What's the deal with Boston Advantage players not committing? Do they tell them to stay open to new opportunities and wait, or what?
Midget hockey in New England offers an alternative to prospects and their families who don’t want to play high school or prep school hockey. The following is a ranking of the top 15 uncommitted 2002-born midget hockey players from New England:
1. Mackie Samoskevich
Shattuck St. Mary’s 16U/Newtown, Conn., 11/15/02, Forward, Right Shot
Samoskevich doesn’t have an elite skill set, but he plays with pace and has above average hands and feet. He’s always moving his feet and his vision is underrated. He can make plays even in small areas and gets to pucks quickly. His sister Maddie is committed to playing college hockey for the women’s program at Quinnipiac.
2. Timmy Lovell, Jr.
Boston Advantage 15U/Kingston, Mass., 2/8/02, Defense, Left Shot
Lovell is extremely small, even for his age, but he’s as silky smooth of a skater as there is. He makes smart decisions with the puck and can sidestep oncoming forecheckers. His father and coach, Tim, played college hockey for the University of Maine for three years before finishing up at UMass Amherst.
3. Ryan Corcoran
Boston Advantage 15U/Duxbury, Mass., 4/4/02, Forward, Left Shot
Corcoran is the best forward on the Boston Advantage. He impressed in a few viewings last summer at the World Selects Invite and Junior Chowder Cup. Corcoran has a good skill set and can finish. He’s fast and gets to pucks and can generate chances by playing inside the circles.
4. Connor Bradford
Boston Advantage 15U/Kingston, Mass., 8/23/02, Goaltender, Catches Left
He’s a very good goalie in a deep crop of Mass. goalies in this age group. He has good size and athleticism. He moves well post-to-post and can make the highlight reel stop while also being fairly quiet in net.
5. Matt MacDonald
Boston Advantage 15U/Weymouth, Mass., 1/1/02, Forward, Right Shot
MacDonald doesn’t have the prettiest stride, but his compete level is off the charts. He’ll get in on the forecheck and he’s heavy on pucks. He likes to throw his weight around and he has a pretty good shot.
6. Ben Steeves
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs/Bedford, N.H., 5/10/02, Forward, Left Shot
Steeves is the younger brother of Notre Dame freshman forward Matt and Dubuque Fighting Saints forward and Fighting Irish recruit Alex. He’s smaller than his two older brothers. He’s quick and a goal scorer, but the one knock on him is he doesn’t play in the defensive zone.
7. Colin Graf
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Lincoln, Mass., 9/21/02, Forward, Right Shot
He’s really small, but he’s quick and crafty. He can stickhandle and make plays even in small areas. He makes up for his lack of size with really good vision in the offensive zone. In each of his viewings, he makes a few really nice passes.
8. Tommy Aitken
Selects Academy 15U/Winchester, Mass., 8/30/02, Goaltender, Catches Left
Aitken is a really good student of the position. He’s very sound fundamentally and skates well. He makes some good saves every game you watch him. He has very quick reflexes.
9. Carson Whitman
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Holden, Mass., 6/4/02, Forward, Right Shot
Whitman is an extremely smart player who makes the most of his offensive skill set. He can explode and beat defenders wide. He always has his head up and is looking to make the pass. He’s a player who can play all 200 feet as he continues developing.
10. Will Rinaldi
Selects Academy 15U/Lynnfield, Mass., 1/14/02, Forward, Right Shot
Rinaldi had a nice season at South Kent after transferring from MIAA. He’s a good skater who has nice overall offensive instincts. He’s a player who was often overshadowed this year, but he’s someone to keep an eye on over the next few years.
11. Cam Lowe
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Lancaster, Mass., 2/28/02, Forward, Right Shot
Lowe has good speed and does a nice job finding seams to exploit opposing defense. He has the ability to make nice plays with the puck on his stick and he can also make the simple, smart decision.
12. Riley Bezeau
South Shore Kings 16U/Mansfield, Mass., 5/4/02, Forward, Right Shot
His vision and passing ability are his strengths. He’s a good fundamentally sound skater and once he gains more lower body strength, his speed should come. He’s not afraid to go digging for pucks and he’ll make good, quick passes out to the slot from below the goal line and in corners. His father is Montreal Canadiens amateur scout Andy Bezeau.
