Wednesday, July 03, 2024

UPDATED - UNH Commits & Transfers: Final 2023-24 Statistics & Projected 2024-25 UNH Roster

Connor MacPherson (F)
2024
UNH Freshman
Ryan MacPherson (F)
2024
UNH Freshman
Josh Player (D)
2024
UNH Freshman


Jared Whale (G)
2024
UNH Transfer
Rico DiMatteo (G)
2024
UNH Transfer

News & Notes

Projected Changes to 2024-25 UNH Roster

The following 6 UNH players from the 2023-24 roster plan to leave the team through graduation (Gr) and/or the transfer portal (TP):
GOALIES (3)
Tyler Muszelik (Transfer to UConn)
Jakob Hellsten (Signed Pro in Sweden)
Jeremy Forman (Gr, TP)
FORWARDS (3)
Stiven Sardarian (Transfer to Northern Michigan)
Nick Cafarelli (Gr, Transfer to RIT)
Cam Gendron (Gr, Transfer to Providence)
Defensemen (0)

These incoming freshmen (Fr) and transfers (TP) will be added for UNH's 2024-25 season:
GOALIES (2)
Jared Whale (Transfer from University of Alaska Anchorage)
Nico DiMatteo (Transfer from Long Island University)
FORWARDS (2)
Connor MacPherson (Fr)
Ryan MacPherson (Fr)
DEFENSEMEN (1)
Josh Player (Fr)

The UNH goalie squad experienced a major transition beginning on April 1st - the day after the transfer portal opened. Here's the chronology:
~ Senior Jeremy Forman, the #3 goalie on 2023-24 UNH roster, entered the transfer portal (TP) on April 1st but has not yet committed to another school.
~ #2 UNH goalie Tyler Muszelik entered the TP on April 2nd and committed to UConn on April 18th.
~ #1 University of Alaska-Anchorage goalie Jared Whale entered TP on April 1st and announced his transfer to UNH on April 6th.
~ #1 UNH goalie Jakob Hellsten's unanticipated signing of a pro contract in the Swedish Hockey League was announced on May 16th.
~ Long Island University senior goalie Rico DiMatteo entered the TP on April 1st and committed to UNH on June 22nd.
~ #4 UNH goalie, senior Raphael Gaughan, played in one game as a freshman. He's projected to be the #3 goalie on the 2024-25 UNH roster.

Profiles of Additions to 2024-25 UNH Roster

Connor MacPherson Right Winger, 6'0", 177 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
DOB: March 2, 2005; 19 years, 3 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League)
Committed to UNH on February 17, 2022 at Age 16 years, 11 months

Ryan MacPherson Center, 6'1", 183 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
DOB: March 2, 2005; 19 years, 3 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Drafted by Philadelphia Flyers in 6th Round (#172 Overall) of 2023 NHL Draft
2023-24 Team: Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League)
Committed to UNH on February 17, 2022 at Age 16 years, 11 months

Josh Player Defenseman, 6'0", 190 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: West Deptford, New Jersey
DOB: May 13, 2005; 19 years, 1 month
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: Green Bay Gamblers (United States Hockey League)
Committed to UNH in August, 2022 at Age 17 years, 3 month

Jared Whale Goalie, 6'0", 185 lbs. Catches Left
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
DOB: November 1, 2002; 21 years, 5 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: University of Alaska-Anchorage (Independent)
Committed to UNH on April 6, 2024 at Age 21 years, 7 months.

Rico DiMatteo Goalie, 6'3", 170 lbs. Catches Left
Hometown: Brasher Falls, New York
DOB: January 23, 2001; 23 years, 5 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: Long Island University (Independent)
Committed to UNH on June 22, 2024 at Age 23 years, 5 months.

Final 2023-24 Statistics

This updated table shows the final scoring statistics, penalty minutes and +/- ratings (where available) from the 2023-24 season for the 22 players committed to play for the University of New Hampshire. It includes my projection on the players who will join the 2024-25 UNH roster. The first 3 are incoming freshmen followed by 2 from the NCAA transfer portal.

