucas Herrmann at the UNH Hockey Media Day on September 25th.

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): What would you like UNH fans to know about you, both as a person and a hockey player?

Lucas Herrmann: As a player, I like to play hard and fast and do everything I can do to help the team win. As a person, I like being pretty laid back but once the game starts, I change a little bit.

Mike Lowry: In your games that I've watched online, it's clear you don't mind mixing it up in the offensive zone. Is that an aspect of your game that you enjoy and are good at?

Lucas Herrmann: Ya, for sure. I definitely try to get under the other team's skin. I like what I do because it gets me going as well. I think I do a decent job with that.

Lowry: Do you see yourself as similar to any of the upperclass forwards on the team in terms of style and skill set?

Lucas Herrmann: I'd say I play like (Eric) MacAdams. He covers the puck, always protects it well. He drives to the net and always plays hard. He plays with an edge and mixes it up. I think we're real similar. He's been definitely helping me. All the guys have. They've been awesome.

2018-19 Highlight Reel



Neutral Zone Scouting Reports

From the NAHL Showcase, October, 2017
"Hermann had a level of snarl that at times helped him and at times did not. He walked the line for sure. The 2000 was not intimidated by older players. He was not huge or heavy but very strong and skated well. He worked and finished his checks. He was thrown out of one game for a hit from behind, which resulted in limited viewing. He had some nice tools, soft hands and is a solid prospect."
From Lawrenceville Holiday Tournament, January, 2017
"He is not pretty but gets the job done. Lucas is an average skater with a good shot that he can get off in a crowd. He had a dynamite weekend and was one of the top scorers through hard work and grit. The work ethic is high end and he goes to all the right places and does all the little things to help his team win. A really solid 200ft player who gets in on the forecheck and takes the body, plays a pretty direct game and drives the net."

Junior Hockey & Prep School Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Lucas Herrmann  (F) 2018-19 Madison Capitals USHL 53 14 8 22 52
2017-18 Odessa Jackalopes NAHL 37 2 10 12 82
Topeka RoadRunners NAHL 17 4 9 13 31
2016-17 Nichols School CISAA 14 6 7 13 16
Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Nichols School CISAA 9 2 1 3 4
Playoffs 3 0 2 2 0

UNH Freshman Kalle Eriksson: A Two-Way, Puck Moving Defenseman

Kalle Eriksson
UNH Defenseman #10
"We're excited to add Kalle to our program and feel he will add to the overall strength of our D corp especially with his ability to move the puck." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach
"Kalle Eriksson's a smooth, mobile, two-way, puck moving defenseman." Neutral Zone
“Kalle is a well-rounded defenseman." Carl Larsson, Swedish scout for Future Considerations
Kalle Eriksson UNH Jersey #10
Forward, 5'10", 175 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Leksand, Sweden
DOB: 9-15-1999 Turned 20 in September
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Last Team: Madison Capitols (USHL)
                       ~ Left/Right Defenseman
Commits to UNH: December, 2018 at Age 19 years, 2 months.
"UNH Commit Kalle Eriksson: A Puck Moving Defenseman"

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview Kalle Eriksson at the UNH Hockey Media Day on September 25th.

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): What would you like UNH fans to know about you, both as a person and a hockey player?

Kalle Eriksson: That's a great question. On the ice, I'm a puck moving defenseman. I like to skate a lot. I try to create plays and work hard out there.

Mike Lowry: How about your personality, both on and off the ice? Do you show your emotions, are you flashy or are you more low-key?

Kalle Eriksson: Not too much, I'm not an emotional player. As a person, I'm kind of laid back. Off the ice, when I'm back in Sweden, I like fishing and hanging out with friends.

Lowry: Have you been able to try out the fishing in New Hampshire yet?

Eriksson: Not yet but I can't wait til after the season.

Lowry: Deep sea or fresh water?

Eriksson: Fresh water. I live on a lake.

