Friday, January 29, 2016

UNH Recruits Update: Jan-29-2016

Defenseman Corson Green
Commits to UNH for 2018

Player Spotlight - Corson Green

The last couple months has been a time of excitement and accomplishments for 16-year-old Corson Green (DOB: 3/4/1999). In early December, the 6'3", 207 lbs., left-shot defensemen was promoted to the Northern Cyclones Premiere team, based in Hudson, NH, in the Eastern Hockey League. Green began the 2015-16 season playing for the Northern Cyclones 16U National team in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League. Over the first 10 games with the 16U team, he scored 10 goals and 5 assists.

On December 9th, in his debut with the Cyclones Premiere team, Corson Green dished out 3 assists then scored his first EHL goal against the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs a few days later. Since then, he's been playing for both the Cyclones 16U and Premiere teams, sometimes on the same day. The two leagues present a stark contrast for Corson since the Premiere League is primarily made up of players 3 to 4 years older.

Green's second EHL goal may be one of the most exciting of his young career. On January 18th, the Northern Cyclones and Philadelphia Jr. Flyers were knotted up 2-2 at the end of regulation. A few minutes into overtime, Corson gathered the puck behind the Cyclones' net, carried it down the right side of all three zones, and snapped a backhander over the goalie's glove. Here's the video highlight of the overtime game-winner courtesy of the Eastern Hockey League:

Last Saturday, Corson Green's on-ice accomplishments were rewarded with an opportunity to play college hockey for the University of New Hampshire. Corson verbally committed to enroll at UNH in the Fall of 2018. In April, the native of Potsdam, New York was drafted by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the 5th Round of the Ontario Hockey League Draft. Over the summer, Corson decided to play junior hockey in the United States with the hopes of earning an offer to play NCAA Division I hockey.

So far this season, Green has scored 12 goals and 5 assists in 17 games with the Northern Cyclones 16U team. The physical defenseman has also accumulated 55 penalty minutes. Green is currently the second-leading scorer among all EJEPL defensemen. The 16U team has 2 more regular season games and the EJEPL Playoffs will be played from February 5-7. In 11 games with the Northern Cyclones Premiere team, Corson has notched 2 goals and 5 assists and been penalized for 18 minutes. The Premiere team has 9 more regular season games and the EHL Playoffs begin in March.

The statistics for the recruits, presented in the following table, are categorized by the projected year they will enroll in UNH. For example, the "2016 Recruits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2016. I have based these projections on a number of factors including:
~ If a National Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The year the recruit and UNH coaches originally targeted for enrollment in UNH.
~ How old the recruit would be upon admission.
~ Number of years in junior hockey prior to admission.
~ The recruit'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.

Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
2016 Recruits
Liam Blackburn*  (F) West Kelowna Warriors BCHL 46 23 34 57 41
Justin Fregona*  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 38 22 18 40 31
Patrick Grasso*  (F) Des Moines Bucs USHL 36 10 14 24 8
Charlie Kelleher  (F) Junior Bruins USPHL 30 15 31 46 22
Nick Nonis  (D) Powell River Kings BCHL 43 1 6 7 40
Brendan van Riemsdyk*   (F) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 34 18 22 40 42
Mike Robinson*  (G) Junior Bruins USPHL 7 4W 3L 3.02 .909
2016 or '17 Recruits
Joe Cipollone  (F) Tri-City Storm USHL 28 5 3 8 10
Vernon Vipers BCHL 12 4 3 7 2
Liam Darcy  (D) Islanders Hockey Club USPHL 26 1 9 10 2
Aaron O'Neill  (F) Chilliwack Chiefs BCHL 13 4 0 4 6
Tri-City Storm USHL 8 0 1 1 2
2017 Recruits
Eric MacAdams  (F) Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 31 5 6 11 62
2017 or '18 Recruits
Eric Esposito  (F) Youngstown Phantoms USHL 35 1 5 6 32
Jason O'Neill  (F) Langley Rivermen BCHL 35 5 12 17 2
2018 Recruits
Corson Green  (D) Northern Cyclones EHL 11 2 5 7 18
Northern Cyclones 16U EJEPL 17 12 5 17 55
* = Signed National
Letter of Intent

News & Notes

United States Premiere Hockey League:

~ 2016 UNH Commit Brendan van Riemsdyk has been on a goal-scoring tear. Over the Islander's Hockey Club's last 4 games, BvR has notched 6 goals and is now tied for 6th in USPHL goals. Van Riemsdyk has been particularly productive on the power play this season with 7 goals (tied 2nd in USPHL) and 10 assists (tied 3rd). He has tallied 4 game-winning goals (tied 3rd) and he potted a goal in the recent USPHL Premiere Division All Star Game.

~ Charlie Kelleher has also been scoring goals at a steady clip. Over the first three weeks in January, he notched a goal-a-game in 6 consecutive, Junior Bruin games. He is now the 4th leading scorer in the USPHL and tied for 3rd in assists (31).

British Columbia Hockey League:

~ 2017 or '18 UNH Commit Jason O'Neill has scored a goal and 2 assists over the Langley Rivermen's last 3 games. So far in his rookie season, O'Neill has posted 5 goals and 12 assists.


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