A few months ago, I unveiled my Top 100 players for the 2021 NWHL Draft class. I’ve spent that time adding to the list, improving it, and increasing my viewings for different players so that I can improve its accuracy. That also got me thinking – why not keep it moving? So, I present to you the Class of 2022, two years away from graduation, and one that is much more complicated due to the 2022 Olympics. I expect most players who will be part of their respective national teams for the Olympics will centralize in what would be their senior seasons, making their availability for this class a little iffy. Unless their plans to postpone their senior seasons (in the case of someone like Cayla Barnes, this may not even be considered an option, she may just lose that year of eligibility altogether due to the NCAA’s eligibility guidelines), I am assuming that they will be eligible for the 2022 draft. That is more important for this class, as it has significantly more high-impact international-born players than the ones around it. As always, I encourage feedback. You can find the 2021 Rankings here
- The database I built contains each player’s numbers from their three collegiate seasons. The majority of the data was scraped from Pick224’s fantastic database. Anything that was missing (i.e. Non-D1 players, Holy Cross’ freshman seasons, and the first two seasons in college for players from St. Anselm, Franklin Pierce, Post, LIU, and Saint Michael’s were pulled directly from the individual college sites for each team.
- In addition to the raw totals, I calculated Goals Created, Even Strength Goals Created, production per estimated time on ice, and production per game metrics whenever possible to do so
- All metrics I calculated use the total 5 year period found in Pick224’s data as the “league average/league total” portion of a particular formula
- I scaled goal creation metrics for USports by .6 and NCAA Division III by .5. I arrived here by using Rob Vollman’s original scaling metrics, then took the proportional difference using Division I as the baseline.
- I also found each player’s total career goals created, weighting it in order to place more emphasis on a player’s most recent production. Therefore, the formula used was:
(Junior Season Goals Created) + (2/3)*(Sophomore Season Goals Created) + (1/3)*(Freshman Season Goals Created)
and I ultimately used this to sort the overall list of players.
- For additional context (specifically defensively minded defenders who don’t produce a lot) I also factored in a player’s Goals For Percentage Relative to their Team, which gives an idea of how much of an effect they have on transition and offensive generation/defensive prevention as compared to their teammates.
- I added USports and Division III players who were at least a point-per-game this past season
- For Goaltenders:
- I calculated Goals Saved Above Average for every goaltender available
- I used the same scale factors and seasonal weights as the skaters for individual and career Goals Saved Above Average
- I took Division III and USports goaltenders who finished the season in the Top 10 in either GAA or SV% in their league.
- Goalies were then ranked in terms of their weighted Goals Saved Above Average
- I then took the top 100 players in my opinion in the database and ranked them 1-100
- I have only included scouting reports for players which I feel I have seen enough tape on to be confident in its accuracy OR have spoken to trusted contacts within the sport who HAVE seen them enough to provide accurate analysis. This means there are significantly more Hockey East players with reports than the other divisions, and most of the DIII players in this list received a report as well.
- This list is meant to be fluid as the season goes on – I will be making an effort to watch as much hockey as I can throughout the season to try and add to my scouting reports and the overall rankings.
- I have not factored in a player’s potential sign-ability into the rankings whatsoever. This is based purely on player ability and production.
- If there are players on the list who do not have scouting reports yet, please feel free to reach out to me if you want to provide them. I’m only one person, so the assistance will always be welcomed. I will be sure to give you credit if you contribute.
- The wonderful Anne Tokarski has contributed scouting reports for WCHA players on this list. All reports submitted by Anne have been marked as such. If a report does not have an author labelled, I wrote it myself.
- This is based on personal perception, so there will always be bias. I recognize that. I did my best to mitigate the inherent bias by using primarily data to base this list off of. That being said, it is meant to encourage debate and conversation, so if there is a player I left off this list, or is significantly higher or lower than you (the reader) feel they should be, I welcome the communication. I encourage you to make a spirited, intelligent case for why said player needs to be reexamined.