13. Jake Waterman
South Shore Kings 16U/Warwick, R.I., 2/9/02, Forward, Left Shot
Waterman had a really good USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp last summer. He struggled to find the score sheet in USPHL 16U action this winter, but he’s a player to continue watching.
14. Mason Kucenski
Boston Jr. Bruins 16U/Boston, Mass., 4/8/02, Goaltender, Catches Left
He impressed in last summer’s Beantown NAPS and had some good viewings this season with Topher Bevis’ team. He has good size, moves well and has some athleticism.
15. Colin Oppelt
South Shore Kings 16U/Franklin, Mass., 6/21/02, Defense, Left Shot
Oppelt is a simple, stay-at-home defender with a high compete level. He has a good stick and he uses his reach to defend. He’ll retrieve pucks and make smart first passes out of the zone.
JC really doesn't know how to evaluate defenseman does he?
Not a clue. Only little flashy forwards....and the closest he comes is little flashy defensemen
Yes. TL won't submit rosters for showcase programs or even put the players names or stats up on the website. He wants to control the recruiting process. He is very good to the families that are on the "inside."
We joined to play good hockey in the best league in the country, and for the exposure that goes along with that. We have a FA to manage the recruiting. Give the U and college scouts the **** rosters.
Haha, one of my favorite "Coxisms."
Uncommitted doesn't mean they have not received offers. Little TL will play wherever he wants !
"Little TL" is listed as 5'2" and 110 pounds. Frickin' Lil' Tidbit Connor Garland was/is a giant compared to that! "Ahhhh, hello anyone have any connection to just a little HGH???" A couple years worth out of China and the $ return could be enormous.
Short answer is yes.
Also, as much as I love his game, little TL will not play D1 hockey. Even with size not mattering as much, way to small. My son plays both with and against him. Great player but easy to knock off the puck and shut down. Can be a defensive liability when playing against strong competition. He makes the list because of dad’s influence. Sorry, but that is the reality. Know many scouts that wouldn’t even consider him on any list until he grows.
CG same situation. Very easy to shut down. Great when matched with other top skill players, not much alone. Petrified of contact. He is also considered a “stay clear of” by many because of his crazy old man.
Waterman peaked at Youth Kings when he was surrounded by players who made him look good.
RC has a shot at D1 but needs to test his talents elsewhere. Some of his surrounding cast members are way overrated.
Let's show a little restraint when talking about a 15 year old's strengths and weaknesses. This isn't the Sports Hub.
Uh oh, TL didn't like your analysis...
Sorry I live in this thing we call reality
So instead of playing U15 they should be playing U18?
It is for 2 1/2 months not that big of a deal.....
Truth hurts. Levels if your kid is an 02:
D3 HS hockey
D2 HS hockey
D1 HS hockey / Catholic Conference
Catholic Conference is D1 h.s. and visa-versa. Low level catholic is maybe in the top 25-30 D-1 as far as rankings. Prep is good because of it's the oldest division listed here. 19-20 year olds playing against 15 year old boys.
This post is "kind of" accurate. I guess this guy here is just a bit confused of what Tier 1 and Tier 2 is....Tier 1 is the USHL and Tier 2 is NAHL.
Staying clear of the BA banter, although not wrong, TL hasn't really produced as much talent as he says....
D3 HS Hockey
D2 HS Hockey
D1 Public HS Hockey
CC HS Hockey
My kid has played U16 and D1 Public HS and can tell you U16 is a much better option, mainly for ice time and competition, assuming the team is playing teams from the mid-west. The local USPHL competition is really just 2 local teams, Jr. Bruins and Islanders. All others are equivalent to Public HS.
Not sure why this is turning into the most absurd thread on this site in a long time but. You guys do know that the kids playing in the Tier 1 elite leage are the best of the best and the team is comprised of the top prep and D1 high school players correct ? Take a look at the teams and rosters for the programs in that league !
How long have you been around? I can count many more than what you've counted. The unfortunate thing is still it's too early to tell for some of the kids. Many of the kids who played BA before they got their Tier 1 team are playing in college and a few in the NHL.
