Boston High School: South Kent

Scouts dish on local NHL Draft class

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The NHL Draft commences Sunday in Newark, N.J., and there is a crop of New England-raised players hoping to hear their name called.

So we took the task to the Northeast regional scouts of an Eastern and a Western Conference team to give their evaluations of some of the region’s best and brightest.

So here’s a look at some of the local skaters to watch out for and their scouting evaluation heading into the Draft:

(Editor’s note: Players appear by NHL Central Scouting rankings among North American skaters.)

Ryan Fitzgerald, C, Valley Junior Warriors (EJHL)
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: North Reading, Mass. (Malden Catholic H.S.)
College commitment: Boston College
Central Scouting final ranking: 56

Scout's take: “He has tremendous hockey sense, with great vision and quick hands. He’s an undersized player, but has tremendous balance and is solid on the puck. He thinks the game at a high level.”

Zach Sanford, LW, Middlesex Islanders (EJHL)
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hometown: Auburn, N.H. (Pinkerton Academy)
College commitment: Boston College
Central Scouting final ranking: 60

Scout's take: “He’s still very raw and a little unpolished, but he’s got the frame. He’s rangy and you know he has some weight to put on. He’s can play a pretty physical game, but he has to add to his frame. He had a tough start to the season in the E.J., but then averaged a point per game down the stretch.”

Anthony Florentino, D, South Kent / Selects
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 220 lbs.
Hometown: West Roxbury, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers)
College commitment: Providence College
Central Scouting final ranking: 75
Scout's Take: “He’s the top [defensive] prospect in the draft locally. He’s got a heavy shot and skates well. Plus, you get a four-year projection on him as a true freshman headed to college. He’s got a chance. He’s the youngest of four boys, so he’s been pushed around a bit and that’s made him tough to play against. He’s gone a little under the radar.”

Jason Salvaggio, C/LW, South Kent / Selects / Indiana Ice (USHL)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 190 lbs.
Hometown: Hanson, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers)
College: UNH
Central Scouting final ranking: 97

Scout's Take: “He’s got a little edge to his game. Good hands, good shot. His size is OK, but big enough to play. I think the question is whether he can process the game at a high level. I think UNH will help him. He has skill and can skate, but can he process when it’s moving really fast?”

Wiley Sherman, D, Hotchkiss School
Height: 6’6”
Weight: 210 lbs.
Hometown: Greenwich, Conn.
College: Harvard
Central Scouting final ranking: 104

Scout's Take: “He’s obviously a big frame at 6-6, and hecan defend. He’s an excellent skater for someone so tall. He has a great base and foundation to play on. Has a little meanness, too, and he’ll do whatever has to to protect the house. I think of him along the lines of a Hal Gill.”

Brian Pinho, C, St. John’s Prep
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 171 lbs.
Hometown: North Andover, Mass.
College: Providence College
Central Scouting final ranking: 109

Scout's Take: “He’s an excellent skater, a natural skater and a high-energy guy. I think he projects as a good energy line guy, a good solid two-way player.”

Ryan Segalla, D, Salisbury School
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 194 lbs.
Hometown: Hanover, Mass.
College: UConn
Central Scouting final ranking: 169

Scout's Take: “He has an over-the-top compete level. It’s second to none for kids around New England. He might play a little out of control at time, but he’s very strong, extremely physical. He’s tenacious.”

Shane Starrett, G, South Kent / Selects
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hometown: Bellingham, Mass. (Catholic Memorial)
College: Boston University
Central Scouting final goaltenders ranking: 15

Scout's Take: “Goalies are hard to predict, it’s the one [position] that’s probably hardest to predict. He’s got the size to play — the way goaltenders are going now. The only question is the level of hockey that he’s played at.”

South Kent's Salvaggio commits to UConn

October, 2, 2012
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Former Xaverian hockey standout Jason Salvaggio committed to the University of Connecticut today. He will arrive in Storrs for the 2014-15 season.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound left shot winger/center attends the South Kent School and skates with the Selects Advantage AAA team, which is based at the Connecticut school.

In September, Salvaggio was included on the NHL Central Scouting Watch list, receiving a 'C' grade.

Locals on NHL Central Scouting watch list

September, 20, 2012
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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

Locals represented in NHL final rankings

April, 12, 2011
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A year ago, local hockey fans intently waited to see whether Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin would finish the season atop the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings with the B's holding the second pick. While there might not be quite the level of attention on this year's final rankings, there are plenty of locals in the high school and prep school levels represented in this year's season-ending report.

Choate-Rosemary forward Philippe Hudon, of Quebec, remained the the top-rated local among North American skaters despite falling from the 31st rank on the midterm report. Milton Academy blue liner Rob O'Gara was the first Massachusetts-based skater on the list at No. 107, down from No. 95 on the midterm.

A new-comer to the final report was ESPN Boston's inaugural Mr. Hockey Award winner Colin Blackwell of St. John's Prep. The Eagles center is ranked 173rd after a strong Super Eight tournament showing while leading all scorers.