Lowry: Do you see yourself as similar to any of the upperclass defensemen on the team in terms of style and skill set?

Eriksson: Maybe Matt Dawson. We're both small, lefty defensemen. We like to play with possession and make good passing plays.

Lowry: In the USHL, you played a lot on the power play. What makes you good on the power play as a defenseman?

Eriksson: I've always liked the offensive side of the game. Growing up, I played a lot of pond hockey and on the street. It's all about scoring goals and making nice plays.

Lowry: Did you ever consider playing forward?

Eriksson: Actually my Dad was a forward (Niklas Eriksson). Growing up, I played forward for the most part, until it came to the point I just tried out playing defense. Then, when I wanted to switch back, my coach wouldn't allow me to (chuckles). So, I just try to create offense on the blue line, as much as I can.

Lowry: What do you like about playing defenseman, as opposed to forward?

Eriksson: Hockey is more a tactical game. As a defenseman, you have to see the ice in a different way and try to out-think your opponent, and make good plays. I like that part of the game.

2018-19 Highlight Reel



Scouting Reports
"4 Star prospect Kalle Eriksson commits to New Hampshire. Smooth, mobile, two-way puck moving defenseman who can run a power play, shake off forecheckers and break pucks out. A- grade at USHL Fall Classic." Neutral Zone
"Kalle is a well-rounded defenseman. He is solid defensively and likes to get involved in the offense. Has some nice hands and sees the ice very well. He takes big responsibility on the ice and was the captain of Leksand U20 last season. Skates well.” Carl Larsson, Swedish scout for Future Considerations

Youth & Junior Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Kalle Eriksson  (D) 2018-19 Madison Capitols USHL 39 6 17 14 6
Omaha Lancers USHL 24 1 12 13 6
2017-18 Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 34 5 8 13 34
Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0
2016-17 Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 39 4 9 13 34
Playoffs 5 0 1 1 2
Leksands IF J18 J18 Premiere 3 0 1 1 6
Playoffs 3 0 6 6 2
Leksands IF J18 J18 Elit 4 0 2 2 0
2015-16 Leksands IF J20 SuperElit 2 0 0 0 0
Leksands IF J18 J18 Premiere 18 1 13 14 10
Playoffs 5 0 1 1 6
Leksands IF J18 J18 Elit 17 2 5 7 2
2014-15 Leksands IF J18 J18 Premiere 9 1 0 1 2
Leksands IF J18 J18 Elit 5 0 1 1 0
Leksands IF J18 2 J18 Div.1 3 0 1 1 10
Leksands IF U16 U16 SM 8 1 2 3 0
Leksands IF U16 U16 Elit 20 2 13 15 18
2013-14 Leksands IF J18 2 J18 Div.1 2 0 2 2 0
Leksands IF U16 U16 SM 3 0 1 1 0
Leksands IF U16 U16 Elit 28 3 6 9 22

Friday, October 25, 2019

UNH Commits Update: 10-25-2019

The UNH Men's Hockey Blog

News & Notes

United States Hockey League:

~ 19-year-old Timo Bakos (DOB: 7-20-2000) from Augsburg, Germany verbally committed to UNH on September 28th. So far this seson, the 6'2", 174 lbs. left-shot center has scored 2 goals and an assist in 6 games with the Sioux Falls Stampede. Last season, Bakos scored 28 goals, 31 assists in 37 games for the Augsburger U20 team. Bakos is projected to enroll at UNH in Fall 2021.

~ Four UNH Commits made the jump from midget or prep school hockey to the USHL, the only Tier 1 junior hockey league in the United States - forwards Robert Cronin (Dubuque Fighting Saints), Liam Devlin (Chicago Steel), and Will Margel (Madison Capitols), and defenseman Alex Gagne (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders).

