Prospect Watch

Prep Watch: Championing Ciampini

Prep Watch: Championing Ciampini

by Ryan Kennedy - November 19, 2009 9:24 AM EST

In this week's look at minor hockey players, Chateauguay Patriotes winger Luca Ciampini is making noise in Quebec.
Luca Ciampini and Frederic Gamelin have awesome chemistry together – even if they don’t take chemistry together. The stars of Les Patriotes de Chateauguay of the Quebec midget AAA league are 1-2 in team scoring, even though they’re two of the youngest players on a circuit that includes 16- and 17-year-olds.


Prep Watch: The Garden of Ebert

Prep Watch: The Garden of Ebert

by Ryan Kennedy - November 5, 2009 12:00 PM EST

This week in our exploration of the world of minor hockey, we focus on Nick Ebert of the Waterloo Black Hawks.
Ask rookie defenseman Nick Ebert if Waterloo, Iowa is different from his home state of New Jersey and you’ll get a wry answer. “A lot of places are different from Jersey,” he said.


Prep Watch: Koekkoek's calling

Prep Watch: Koekkoek's calling

by Ryan Kennedy - October 22, 2009 11:42 AM EDT

This week in our look at minor hockey programs and players, we profile Notre Dame's Slater Koekkoek.
Defenseman Slater Koekkoek is only allowed to use his cell phone for a couple hours a night and if hockey isn’t being shown on the one sports channel he gets, he’s out of luck.


Prep Watch: Dumba learns from the pros

Prep Watch: Dumba learns from the pros

by Ryan Kennedy - October 8, 2009 10:25 AM EDT

A Red Deer Rebels draft pick, two-way defenseman Matt Dumba is taking notes from the best in the game.
For a young defenseman looking to take his game to an elite level, being a Calgary resident is a bit like heaven right now. After all, the hometown Flames trot out blueline stars Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr.


Prep Watch: Lessio is more

Prep Watch: Lessio is more

by Ryan Kennedy - April 16, 2009 1:10 PM EDT

In this edition of THN.com's look at the world of minor hockey, we profile top Ontario League prospect Lucas Lessio.
With the minor hockey season officially done, young men’s thoughts in Canada will turn to either a well-rested summer or the country’s under-17 program.


Prep Watch: From worlds to Windsor

Prep Watch: From worlds to Windsor

by Ryan Kennedy - April 9, 2009 2:01 PM EDT

In this week's look at minor hockey, we focus on U.S. NTDP defenseman and top 2010 NHL draft prospect Cam Fowler.
Suiting up for the Red, White and Blue is something every American hockey player dreams of and for those in the national team development program, that dream comes true on a nightly basis.


Prep Watch: Keeping tabs on the tournaments

Prep Watch: Keeping tabs on the tournaments

by Ryan Kennedy - April 2, 2009 1:27 PM EDT

In this edition of our weekly look at minor hockey, we focus on the US U18 nationals and the OHL Cup.
With the prospect-game getting so much coverage these days, it’s important to see how players stack-up against each other. Naturally, the U.


Prep Watch: Large and ready to charge

Prep Watch: Large and ready to charge

by Ryan Kennedy - March 26, 2009 1:04 PM EDT

Our regular look at the world of minor hockey focuses on NAHL top prospect Brandon Saad.
At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, it’s hard to imagine Brandon Saad is still 16 years old. The fact that he leads the North American League’s Mahoning Valley Phantoms in scoring with 47 points in 47 games further obscures the fact that really, he’s still a kid.


Prep Watch: Striking Oil

Prep Watch: Striking Oil

by Ryan Kennedy - March 19, 2009 1:53 PM EDT

Our weekly report on minor hockey focuses on Edmonton Oil Kings prospect Michael St. Croix.
The Western League has always been lauded as a rough-and-tumble circuit that also churns out some of the most complete players in the game – Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, even Marian Hossa played a season in the Dub.


Prep Watch: Pitlick of the litter

Prep Watch: Pitlick of the litter

by Ryan Kennedy - March 12, 2009 3:15 PM EDT

In this edition of our weekly look at minor hockey players and programs, we profile Minnesota's Tyler Pitlick.
Hanging out at the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, Tyler Pitlick would obviously much rather be on the ice instead of staring down at it.


Prep Watch: Big skill from Big D

Prep Watch: Big skill from Big D

by Ryan Kennedy - March 5, 2009 2:43 PM EST

In this edition of our regular look at minor hockey, we profile 15-year-old Dallas native Cason Hohmann.
When it comes to American mythology, there’s nothing better than the tale of a Texas gunslinger coming into a new town and raising pulses.


Prep Watch: Eastern promise

Prep Watch: Eastern promise

by Ryan Kennedy - February 26, 2009 1:19 PM EST

In this edition of our weekly look at minor hockey, we focus on QMJHL draft prospect Jamie Bishop.
If there has been a recent savior for the Quebec League, it has been an influx of talent from two areas on opposite sides of the world – Russia and the Canadian Maritimes.


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