Player NZ Stars** Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2024 Commits
Connor MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 11 31 42 16 -
Playoffs 22 6 1 7 6 -
Ryan MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 16 22 38 12 -
Playoffs 22 0 4 4 8 -
Josh Player* 5/13/05 (D) 3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 59 5 6 11 59 +1
Playoffs 8 0 2 2 4 -8
2024 Transfer
Rico DiMatteo 1/23/01 (G) 3.75 Long Island University Independent 11 3 4 0 2.98 .874
Jared Whale 11/1/02 (G) 3.25 University of Alaska-Anchorage Independent 24 10 12 1 2.67 .909
2025 Commits
Sebastian Bradshaw 5/26/05 (F) 3.75 Coquitlam Express BCHL 41 5 9 14 43 -
Playoffs 7 0 0 0 2 -
Brooks Bandits AJHL 3 0 1 1 8 -
Reid Conn* 2/2/04 (D) 3.75 Chicago Steel USHL 59 3 8 11 72 -19
Playoffs 3 1 1 2 8 +3
Connor DeTurris 10/8/04 (F) 3.75 Nanaimo Clipper BCHL 43 15 24 39 8 -
Playoffs 5 0 4 4 2 -
Lars Petter Eckholm* 3/7/04 (F) 3.25 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 45 6 7 13 10 -
Playoffs 5 0 0 0 0 -
Conner de Haro* 10/17/05 (D) 3.75 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 51 2 8 10 35 +23
Playoffs 7 2 1 3 17 +4
Ryan Philbrick* 6/20/04 (D) 3.75 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 18 0 8 2 4 -
Playoffs 18 0 8 8 4 -
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 30 2 5 7 14 +5
Eliot Séguin-Lescarbeau 9/14/05 (G) 3.75 Shreveport Mudbugs NAHL 38 26 7 1 1.99 .925
Playoffs 8 4 3 1 2.11 .919
2025 or '26 Commits
Price Grimes* 1/28/06 (D) 3.5 Chicago Steel USHL 41 1 5 6 48 -5
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luca Primerano* 3/17/05 (F) 3.5 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 54 9 13 22 8 -
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0 -
Jack Sadowski* 7/29/06 (F) 3.75 Kimball Union Academy NE Prep 37 41 50 91 - -
Wildcats 19U NEFPHL 19U 17 11 15 26 0 -
Massachusetts District USA Selects 17 6 1 2 3 4 -
2026 Commits
Jesse Allecia 10/12/05 (F) 3.50 Salisbury School NE Prep 26 17 8 25 - -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U 18U AAA 30 13 12 25 - -
BEAST 18U 8 2 3 5 0 -
USA 18U Nationals 6 1 1 2 2 -
Ryan Grout 8/15/07 (G) 4.0 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 15 11 3 1 2.23 .926
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kole Hyles 1/16/06 (F) 3.75 Cushing Academy NE Prep 32 14 9 23 - -
Central Mass Peguins EHF 18U 23 8 10 18 - -
USA 18U Nationals 4 1 2 3 4 -
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 3 7 0 -
Nikita Konevych 6/3/06 (D) NR Corpus Christi IceRays NAHL 28 0 5 5 75 -7
Austin Bruins NAHL 8 0 1 1 0 -4
Niko Tournas 2/17/06 (F) 4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 41 2 3 5 20 -2
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 5 9 1 -
2026 or '27 Commits
George McCaffrey 1/2/07 (F) 3.5 Westminster School NE Prep 23 4 7 11 - -
MidFairfield Rangers 15U NE Pack 10 3 4 7 0 -
MidFairfield Rangers 16U USA 16U Nationals 4 1 1 2 2 -
Team White USA Selects 16 5 3 1 4 0 -
Jayden Connors 2/26/07 (D) 3.75 St. Michaels Buzzers OJHL 46 2 21 23 36 -
Playoffs 10 1 2 3 8 -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
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 "2024 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2024. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ Number of incoming transfer players and the position they play.
~ 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.

Friday, June 21, 2024

UNH Commits Update: Final 2023-24 Statistics & Projected 2024-25 UNH Roster

Connor MacPherson (F)
2024
UNH Freshman
Ryan MacPherson (F)
2024
UNH Freshman
Josh Player (D)
2024
UNH Freshman


Jared Whale (G)
2024
UNH Transfer
TBD (G)
2024 Transfer
or Freshman
TBD (G)
2024 Transfer
or Freshman

