A look at Hockey East recruits in the NHL Central Scouting rankings

With the NHL Central Scouting releasing their primarily rankings for the NHL Draft for this upcoming summer, lets break down the Hockey East recruits.

Order of where they are ranked in the NHL Rankings


2.Zemgus Girgensons F (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Vermont)

This talented forward has been ripping up the USHL every since entering the league last season. In 13 games this season he has 8 goals and 11 assists. He was selected by the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this past summer in the CHL import draft, but has said he never really considered the CHL.

3.Michael Matheson D (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Boston College)

The defenseman is finally getting adjusted to the speed of the USHL. He has three goals and two assists in 15 games this season. He’s expected to go in the first round next summer. He will join a Boston College squad that has plenty of NHL drafted blueliners on the squad already.

11.Robbie Baillargeon RW (Indiana Ice/ Boston University)

Baillargeon is having a solid rookie campaign as he has six goals and seven assists in 13 games played. He is 6’0 and 174 pounds. If he continues to keep up this pace, he might be accelerated to join the Terriers in 2012. Right now he’s listed a 2013 recruit

13.Zac Aston-Reese F (Lincoln Stars/Northeastern)

Aston-Reese has been highly sought after as the once Brown recruit was courted by the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL this summer, but turned down a chance to play for them this summer. He has two goals and two assists in 13 games this season.

20.Cameron Darcy F (NTDP/Northeastern)

Darcy Is having a solid season with Under-18 team where he has two goals and five assists in    19 games. Playing on the NTDP squad he may become a solid player and show his true      potential at the next level.

21.Frankie Vatrano F (NTDP/Boston College

Another guy off to a solid start with the Under-18 team. He has four goals and six assists in 19 games. Boston College Eagles fans have been waiting for him for a couple years now since he committed back in the spring of 2009.


1.Jon Gillies (Indiana Ice/Northeastern)

The 6’5, 215 goalie has been solid with the Ice in his second year. He has a 7-3-2 record with a 2.44GAA and a .913 save percentage. You can read more about him as I did a feature piece on him for the Maine Hockey Journal.

6.Matt Morris (Dubuque/Maine)

He still hasn’t returned from an injury, which he suffered in October. The earliest he will be  back is the first week of December. He has a 3-2 record with a 1.73GAA and a .923 save  percentage this season.


“C” rated prospects

Evan Richardson (Powell River Kings/Boston College)

He has four goals and eight assists in 15 games his second full season in the BCHL.


“B” rated prospects

Brian Morgan (New Hampshire Junior Monarchs/Maine)

The 2013 recruit has 13 goals and 17 assists in 20 games, which is ninth in the league.

Collin MacDonald (New Jersey Hitmen/New Hampshire)

The forward has 14 goals and 9 assists in 20 games.

“C” rated Prospects

Thomas Parisi D (  New Hampshire Junior Monarchs/Providence)

He has six goals and ten assists in 20 games which puts him in third among defensemen in the league.

High School

“B” rated prospects

Kevin Duane (Brunswick (CT)/Boston University)

Brendan Collier (Malden Catholic (MA)/ Boston University)

Danny O’Regan (St. Sabastiens (MA)/Boston University)

Sam Kurker (St. John’s Prep (MA)/Boston University)


“C” rated prospects
Dennis Kravchenko (Wichita Falls Wildcats/ Vermont)
This rookie has eight goals and seven assists in his rookie year in the NAHL.


“C” rated prospects

Andrew Poturalski (Buffalo Jr. Sabres/New Hampshire)

He has 12 goals and 17 assists in 21 games. He will miss the next 6 to 8 weeks with an ankle injury.

Devin Shore F (Whitby Fury/Maine)

The 17-year old has 11 goals and 12 assists in 18 games with the Whitby Fury of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He was named to the all-tournament team at the World Junior “A” Challenge where he had two goals and four assists in four games for the silver medalists, Canada East.

New Commits

Eric Schurhamer (St. Thomas Academy (MN)/Maine)

As a junior last year, the 5-9, 182-pound defenseman was a part of the St. Thomas Academy Cadets team that won the Minnesota Class A State Championship where he had nine goals, 23 assists in 31 games. As a senior this season, he has been named captain of the Cadets.

He had three goals and 12 assists in 20 games this fall in the Upper Midwest High School Hockey League, which prepares kids in Minnesota and Wisconsin for the upcoming high school season.

You can read more in my story at the Maine Hockey Journal.

Cameron Askew D (St.Sebastians (MA)/Northeastern)

Another 97 year born verbally committing to a school. He’s already 6’2, 170. He still has a few years before hitting campus.

Sean Maguire G (Powell River Kings (BCHL/Boston University)

The 18 year old was apart of the Canada West squad that won a gold medal a few weeks at the World Junior “A” Challenge. On the season he has a 4-5-1 record with a 2.55 GAA and a .896 save percentage with the River Kings.

I also took a look at the 2012 Maine recruiting class here.