+Indicates has played for North American National Team
#Indicates US U18 Alum
^Indicates Canadian U18
*Indicates International Player
- *F Alina Mueller, Northeastern (WHEA)
Hometown: Winterthur, Switzerland
I don’t think it’s possible to overrate Alina Mueller. The Swiss native had already suited up for her country in not one but two Olympics before she even enrolled at Northeastern – and is over a point-per-game in 13 Olympic games. That’s absurd. She won a bronze medal at the age of 16 with the Swiss. She was also voted the best forward in the 2018 tournament, in addition to leading the tournament in both goals and overall scoring. She does everything well. She’s got a great shot, excellent vision, explosive speed, she’s defensively responsible, dangerous shorthanded, and was deservedly a finalist for this season’s Patty Kazmaier award. To this point, she’s played in 75 games for the Huskies, and has 48 goals and 69 assists for a 1.56 points per game pace – and I fully expect that to improve over her last two seasons. She is probably not going to be available for this draft class either, as she will likely take a year off for the Olympics in 2022, which would be her senior campaign. She might be the best skater to ever come out of Switzerland, regardless of gender.
- ^F Sarah Fillier, Princeton (ECAC)
Hometown: Georgetown, Ontario
Sarah Fillier has taken the NCAA by storm in her first two seasons with the Tigers, ending up as a Top 10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier in both seasons, and serving as team captain as a sophomore. She steps her game up when it matters most, as her best performances came as she the Tigers to their first ever conference championship, adding 4 goals and 9 points as she received the Most Outstanding Player award for the ECAC tournament. She’s already appeared as a member of the Canadian National team for the 2018 4 Nations Tournament and she can’t yet legally drink in the United States. What makes her so dangerous is that she doesn’t have one dominant trait. She’s a dominant faceoff center, has incredible vision, thinks the game at an elite level, and has an absolutely gorgeous stride. Her edgework really is incredible. I don’t think she has an elite shot, merely a very good one, but she’s smart and strong enough to put herself in position to still be a lethal scorer. She has next-level game-breaker written all over her.
- ^F Sophie Shirley, Wisconsin (WCHA)
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- +D Cayla Barnes, Boston College (WHEA)
Hometown: Eastvale, California
Barnes is here despite the fact that she almost assuredly will choose the PWHPA upon graduation and that she will likely fall into the same category as Mueller, missing her final season in favor of the Olympics. She actually did that once already, playing in the 2018 Games as an 18 year old, and winning a gold medal with the US. Barnes is undersized for a defender, but a brilliant skater. She thinks the game at another level, has great hands, a good shot, and is one of the best positional defenders in college hockey. She CAN get frustrated sometimes and try to do too much, but given that BC relied on her as much as they did this past season, it’s fairly easy to see why.
- #F Gabbie Hughes, Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Hometown: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
- ^F Maggie Connors, Princeton (ECAC)
Hometown: St. Johns, Newfoundland
- *F Chloe Aurard, Northeastern (WHEA)
Hometown: Villard-De-Lans, France
With much of the spotlight belonging to Alina Mueller at Northeastern, Aurard sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. And by sometimes, I mean very rarely, because she would be the top player on 90% of NCAA teams by a wide margin. She skates with a tremendous amount of power, and is more than willing to do the dirty work that her linemates won’t. She’s got a wicked release, and sees the ice very well. Aurard also comes with plenty of international experience, being a long-time member of the French national program despite her young age. The one drawback is always going to be discipline. The edge she plays with has a tendency to push the boundaries a little too much. She’s prone to taking bad retaliatory penalties when she’s frustrated, and her trigger is incredibly easy to find. She’ll either need to reign that in at the next level, or her team will need to gameplan around it, because it’s very much a reason why she is so effective.
- G Ava Boutilier, UNH (WHEA)
Hometown: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Boutilier is one of the most underrated goaltenders in the country. She was all-rookie in Hockey East as a freshman, then had injury issues at the start of her sophomore year, forcing her to shut it down. She got a redshirt, and came back even better this year. Despite missing some time with intermittent injuries, she was stellar this year rattling off 6 shutouts and a .942 save percentage in 26 appearances. She shut out Providence in the second game of their Quarterfinal series with UNH to send the Wildcats to their first semifinal appearance in a decade. She has the swagger to command the crease, and can make ridiculous acrobatic saves. She’s already graduated with her bachelor’s degree (a year early), and is starting her masters as a redshirt junior. The real question is, will she want to play at the next level, or go straight to medical school?