News & Notes

Projected Changes to 2024-25 UNH Roster

The following 6 UNH players from the 2023-24 roster plan to leave the team through graduation (Gr) and/or the transfer portal (TP):
GOALIES (3)
Tyler Muszelik (Transfer to UConn)
Jakob Hellsten (Signed Pro in Sweden)
Jeremy Forman (Gr, TP)
FORWARDS (3)
Stiven Sardarian (Transfer to Northern Michigan)
Nick Cafarelli (Gr, Transfer to RIT)
Cam Gendron (Gr, TP)
Defensemen (0)

As of today, I project these incoming freshmen (Fr) and transfers (TP) will be added for UNH's 2024-25 season:
GOALIES (1)**
Jared Whale (Transfer from University of Alaska Anchorage)
FORWARDS (2)
Connor MacPherson (Fr)
Ryan MacPherson (Fr)
DEFENSEMEN (1)
Josh Player (Fr)

** 18-year-old, 6'3". 183 lbs goalie Eliot Séguin-Lescarbeau committed to UNH on May 29th. This week the second round draftee of the Des Moines Buccaneer (USHL) is participating in their Main (Tryout) Camp.
Séguin-Lescarbeau's current plan is to play one more year of junior hockey in 2024-25 then enroll at UNH for the 2025-26 season.

The projected 2024-25 UNH roster potentially has one or two openings for goalies:
~ Senior Jeremy Forman, the #3 goalie on 2023-24 UNH roster, entered the transfer portal (TP) on April 1st but has not yet committed to another school.
~ #2 UNH goalie Tyler Muszelik entered the TP on April 2nd and committed to UConn on April 18th.
~ #1 University of Alaska-Anchorage goalie Jared Whale entered TP on April 1st and announced his transfer to UNH on April 6th.
~ #1 UNH goalie Jakob Hellsten's signing a pro contract in the Swedish Hockey League was revealed on May 16th.
~ #4 UNH goalie, senior Raphael Gaughan, played in one game as a freshman. Although he has more years of NCAA eligibility, he has not entered the transfer portal and he's not listed on the 2024-25 UNH roster currently available on the UNH website.

Profiles of Current Additions to 2024-25 UNH Roster

Connor MacPherson Right Winger, 6'0", 177 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
DOB: March 2, 2005; 19 years, 3 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League)
Committed to UNH on February 17, 2022 at Age 16 years, 11 months

Ryan MacPherson Center, 6'1", 183 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
DOB: March 2, 2005; 19 years, 3 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Drafted by Philadelphia Flyers in 6th Round (#172 Overall) of 2023 NHL Draft
2023-24 Team: Penticton Vees (British Columbia Hockey League)
Committed to UNH on February 17, 2022 at Age 16 years, 11 months

Josh Player Defenseman, 6'0", 190 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: West Deptford, New Jersey
DOB: May 13, 2005; 19 years, 1 month
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: Green Bay Gamblers (United States Hockey League)
Committed to UNH in August, 2022 at Age 17 years, 3 month

Jared Whale Goalie, 6'0", 185 lbs. Catches Left
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
DOB: November 1, 2002; 21 years, 5 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Team: University of Alaska-Anchorage (Independent)
Committed to UNH on April 6, 2024 at Age 21 years, 7 months.

Final 2023-24 Statistics

This updated table shows the final scoring statistics, penalty minutes and +/- ratings (where available) from the 2023-24 season for the 21 players committed to play for the University of New Hampshire. It includes my projection on the players who will join the 2024-25 UNH roster. The first 3 are incoming freshmen followed by 1 from the NCAA transfer portal.