~ 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Alex Gagne is a legitimate NHL Prospect. Former NHL defenseman Ian Morin, the Director of Neutral Zone's NHL Draft coverage, evaluated Gagne at the beginning of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders' season. He projected Gagne as a late third round selection in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft next June. Steve Kournianos of the Draft Analyst and contributor for the Sporting News ranked Gagne #108 in his 2020 Preliminary Rankings. Surprisingly, the National Hockey League Central Scouting Service did not include Gagne in their October Players to Watch list. Gagne has tallied one assist in 5 USHL games and has a +/- rating of zero.

~ 2020 UNH Commit Will Margel scored his first USHL goal in his fifth game of the season with the Madison Capitals. 2020 or '21 Commit Liam Devlin scored his first in the sixth game with the Chicago Steel.

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ Over his last 4 games with the Wenatchee Wild, 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Nick Cafarelli has scored 2 goals and 2 assists. Overall, he has 8 goals, 7 assists in 15 games. Cafarelli is tied for 3rd in BCHL goal-scoring and tied for 10th in scoring.

~ 17-year-old Nicolas Ardanaz, a mobile, offensive defenseman, scored a goal and an assist for the West Kelowna Warriors on October 19th. He was awarded the 2nd star of the game. Ardanaz is projected to enroll at UNH in either the Fall of 2020 or 2021.

~ 2020 UNH Commit Connor Sweeney scored his first goal of the season in his 14th BCHL game. Over his first 17 games, Sweeney has distributed 4 assists.

Alberta Junior Hockey League:

~ 18-year-old center Aidan Curran began the 2019-20 regular season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in the BCHL. He tallied a goal and 4 assists in 11 games. On October 18th, Salmon Arm transferred his CJHL playing rights to the Bonnyville Pontiacs in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. In 2 games with Bonnyville, Curran has been the starting center and has distributed 1 assist. He is projected to enroll at UNH next Fall.

Minnesota High School Hockey:

~ 2020 or '21 UNH Commit Carsen Richels has played the fall season with the MPLS St. Paul Magazine team in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League. The 6'2", 200 lbs. winger scored 6 goals and 9 assists in 13 games. The UPMHSEHL Playoffs begin today and Richels' team is seeded #3. The NHL Central Scouting Service has rated Carsen Richels a 'B' Prospect in their October "Players to Watch" list. They've determined he is a candidate to be selected in the 2nd or 3rd Round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Richels is a senior at Blaine High School.

New England Prep School Hockey:

~ In preparation for the 2019-2020 New England Prep season, which begins in late November, David Sacco has been playing for the Cape Cod Whalers U18 split-season team. In 7 Eastern Hockey Federation Selects games, Sacco has scored 5 goals and 1 assist. The NHL Central Scouting Service has rated David Sacco a 'C' Prospect in their October "Players to Watch" list. He is a candidate to be selected in the 4th, 5th or 6th Round of the 2020 NHL Draft. Sacco is a senior at Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts.

~ 2021 or '22 UNH Commits JP Turner and Morgan Winters have played the fall season in the Beast Series games. Turner has scored 3 goals and 7 assists in 7 games with the Neponset Valley River Rats U16 team. Winters has posted a goal and an assist in 7 games with the Neponset Valley River Rats U18 team. Both will compete in the Beast Series Playoffs this weekend. JP Turner is a junior at Avon Old Farms and Morgan Winters is a junior at Tabor Academy.

