Highly ranked defensive pairing of Allan and Prosofsky comes out of the shoot hot with Prosofsky laying some vicious body and creating some good offensive chances. He will have to watch his offensive flair does not get him caught upstream but he sees the ice well. Allan concentrating a little more on offense at this point but a very good transitional game and can jump in the rush. Upfront, Nicholls leads the forwards as a jack of all trades with a big tool kit. Good speed and power forward role along the boards creating opportunity.
A solid big backend for team two. Schneider looking good early on with solid play. Hoffrogge the more mobile of the two waiting to jump in on the rush and create offense. Upfront Klassen’s good hands in tight keep him an offense threat at all times and Hodson can lend some good secondary offense setting up in the house.
Liam Bell has looked great on the back both creating offense and playing great defense. He is a big player and a big threat forwards and backwards. Larocque adds a great amount of size and strength to the back end being difficult to play against and able to force his way through most situations. Up front, Ferster reads the ice well and is in the right spot at the right time. That’s just part of his intrigue however as he has size and plays a good 200 foot game. Karter McNarland is a similar player with good size and a excellent work ethic.
Does not have the elite defensive prospects that some teams have but Barlage and Weber make a solid backend. Barlage is a smart player who sees plays developing and can make sure he beats the puck there. Weber has a bomb of a shot. Cox leads with his size and grit upfront however misses the added offensive push of his top ranked linemates he is used to. Fafard is a notable mention working hard every shift despite his size. Good work ethic and good hands.
Bairos has been simply amazing and our top offensive D pick of the tourney to this point. Not the biggest defensemen you will ever come across but his ability to rush, avoid trouble, and create offensive opportunities are a joy to watch. He is complemented by a long reach stay at home Dman in Hancock. Up front, Heintz has looked good. He has a rocket of a shot and his size and strength let him easily control many situations other forwards have to battle for.
Mohr has looked good on the back and one of the more underrated D around. Offensive drive was lead by good size and speed from Sanderson and Hansen with good first games.
Neumeier and Hvidston bring up the back and both can create offense. Bernauer has drove the front end with a good complement of speed, hockey iq, and shot. Good offensive support and grind with big players in Cumming and Hilbig to this point. Cumming with a big shot and can be punishing physically.
Buckberger has played a solid defensive game on the back with crafty Olson and hardworking Slugoski leading the front end so far.