Prospect Watch

Prep Watch: Small town hound

Prep Watch: Small town hound

by Ryan Kennedy - February 19, 2009 4:37 PM EST

In our weekly look at the world of minor hockey, we profile Brent Benson of the Notre Dame Hounds.
There’s something about small towns that enable them to churn out elite hockey players and center Brent Benson is one of the latest examples to confirm that truth.


Prep Watch: Puempel's power

Prep Watch: Puempel's power

by Ryan Kennedy - February 12, 2009 2:00 PM EST

This week in our regular look at minor hockey, we profile 16-year-old top OHL draft prospect Matt Puempel.
Sometimes being the big man on campus has its drawbacks. As a top-ranked prospect for the Ontario League draft this May, right winger Matt Puempel of the Sun County Panthers team found that out the hard way this season as opponents made sure his playoff experience was as rough and physical as possible.


Prep Watch: Murphy's law

Prep Watch: Murphy's law

by Ryan Kennedy - February 5, 2009 3:05 PM EST

In this edition of THN.com's regular look at minor hockey, we profile 15-year-old blueliner Ryan Murphy.
Puck-moving defensemen are a hot commodity in the NHL and numerous teams are seeking one out in order to bolster a playoff run. If only they could wait a few years, Ryan Murphy would be more than happy to offer his services.


Prep Watch: On a Mission

Prep Watch: On a Mission

by Ryan Kennedy - January 29, 2009 1:00 PM EST

Our weekly look at minor players and programs turns its attention toward 15-year-old Chicago blueliner Robbie Russo.
Chicago Mission defenseman Robbie Russo is doing a lot more traveling this season and that’s just fine with him. With the West Coast expansion of the Midwest Elite League, the 15-year-old’s Mission squad finds itself out of its Michigan-Ohio-Illinois comfort zone and throwing down in new frontiers.


Prep Watch: Following footsteps

Prep Watch: Following footsteps

by Ryan Kennedy - January 22, 2009 2:22 PM EST

This week in THN.com's minor hockey feature, we turn our sights towards Quebec midget goalie Jeffrey Noonan.
Great players surround themselves with great people and to that end, goalie Jeffrey Noonan of Rousseau Sports Laval-Bourassa (Quebec midget triple-A) can’t fail.


Prep Watch: Blade of steel

Prep Watch: Blade of steel

by Ryan Kennedy - January 15, 2009 2:30 PM EST

In this edition of our weekly examination of minor hockey, we profile Saskatoon prospect defenseman Duncan Siemens.
If you want to catch Saskatoon Blades prospect Duncan Siemens before he hits the Western League, just head to Alberta and look up; he’ll be the 6-foot-3 defenseman knocking the other 15-year-olds into next week.


Prep Watch: Family affair

Prep Watch: Family affair

by Ryan Kennedy - January 8, 2009 2:00 PM EST

In our weekly examination of minor hockey programs, we profile 15-year-old power forward Boone Jenner.
Growing up with two hockey-playing older brothers – one of whom is 6-foot-5 – means it’s very difficult to intimidate triple-A minor midget Elgin Middlesex Chiefs center Boone Jenner.


Prep Watch: Rebel with a cause

Prep Watch: Rebel with a cause

by Ryan Kennedy - December 18, 2008 1:50 PM EST

THN.com's regular look at the world of minor hockey focuses on WHL No. 1 draft pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
The Red Deer Rebels have graduated some pretty impressive players in recent years, from Dion Phaneuf and Cam Ward to Martin Hanzal and Brandon Sutter.


Prep Watch: California love

Prep Watch: California love

by Ryan Kennedy - December 11, 2008 3:43 PM EST

Our weekly feature on minor hockey focuses on 15-year-old Cali goalie and Vancouver Giants prospect Brendan Jensen.
The makeup of Canada’s roster at the World Junior Championship is always a subject of heated debate, but for Brendan Jensen, the selection process is of particular interest.


Prep Watch: Raising Arizona

Prep Watch: Raising Arizona

by Ryan Kennedy - December 4, 2008 12:53 PM EST

In our weekly look at minor hockey players, we profile Luke Moffatt, an Arizona native playing for the USNTDP.
Ask any member of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) why they joined up with the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based squad and they’ll tell you the chance to represent their country is pretty high on the list.


Prep Watch: French flavor

Prep Watch: French flavor

by Ryan Kennedy - November 27, 2008 2:51 PM EST

In this edition of our weekly profiles of minor hockey players and programs, we talk to 15-year-old J-F Plante.
When the first round of the NHL draft went by last summer with nary a Quebec League player invited up to the stage, more than a few eyebrows were raised.


Prep Watch: Last line of defense

Prep Watch: Last line of defense

by Ryan Kennedy - November 20, 2008 12:37 PM EST

In our weekly look at minor hockey, we profile goaltender Matt Mahalak of the Culver Military Academy.
As one of the top goalies available for this year’s Ontario League draft, Michigan native Matt Mahalak will be put under a lot of scrutiny by scouts.


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