Mike Vecchione, captain of the Super Eight champion Malden Catholic Lancers, also climbed back onto the final rankings, after being left off the midterm, at No. 209.

Another name to watch out for is Loomis-Chaffee goaltender Stephen Michalek who's ranked fifth overall among North American goaltenders.

Northeastern defenseman Jamieson Oleksiak led the list of names with local college ties at No. 13.

Also, keep an eye on Connor Murphy of the U.S. U-18 National team. The 6-foot-3 blue liner was born in Boston and is the son of former Bruins defenseman Gord Murphy. Despite being left off the midterm rankings, Murphy has catapulted up the boards and is ranked 25th among North American skaters and eighth among defensemen.

Here's a look at the local high and prep schoolers represented on the list by ranking:

Skaters
74 Philippe Hudon, Right Wing/Center. Choate-Rosemary
75 Colin Sullivan, Defenseman, Avon Old Farms
107 Rob O'Gara, Defenseman, Milton Academy
109 Stephen Miller, Left Wing, Noble and Greenough
112 Craig Wyszomirski, Defenseman, The Gunnery
127 Kevin Morris, Left Wing, Salisbury
144 Michael McKee, Defenseman, Kent School
145 Joseph Manno, Center, South Kent School
150 Jimmy Vesey, Left Wing, Belmont Hill
171 Nicholas Bligh, Center, Dexter School
173 Colin Blackwell, Center, St. John's Prep
189 Matthew Harlow, Left Wing, Noble and Greenough
191 Joe Prescott, Right Wing, St. Sebastian's
203 Jack Barre, Right Wing, Salisbury
209 Mike Vecchione, Right Wing, Malden Catholic

Goaltenders
5 Stephen Michalek, Goalie, Loomis-Chaffee

Recruiting 'Wide Open' for Tarzcewski, Ledo

November, 29, 2010
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein had a brief update over the Thanksgiving holiday on two of New England's top prospects, Kaleb Tarzcewski of St. Mark's and Ricardo Ledo of South Kent.

Kansas assistants Joe Dooley and Danny Manning were reportedly in attendance to watch Ledo at the National Prep Showcase two weekends ago. The Jayhawks are one of several teams making a big push for the 6-foot-6 Providence native's services for the Class of 2012, along with UCLA, Kentucky, Providence, Texas, Syracuse, West Virginia, Louisville and Villanova.

Ledo refuted previous internet reports that said he had trimmed his list to seven.

"It's still wide open," he told Finkelstein.

Likewise, Tarzcewski says things are very much open at this point in time. The 7-foot Claremont, N.H. native, sought after highly for his play on the blocks and his ability to run the floor, is another local being targeted by Kansas. Other schools in the running include West Virginia, Duke, Indiana, Boston College, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Arizona, Marquette, Providence, Vanderbilt, and Iowa.

"I'm hoping to come out with a list soon," Tarzcewski told Finkelstein. "I'm starting to think more about it but trying not to think about it too much so I can focus on the season."

For more recruiting updates on the locals, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog and his New England Recruiting Report.
The ninth annual National Prep Showcase took place this weekend in New Haven, Connecticut. The event featured 23 of the top prep school teams in the country and well over 100 division I prospects, including some of the nation’s highest-ranked players. By the time the weekend had come to an end, close to 200 college coaches had come through the doors to evaluate talent along with 30-plus members of the national and local media.

The three full days and 21 games of action provided insight on what to expect from the upcoming season as well as some intel on the world of college basketball recruiting.

Here are five lessons we came away having learned:

1. Khem Birch is a Panther…in 2011
The gym was abuzz on Saturday with news that Khem Birch had signed a National Letter of Intent with Pittsburgh, meaning that he was forgoing his intended post-graduate year at Notre Dame Prep and reclassifying from 2012 to 2011. The implications of the decision were widespread as Birch went from the second ranked player in 2012 to the ninth overall prospect in ESPNU’s Super 60, Pittsburgh’s recruiting class went from unranked to the 12th best in the country, and Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon solidified the highest ranked recruit he has ever landed. Birch was dominant with his performance on Friday and there is little doubt that he will be an instant impact type freshman next season in the Big East.

2. Brewster Academy has a chance to repeat
Brewster Academy was the consensus top prep school team in the country last year after scoring both the NEPSAC Class A title, as well as the National Prep Championship. And based on what we saw this weekend they have a very good chance of repeating. Head coach Jason Smith’s squad is loaded at every position and returns Naadir Tharpe, the Kansas-bound floor general who was at the helm of last year’s squad. That is really only the beginning as Brewster has two legitimate high-major big men inside with Markus Kennedy and Mitch McGeary, a pair of high athletic swingmen in Jakarr Sampson and Durand Johnson -- who are pledged to St. John’s and Pittsburgh, respectively -- a knockdown shooter in Max Hooper, and a scoring combo-guard in Elijah Carter. The squad was dominant both times they took the court this weekend, scoring blowout wins over Fishburne Military Academy as well as Princeton Day Academy.

