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20 Metro Players to Watch

All players seniors unless noted otherwise.


Grant Besse

Ben Bahe, F, Hill-Murray:

Skilled forward with good speed and the ability to score in tight areas. Tallied 15 goals and 24 assists last season.

Grant Besse, F, soph.,
Benilde-St. Margaret’s:

Scored 30 goals last season to set school's freshman record.

Max Birkinbine, F, White Bear Lake:

Tough, physical forward with a scoring touch. Scored 22 goals last season.


Jonny Brodzinski

Jonny Brodzinski, F, Blaine:

Bomb of a shot helped him score 24 goals last season. Worked on his speed in the offseason.

J.D. Cotroneo, D, Hill-Murray:

Physical presence who does all the little things well in his own end.

Patrick Daly, D,
Benilde-St. Margaret’s

Mobile and capable of adding offense. Missed much of last season because of an injury.

Andrew Ford, G, Eden Prairie:

Third-year starter went 14-5 with 2.30 goals-against average and stopped 91 percent of shots faced.

Hudson Fasching, F, soph., Apple Valley:

Rising star netted 25 goals last season. Measures 6-2, 190 and has college and pro scouts' attention.

Taylor Fleming, D, St. Thomas Academy:

Offensive-minded blueliner who can attack like a fourth forward.

Steven Fogarty, F, Edina

Notre Dame recruit is a big, strong forward (6-1, 194) with good hands and hockey sense.


Derek Frawley (17)

Derek Frawley, F, Minnetonka:

Stands out among deep group of Skippers forwards. Finished last season with 18 goals, 33 assists.

Tyler Heinonen, F, Delano/Rockford:

Netted 42 goals last season. Scored five in a game already this season.

Ryan Jaremko, D,
Elk River/Zimmerman

Strong presence (seven goals, 35 assists last season) on an Elks team that could surprise.


Lucas Kohls

Lucas Kohls, F, jr., Forest Lake:

Should only improve after a sophomore season of 26 goals and 19 assists.

Joseph LaBate, F, Holy Angels:

Multi-skilled player with college and pro potential. Measures 6-4, 180, and tallied 28 goals and 29 assists last season.

Charlie Lindgren, G, jr.,
Lakeville North

Stock is rising after leading Minnesota White to the Elite League NIT playoff title.

Mario Lucia, F, jr., Wayzata

Rated the state's No. 1 player on the NHL Central Scouting Service's fall prospects list. At 6-2, 180, can take the body or light the lamp.

Dan Molenaar, D, Eden Prairie:

Third-year starter takes care of the defensive zone and adds offense.

A.J. Reid, F, St. Thomas Academy:

Netted 30 goals last season and impressed by fighting for the puck in places other players won't go.

Nick Seeler, D, Eden Prairie

Plays a physical style with a nasty disposition.

Ryan Siiro, F, Bloomington Jefferson

Big (6-2, 232) athlete who will impress as season goes along. Scored 15 goals.

— David La Vaque

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