Each season the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League has attracted many of the top scholastic standouts eligible for the upcoming NHL draft.
"I have watched the Elite League for eight years and I don't think I've seen a bad game," NHL Central Scouting's Greg Rajanen told NHL.com. "The players really compete hard knowing there are many junior, college and NHL scouts in the stands."
Two players creating quite a stir in the league this year are left wing Mitchel Slattery of Hill-Murray High School and right wing Tyler Sheehy of Burnsville High School. Slattery, who is committed to St. Cloud State for the 2015-16 season, recently was upgraded to a "B"-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for Minnesota high school players. Sheehy is a "C"-rated prospect.
Slattery, a 5-11.5, 185-pound senior for Team Northeast (12-9-0), finished the regular season second in goals (18) and third in points (31) in 21 games. He had nine multiple-point games. The league playoffs are scheduled Friday through Sunday at New Hope (Minn.) Ice Arena; the championship game is Sunday.