- ^F Amy Potomak, Minnesota (WCHA)
Hometown: Aldergrove, British Colombia
- +F Kelly Browne, Boston College (WHEA)
Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts
Browne brings a strong, powerful presence whenever she steps onto the ice. She’s not blazing fast, but she’s got good enough lateral mobility that it doesn’t really matter. She’s incredibly difficult to move off the puck, has soft hands, and is incredibly productive. Her shot is truly elite. She’s probably going to score more than focus on being a distributor, but she’s one of the best triggers in the entire class. She’s already gotten looks on the US National team as a result of her productivity, and did not disappoint. She’s not flashy, but she’s so darn effective that it really doesn’t matter. She’s kind of come out of nowhere compared to some of the other burgeoning US National team prospects in her age group, so her trajectory is kind of up to her at this point.
- F Kristin Della Rovere, Harvard (ECAC)
Hometown: Caledon East, Ontario
- +F Britta Curl, Wisconsin (WCHA)
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
- #F Taylor Heise, Minnesota (WCHA)
Hometown: Lake City, Minnesota
- ^F Claire Dalton, Yale (ECAC)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
- D Sophie Jacques, Ohio State (WCHA)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
- #F Dominique Petrie, Harvard (ECAC)
Hometown: Hermosa Beach, California
- *F Sara Hjalmarsson, Providence (WHEA)
Hometown: Bankeryd, Sweden
Hjalmarsson’s a really unique player. She’s got a long, powerful stride, but I’d liken it more to a Jack Eichel-esque raptor-style of skating, where her upper body is unnaturally upright, yet she generates so much strength and speed that she is immensely dangerous on the attack. She’s got a ruthless shot, and she uses her physicality well. Prior to enrolling at Providence, she spent 6 years playing professionally in her native Sweden, and as a result, is bolder than the rest of her peers in this class. She also has multiple years of experience with the Swedish national program. I wonder if she will simply return home upon graduation to continue her career in Europe. She’s very much a wild card here, but one I think that is worth a look.
- D Maude Poulin-Labelle, Vermont (WHEA)
Hometown: Sherbrooke, Quebec
Poulin-Labelle is a stellar offensive defender who is at her best when she is dictating play from the back end. She spent considerable time as a forward before arriving at Vermont, even being recruited as one by the Catamounts originally. As one would expect, this means that she still has some work to do in her own end. She had 12 goals as a sophomore though, and was the first Catamount defender to tally a hat trick in the history of the program. She’s got incredible edges, is very shifty, and uses her speed to her advantage at both ends of the rink. I’d like to see a little more nuance in her offensive activation, but that should come with experience at the position. Her shot, for all of her goal scoring, isn’t overly powerful from the point, but it is accurate. If she can clean up some of the defensive miscues that stem from her relative inexperience, the potential impact is seismic.
- F Gillis Frechette, Cornell (ECAC)
Hometown: Weston, Massachusetts
Gillis and her sister Finley might be one of the most dynamic duos in the entire country, and Gillis is absolutely the trigger of the pair. She’s got silky hands, is quick, and her production speaks for itself. What really pops when you watch her play is her skating. She’s doesn’t possess truly elite speed, but it’s very, very good, and her edgework is absolutely incredible. Her lateral mobility gives her a level of shiftiness to her game that makes her incredibly difficult to defend. It allows her to find the space to get off her shot, which is quite accurate, and to find open passing lanes. A team would be prudent to pair the Frechette sisters together (Finley is a member of the 2021 class) in order to maximize both of their talents, but I think that, of the two, Gillis has the raw talent and ability to succeed on her own.
- F Charlotte Welch, Yale (ECAC)
Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts
- F Anna Klein, Sacred Heart (NEWHA)
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
- G Marie-Pier Coulombe, Clarkson (ECAC)
Hometown: Carignan, Quebec
- *F Liga Miljone, Maine (WHEA)
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
If I’m being honest, it’s tough to see the Latvian native staying stateside upon graduation. She has five years of professional hockey already under her belt in the SDHL, and an additional three years in her native Latvia prior to crossing the Atlantic. She’s also rapidly approaching a decade of service with the Latvian national program. However, she’s too dynamic not to discuss. At only 5’1″, she’s one of the smaller players in this class, but height doesn’t mean much. She’s an absolute tank, routinely pinballing her way up the ice with her impressive speed/strength combination. She also might be one of the best penalty killers in the country, and she developed into a legitimate scoring threat this year with the Black Bears. Similar to Hjalmarsson, she’s older than her peers (she was born in March of 1997, so she’s 3 years older than your average rising junior), so the future is difficult to nail down. To me, she’s worth a much, much closer look as we approach her graduation.