Player NZ Stars** Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2024 Commits
Connor MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 11 31 42 16 -
Playoffs 22 6 1 7 6 -
Ryan MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 16 22 38 12 -
Playoffs 22 0 4 4 8 -
Josh Player* 5/13/05 (D) 3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 59 5 6 11 59 +1
Playoffs 8 0 2 2 4 -8
2024 Transfer
Jared Whale 11/1/02 (G) 3.25 University of Alaska-Anchorage Independent 24 10 12 1 2.67 .909
2025 Commits
Sebastian Bradshaw 5/26/05 (F) 3.75 Coquitlam Express BCHL 41 5 9 14 43 -
Playoffs 7 0 0 0 2 -
Brooks Bandits AJHL 3 0 1 1 8 -
Reid Conn* 2/2/04 (D) 3.75 Chicago Steel USHL 59 3 8 11 72 -19
Playoffs 3 1 1 2 8 +3
Connor DeTurris 10/8/04 (F) 3.75 Nanaimo Clipper BCHL 43 15 24 39 8 -
Playoffs 5 0 4 4 2 -
Lars Petter Eckholm* 3/7/04 (F) 3.25 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 45 6 7 13 10 -
Playoffs 5 0 0 0 0 -
Conner de Haro* 10/17/05 (D) 3.75 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 51 2 8 10 35 +23
Playoffs 7 2 1 3 17 +4
Ryan Philbrick* 6/20/04 (D) 3.75 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 18 0 8 2 4 -
Playoffs 18 0 8 8 4 -
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 30 2 5 7 14 +5
Eliot Séguin-Lescarbeau 9/14/05 (G) 3.75 Shreveport Mudbugs NAHL 38 26 7 1 1.99 .925
Playoffs 8 4 3 1 2.11 .919
2025 or '26 Commits
Price Grimes* 1/28/06 (D) 3.5 Chicago Steel USHL 41 1 5 6 48 -5
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luca Primerano* 3/17/05 (F) 3.5 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 54 9 13 22 8 -
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0 -
Jack Sadowski* 7/29/06 (F) 3.75 Kimball Union Academy NE Prep 37 41 50 91 - -
Wildcats 19U NEFPHL 19U 17 11 15 26 0 -
Massachusetts District USA Selects 17 6 1 2 3 4 -
2026 Commits
Jesse Allecia 10/12/05 (F) 3.50 Salisbury School NE Prep 26 17 8 25 - -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U 18U AAA 30 13 12 25 - -
BEAST 18U 8 2 3 5 0 -
USA 18U Nationals 6 1 1 2 2 -
Ryan Grout 8/15/07 (G) 4.0 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 15 11 3 1 2.23 .926
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kole Hyles 1/16/06 (F) 3.75 Cushing Academy NE Prep 32 14 9 23 - -
Central Mass Peguins EHF 18U 23 8 10 18 - -
USA 18U Nationals 4 1 2 3 4 -
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 3 7 0 -
Nikita Konevych 6/3/06 (D) NR Corpus Christi IceRays NAHL 28 0 5 5 75 -7
Austin Bruins NAHL 8 0 1 1 0 -4
Niko Tournas 2/17/06 (F) 4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 41 2 3 5 20 -2
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 5 9 1 -
2026 or '27 Commits
George McCaffrey 1/2/07 (F) 3.5 Westminster School NE Prep 23 4 7 11 - -
MidFairfield Rangers 15U NE Pack 10 3 4 7 0 -
MidFairfield Rangers 16U USA 16U Nationals 4 1 1 2 2 -
Team White USA Selects 16 5 3 1 4 0 -
Jayden Connors 2/26/07 (D) 3.75 St. Michaels Buzzers OJHL 46 2 21 23 36 -
Playoffs 10 1 2 3 8 -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
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 "2024 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2024. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ Number of incoming transfer players and the position they play.
~ 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.

Friday, May 31, 2024

UNH Commit George McCaffrey: A Smooth-Skating Winger

George McCaffrey (F)
2026 UNH Commit
"George is a smooth-skating left-shot winger who plays a skilled game...He plays with pace and is always in motion." Neutral Zone, January, 2024
George McCaffrey Forward, 6'0", 170 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut
DOB: January 2, 2007; 17 years, 6 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Teams: Westminster School (New England Prep)/MidFairfield Rangers 15U (NE Pack)
Committed to UNH on October 16, 2023 at Age 16 years, 9 months.

2023-24 Highlight Reel

In our interview, George McCaffrey said:
"I was fortunate on Mid Fairfield to get time on the power play and penalty kill so I’ve had a lot of time to develop as a two-way player."
This highlight reel shows McCaffrey's ability to make defensive plays and convert them to offensive production during the 2023-24 season with the Westminster School (New England Prep):

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview George McCaffrey, via email, about his hockey career and commitment to UNH:

Mike Lowry: Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. How did you first become interested in UNH?

George McCaffrey: I first met Coach Giuliano at a showcase tournament in the Boston area and he told my family and me a bit about the school and their renovation plans at the rink, which got my attention right away. He talked about how great the development and culture are. I was also able to attend the home opener against BU this season and the energy in Whittemore was electric.

Mike Lowry: What are the main reasons you chose to commit to UNH?

