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Top five NESCAC recruits for 2012-13

This year’s top five NESCAC recruits (in alphabetical order) are:

Conor Brown – Amherst: Brown is big forward (6-2 and 190 lbs) from the Ottawa Jr. Senators in the Central Junior Hockey League (CJHL). He was a CJHL all-star and was rated as a D1 prospect, scoring at more than a point-a-game for two consecutive seasons. He developed and improved his skills during his three-year career in junior hockey and should become an immediate contributor to the already strong Amherst offense.

Jake Charles – Middlebury: Charles is a big forward (6-2 and 201 lbs) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). Charles is a can’t-miss NESCAC prospect who scored at a point-a-game rate in the tough BCHL. He is relatively young for a junior hockey product and improved dramatically during his two-year career in the BCHL, more than quadrupling his point total in his second season (from 11 to 47 points) and suggesting a significant upside. Due to Middlebury’s heavy graduation losses, Charles should step into one of the top spots in the Middlebury offense early in his career.

Dave Cunningham – Amherst: Cunningham, playing for Belmont Hill (ISL), was generally viewed as the no. 1 goalie in New England prep hockey, a top breeding ground for D1 goalies. Cunningham apparently has it all, with superb numbers (a .943 save percentage and a 1.64 GAA as a senior) and good size (6-0 and 185 lbs). He was  named to the all-New England Prep team (east), selected as USHR’s goaltender of the year, and named the ISL’s MVP. Cunningham likely fell to D3 because he is a two-sport athlete who also excels at baseball and plans to play both hockey and baseball at Amherst. It will be hard for Cunningham to top Jonathan La Rose’s amazing performance as the D3 PoY in 2011-12 but Cunningham clearly has the tools to be the next great Amherst goalie. The only possible knock against him as that he is inexperienced and young ( a 1993 DoB), with no post-graduate or junior hockey experience.

Michael Hawkrigg – Trinity: In 2011-12, Hawkrigg was the no. 1 scorer for the Boston Bandits (EJHL) and the no. 11 in the league, with a stat line of 32-31-63 in 44 games. Hawkrigg is as close to a can’t-miss NESCAC prospect as can be with tremendous experience as a top scorer in junior hockey, having spent two years in the OJHL and then two years in the EJHL and scoring at a high rate throughout his junior career. His EJHL resume is comparable to Hamilton’s Mike DiMare (first team all-NESCAC), only with bigger size, which suggests that Hawkrigg has a bright future in the NESCAC.

Derek Metcalfe – Tufts: Metcalfe, the primary goalie for the Boston Jr. Bruins in the EJHL, was an EJHL all-star and no. 1 goalie in the EJHL in save percentage. He will be stepping into the difficult-to-fill skates of the departed Scott Barchard, a key cog in Tufts’ climb to respectability after years of cellar dwelling. Metcalfe has good size at 6-0 and 180 lbs. One note of caution: Metcalfe is a bit of a late bloomer as he played behind Princeton goalie Mike Condon at Belmont Hill as a junior and then shared time with Amherst recruit Cunningham as a senior and, in his first post-graduate year with the Boston Jr. Bruins, did not play at all, perhaps due to injury

Other contenders for the top five:

Brendan Burke – Amherst: F from St. Sebastian’s (ISL)
Topher Flanagan – Amherst: F from Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL)

Matt Rubinoff – Bowdoin: F from Exeter (NEPSAC) and Appleby College
Max Fenkell – Bowdoin: G from Alberni Valley (BCHL), Colgate University (ECAC, D1), and Exeter Academy (NEPSAC)

Mike DeBello – Colby: F from Brockville Braves (CJHL) and Apple Core (EJHL)
Chris Kennedy – Colby: D from Walpole Express (AtJHL)

Penn Sednaoui – Conn College: F from Millbrook (NEPSAC)

Marko Brelih – Hamilton: D from Stouffville Spirit (OJHL)
Scott Vasquez – Hamilton: D from Boston Bandits (EJHL)

Matt Silcoff – Middlebury: F from Vaughan Vipers (OJHL)
Connor Frick – Middlebury: D from Jersey Hitmen (EJHL)

Joseph Horak – Trinity: F via Boston Bandits (EJHL)
Nano Heilbron – Trinity: F from Lawrence (ISL)

Luke Griffin – Tufts: F from Buckingham, Brown and Nichols (ISL)
Aidan Hartigan – Tufts: D from Buckingham, Brown and Nichols (ISL)


One Response

  1. great article..thanks

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