Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News just posted his latest The Hot List, which highlights some of today’s top prospects. This edition featured a trio of Michigan commits fresh off their performance at the inaugural All-American Prospects Game—Evan Allen, J.T. Compher, and Michael Downing. Here’s what he had to say about each:
Evan Allen, C – U.S. NTDP (USHL)
There’s a talent in being at the right place at the right time (Dany Heatley was a master) and Allen had it down to a science in Buffalo. The University of Michigan commit had both goals for the losing side and earned them by becoming invisible to defenders just long enough to get into scoring areas. Draft eligible in 2013.
J.T. Compher, LW – U.S. NTDP (USHL)
Along with Fasching, Compher is the marquee name on the NTDP this season and though he doesn’t have his teammate’s beastly size, Compher gets in the mix. At the AAPG, the University of Michigan commit demonstrated a dogged determination around the puck, never giving up on a play. He’ll be one of the team’s leading scorers this season. Draft eligible in 2013.
Michael Downing, D – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
The Fighting Saints won’t be as stacked as in previous years, but Downing will make sure Dubuque is still a nervous place for visitors. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound rearguard can throw some big hits and makes life miserable for those attempting to get to the goalie. Team USA’s captain at the Ivan Hlinka tournament, Downing is committed to Michigan. Draft eligible in 2013.
Chris Peters wrote his first column for CBSSports.com’s Eye On Hockey column, in which he counts down his top 50 prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft. In this edition he looks at #26-50, and he pegs Downing at #38 and commit Tyler Motte at #49. Here’s what Peters said about each:
38. Michael Downing – D – Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) – 6-3, 190
With good size and solid skating, Downing still has some rawness to his game. He’s made incredible strides in one season, which alludes to some sound potential and ability to take his game to yet another level.
49. Tyler Motte – C – U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) – 5-9, 190
When at his best, he’s an offensively dynamic talent. Good speed, solid strength despite a smallish frame, and good finish around the net make him an intriguing prospect. Motte has had a problem with consistency, which he has a whole season to prove isn’t a problem anymore.
Let the hype train for the 2013 freshman class continue to roll!
On to the weekly performance update…
TYLER MOTTE, J.T. COMPHER, EVAN ALLEN (U.S. NTDP U18 TEAM)
As noted above the trio participated at the All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo and all played on the same team. Evan Allen netted both goals for Team Housley in their 5-2 loss.
BRYSON CIANFRONE (CEDAR RAPIDS – USHL)
Bryson got his first taste of USHL regular season action as his Cedar Rapids RoughRiders pulled off a big 4-1 win over defending USHL champs Green Bay. Cianfrone scored a goal, had a +2 rating, and three shots on goal.
ALEX KILE (GREEN BAY – USHL)
A rough start to the season for the defending champs as they lost 4-3 to Waterloo and 4-1 to Cedar Rapids, but a good start for Kile. He had a goal, even rating, six shots on goal, and a major penalty for fighting against Waterloo. He followed that up with another goal, -2 rating, and five shots on goal in the loss to Cedar Rapids.
MAX SHUART (MUSKEGON – USHL)
The Lumberjacks opened the season with a 6-3 win over Team USA. Shuart had no points, a -1 rating, and three shots on goal.
ALEX TALCOTT (INDIANA – USHL)
Indiana opened the season with a 2-0 shutout win over Omaha. Talcott had no points, a +1 rating, and two shots on goal.
MICHAEL DOWNING (DUBUQUE FIGHTING SAINTS – USHL)
Downing had an assist, +4 rating, and two shots on goal in Dubuque’s 4-1 season opening win over Tri-City. He then hopped a flight to Buffalo to participate in the All-American Prospects Game the next day.
SPENCER HYMAN (HAMILTON – OJHL)
The Red Wings started off the weekend in search of their first win of the season. They lost 7-5 to Orangeville and 3-2 at Buffalo before returning home and earning their first victory by a 5-3 margin over Mississauga. Hyman had no points, a major penalty against Orangeville and a minor penalty against Mississauga.
DYLAN LARKIN (U.S. NTDP U17 TEAM)
With several Under-18 Team players away at the All-American Prospects Game, it was the Under-17 Team that got to represent Team USA in the opening weekend and Larkin turned in a big performance. In the season opening 6-1 win over Des Moines, Larkin netted a power play goal, an assist, a +1 rating and two shots on goal. The following night the U17s lost 6-3 at Muskegon, but Larkin had two goals and a +2 rating. His four point weekend was tops for Team USA.
DEXTER DANCS (PENTICTON – BCHL)
The Vees swept the weekend with a 4-0 blanking of the Powell River Kings followed up by a 4-3 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Dancs had no points.
KYLE CONNOR (YOUNGSTOWN – USHL)
Had no points, a -1 rating, two penalty minutes, and a shot on goal in Youngstown’s 5-3 season opening win over Omaha. The next night Kyle had the primary assist on the game winning goal in overtime to help lift Youngstown to a 4-3 win over Des Moines.