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Locals on NHL Central Scouting watch list

9/20/2012

The NHL players might be locked out, but we're peering into the future with the arrival of the NHL Central Scouting's watch list, identifying players to keep an eye on for the 2013 Draft.

Again, New England skaters abound on the list, with high schoolers to collegians with local roots making the grade on the bureau's initial scouting list.

Capping an already excellent week, St. John's Prep senior center Brian Pinho -- who just committed to Providence -- is the lone MIAA skater making the list this year.

Also from the local ponds, former Malden Catholic standout Ryan Fitzgerald, who will play with the EJHL's Valley Junior Warriors along with fellow watch lister Devin Tringale (Lawrence Academy), and Phillips Andover's Eddie Ellis made strong initial marks as each earned a B-grade. Former Billerica standout Ross Olsson, who will skate with the Lincoln Stars of the United State Hockey League this year, also was given a B-grade.

Here's how the locals broke down:

(For the entire list of North American skaters, click here.)

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOLS

B SKATERS


Eddie Ellis (Burlington, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Phillips Andover, 6'1.75, 200

C SKATERS

Connor Brassard (Fitchburg, Mass.), D, Cushing Academy, 6'0.25, 176

Alexander Gonye, LW, Deerfield Academy, 6'1, 175

Brian Pinho (North Andover, Mass. - Providence College), C, St. John's Prep, 6'0.25, 171

C GOALTENDERS

Brendan McMenimen, G, Governor's Academy, 6'0, 196

Drew Michals, G, Lawrence Academy, 5'11.5, 162

CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS

B SKATERS


Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School, 6'5.75, 220

C SKATERS

Mitchell Allen, RW, Kent School, 6'2.25, 173

Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass. - Providence College), D, South Kent School, 6'0.5, 209

Daniel Lafontaine, C, Avon Old Farms, 5'10, 160

Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent School, 5'11.5, 187

Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury, 6'0.75, 184

Wiley Sherman (Greenwich, Conn. - Harvard), D, Hotchkiss School, 6'6, 196

NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOLS

C GOALTENDERS


Merrick Madsen (Acton, Calif. - Harvard), G, Proctor Academy, 6'4.5, 177

EASTERN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

B SKATERS

Ryan Fitzgerald, (North Reading, Mass. - Boston College), C, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'9.5, 168

C SKATERS

Joshua Couturier (Newbury, Mass. - Northeastern), D, Junior Bruins, 6'1, 166

Devin Tringale (Medford, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'11.75, 193

UNITED STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE

B SKATERS


Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass. - Northeastern), RW, Lincoln, 6'3.5, 202

COLLEGE SKATERS

EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


C SKATERS

Nicholas Bligh (Milton, Mass - South Shore Kings/Dexter/Milton), C, Dartmouth, 5'11.5, 175

HOCKEY EAST

C SKATERS


Cameron Darcy, (South Boston, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), C/RW, Northeastern, 6'0, 189

Frank Vatrano, (East Longmeadow, Mass. - U.S. NTDP), LW, Boston College, 5'10, 218