- *F Theresa Schafzahl, Vermont (WHEA)
Hometown: Weiz, Austria
- D Tanner Gates, Colgate (ECAC)
Hometown: Oceanside, California
- *D Sini Karjalainen, Vermont (WHEA)
Hometown: Posio, Finland
Karjalainen has spent a tremendous amount of time with Maude Poulin-Labelle in her career with the Catamounts. That pairing has produced a lot of points, but much of that production can be attributed to Poulin-Labelle’s offensive prowess. Karjalainen is her perfect compliment, big, tough, and able to eat minutes for fun. She also has an excellent track record with her teams in leadership positions – the year prior to enrolling at Vermont, she was the captain of Team Kuortane, playing in the top league in her native Finland at the age of 18. I fully expect her to be a key member of the Finnish national team’s Olympic roster for 2022, so she is probably someone who is a wait and see case, but it’s difficult to ignore someone with this much defensive ability, international, and professional experience at such a young age.
- F Abigail Stow, Wisconsin River-Falls (WIAC – DIII)
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- D Emma Seitz, Yale (ECAC)
Hometown: New York, New York
- F Corinne McCool, Vermont (WHEA)
Hometown: West Roxbury, Massachusetts
- ^F Abby Moloughney, Syracuse (CHA)
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
- ^F Lexie Adzija Quinnipiac (ECAC)
Hometown: St. Thomas, Ontario
- F Mia Brown, Northeastern (WHEA)
Hometown: South Woodstock, Vermont
Very often, discussing anyone from the Northeastern program can seem redundant. Intelligent, competitive, and Dave Flint’s impact on player development is incredible to see in action. Mia Brown is no exception. She doesn’t possess tremendous speed, but her stride has improved over her short collegiate career to the point where she can be fast enough to be effective. Her problem is the time it takes to get to that speed, as I’d like to see her improve her first few strides a bit to really maximize the straight line quickness she possesses. However, she has very good hands, and beats players with her smarts. She is has a Top 10 brain in this class, and uses it to great effect. She’s almost never out of position, and is relied upon in her own end often. This is also a player that is going to continue improve because of her determination and work ethic. It would not surprise me to see the Vermont native explode offensively before she graduates – she simply needs the opportunity to do so.
- #F Anne Bloomer, Harvard (ECAC)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
- *F Celine Tedenby, Maine (WHEA)
Hometown: Ornskoldsvik, Sweden
- F Michaela Boyle, Robert Morris (CHA)
Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts
To start with, Michaela Boyle has a bit of an advantage over her peers – she’s Mike Boyle’s daughter. Yes, that Mike Boyle, the one who has gained a reputation as the go-to off ice trainer in the greater Boston area for professional and elite collegiate players. Growing up with that training background has provided Boyle with a fantastic physical foundation. She’s strong on her edges, she’s got good hands, and her stride is impeccable. She underwent reconstructive shoulder surgery a little over a year ago after transferring from Clarkson, and was successful at a Robert Morris program that has a significantly weaker schedule, albeit doing so while on a line with 2020 1st Round Pick Jaycee Gebhard and 2021 prospect Lexi Templeman to create one of the country’s single most dominant lines. I’d like to see another year of that level of production or greater sans Gebhard to cement her top prospect status, but there is nowhere to go but up moving forward.
- #F Emily Oden, Minnesota (WCHA)
Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
- F Rebecca Vanstone, Yale (ECAC)
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
- ^F Courtney Correia, Boston University (WHEA)
Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
- F Molly Garin, Hamline (MIAC – DIII)
Hometown: Mound, Minnesota
- D Talli Warren, UNH (WHEA)
Hometown: Mundleville, New Brunswick
If you look at Warren’s boxcar stats, you likely will be confused as to how she is rated this high. But I promise you, she is the BEST defensive defender in this class. She took on a much heavier workload this year, and was nothing short of dominant. I’ve got my qualms with plus/minus as a stat, but she lead the team at a +10 this year. The next best was a +7. She had the highest CF% Relative of any defender in this class this year at a +18.56, which, given her heavy usage, is an absurd number. She was able to chip in more offensively this year as well, showing some excellent two-way acumen. She can be too conservative offensively, but does a good job of making sure her shot gets through to the net. She’s not slow, but she isn’t fast north/south, but she makes up for it with her hockey IQ. She is excellent at defending both bluelines. She has future captain written all over her as well. Yes. I have a bias here. But everyone needs to learn the name Talli Warren. She’s one to watch.
