20 METRO-AREA PLAYERS TO WATCH
(Players are seniors unless indicated)
Mike Anderson, fr., D, Hill-Murray
Reads plays well and beats opponents with size and skill. Committed to Minnesota Duluth.
Branden Cecil, F, Rogers
Scored 16 goals and added 21 assists, earning all-conference and team MVP honors.
Seamus Donohue, D, St. Thomas Academy
Blossomed into a sound player at both ends of the ice. Headed to Air Force.
Ryan Edquist, jr., G, Lakeville North
Transfer from Shattuck-St. Mary’s has one job: Get Panthers back to title game and win it.
Brady Goodman, jr., G, Maple Grove
Posted 1.80 goals-against average and a .931 saves percentage last season.
Michael Graham, jr., F, Eden Prairie
Sees the ice well and capable of controlling game pace. Committed to Minnesota Duluth.
Reggie Lutz, F, Elk River
Led the Elite League with 17 goals. Possesses good speed, moves and shot.
Matt Masterman, F, Edina
Developed into a contributor at both ends. Speed sets him apart.
Jack McNeely, D, Lakeville North
Steady player with a solid offensive game. Bound for Nebraska-Omaha.
Ben Meyers, so., F, Delano
Scored 18 goals and added 20 assists for the Tigers. Bright future.
Casey Mittelstadt, so., F, Eden Prairie
Committed to the Gophers before skating a varsity shift. State’s top bantam player.
Ben Newhouse, D, Benilde-St. Margaret’s
Instinctual player who makes offensive plays while taking pride in the defensive end.
Josh Passolt, F, Maple Grove
Scored 20 goals. Has ability to control a game’s outcome.
Jack Poehling, F, Lakeville North
Plays on a line with brothers Nick and Ryan. All three committed to St. Cloud State.
Trey Rooney, jr., F, Armstrong-Cooper
Natural scorer (36 goals), should benefit from depth of talent around him.
Alex Stevens, D, Wayzata
Uses size (6-0, 198 pounds) to manhandle opposing forwards.
Nick Swaney, jr., F, Lakeville South
Offensive skill set rivals anyone in the state. Committed to Minnesota Duluth.
Christiano Versich, F, St. Thomas Academy
Colorado College-bound forward drives the net and rarely turns the puck over.
Tyler Vold, D, Andover
Gritty and crafty. Gets offense started with great breakout passes.
Max Zimmer, jr., F, Wayzata
Dynamic player, gets to open ice and puts tremendous pressure on the defense.
DAVID La VAQUE