Scouting Reports

A New Way Forward for USA Hockey: Improving NTDP’s NHL Draft Performance

Posted on June 30, 2017

Disclaimer: Let us start this article by saying that the current system works, the current system was created by some of the brightest minds in youth hockey and every year despite economic cycles, USA hockey grows its base not only throughout the NHL but in youth hockey as well. Therefore, we are not coming from a…

Continue Reading

World Selects Invite (2002): Top 250

Posted on June 29, 2017

Neutral Zone sent a team of scouts to Philadelphia to cover the the World Selects Invite; one of the top tournaments in North America. The tournament was a collection of some of the top bantam age (2002) prospects from across the world split up into 28 teams. Russia had players from their National Team, Western Canada…

Continue Reading

Beantown NAPS U16: Top 35

Posted on June 29, 2017

Neutral Zone was in attendance at the Beantown NAPS at the Marlboro Sportscenter on June 23rd through 25th. We focused on the U16 Level. Over the three days each team that participated in the tournament was viewed at least once. The overall play was average for summer hockey. There was a significant talent disparity in…

Continue Reading

Road to College: Top 20

Posted on June 27, 2017

Road to College – June 24, 2017 Every year, local DI and DIII coaches all descend upon Babson Skating Center in June for a three-day series of games that pit some of the strongest uncommitted prospects against each other from many different regions. Most of the talent we saw at this year’s event was based…

Continue Reading

East Coast Classic Futures Showcase U16/U19: 50 Players

Posted on June 20, 2017

The Future is Now: East Coast Futures Showcase – June 17, 2017 We continue to scout spring/summer tournaments to add reports to players we already have in our profiles and add new players who we believe are solid prospects. This weekend it was the East Coast Futures Showcase. The event was well attended and well run….

Continue Reading

Blue Line Elite Prep Cup 2003s: Top 24

Posted on June 17, 2017

A Peek at the Future of Prep Hockey at Blue Line Elite Prep Cup – June 10, 2017 A year or two before local hockey players aspire to play prep hockey in the New England area, they often play in the Blue Line Elite Prep Cup tournament. The tournament is a nice mix of New Englanders, Atlantic…

Continue Reading

Blue Line Elite Prep Cup U16: Top 75

Posted on June 15, 2017

Blue Line Elite Prep Cup 2017 U16: Top 75 Neutral Zone headed to New Hampshire for the annual Prep Cup. We focused on the U16 group. The East Coast Canadiens beat Evolve (Rochester, NY) in the finals. The event was attended by many prep coaches and included a two hour window for perspective players to…

Continue Reading

HNIB Northern New England Festival: Top 25

Posted on June 14, 2017

HNIB Northern New England Festival – June 9, 2017 Every year one of the first summer hockey events in New England is Hockey Night in Boston’s Northern NE Festival. This tournament is a collection of the local high school talent in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and a few from MA as well. Provided that viewings…

Continue Reading

NCAA Recruiting: Do Stats Matter?

Posted on June 12, 2017

After every college hockey season, our analytics team looks over the freshman class and analyzes their output. There are several reasons as to why but mainly we do it in an effort to evaluate our ratings and rankings, to analyze the NCAA recruiting classes and update our algorithm. We also strive to provide educational material…

Continue Reading