- D Izzy Heminger, Penn State (CHA)
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
- D Anna Wilgren, Minnesota State (WCHA)
Hometown: Hudson, Wisconsin
- F Abby Davies, RIT (CHA)
Hometown: Ashton, Ontario
- F Lauren Martin, UNH (WHEA)
Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario
Martin is one of the smartest players in this class. She’s competent defensively, but her vision is unparalleled, and she started shooting more this season with some success. The biggest criticism is her lack of footspeed, but I liken her style to the Bruins’ David Krejci – her offensive game is so dangerous because of her ability to slow the game down. She’s good transitionally, she can quarterback a powerplay, and is a natural center. She can struggle on faceoffs though, something that needs to improve at the next level. Remember the player who was +7 for the Wildcats, 2nd on the team? That was Martin. She has a ton of raw talent, she just needs to use it. Whoever drafts her should look to put two speedy wingers on her line, so that they can push the defenders back and give her the space to operate. That’s where she’s seen the most success in her collegiate career thus far.
- F Eleri MacKay, Colgate (ECAC)
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
- F Ali Beltz, Maine (WHEA)
Hometown: Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
- ^D Emily Rickwood, UNH (WHEA)
Hometown: Brantford, Ontario
Rickwood broke out offensively as a sophomore after a strong freshman debut, tallying 7 goals from the back end for the Wildcats. She’s an excellent skater, with great offensive instincts. Her defense is improving but inconsistent – she will make a fantastic play on shift, then completely lose sight of her coverage the next. That should improve with experience. She has a tendency to shoot into legs, she loves to spin away from pressure (seriously, she does this at least twice per game), and is equally fond of homerun breakout passes, but she is the definition of a fun offensive defender. She was asked to take on a much larger workload this season and responded positively. I look forward to seeing her grow.
- F Abbey Luth, Nazareth (UCHC – DIII)
Hometown: Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Luth is an interesting test case as far as DIII hockey’s competitiveness is concerned. She’s a little undersized at 5’3″, and has played for two programs in two years. However, she has produced at a high level at both William and Smith and Nazareth, so there is definitely something there. She’s got pretty good straight-line speed, but her edgework and lateral agility isn’t great, but she’s absolutely relentless, and plays bigger than she is. She’s got pretty good hands and is willing to do the dirty work down low to try and win puck battles. She needs to add some strength to her frame to translate that ability to the next level. She doesn’t possess a particularly strong shot, but it’s extremely accurate, and she’s got a good release and feel for the net. I’ll be interested to see what she does at Nazareth for the second consecutive season, a first for her collegiate career.
- F Grace Schnorr, SUNY Cortland (NEWHL – DIII)
Hometown: Camillus, New York
- #F Anneke Linser, Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Hometown: Lino Lakes, Minnesota
- D Kennedy Spiering, Sacred Heart (NEWHA)
Hometown: Mounds View, Minnesota
- F Emily Pinto, Mercyhurst (CHA)
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
- F Kelly Golini, St. Anselm (NEWHA)
Hometown: Tewksbury, Massachusetts
- F Lauren Bellefontaine, Syracuse (CHA)
Hometown: Kemptville, Ontario
- F Gabby Rosenthal, Ohio State (WCHA)
Hometown: Blaine, Minnesota
- F Hailey Redders, Nazareth (UCHC – DIII)
Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
- *F Noemi Neubauerova, Colgate (ECAC)
Hometown: Praha, Czech Republic
- #D Maggie Flaherty, Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota
- #D Nicole LaMantia, Wisconsin (WCHA)
Hometown: Wayne, Illinois
- F Rosy Demers, Colgate (ECAC)
Hometown: Blainville, Quebec
- ^F Mackenna Parker, Boston University (WHEA)
Hometown: Clavet, Saskatchewan
- *F Jenniina Nylund, St. Cloud State (WCHA)
Hometown: Pietarsaari, Finland
- F Viki Harkness, Connecticut (WHEA)
Hometown: Berwick, Ontario
- F Delani MacKay, Colgate (ECAC)
Hometown: Brookfield, Wisconsin
- *D Ida Press, Maine (WHEA)
Hometown: Uppsala, Sweden
Press possesses fantastic lateral skating ability for a defender of her size. She’s also got a booming shot from the point, one which she is more than willing to uncork at any opportunity. She’s not going to drive a ton of offense at the next level, and her straight line speed isn’t elite, but she’s willing to be physical, is solid positionally, and can be a valuable 4th or 5th defender at the next level.
