USHL Tri-City @ Lincoln: 14 Players Evaluated

Posted on January 5, 2024

December 15th, 2023. USHL action between the Lincoln Stars and Tri-City Storm. A solid team effort and a balanced scoresheet saw the home team Storm take a 4-2 victory over the Stars. Yan Shostak #33 (Lincoln Stars) was excellent, backstopping his team to victory. Tri-City Storm Blake Steenerson #13 (F, R, 6’4″, 194, Tri City…

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USHL Three-Game Report: 38 Players Evaluated

Posted on December 23, 2023

Neutral Zone had scouts in attendance for three USHL games in early December, where we got to see some tough competition from all sides. The three games we were able to see were: Muskegon @ Youngstown on December 1st, Omaha @ Sioux City on December 9th and Youngstown @ USA U18 on December 16th. All…

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USHL Reports: 15 Games, 150 Player Evaluations

Posted on October 25, 2023

NZ scouts have been in attendance for 15 games from September 8 through October 14th. We have combined those single game reports into one sizeable report. The grades and evaluations are based solely on their individual game performance and not an indication of the players overall ability or long term upside. The games covered were…

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Monday Movers: Week #1

Posted on October 2, 2023

In a new free feature, NZ scouting staff will be submitting 1-3 players each Monday who are on the rise; either in their star rating, league/national or draft ranking or simply a player who has shown improvement in their overall game. Our first week we are going to focus on junior hockey after our scouts…

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USHL Clark Cup Two-Game Report: 24 Players Evaluated

Posted on May 11, 2023

As the USHL is in their playoff phase, Neutral Zone was able to attend two games of the Clark Cup between May 7th and 8th. The first was a game three matchup between the Fargo Force and the Lincoln Stars, and the second saw the Chicago Steel and the Youngstown Phantoms face off against each…

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USHL Clark Cup Playoffs Dubuque Fighting Saints vs Green Bay Gamblers: 13 Standout Players

Posted on May 9, 2023

Game 3, USHL playoffs. Dubuque vs Green Bay on April 26th, 2023. A balanced scoresheet and 34 saves from #30, Marcus Brannman, was enough to solidify the victory by a score of 3-2. Dubuque Fighting Saints Max Burkholder #4 (D, R, 5’8″, 175, Dubuque Fighting Saints, 08/08/2003, Colorado College) – Burkholder was effective on the…

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USHL USA-NTDP 17 vs Youngstown Phantoms Two Game Report: 23 Players Evaluated

Posted on May 9, 2023

Neutral Zone attended two separate matchups between the USA- NTDP 17s and the Youngstown Phantoms. See below the reports from these games. Game 1: April 21st, 2023 Neutral Zone was in attendance for this next-to-last regular season USHL tilt between USA-NTDP 17 and Youngstown Phantoms at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH. The tempers were…

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USHL Sioux Falls vs Fargo

Posted on April 25, 2023

Fargo Force vs Sioux Falls Stampede. USHL, April 22, 2023. The Force were the better team right from puck drop cruising to a 4-1 victory. Owen Mehlenbacher #8 (F, L, 6’2″, 193, Fargo Force, 01/26/2004, Wisconsin) – Big forward with a ton of offensive upside. Moves well for his size and can weave in and…

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USHL: Madison Capitols vs Green Bay Gamblers: 12 Players Evaluated

Posted on January 2, 2023

 Neutral Zone was in attendance for a matchup between the Madison Capitols and Green Bay Gamblers on December 28th, 2022. It was a back-and-forth game that the Capitols would not go away in. Despite being down much of the game, they kept coming back to tie it up. Unfortunately, an early third-period tally by the…

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USHL: Fargo Force vs Sioux Falls Stampede: 12 Players Evaluated

Posted on December 21, 2022

Fargo Force vs Sioux Falls Stampede on December 17th, 2022. A shorthanded Sioux Falls team saw them fight back from a 3-1 deficit to get an extra point in a shootout loss. The Fargo Force were victorious in the shootout by a final score of 4-3. Fargo Force Leo Gruba #5 (D, R, 6’2″, 205,…

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