The Mayflower Cup took place this weekend in Plymouth, MN. The tournament featured not only some very high ranked prospects from the state of Minnesota for the Western USA list for 03’s but also had many from Northern Alberta as the NAS Capitals took part.
The Minnesota Blades took home the championship honors with a 7-1 victory over Detroit Belle Tire. Leading the Minnesota Blades was one of our highest ranked Western USA prospects with Chaz Lucius picking up 8-6-14. His twin brother Cruz Lucius had 1-8-9. One of the highest ranked Western Canada prospects Zack Ostapchuk led the NAS Capitals with 2-3-5. Matthew Tebbut of the NAS Capitals stopped 85/91 shots and William Lam 77/85. Jackson Blake of Minnesota finished 2nd in tournament scoring. Another of our ranked players Luke Middlestedt was among the tournament scoring leaders.
The 2017 Stars and Stripes Tournament hosted by Minnesota Made took place this weekend in various locations across Minnesota. Several players from this tournament made an appearance on our initial Western USA 2003 born rankings.
The 2003 Minnesota Machine Orange squad took home the tournament championship with a 4-1 victory over the 03 Euro American team. Jackson Borst led the tournament in scoring with 7-7-14 in the 5 games for the Minnesota Machine Orange. Other notables were Trevor Janicke finishing 3rd in tournament scoring with 3-5-8, Ben Palmersheim (Anaheim) 4-2-6.
Many of the top 2004 born players from the province of Manitoba took part in the CCM Rising Stars PLUS+ tournament this weekend. There were 17 teams of players to decipher through, but the top ranked prospects did sure up nonetheless. Demelash McKay from Rivers East Winnipeg led the tournament in scoring with 9-4-13 in 3 games and Conor Geekie who is ranked in the top 5 overall at this point was 2nd with 6-5-11. High ranked Manitoba defenseman Denton Mateychuk led all defenseman in scoring with 6-4-10 in 4 games.
Our scout in attendance really liked the play of the obvious top ranked talents but also noticed Carter Anderson from Thompson, MB as player to watch moving forward. The games for goalies were split in half each game but Dakota McIntosh had a very good weekend. Miguel Bouvier continues to improve with each and every viewing and of course Conor Geekie who was all over the place and once again very dominant. Caden Zaplitny also showed very well and really carried his team. High ranked prospect Riley Zimmer did not play this weekend.