Stop with all the hype of both FS or Prep kids. There are 2 or 3 local kids with the potential to go to the next level. The best one (by far) who is headed to Plymouth Michigan is the smartest one by waiting for the right situation with coach and talent.
1 or 2 FS kids will also have a shot.
In the end it’s the same. Lotta hype.
Dexter is loaded with “commits“. One of them will see ice at D1 hockey level. Others will not even make teams.
U15 can be a good option, more opportunities, etc. For example, U15 looking good at Selects. Seven 02 commits (2 from U16 and 5 from U15) and hearing more to come. A lot of commits for a single birth year, more than all but a couple of prep schools from multiple birth years. Next season’s 03 U15 team looking just as strong. 02 commits:
Miami of Ohio
If college teams took and played all their “commits” they would have 45 man rosters.
Commit all you want. If your kid doesn’t grow or their game goes sideways due to typical teenage stuff, it means nothing. A bad injury? offer reneged. Get in trouble? Offer reneged.
Bad grades? Offer reneged. And so on...
Most importantly, the uncommitted kid from Milton wants your kid’s spot? Guess what, because he is better, he gets it and guess what? Offer reneged!
These agreements are as loose as my college girlfriend so settle down PR pushers!
Must burn some people’s butt that some local kids headed to SKS next year, especially the mom who’s been saying for two years that her son is headed there...oh wait, he’s not. He’s playing for his crappy HS due to no offers!
Know a few kids going down there "to play hockey"...one couldn't even crack the line up of a lower end CC school.
Remember...if you have the money to pay to go...they will find a spot for you...they have 4-5 teams.
SKS has 1 team at u15, 16 and 18. All recruits. Nobody sending their kid there unless recruited for one of those teams.
Please define development for me? I think it’s an overused term but do so enlighten me.
Hockey, like anything else should be a positive experience for each participant. Skill and commitment levels are going to vary. To measure the value of the program is very difficult if you think about it. Most programs at the older levels recruit players for a year then they are off to wherever their going. Can that program really claim they were the reason for the kid’s success?
If a kid started off as a C player and ended up as an A player, well that’s develop. Incremental improvement in the game. If the kid was good enough to play on a full season team over a crappy high school team and went from fourth line to second or first line then that is development.
The biggest problem with this debate is everyone thinks the end goal or success is D1 or the pros. Totally wrong way to look at it. Not enough opportunities and way too many kids. Look at development from progress standpoint relative to the player. A kid who is middle of the pack as a PW or Bantam that is committed and consistently improves and is now one of the better kids on a full season or HS or Prep team with the potential to play D3 college is a huge success story for development. If the kid bounced around from team to team well that kid probably is the reason for his own development. If he stuck with the same team and coach and somebody committed to him to help him improve and keep him focused on the game, well regardless of the outcome I would put credit on that coach.
I may be missing one or two but 93 and 95 Kings, 00 and 01 Flames, 01 and 02 Kings, 02 BA, 02 Breakers, 02 Islanders, and 03 Terriers are the few teams/coaches that have consistently developed their players where most kept pace with developing and gave kids an opportunity to keep playing at a higher than normal level. Hats off to those coaches.
Just remember, if a kid stays loving the game and continues to get better regardless of what his endgame is, that is what matters. Ironically the happiest hockey players are the ones that are at the town or lower select league level.
You guys have put a lot of thought into analyzing someone who is only a hockey scout because he calls himself one on twitter. JC sucks. He's terrible. Everyone hates him except for the 2 agents who he works for and the 2 or 3 coaches he constantly pumps on twitter (Keefe. Albie you know the drill). Cox is an idiot.
03 terriers? Really?
I said it because higher level hockey typically brings more pressure and unrealistic expectations by some parents, not all. Less wackos screaming at their Squirt because his kids team lost to the Flames and was going to knock them down in the standings... I was one of them, not to that extent though. Not justifying lower level hockey. My boy plays at the highest level for his age. He developed more once I really learned my role in the process, which is keep it fun and put him in the best situation he chooses be be in.
My statement was general because I do think the innocence of recreational players does bring more smiles and less tears. Cool uniforms vs making the EHF All-Star team. Your point is noted though. My boy is similar to yours. Enjoys the game regardless.