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Scouting / Recruiting

2017

NCAA Hockey 101: Who will be the nation’s best goalie?

By Ryan Lambert   Denver goalie Tanner Jaillet is in a strong position to win the Mike Richer Award. (Getty) At the highest levels of hockey, you either find success with your goaltending or you don’t find it at all….

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2017

Draft Watch List Released

Nearly 100 current or future NCAA players highlighted in NHL Central Scouting rankings. First-round NHL Draft prospect Quinn Hughes made his Michigan debut in an exhibition win on Saturday.   Two current freshmen – Michigan’s Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla./U.S. NTDP)…

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2017

5 Important Lessons You Should Learn from Being Cut

By Brad MacDonald   As you progress through your hockey career, there becomes less and less available spots on teams that you are trying out for. For example, in minor hockey, you are only competing against 50 odd other players…

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2017

60 NCAA Players Drafted

NHL teams select players or recruits from 30 of 60 Division I programs. Cameron Crotty was one of seven Boston University players or recruits selected in the NHL Draft, most of any school.   Half of all Division I programs…

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2017

College Hockey Atlantic Combine

    This year, we had a wonderful event, with terrific competition and opportunities to learn more about leveraging one’s hockey skills to pursue athletic and academic dreams. The event was attended by players from throughout Canada and the United…

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2017

10 Things NCAA Programs Look for in a Recruit

By  Jamie McKinven   Most of the misconceptions in junior hockey today revolve around what NCAA programs look for in a recruit.  Having coached at the Tier II Junior ‘A’ level, I’ve heard them all.  I’ve had kids I’ve coached…

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2017

What Scouts are looking for in a player.

   Kyle Woodlief, special to USA TODAY   How do scouts grade prospects? When scouts look at young players, there are many different facets to be considered when determining each prospect’s relative merits and making final evaluations. There are at…

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2017

4 Men’s College Hockey Coaches Discuss What Qualities They Want in a Recruit

  By Steve O’Brien   AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of Men’s College Hockey Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from…

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2017

The Goal Scorer

Austin Ortega by Leo Adam Biga Photography by Bill Sitzmann   How did a smallish soccer-playing Hispanic kid from sun-drenched Escondido, California, end up an ice hockey star in Nebraska? Although his profile does not fit the stereotypical hockey player,…

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2017

The Rise of “De-Commitments” in NCAA Hockey Recruiting

  From The Neutral Zone Web Site . Posted on April 14, 2017     Words themselves can take on different meanings, it’s the context that gives the word its place. The term “commitment” can be an obligation; I can’t…

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