George McCaffrey: UNH really offers everything I am looking for. I liked the campus, the size of the school, the business program, and Whittemore Arena. Plus, it’s close enough to my family that they can come to watch me play. It’s an incredible opportunity to play in Hockey East and I have a lot of confidence in Coaches Souza and Giuliano’s vision for the program.

Lowry: What other college programs did you consider during the recruiting process? Which schools did you visit and which ones made an offer to you?

McCaffrey: I had interest from a few other schools in Hockey East and toured Quinnipiac, but after I visited UNH and had conversations with the coaches about how they see me as a player, I knew it was the right fit for me and I was ready to go all-in.

Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?

McCaffrey: Not yet. I’m planning to play juniors and taking it one step at a time right now. I want to make sure I can make an impact right away when I get to UNH.

Lowry: At this stage in your development, what are the main strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve?

McCaffrey: My speed and hockey IQ are probably my biggest strengths. I was fortunate on Mid Fairfield to get time on the power play and penalty kill so I’ve had a lot of time to develop as a two-way player. My focus for the next season is to continue to get stronger and more physical.

Lowry: You participated in the 2023 USA Hockey Select 16 Player Development Camp and have been invited to the 2024 Select 17 camp. How do you think your skills compare with the other top US forwards born in 2007?

McCaffrey: The 2007s are such a strong year. I’m happy to be invited back to National Camp again because we’ll compete as a New England team against the other regions. I’ve been playing with all of the other top New England kids for years through Mid Fairfield and we have pretty good chemistry and know each other’s styles well. I’m excited to show what I can do in terms of my speed and offensive attack.

Lowry: You recently completed your junior season at the Westminster School in New England Prep School Hockey, scoring 4 goals 7 assists in 23 games. Do you plan to return to Westminster for your senior season?

McCaffrey: I am leaving Westminster at the end of this year and will play for the 18U Long Island Gulls team in the 2024-25 season. It was a difficult decision but I’m excited about the opportunity with the Gulls. Their program is really structured around player development.

Lowry: Do you anticipate playing North American junior hockey before you enroll at UNH? Which leagues would you consider playing in? Have any junior teams shown an interest in you?

McCaffrey: My goal is to play in either the USHL or BCHL. I received a few USHL main camp invites for the summer and have chosen to attend the Green Bay Gamblers camp in June.

Lowry: What are your academic strengths and interests? Have you thought about what you might major in when you enroll at UNH?

McCaffrey: Math is my strongest subject and I plan to pursue a business degree at UNH. I also enjoy writing.

Neutral Zone Scouting Reports

2024 Flood-Marr Tournament (New England Prep), January, 2024
"George is a smooth-skating left-shot winger who plays a skilled game for Westy. The 2007 comes to the Martlets from Mid Fairfield and looks to have assimilated nicely to the prep game. He plays with pace and is always in motion. He gets in quickly on the forecheck and takes good angles, pressuring the puck."
"Not overly physical but gets in lanes and uses a good stick to cut down angles and space. He is confident handling the puck and made a few nice reads through the neutral zone to create easy zone entries. He has some touch on his passes and can thread pucks into tight spots. He works hard on the backcheck and plays a responsible game in his own end."
Select 16 USA Hockey Player Development, August, 2023
McCaffrey comes to camp after being a top line forward on Mid-Fairfield, where he plays with a mix of hustle, skill, and scoring, and did the same here. He was always around the puck, got in on the forecheck, had a disruptive stick, finished checks, and stopped on pucks to get back and support his defense in transition. He showed a dual ability to walk defenders out of the corners and make plays on the rush. He snaps passes off – hits targets cross ice, and scored in a variety of ways, from rebounds to crashing the far post for one-touch to catch and shoot.
"He’s not overly dynamic, but he’s balanced and direct, goes to the scoring areas with a ready stick, fights to get open, and calls for the puck. He regrouped the puck in the neutral zone – didn’t just blindly dump it in when he didn’t have a lane and showed he could read the ice, find the lanes, and make the right play. A well-rounded prospect who can play with energy and play with skill and finish."