- D Mariah Keopple, Princeton (ECAC)
Hometown: Menomonie, Wisconsin
- *G Andrea Braendli, Ohio State (WCHA)
Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
- F Nicole Unsworth, Plattsburgh (NEWHL – DIII)
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- F Nikki Kendrick, Stevenson (UCHC – DIII)
Hometown: Islip, New York
There isn’t one thing that stands out about Kendrick. She’s not an elite skater, but she’s pretty good. She plays a competent 200-foot game. Her shot is good, not great. She’s not a dominant physical player, but she consistently engages in and wins her fair share of board battles. She’s not going to dance her way through an entire defense too often, but she has flashed that ability in small increments. However, her production is impossible to ignore. On a Stevenson team that underachieved this past season, she once again was over a point-per-game player, increasing her goal output from her freshman campaign, and was an alternate captain as a sophomore. I’d be curious to see what improvements she can make in her physical game, because she clearly shows an excellent hockey mind – she just hasn’t necessarily reached the raw skill-level to always support that brain.
- F Erin Meyers, St. Anselm (NEWHA)
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
- F Hunter Barnett, RIT (CHA)
Hometown: Caledon, Ontario
- F Amanda Nylander, St. Anselm (NEWHA)
Hometown: Hanover, Minnesota
- D Kelly Solak, Sacred Heart (NEWHA)
Hometown: Grosse Point Woods, Michigan
- F Savannah Norcross, Boston College (WHEA)
Hometown: Lynn, Massachusetts
Norcross finally saw some ice time with competent teammates this season, leading to a huge jump in production from a lackluster freshman campaign. She’s got great hands and quick feet, but her straight-line speed isn’t elite, merely good. She’s got decent vision and is unafraid to shoot from any spot on the ice. She’s a tough player in board battles, consistently using her strength to out duel her opponents. However, I’m hesitant for two reasons. For one, she had 3 points in 37 games as a freshman (all goals), and she was less than a half-point per game at New Hampton her senior season in the New England Prep circuit. She also posted an eye-popping 46 penalty minutes this season. I’d like to see her reign in some of the discipline issues, and continue to progress her productivity. If she levels off where she’s at currently, she’s a fine, if not spectacular player; if she continues to improve, expect her to shoot up this list in the future.
- F Sara Krauseneck, Plattsburgh (NEWHL – DIII)
Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan
- F Samantha Shoebottom, Sacred Heart (NEWHA)
Hometown: Scarborough, Maine
Shoebottom has relatively intriguing physical skills; she’s got decent, not stellar speed, a good shot, decent vision, and good hands. She’s aggressive to a fault, but doesn’t take an exorbitant amount of penalties. However, on a Sacred Heart team that plays in the country’s weakest DI conference, she saw her production slip from an intriguing freshman season, scoring 4 fewer goals and 6 fewer points as a sophomore for the Pioneers. That’s concerning, and she will need to rebound with a strong junior campaign if she is seriously considering playing at the next level upon graduation.
- F Kristina Press, Gustavus Adolphus (MIAC – DIII)
Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota
- #F Catie Skaja, Minnesota (WCHA)
Hometown: New Prague, Minnesota
- F Shay Maloney, Brown (ECAC)
Hometown: McHenry, Illinois
- G Emme Ostrander, Franklin Pierce (NEWHA)
Hometown: Westborough, Massachusetts
Ostrander has been a big part of the Ravens’ success over the past two seasons. In 48 appearances, she has a .935 save percentage and 1.70 goals against average. Yes, their competition level is slightly lower than some of the other goaltenders higher on this list, but she handled the team’s transition to the DI level this season about as well as you would hope. In net, she’s solid positionally, and has pretty good rebound control. Her one downfall is often her size – at 5’3″, she’s very small for a goaltender at this level, and, as a result, can sometimes fall victim to plays that require her to cover a lot of ground in a small amount of time. Nevertheless, she would make a solid tandem goaltender at the next level as it currently stands, and perhaps seeing teammate Bridgette Prentiss not only get drafted this season, but sign with the Metropolitan Riveters, will give Franklin Pierce a little more national recognition moving forward.
