1. Ryan McInchak
#30 Jersey Hitmen, 2/28/99, Goaltender, Catches Left, 6-2/175
The Trenton, Mich., native has grown and become an even better goalie over the last year. McInchak squares up to shooters well and makes saves look relatively easy. He’s a competitor and jumps on loose pucks quickly. He’s above average at tracking pucks. He’s backstopping the best team in the league, but he’s very good himself.
2. Hunter McCoy
#16 Islanders HC, 8/1/00, Center, Left Shot, 6-0/190
McCoy appears ready to take his game to the next level in 2018-19 after adjusting to junior hockey last winter. From Newburyport, Mass., he sees the ice well and is strong on his skates. He’s tough to knock off pucks and plays with an edge. He had three goals over the last two games of the Junior Bruins Shootout.
3. Michael Colella
#13 PAL Islanders, 6/12/99, Left Wing, Left Shot, 5-9/150
The Turnersville, N.J., native has been on fire to start the NCDC season. Colella has a league-league-leading eight goals and 14 points through five games. Colella played with Virtua, previously called Team Comcast, the past few seasons. He was always quick and skilled, but he’s really put it all together. He made a couple of really great passes to send guys in for good scoring chances and finished a few plays with nice goals. He’s smart enough to know where to go to use his quickness to hunt pucks. It likely won’t be long before he has a commitment.
4. Artjoms Koppass
#27 Boston Bandits, 4/23/00, Left Wing, Left Shot, 6-2/205
From Latvia, Koppass does a good job of being a strong and heavy north-south power forward. He has a hard shot and plays a simple game. He often commands attention and possesses pucks below the dots. He does a good job of protecting pucks and getting off scoring chances.
5. Ryan Sorkin
#17 New Jersey Rockets, 6/13/01, Center, Right Shot, 5-8/155
Sorkin has stepped up from Chicago Mission 16U and Team Illinois 16U before that to play in the NCDC. His skating is very good. He has the speed to get to pucks and to separate from opposing defenders. His speed is an asset, especially in the transition game where he can create offense on the rush.
6. Cade DeStefani
#14 Junior Bruins, 6/21/01, Right Wing, Right Shot, 6-2/168
The Bedford, N.H., native is a good skater who makes plays. He’s the younger brother of Merrimack freshman Ethan DeStefani. As Cade continues to fill out his frame, he should be more comfortable playing between the dots. He undoubtedly has the skill and skating ability to be a Division 1 player.
7. Frankie Ireland
#77 Junior Bruins, 2/6/01, Left Wing, Left Shot, 5-10/160
The Longmeadow, Mass., native would probably have a commitment if he had played prep and put up big numbers. As it is, he’ll have to play in junior hockey to land a commit. He’s a little on the smaller side, but he’s gritty and plays bigger. He’s not afraid to go to the greasy areas to look for pucks to bang home.
8. Linden Alger
#7 Boston Bandits, 4/9/00, Defense, Left Shot, 6-3/200
The Centerville, Mass., native is still really raw, but he’s a tall defenseman who shows some signs of being a potential Division 1 player, possibly as a late bloomer. He’s not going to impact the offense a lot from the blue line, but he could be a solid bottom-pairing, shutdown defenseman.