Central Scouting's Jack Barzee, who works the Midwest covering many of the US high schools in Minnesota and the United States Hockey League, is now stating his case for many of the players within that area.
Among the players under discussion are Mario Lucia
of Wayzata High School and Seth Ambroz
of the USHL's Omaha Lancers. The scouts are actually debating over which player should be ranked ahead of the other but, keep in mind, they both think highly of each player.
U.S. National Team Development Program standouts Tyler Biggs
, Jonathan Miller, Rocco Grimaldi
and Conner Murphy were discussed in detail. Biggs was rated No. 5 on Central Scouting's
It's great when scouts cross over into other regions other than their own because it makes for even better discussion and debate. That's what I'm noticing with those players in the U.S.-West region. Most of the scouts have seen those players from the USNTDP and have had discussions with coach Ron Rolston.
Lucia was rated No. 30 on Central Scouting's mid-term report and Ambroz was No. 28, so the players are certainly comparable when projecting pro prospects 3-4 years down the road. Youngstown Phantoms' defenseman Scott Mayfield
, who, like Ambroz, has maintained a blog all season for NHL.com, was also evaluated.
Read Mayfield's blog
Read Ambroz blog
Many of the scouts had high praise for University of Denver forward Nicholas Shore
, who was rated No. 38 on Central Scouting's mid-term report. In 33 games this year, Shore had 7 goals, 18 points and 91 shots on net. He also fired home 2 game-winners.