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
Eddie Ellis (Burlington, Mass. - Harvard), LW, Phillips Andover, 6'1.75, 200
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
Brendan McMenimen, G, Governor's Academy, 6'0, 196
Drew Michals, G, Lawrence Academy, 5'11.5, 162
CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOLS
Tyler Hill, LW, Hotchkiss School, 6'5.75, 220
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
Merrick Madsen (Acton, Calif. - Harvard), G, Proctor Academy, 6'4.5, 177
EASTERN JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ryan Fitzgerald, (North Reading, Mass. - Boston College), C, Valley Junior Warriors, 5'9.5, 168
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
Ross Olsson (Billerica, Mass. - Northeastern), RW, Lincoln, 6'3.5, 202
EASTERN COLLEGE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Nicholas Bligh (Milton, Mass - South Shore Kings/Dexter/Milton), C, Dartmouth, 5'11.5, 175
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