3. New England is loaded in 2012
The local boys defended their home turf this weekend as all of the top players in New England’s class of 2012 played to rave reviews. St. Thomas More’s Andre Drummond, the top-ranked player in the country, was dominant on Saturday turning in a 22-point, 16-rebound, and six-block performance with his incredible physical talents inside. The St. Mark’s duo of Alex Murphy and Kaleb Tarczewski was no less impressive as Tarczewski established position inside and finished with power for 26 points and 12 rebounds. But it was Murphy who owned the glass as he pulled down a career high 17 boards while also handling most of the ball-handling responsibilities, creating for his teammates, and scoring 18 points of his own. Rhode Island native Ricardo Ledo was no less impressive on Friday night going for 30 points by showing his ability to create his own shot at virtually anytime. With all four players proving themselves against the highest levels of competition, it only reinforces that this junior class is among the best ever in New England.

4. High-Majors are desperate for big men and point guards
All six of the BCS conferences were represented by various coaches this week and almost all of them were looking for the same things -- big men and point guards. With 96 of the top 100 prospects in the ESPNU 100 having signed during the early signing period, high-major programs all around the country are starting to look for Plan B. The simple matter of fact is that there are more spots than there are suitable high-major prospects at those two crucial positions. The consequence will undoubtedly be a trickle down effect as high-major schools will settle for mid-major prospects, mid-majors will be forced to settle for low-major types, and so on.

5. Every game will be a battle in NEPSAC AAA
All eight members of the newly formed class AAA of the NEPSAC were in action this weekend. While Brewster was dominant, it was hard to establish much of a hierarchy after that. St. Thomas More, Northfield Mount Hermon, Bridgton Academy, Maine Central Institute, and South Kent all went 1-1 while New Hampton and Winchendon both suffered hard-fought losses to go 0-2. But even Winchendon and New Hampton proved plenty as the Green were arguably the grittiest team in the field and New Hampton will undoubtedly be dangerous once they get more experience with the team’s offensive strategies. Outside of Brewster’s supremacy, the only thing we can come away from this weekend having learned about the new league is that it will be as competitive as ever with virtually any team capable of knocking off anyone else on any night.

National Prep Showcase: Day 1 notes

November, 19, 2010
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The ninth annual National Prep Showcase began on Friday at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. The event, which is considered to be one of the premier post-graduate showcases in the nation, featured seven games on day one with over 75 college coaches on hand to scout the prospects.

The day began with Northfield Mount Hermon scoring a 80-73 win over Fork Union Military Academy from Virginia behind a 23 point performance from Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby. Notre Dame Prep followed suit to make Massachusetts 2-0 in the second game with a 75-66 win over Fishburne Military Academy. Khem Birch led the way for the Crusaders with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Myles Davis scored 19 points on four of six shooting from three-point line. New England suffered its first loss when Westwind Prep (Arizona) knocked off Bridgton Academy behind 30 points from John Green, who is committed to UC Santa Barbara.

The day’s most entertaining game was a shootout between Hargrave Military Academy and the South Kent School which saw Hargrave come away with a 115-105 victory. North Carolina bound shooting guard P.J. Hairston drilled six threes and 29 points for the winners while Ricardo Ledo scored a game high 30 for the Cardinals. Two local New England natives locked up next with St. Thomas More defeating Lee Academy 82-57. Damion Lee scored a game high 19 points for the Chancellors. The sixth game of the day saw Winchendon fall to Princeton Day Academy of Maryland by a 67-63 margin.

Top three Performers of the Day:
Ricardo Ledo, South Kent (CT)
Stat Line:
30 pts (11-26 FG, 3-13 3pt, 5-8 FT), 4 rebs (3 off), 2 assts/1 to
Evaluation: Ledo has incredible talent. At 6-foot-6 he has the size and explosiveness to eventually play the game at the highest level. He is tremendously talented with the ball in his hands and able to create his own shots at virtually anytime. Because the game comes so easily for him, he plays with almost an unintentional complacency which causes him to settle for contested jumpers instead of attacking his defender like he is capable of. As he continues to mature and become more efficient with his attack, the sky is the limit for his development.

Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep (MA)
Stat Line:
19 pts (6-12 FG, 4-6 3pt, 3-3 FT), 4 reb (0 off), 4 asts/1 to
Evaluation: Davis is as pure of a shooter as you will find and he proved it by making the defense pay every time he was allowed to set his feet. He has historically played off the ball but did a very nice job of running the point today, handling the ball against pressure and making good decisions. Davis also showed a compact dribble pull-up game in the mid-range area and, although he isn’t an especially quick on the ball defender, rotated very efficiently from the weak-side.

Kareem Canty, Bridgton Academy (ME)
Stat Line:
23 pts (8-18 FG, 3-4 3pt, 4-4 FT), 5 reb (1 off), 4 asts/5 to
Evaluation: Canty is a scoring guard who is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands. While he is at his best going north to south he is also able to keep defenders on their heels in the half-court with constant use of inside-out dribbles. Canty’s Achilles heel has always been his perimeter jumper so the fact that he made shots consistently tonight made him virtually un-guardable. The only knock on his performance was some inconsistency in his decision making, both in terms of shot selection and over-pounding his dribble.

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