Youth & Prep School Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
George McCaffrey (F) 2023-24 Westminster School New England Prep 23 4 7 11 -
MidFairfield Rangers 16U AAA BEAST 16U 10 3 4 7 0
USA 16U Nationals 4 1 1 2 2
Team White USA Selects 16 5 3 1 4 0
2022-23 MidFairfield Rangers 15U AAA Northeast Pack 15U 10 6 5 11 2
USA 15U Nationals 3 0 1 1 10

Friday, May 03, 2024

UNH Commit Jesse Allecia: A Long, Strong Right-Shot Forward

Jesse Allecia (F)
2025 or '26 UNH Commit
"Jesse is a long, strong, right-shot forward who plays a detailed, direct game...High compete level and motor and limit(s) time and space for opponents." Neutral Zone, January, 2024
Jesse Allecia Forward, 6'1", 183 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: New York, New York
DOB: October 12, 2005; 18 years, 6 months
Neutral Zone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
2023-24 Teams: Salisbury School (New England Prep)/Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U (18U AAA)
Committed to UNH on April 10, 2022 at Age 18 years, 6 months.

2023-24 Highlight Reel

Jesse Allecia lead the Salisbury School in scoring with 17 goals 8 assists in 26 games. Two of his scoring strengths are going strong to the net and a quick release on his wrist shots. This highlight reel shows several of Allecia's goals from the 2023-24 New England Prep season.

Interview

I had an opportunity to interview Jesse Allecia, via email, about his hockey career and commitment to UNH:

Mike Lowry: Congratulations on your commitment to play for the University of New Hampshire. How did you first become interested in UNH?

Jesse Allecia: UNH is a historic school and a historic hockey program. With countless NHL players coming through the program, it was always a school and a hockey program I wanted to go to. The coaching, campus, and people were all highly praised by people around me.

Mike Lowry: What are the main reasons you chose to commit to UNH?

Jesse Allecia: The coaching staff was a huge part of my decision. Their interest, intelligence, and experience were all important in my decision. Also, when I was on campus and in the rink, I just had this gut feeling that this was the place for me.

Lowry: What other college programs did you consider during the recruiting process? Which schools did you visit and which ones made an offer to you?

Allecia: I talked to some other Hockey East schools, but none of them were as interesting, enticing, and exciting as UNH. I was just so intrigued by the history of UNH and it’s hockey program.

Lowry: Have you and the UNH coaches agreed on a target date for you to enroll as a freshman at UNH and join the team?

Allecia: The idea is that there is a two year junior window; however, if I play well and it is the right time to come in, I will come in after one year. It is all about coming in at the right time for both the team and myself.

Lowry: At this stage in your development, what are the main strengths of your game? What areas are you trying to improve?

Allecia: My skating, speed, and puck protection are all strengths of my game. As well, how dynamic I am as a player is a strength for me. I want to work on the skills that will transfer to the next level of hockey and refine them.

Lowry: You recently completed your senior season at the Salisbury School scoring 17 goals 8 assists in 26 games. You lead the team in goals and points. Salisbury advanced to the Elite 8 semifinals falling to #1 KUA. Which North American junior hockey leagues are you considering for next season? Have any junior teams shown an interest in you?

Allecia: At the moment, I am considering the USHL and BCHL as prime spots for my development and contribution to the programs. I am talking to some teams from both leagues.

Lowry: Over the last two springs, you had opportunities to compete against the top 2005-born US players at the 2023 and '24 USA Hockey 18U National Championships. You scored a total of 4 goals, 3 assists over 11 games for the Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U team (2024 Runnerup). How do you think your skills compare with the other top forwards born in 2005?

Allecia: I am completely confident in my skills and play against other 05’s, but also know there is still room to improve, adapt, and grow.

Lowry: What are your academic strengths and interests? Have you thought about what you might major in when you enroll at UNH?

Allecia: I have an interest in psychology, but frankly I am not sure yet and need to have some important conversations to determine that.

Neutral Zone Scouting Report

2024 Flood-Marr Tournament (New England Prep), January, 2024
"Jesse is a long, strong, right-shot forward who plays a detailed, direct game. He added a goal and one assist in the four games here. The late 2005 is tough to knock off the puck and keeps his feet moving to get to spots. He gets pucks deep and takes good angles to pressure defenders into mistakes. High compete level and motor and limited time and space for opponents. He works hard in his own zone and was strong on the puck."
"He has average puck skills but uses his reach well to keep pucks out of reach of defenders. He gets to the net and is not afraid to play through contact to get to scoring spots. He has a strong upper body to fight off pressure. He scored a slick goal in one viewing after driving wide, using his body to fend off a defender, and wrapping the puck around the net after freezing the goalie. He has a quick release on his shot and gets to scoring areas. Smart and will get to shooting areas just before the puck does."

