Monday, October 30, 2017

In the Pipeline: 10/30/17 edition

While the Bobcats had the weekend off to rest up for the start of ECAC, their future players did not as many of them were in action over the weekend. I had the chance to see a few in action at the Beantown Fall Classic showcase where many of the top teams from around the country and Canada took part in over the last four days.

Ethan Phillips

Prep School Commits

Over the weekend I had a chance to scout the 2017 Beantown Classic in Marlboro, Massachusetts for my part time scouting gig with Future Considerations. You can also follow me on twitter @JSingerFC. One future Bobcat commit that stood out was Ethan Phillips in Saturday's game against the Chicago Fury U-16 team. Phillips was by far the most dominant player on the ice in this game that also featured BU commit Josh Lawrence and Denver commit Ruben Rafkin both 2002 born players. Phillips had two highlight reel goals in a 3-2 win against Chicago where he showed tremendous hands, vision and concentration to make high end moves to score these goals. Despite being on the ice for a Chicago Fury goal in which he didn't pick up his man in front of the net, he plays a 200 foot game as he gets back on defense and engages in plays in his own zone. He has high hockey IQ and is very fast carrying the puck zone to zone. A true team player who will get his teammates involved. He has plenty of room to fill out being only 16 years old but if his continues to progress there is a lot to like about him once he reaches Hamden.

Here is the link to the video of his first goal (courtesy of Jeff Cox)

Phillips teammate, Paul (P.J.) Fletcher, did not play on the weekend as he is recovering from a broken hand that should keep him out for a few more weeks.

USHL commits
Sioux City Musketeer forward Matt Fawcett picked up his third assist of the season this past Friday in the Musketeers 5-3 loss to the Chicago Steel. In 7 games played he has just the three assists.

Matt Cassidy (photo by Joni Coons)

AJHL Commits

Matt Cassidy had a nice week for the Brooks Bandits with a goal and 2 assists in three games played. In 10 games played for Brooks, he has 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists). He has already been named the star of the game three times for Brooks already this season and is playing on the top line with two other NCAA bound committed players.

BCHL Commits

It was another good week for 1999 born forward Ethan De Jong of the Prince George Spruce Kings. He had a goal and two assists and is currently tied for 3rd in the league in scoring with 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in 20 games played. De Jong is looking like a good early season recruiting win for the Bobcats.

Midget Commits

Jacob Quillan had two more assists this weekend for the Steel Subaru Major Midgets of the NSMMHL. He is tied for 5th in the league in scoring with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 14 games played. Its likely by the end of November he will have surpassed his 2016-17 point total when he had 28 points in 36 games.

After playing for the Drumheller Dragons in the AJHL, Austin Spiridakis returned to his midget program and had a goal in two games played over the weekend. In 9 games played for the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders he has 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist).

NCDC Commits

1997 forward Daniel Winslow had a goal and an assist for the New Jersey Hitmen NCDC team. The Connecticut native has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 18 games for New Jersey.

Connor Tait had a solid Beantown Classic for the New Jersey Hitmen NCDC team with two goals in his last two games as his team went 2-1 over the weekend. In 16 games played, Tait has 4 points (3 goals, 1 assist) and might be starting to find his groove.

Jonathan Singer is a 2004 Quinnipiac alum. You can follow him on Twitter @QHockeyBlog.

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