U18 World Championships – Looking at USA’s forward group…

Continuing my roster preview for USA Hockey’s U18 squad for the U18 World Championships starting tomorrow I take a look at half of the teams 13 forwards and will preview the rest of the forwards and goalies in my next post. Yesterday’s blog covered Team USA’s defense.

Note: I am referencing Chris Dilks scouting reports from October when U18’s played back to back weekends against University of Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth. (link to his full write up – SBN College Hockey).

Forwards –

#17 Evan Barratt, C (5’11 187 lbs) – Barratt is a Pennsylvania native who is committed to play at Penn State. Prior to being selected to the USNTDP program he played his U16 hockey for Team Comcast. This past season for the U18’s Barratt posted 49 points (17g/32a) in 56 games. 65th ranked player in North America for 2017 draft by NHL Central Scouting.


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Scouting Report:   “Not a fast skater, but he hustles. His best asset is his playmaking ability, but struggled to get much going in either game. If he can get a little faster, he has some good offensive upside. He’s probably a mid-round draft pick.” (Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

#10 Scott Reedy, C/RW (6’1 203 lbs) – A Minnesota native who played his Bantam and Midget hockey in Minnesota with Shattuck St. Mary and is committed to play at the University of Minnesota.  Came to the USNTDP in 2015-16. Reedy put up 41 points (20g/21a) in 53 games for the U18 team this season. Ranked #40 player in North America by NHL Central Scouting for 2017 draft.


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Scouting Report: After leading this team in scoring last year, Reedy has just one goal and four points through 12 games. I’m not quite sure what happened, but he hasn’t looked like the same player as last year. He was very quiet in both games. I still think he’s got some talent though, and is interesting as a late-2nd/early-3rd round pick.” (Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

#9 Logan Cockerill, RW (5’9 163 lbs) –  Michigan native who is committed to play at BU. Played his Bantam hockey with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies and his Midget with Belle Tire. Came to USNTDP in 2015-16. This season for the U18’s posted 25 points (14g/11a) in 45 games. Ranked #214 in North America by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 NHL Draft.


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Scouting Report:  “He’s small and willing to battle for pucks, but at his size, it’s tough for him to be effective.” (Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

#4 Joel Farabee, LW (5’11 148 lbs) –  Farabee is a native of New York and is committed to BU as part of the 2019-20 class. One of only two 2000 birth years on this years U18 worlds team. Played two years of U16 hockey with Selects hockey academy. Came to the USNTDP in 2015-16. This past season he played 43 games for the U17 team putting up 31 points (18g/13a). He also played 15 games with the U18’s posting 13 points (5g/8a). He is a 2018 draft eligible prospect and is considered a highly touted prospect in that draft class.


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Josh Norris, C (6’1 192 lbs) – Michigan native Norris is committed to play at Michigan. Played his Bantam and Midget hockey with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. Came to USNTDP in 2015-16. This season for the U18’s he averaged a point a game with 54 points (24g/30a)  in 54 games. Eligible for the 2017 draft and the NHL scouting bureau has him ranked #34 in North America.


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Scouting Report:  “There’s a lot to like about the way Norris plays the game. He’s a good skater with a very strong frame. He shifts his weight really well to protect the puck allowing him to bring the puck through the neutral zone and gain zone entry. He plays a hard-nosed two-way game, and is comfortable at the center position, which increases his draft value. The downside is that Norris lacks elite hands and finishing ability. He’ll create opportunities by driving hard to the net with or without the puck, but has trouble with difficult passes and isn’t likely to make a skill play to create offense. I would say late-first/early-second round for Norris, with a higher probability that he gets pushed down a little bit by teams taking home run swings on less-proven, but higher ceiling prospects in the top 30.”  (Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

Grant Mismash, C (6’0 183 lbs) – Another Minnesota native who played his Bantam and Midget hockey with Minnesota powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary before coming to the USNTDP program. Mismash is committed to play at North Dakota.  This season for the U18’s posted 53 points (23g/30a) in 58 games. Eligible for the 2017 draft and is a highly ranked prospect by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau coming in ranked #24 in North America.


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Scouting Report:  “Mismash has some high-end offensive tools. He’s really good at handling the puck in traffic, and he can fire a heavy snap shot. His skating holds him back a little bit, so he’s more effective when he can play zone-to-zone, rather than an up-and-down game. His best moment came against Duluth when he made a nice fake in the corner to get a defenseman off balance, then lowered his shoulder to make a strong power move to the net. That’s where I think his game is going forward—working in tight spaces down low to make things happen. He doesn’t have a huge frame, but is strong. Drew Stafford might be a good comparison. I’d project him somewhere in the early-to-mid second round at this point.” (Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

Jacob Tortora, LW (5’8 161 lbs) – Tortora is a New York native who is committed to play at Boston College. Like the rest of this team came to the USNTDP program in 2015-16. Prior to that he played his Bantam and Midget hockey with the Don Mills Flyers. This season with the U18’s he posted 34 points (16g/18a) in 44 games. Eligible for the 2017 draft and is the 175th ranked prospect in North America by NHL Central Scouting.


© Photo: Dan Hickling

Scouting Report:  “A little player that relies on his speed to make plays. He’s the only player on the team at over .5pts/gm against the NCAA(4 pts in 6 games). He’s willing to stick his nose into tough areas, and his quickness makes him sneaky effective.”(Chris Dilks, SBN College Hockey)

I will preview the remaining forwards and goalies tomorrow as the World Championships kickoff!

@BDHockeyNews

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