Youth & Prep School Hockey Statistics

Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM
Jesse Allecia (F) 2023-24 Salisbury School New England Prep 26 17 8 25 -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U 18U AAA 30 13 25 - -
BEAST 18U 8 2 3 5 0
USA 18U Nationals 6 1 1 2 2
2022-23 Salisbury School New England Prep 28 4 4 8 -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U 18U AAA 30 7 8 15 -
USA 18U Nationals 5 3 2 5 -
2021-22 Deerfield Academy New England Prep 24 4 8 12 -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 16U BEAST 16U - - - - -
2020-21 Deerfield Academy New England Prep 5 0 0 0 -
Springfield Rifles 15U BEAST 15U - - - - -
2019-20 Midfairfield Rangers 14U 14U AAA - - - - -

Friday, April 19, 2024

UNH Commits Update 4-19-2024: Central Scouting; Latest Projection on Incoming Freshmen; & Playoff Season

Connor MacPherson (F)
Ranked 195th
Jack Sadowski (F)
Ranked 215th

2024 NHL CSS Final Rankings

Earlier this week NHL's Central Scouting Service released the Final Rankings of North American Skaters. UNH Commit Connor MacPherson is ranked #195 and Jack Sadowski is #215. The 2024 NHL Draft will be held on June 28-29 in Las Vegas.

Last year, four players who were committed to play for UNH made Central Scouting's Final Rankings for North American Skaters and three were subsequently drafted in the 2023 NHL Draft:
~ Ryan MacPherson Philadelphia Flyers, Round 6, 172nd Overall (Final Rank #211).
~ Ryan Conmy Los Angeles Kings, Round 6, 182nd Overall (Final Rank #112).
~ Sebastian Bradshaw Dallas Stars, Round 7, 221st Overall (Final Rank #194).
~ Connor MacPherson Not Drafted (Final Rank #128).

Projected Changes to 2024-25 UNH Roster

As of today, the following 6 UNH players from the 2023-24 roster plan to leave the team through graduation (Gr) and/or the transfer portal (TP):
GOALIES (2)
Tyler Muszelik (TP to UConn)
Jeremy Forman (Gr, TP)
FORWARDS (4)
Stiven Sardarian (TP to Northern Michigan)
Harrison Blaisdell (Gr)
Nick Cafarelli (Gr, TP)
Cam Gendron (Gr, TP)
DEFENSEMEN (0)*
*
Senior defensemen Nikolai Jenson and Luke Reid have one year of eligibility remaining and reportedly plan to remain on the UNH roster next season.

Implications for Incoming Freshmen
There was a total of 8 defensemen on the 2023-24 roster. Unless one of them enters the transfer portal or signs a professional contract, or the coaching staff decides to carry 9 defensemen on the 2024-25 roster, there are currently no apparent openings for an incoming freshman or transfer defenseman. If an opening becomes available, I project the defensemen listed under "2024 or '25 Commits" in the stats table below would be potential candidates.

Jared Whale a sophomore goalie for the University of Alaska-Anchorage committed to UNH through the transfer portal. He will backfill the opening created by Tyler Muszelik's transfer. That leaves one open roster slot for a goalie which could be filled by a transfer or a junior hockey goalie not currently committed to UNH.

The MacPherson twins, Connor and Ryan, will fill 2 of the 4 openings for forwards on UNH's 2024-25 roster. The forwards listed under "2024 or '25 Commits" in the stats table below and forwards from other schools listed in the transfer portal are potential candidates for the remaining 2 openings.

UNH Commits in the 2024 Playoffs

United States Hockey League
3 UNH commits have been participating in the 2024 USHL Playoffs. Reid Conn and the Chicago Steel were eliminated in the opening round. Price Grimes was on Chicago's roster but did not dress for the 3-game series.
Josh Player and the Green Bay Gamblers defeated the Steel in the opening round and will face Muskegon in the USHL quarterfinals. Conner de Haro and the Youngstown Phantoms eliminated Madison and will play Dubuque in the quarterfinals.

British Columbia Hockey League
8 UNH commits have been participating in the 2024 BCHL Playoffs. 4 of them and their teams were eliminated in the opening round:
Connor DeTurris (Nanaimo Clippers)
Lars Petter Eckholm (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Sebastian Bradshaw (Coquitlam Express)
Luca Primerano (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Connor and Ryan MacPherson and the Penticton Vees defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings in the opening round and will play the Vernon Vipers in the quarterfinals. Ryan Philbrick, Ryan Grout and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat the Merritt Centennials and will face the West Kelowna Warriors in the quarterfinals.