2019-20 Statistics


Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2020 Commits
Aidan Curran
1/22/01 (F)
Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 2 0 1 1 0
Salmon Arm Silverbacks BCHL 11 1 4 5 0
Will Margel*
3/16/01 (F)
Madison Capitols USHL 8 1 0 1 2
Connor Sweeney
5/5/00 (F)
Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 17 1 4 5 10
2020 or '21 Commits
Nicolas Ardanaz
5/30/02 (D)
West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 19 1 3 4 2
Nicholas Cafarelli
12/31/01 (F)
Wenatchee Wild BCHL 15 8 7 15 14
Robert Cronin
8/15/00 (F)
Dubuque Fighting Saints USHL 4 0 0 0 0
Liam Devlin
1/7/01 (F)
Chicago Steel USHL 8 1 1 2 4
Alex Gagne
8/12/02 (D)
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 5 0 1 1 2
Carsen Richels 10/3/01 (F) Blaine High School Minn HS - - - - -
MPLS ST PAUL UMidwest HSELH 13 6 9 15 8
Jack Ring
12/18/00 (F)
Northeast Generals NAHL 14 2 6 8 2
David Sacco
1/3/02 (F)
Lawrence Academy NE Prep - - - - -
Cape Cod Whalers U18 EHF Selects 7 5 1 6 18
2021 Commits
Timo Bakos
7/28/00 (F)
Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 6 2 1 3 0
Cy LeClerc
8/17/02 (F)
Islanders Hockey Club NCDC 11 3 4 7 2
2021 or '22 Commits
JP Turner
1/31/03 (F)
Avon Old Farms NE Prep - - - - -
NV River Rats 16U Beast Series 7 3 7 10 34
Morgan Winters
12/8/01 (F)
Tabor Academy NE Prep - - - - -
NV River Rats 18U Beast Series 7 1 1 2 6
2022 or '23 Commits
Nick Ring
10/26/03 (F)
Boston Advantage U18 ECEL 4 2 1 3 0
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
NOTE
The statistics for the commits, presented in the above table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2020 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2020. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the commit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the commit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The commit's performance in recent seasons as well as injuries.
~ Anticipated date of high school graduation.
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

UNH Freshman Nolan McElhaney: An Offensive Defenseman

Nolan McElhaney
UNH Defenseman #7
"Nolan is someone who sees the ice well and will add size to our back end. He has showed tremendous will power in battling back from injury." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach
"Nolan is an offensive defenseman and is constantly looking to activate into the offensive rush." Neutral Zone
Nolan McElhaney UNH Jersey #7
Defenseman, 6'3", 190 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: Natick, Massachusetts
DOB: 4-22-1999 Turned 20 in April
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Last Team: Omaha Lancers (USHL)
                      ~ Right/Left Defenseman **Season-ending Injury in 5th Game
Commits to UNH: January, 2018 at Age 18 years, 9 months.
"Nolan McElhaney: Cushing Academy Defenseman Commits to UNH"

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview Nolan McElhaney at the UNH Hockey Media Day on September 25th.

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): What would you like UNH fans to know about you, both as a person and a hockey player?

Nolan McElhaney: On the ice, I think I'm an offensive minded defenseman. I like to push the pace playing with the puck on my stick and jumping into the play as much as possible - to create offense and help to score. Defensively, I like to shut down the top lines. I like playing against the best players on the other team to help us win games.

I would call myself a quiet guy in the locker room. But if I need to be, I can be a talkative guy. I like to make sure that everyone knows what they're doing on the ice before the game starts. On the ice, I like to lead by example and do whatever I need to do to help the team win and hopefully, everyone else will figure that out.

Mike Lowry: Do you see yourself as similar to any of the upperclass defensemen on the team in terms of style and skill set?

Nolan McElhaney: I think I'm similar to Benton Maass. I try to imitate how he plays. He's been teaching me a lot over the past month, giving me a lot of pointers. He's drafted in the NHL and he'll be there soon and hopefully I'll follow not far behind. I'm trying to get as much from him now and implement that into my game as much as I can.

Lowry: Can you give an example of one of the things he's conveyed to you that's been helpful?

McElhaney: Like in 2-on-1 situations, good sticks like jumping at the guy and then back and then staying in the middle. He's a good stick in the defensive zone. He knows where he needs to be and where his stick placement is. On the blueline, he knows how to walk the puck along the blueline very well. He's been teaching me how to do that and it's coming along real well.

Winter 2017 Highlight Reel



Neutral Zone Scouting Report

Battle of Boston, May, 2018
"Nolan had a breakout year at Cushing this year and his development hasn’t slowed. He is an offensive defensemen and is constantly looking to activate into the offensive rush. He is long and lean and will need to continue to develop strength so that he is tougher to play against in his own zone. He sees the ice well and is at his best with the puck on his stick through the neutral zone. Heavy shot from the point. Sees shooting angles well."

