PITTSBURGH -- Forward prospect Scott Reedy is hoping to open eyes throughout the next year before the 2017 NHL Draft.
Reedy got off to a good start when he and the rest of the Team USA Under-18 team played twice in the 2016 USHL Fall Classic East at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 16 and 17. Team USA split two games, defeating the Dubuque Fighting Saints 8-2 before losing 4-3 to the Youngstown Phantoms the next day.
With several NHL scouts attending, Reedy impressed, particularly in the first game. He scored the opening goal against Dubuque and had two assists, then had an assist against Youngstown to complete a strong weekend.
The performance left Team USA U-18 coach John Wroblewski singing the 17-year-old's praises.
"I actually pointed him out in the locker room because I thought he was amazing on the puck," Wroblewski said. "I talked about that nose-to-the-net attitude and the ability just to be extremely difficult to play against and he was that and then some. He was an absolute moose to play against."
Reedy, a Prior Lake, Minnesota, native who has committed to the University of Minnesota, seemed to stand out among his peers despite being an incomplete product.
While he is satisfied with his competiveness, Reedy will use the upcoming season to focus on improving his quickness.
"I've gotten a lot better over the past couple of years," Reedy said. "I've been working on it. I still want to keep working on it, just to have that jump in my step when I'm changing directions."
Reedy (6-foot-1, 187 pounds) possesses a solid frame, which could develop further as he matures. That's led to him becoming one of Wroblewski's more tenacious forwards.
"I think it's in the trenches is where he really thrives," Wrobleski said. "He's a kid that plays a fearless game. He's a big body, so when he's coming at you, he can go through you, but then he's got a knack with the puck to either slide it around you or make a play to teammates. His work ethic is absolutely unbelievable. It's one of the best on the team and he's consistently doing things on and off the ice the right way."
Growing up in Minnesota, Reedy fell in love with hockey while watching his older brother, Will, play on a pond. After joining Will on the pond, Scott found himself playing on the same team as his brother when he was in first grade and Will was in third.
"There were a couple of times where he'd really get on me during the games and make sure I'm getting better, working hard in practice and stuff," Reedy said. "He took me under his wing and taught me a lot about the game."
Their bond has helped Reedy, who models his game after New York Islanders captain John Tavares, develop into someone Wroblewski sees as a potential top-six forward in the NHL.
"To me, he's a guy who has an extremely bright future," Wroblewski said. "When he arrives in the NHL or arrives in the American League, he'll give a coach a lot of confidence, to earn his ice. Then once he earns that ice, he has the skill and ability to slide up in the lineup to be a top-line player."