Ontario Junior Hockey League
Jayden Connors and the St. Michaels Buzzers lost to the Cobourg Cougars in the opening round of the 2024 OJHL Playoffs.

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2023-24 Statistics

Player NZ Stars** Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
2024 Commits
Connor MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 11 31 42 16 -
Playoffs 4 2 0 2 0 -
Ryan MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 54 16 22 38 12 -
Playoffs 4 0 2 2 8 -
2024 Transfer
Jared Whale 11/1/02 (G) 3.25 University of Alaska-Anchorage Independent 24 10 12 1 2.67 .909
2024 or '25 Commits
Reid Conn* 2/2/04 (D) 3.75 Chicago Steel USHL 59 3 8 11 72 -19
Playoffs 3 1 1 2 8 +3
Connor DeTurris 10/8/04 (F) 3.75 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 43 15 24 39 8 -
Playoffs 5 0 4 4 2 -
Lars Petter Eckholm* 3/7/04 (F) 3.25 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 45 6 7 13 10 -
Playoffs 5 0 0 0 0 -
Conner de Haro* 10/17/05 (D) 3.75 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 51 2 8 10 35 +23
Playoffs 3 2 1 3 0 +6
Ryan Philbrick* 6/20/04 (D) 3.75 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 5 0 2 2 4 -
Playoffs 6 0 4 4 0 -
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 30 2 5 7 14 +5
Josh Player* 5/13/05 (D) 3.75 Green Bay Gamblers USHL 59 5 6 11 59 +1
Playoffs 3 0 0 0 4 -4
2025 Commits
Sebastian Bradshaw 5/26/05 (F) 3.75 Coquitlam Express BCHL 41 5 9 14 43 -
Playoffs 7 0 0 0 2 -
Brooks Bandits AJHL 3 0 1 1 8 -
Luca Primerano* 3/17/05 (F) 3.5 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 54 9 13 22 8 -
Playoffs 4 0 0 0 0 -
Jack Sadowski* 7/29/06 (F) 3.75 Kimball Union Academy NE Prep 37 41 50 91 - -
Wildcats 19U NEFPHL 19U 17 11 15 26 0 -
Massachusetts District USA Selects 17 6 1 2 3 4 -
2025 or '26 Commits
Jesse Allecia 10/12/05 (F) 3.50 Salisbury School NE Prep 26 17 8 25 - -
Yale Jr. Bulldogs 18U 18U AAA 30 13 12 25 - -
BEAST 18U 8 2 3 5 0 -
USA 18U Nationals 6 1 1 2 2 -
Price Grimes* 1/28/06 (D) 3.5 Chicago Steel USHL 41 1 5 6 48 -5
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Grout 8/15/07 (G) 4.0 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 15 11 3 1 2.23 .926
Playoffs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kole Hyles 1/16/06 (F) 3.75 Cushing Academy NE Prep 32 14 9 23 - -
Central Mass Peguins EHF 18U 23 8 10 18 - -
USA 18U Nationals 4 1 2 3 4 -
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 3 7 0 -
Niko Tournas 2/17/06 (F) 4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 41 2 3 5 20 -2
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 5 9 1 -
2026 Commits
Nikita Konevych 6/3/06 (D) NR Corpus Christi IceRays NAHL 20 0 4 4 75 -7
Austin Bruins NAHL 8 0 1 1 0 -4
George McCaffrey 1/2/07 (F) 3.5 Westminster School NE Prep 23 4 7 11 - -
MidFairfield Rangers 16U BEAST 16U 10 3 4 7 0 -
USA 16U Nationals 4 1 1 2 2 -
Team White USA Selects 16 5 3 1 4 0 -
Jayden Connors 2/26/07 (D) 3.75 St. Michaels Buzzers OJHL 46 2 21 23 36 -
Playoffs 10 1 2 3 8 -
* = Signed National Letter of Intent
** = Neutral Zone 5-Star Rating
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 "2024 Commits" are projected to begin playing for UNH in the Fall of 2024. I have based these projections on the following factors:
~ Number of UNH players leaving the team at the end of the previous season and the position they played.
~ Number of incoming transfer players and the position they play.
~ 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.
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