Tuesday, August 23, 2022

UNH Incoming Transfers: Forwards Lovett & Black, Defensemen Babbage & DeVita

Conor Lovett
Ryan Black

Jack Babbage
Nico DeVita

Center/Winger, 5'11", 200 lbs. Shoots Right
Hometown: Franklin, Massachusetts
DOB: April 7, 2001. 21 years, 5 months
2021-22 Team: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
2020-21 Team: Merrimack College (Hockey East)
Committed to UNH: February, 2022 at Age 20 years, 10 months.
NeutralZone Star Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
2021-22 Outstanding Accomplishments:
~ Lead Cedar Rapids in Power Play Goals (9) & Game Winners (4)
Neutral Zone Scouting Report
"The two-way player who can give opposing players fits. He can play in all situations and supports the play well in all three zones. He is a low center-of-gravity skater with good balance but won’t wow you with speed. He has quick, but choppy hands when handling the puck through open ice. He scored Cedar Rapids’ 2nd goal of the game when he picked off a pass up the middle in the offensive zone and then buried it beating the goalie low blocker side." USHL Game Report, December, 2021

2021-22 Highlight Reel

Statistics From Last 2 Seasons
Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
Conor Lovett
4/7/01 (F)
2021-22 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 59 16 16 32 118 -7
Playoffs 2 0 0 0 2 -3
2020-21 Merrimack College Hockey East 15 3 2 5 23 0

Winger, 6'1", 181 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Pomfret, Connecticut
DOB: March 24, 1999. 23 years, 6 months
2021-22 Team: Babson College (NEHC/D-III)
2020-21 Team: Babson College (NEHC/D-III)
Committed to UNH: April, 2022 at Age 23 years, 1 month
NeutralZone Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars
2021-22 Outstanding Accomplishments:
~ AHCA All-America East First Team
~ AHCA Sid Watson Award Finalist (Division III Player of the Year)
~ NEHC Player of the Year, All-NEHC First Team
~ NEHC Tournament Most Valuable Player & All-Tournament Team
~ Most Game-Winning Goals in Division III (9)
~ Tied 6th Leading Goal Scorer in Division III (18)
Neutral Zone Scouting Report
"Black is a gifted athlete with a lot of tools. He has a long, smooth stride which allows him to carry the puck effectively and buy time for his poise, vision and hockey sense to create scoring chances. He caught a pass here and in one motion received the puck and fired it instantly which is rare at this level. What stands out is his hockey sense; he really knows where everyone is on the ice and utilizes his teammates to their full potential. He has the dual ability to create both off the rush and in-zone as he was able to pull off defenders in the corners and behind the net and go to the scoring areas either with a pass or skating himself." U18 USA Hockey Nationals, April, 2018
2021-22 Statistics
Player Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
Ryan Black
3/24/99 (F)
Babson College NEHC/D-III 26 18 20 38 0 +28

Defenseman, 6'1", 185 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Tully, New York
DOB: August 30, 2000. 22 years, 1 month
2021-22 Team: Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
2020-21 Team: Chicago Steel (USHL)
Committed to UNH: April, 2022 at Age 21 years, 8 months.
NeutralZone Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
2020-21 Outstanding Accomplishments:
~ USHL Clark Cup Champion
~ +26 Regular Season Rating, 4th Best among USHL defensemen, 8th Best overall
~ Among All USHL Defensemen in Regular Season, Tied 5th in Goals (8), T-3rd in Game Winners (3), T-8th Assists (21), & T-7th Points (29)
~ +11 Playoff Rating, Best among USHL defensemen, Tied 1st overall
Neutral Zone Scouting Report
"Babbage is a tall, mobile, athletic defenseman who maintains tight gaps and keeps opponents to the outside. He’s gotten stronger this past season and is quick back on retrievals and able to survey the ice and move the puck quickly and efficiently. He works the puck well along the blue line, he can create space and get low shots through and has deceptively soft hands to make subtle plays when pressured. The assistant captain needs to improve his net front defense and be tougher to play against instead of relying on his feet and his stick, but he’s a talented, multi-purpose defender who should be an immediate impact player at Quinnipiac next season." USHL Game Report, March, 2021
Statistics From Last 2 Seasons
Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
Jack Babbage
8/30/00 (D)
2021-22 Quinnipiac University ECAC 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-21 Chicago Steel USHL 53 8 21 29 40 +26
Playoffs 8 0 2 2 6 +11

Defenseman, 6'2", 200 lbs. Shoots Left
Hometown: Bellevue, Washington
DOB: May 24, 2001. 21 years, 4 months
2021-22 Team: Ferris State University (CCHA)
2020-21 Team: Aberdeen Wings (NAHL)
Committed to UNH: April, 2022 at Age 20 years, 11 months.
NeutralZone Star Rating: 3.75 out of 5 Stars
2020-21 Outstanding Accomplishments:
~ NAHL First All-Star Team
~ NAHL All-Central Division Team
~ +49 Regular Season Rating, Best in NAHL
~ Among All NAHL Defensemen in Regular Season, 2nd Most Assists (31), Power Play Assists (14), & Points (39)
Neutral Zone Scouting Report
"Offensive defenseman who LOVES to shoot the puck! Responsible in his defensive zone as he owns an active stick. Stays low to the ice and breaks up plays by reading the play and using his poke-check. Has his head up in all three zones surveying the ice for his teammates, but also surveys the ice without the puck. In the offensive zone can step into slot areas and hammer one-timers. Has a quick release and his shot has tenacity as well. When his shot gets on the net, it typically causes trouble – either leading to rebounds or beating the goaltender clean. Lots of upsides to his game." NAHL Team Report, June, 2021
Statistics From Last 2 Seasons
Player Season Team League GP Goals Asst Pts PIM +/-
Nico DeVita
5/24/01 (D)
2021-22 Ferris State University CCHA 29 1 2 3 10 -2
2020-21 Aberdeen Wings NAHL 54 8 31 39 57 +49
Playoffs 11 1 6 7 0 +1


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