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What Scouts Look For: Player Edition

Posted on March 8, 2024

The Neutral Zone staff take incredible pride in our work and we love what we do. Throughout the course of the season, we often get asked by players, parents, and regular hockey fans alike, “What do you look for in a player?”  It is a fair question, but honestly, it is hard to pinpoint anything…

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July Commitments: 4 Star Team USA Goaltender and Lebanon Valley College battle for headlines

Posted on August 16, 2023

One might have thought July would be a slow month for Commits but this July was not the case. While many D3 programs are adding to their roster at this time, a few D1 programs are adding in for the future and committing players for the ‘24 and ‘25 seasons. Four star Layla Hemp headlines…

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USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals – U19 Division – 2024

Posted on May 17, 2024

From April 2-7, 2024, Neutral Zone was in Tampa, FL for the USA Hockey Tier 1 Girls Nationals Tournament. The following is our scouting report from the U19 Division. Players are listed in descending letter grade order beneath their respective team names. Players with the same letter grade are listed in no particular order. Boston…

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April Commitments: 3.5 Stars Highlight this Month – Brown and UWO Both Sign Three

Posted on May 13, 2024

April’s college commitments are highlighted by nine Canadian players (Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta), two American players (NE Prep, NGHL), and one Swedish player (SDHL). Five of the twelve players listed are commits for the 2025-26 season, while everyone else is a 2024-25 commit. The top star ratings begin at 3.5 stars. Brown University and…

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USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals – U16 Division – 2024

Posted on May 10, 2024

From April 2-7, 2024, Neutral Zone was in Tampa, FL for the USA Hockey Tier 1 Girls Nationals Tournament. The following is our scouting report from the U16 Division. Players are listed in descending letter grade order beneath their respective team names. Players with the same letter grade are listed in no particular order. Liberty…

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2023-2024 NEPSAC Season

Posted on May 7, 2024

Our scouts traveled all around New England to cover nearly every prep team at least once. Reports are based solely on play from this year. Reports are also organized by school in alphabetical and descending letter grade order. Congratulations to New Hampton, BB&N and Nobles for there championship victories! Andover  Molly Boyle #17 (Phillips Andover…

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2028-2029 Graduation Year Minnesota HS Rankings

Posted on May 4, 2024

Our scouts have compiled the following ranking set from the 2023-2024 Minnesota Girls High School hockey season. The top 2028 and 2029 graduating players are evaluated in specific number order below. 2028 Gabi Lopez #27 (Orono High School, F, 2028) : Gabi is young and skilled. She plays older than she is and plays with…

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2027 Graduation Year Minnesota HS Rankings

Posted on May 4, 2024

Our scouts have compiled the following ranking set from the 2023-2024 Minnesota Girls High School hockey season. The top 2027 graduating players are evaluated in specific number order below. Maysie Koch #17 (Dodge County, F, 2027) : Maysie is a talented and skilled young player. She has great hockey IQ and makes the most out…

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2026 Graduation Year Minnesota HS Rankings

Posted on May 3, 2024

Our scouts have compiled the following ranking set from the 2023-2024 Minnesota Girls High School hockey season. The top 2026 graduating players are evaluated in specific number order below. Maddy Kimbrel #11 (Orono High School, F, 2026) : Kimbrel is a relentless and gritty player. She is passionate and plays to win. For a player…

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March Commits: A 4.75 Star from Canada’s U18 Team Leads the Way

Posted on May 2, 2024

March’s college commitments include 15 Canadian players and 2 American players. Amongst the Canadian players are U18 National team players which include a 4.75 star and a 4.25 star caliber of players. Of the two US players, one comes from the State of Hockey (Minnesota). The other player however is from the non-traditional hockey market…

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2025 Graduation Year Minnesota HS Rankings

Posted on May 2, 2024

Our scouts have compiled the following ranking set from the 2023-2024 Minnesota Girls High School hockey season. The top 2025 graduating players are evaluated in specific number order below. Mackenzie Jones #3 (Andover High School, D, 2025, Wisconsin) : Jones is a physical defender. She has great timing and instincts. She uses her stick and…

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2024 Graduation Year Minnesota HS Rankings

Posted on April 30, 2024

Our scouts have compiled the following ranking set from the 2023-2024 Minnesota Girls High School hockey season. The top 2024 graduating players are evaluated in specific number order below. Ayla Puppe #9 (Northfield, F, 2024, Minnesota) : Ayla is a strong and confident high energy player. She can make the difference in a game. She…

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