- F Jenna Letterie, Middlebury (NESCAC – DIII)
Hometown: Winthrop, Massachusetts
Letterie benefits from a very good supporting cast at Middlebury, but she’s got some intriguing tools to work with. She’s got decent size and strength, and is more than willing to engage physically. She possesses good, not great speed, a quick and accurate shot, and reasonably good vision with the puck. Her best asset is how relentless she is on loose pucks. She loves playing low in the zone, and could be a good net-front option at the next level. I’m curious to see where she goes from here, as she more than doubled her scoring output from her freshman campaign.
- F Morgan Mordini, Elmira (UCHC – DIII)
Hometown: North Attleboro, Massachusetts
- F Natalie Wozney, OIT (OUA – USports)
Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
- D Rene Gangarosa, Penn State (CHA)
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota
- #D Madison Bizal, Ohio State (WCHA)
Hometown: Elk River, Minnesota
- F Kylie Hanley, Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA)
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
- F Grace Heiting, Union (ECAC)
Hometown: Woodbury, Minnesota
- *D Lotti Odnoga, Dartmouth (ECAC)
Hometown: Gyor, Hungary
At this point, Odnoga may in fact be the best player to come out of Hungary. Ever. She’s got smooth hands on the back end, and a good, hard shot. She is not going to make her money by scoring, however. She plays unafraid, borderline reckless hockey, and her game is defined by her grit and physicality. She can get a little bit of the red mist going if she’s frustrated, and has dealt with some discipline issues early in her career, but she has an extensive international resume in addition to her stateside exploits, and brings an energetic personality to a locker room. I’d compare her to another Eastern European transplant in Iveta Klimasova (Buffalo) – big shot, smooth skater, physical, and a huge pain to play against, enjoying causing chaos. She’s a fun one, folks.
- F Danielle Fox, Connecticut (WHEA)
Hometown: Unionville, Ontario
- F Claire Butorac, Minnesota State (WCHA)
Hometown: Andover, Minnesota
- F Olivia Finocchiaro, Boston College (WHEA)
Hometown: Saugus, Massachusetts
- F Brooke Bryant, Minnesota State (WCHA)
Hometown: Linden, California
- F Carlie Magier, Holy Cross (WHEA)
Hometown: Allen Park, Michigan
- F Gabby Billing, Dartmouth (ECAC)
Hometown: Corcoran, Minnesota
- F Madison Nichols, Nazareth (UCHC – DIII)
Hometown: Trinity, Florida
- G Caitlin Walker, Amherst (NESCAC – DIII)
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Walker is a touch undersized, but has good mobility, and strong positional skills. Her rebound control is a definite positive, but it’s really difficult to judge and contextualize her production when you account for the significantly weaker schedule Amherst played, and the lack of star power the rest of the roster has. The physical tools have me intrigued, but I need to see a bit more.
- *G Denisa Jandova, Adrian (NCHA – DIII)
Hometown: Vejprnice, Czech Republic
- #G Lindsay Reed, Harvard (ECAC)
Hometown: New Vernon, New Jersey
Reed’s positives are obvious. She’s big, athletic, and had an incredible freshman season with the Crimson, after an outstanding career with the US U18 program. Unfortunately, her play fell off a cliff as a sophomore, eventually losing the crease to a combination of Becky Dutton and Beth Larcom. She saw her save percentage dip 23 points, which is extremely concerning behind a Harvard team with National Championship aspirations. If she can regain her freshman form, expect her to fly up this list. If not, it’s time to get a little concerned.
- F Sarah Nelles, Mercyhurst (CHA)
Hometown: Saint Anns, Ontario
- F Paige Rynne, UNH (WHEA)
Hometown: Ancaster, Ontario
If Rynne could stay healthy, she’d be far and away a Top 25 player in this class. Unfortunately, she missed her entire freshman season at UNH due to injury, and only managed 5 games this past season before she was forced to shut it down for the year again. When healthy, she’s got a brilliant shot and surprisingly soft hands. She’s a big presence on the ice, and is more than willing to use her physicality to her advantage. Not many players can knock her off the puck. Her footspeed isn’t tremendous, but given her size it is fine. She’s also got the attitude to be successful at the next level. She’s a wildcard given her extensive injury history, so she probably won’t get drafted. But this is a player that every team should be looking at as a great gamble as an undrafted free agent.