Youth, Prep & Junior Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Nolan McElhaney  (D) 2018-19 Omaha Lancers USHL 5 0 0 0 2
2017-18 Cushing Academy NE Prep 14 9 15 24 14
EMass Senators MHSL U18 18 7 6 13 24
2016-17 Cushing Academy NE Prep 32 5 10 15 -
EMass Senators MHSL U18 14 1 8 19 15
2015-16 Cushing Academy NE Prep 31 3 4 7 -
Junior Bruins MHSL U16 11 4 2 6 10

Thursday, October 03, 2019

UNH Freshman Chase Stevenson: A Speedy, One-on-One Battler

Chase Stevenson
UNH Forward #15
"Chase plays a 200-foot game and we feel he's someone that can be trusted in all situations." Mike Souza, UNH Head Coach
"Chase’s skating is start and go. He can really pick up speed and stop on a dime. He creates space with his speed capitalizing on a one-on-one opportunity." Neutral Zone
Chase Stevenson UNH Jersey #15
Forward, 5'11", 175 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: West Kelowna, British Columbia
DOB: 1-13-1999 Turns 21 in January
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
Last Team: Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL)
                       ~ Center/Winger
Commits to UNH: October, 2017 at Age 18 years, 9 months.
"Chase Stevenson From British Columbia Commits to UNH"

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview Chase Stevenson at the UNH Hockey Media Day on September 25th.

Mike Lowry ("C-H-C"): What would you like UNH fans to know about you, both as a person and a hockey player?

Chase Stevenson: As a person, I'm super passionate. I think, hopefully, they'll notice, on and off the ice, that I'm a hard worker. I'm here to take school very seriously and, obviously, hockey is my main passion so I'm here to make the NHL.

Some things I enjoy off the ice - I'm a big surfer. I love surfing so at home, I'm a big surfer in the summer. I love doing all types of sports. I play a little soccer in the offseason and fun things like tennis.

On the ice, in terms of things I'd like fans to know about me, I want to be an exciting player. Somebody who plays with a lot of skill, a lot of pace, somebody that's fun to watch. I take pride in that and I'm excited to get things going.

Mike Lowry: Do you see yourself as similar to any of the upperclass forwards on the team in terms of style and skill set?

Chase Stevenson: I wouldn't say there's one guy that I play exactly like. We've got a lot of great players. If there's one guy I would pick out it would be Charlie Kelleher. We're obviously a similar size and just the way he controls the puck and plays with a lot of skill. He's responsible at both ends of the ice which is something I take pride in as well.

2018-19 Highlight Reel



Neutral Zone Scouting Report

Game Review, November, 2018
"Chase’s skating is start and go; he can really pick up speed and stop on a dime. He protects the puck well by keeping it close to his body, as well as uses his dangles to make it difficult to steal. He creates space with his speed, capitalizing on a one-on-one opportunity. He doesn’t shy away from the rougher parts of the area as his aggressiveness on the penalty kill resulted in heavy checks way down low."

Youth, Prep & Junior Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Chase Stevenson  (F) 2018-19 Trail Smoke Eaters BCHL 32 9 22 31 26
Playoffs 10 1 7 8 12
Surrey Eagles BCHL 25 10 12 22 37
2017-18 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 40 12 11 23 25
Playoffs 4 1 0 1 2
2016-17 West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 33 10 10 20 15
Playoffs 4 1 3 4 4
Okanagan Rockets BCMML 6 4 8 12 2
2015-16 Penticton Vees BCHL 3 0 0 0 0
Okanagan Rockets BCMML 20 15 14 29 28
Playoffs 5 5 4 9 12
Okanagan Academy Prep CSSHL 20 4 3 7 6
Playoffs 3 0 0 0 6
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