Monday, November 30, 2009

Choate Pipeline Continues!

Danny Linnell, a junior at Choate, chose Harvard over Dartmouth and UNH. He is a Right Wing (5'8'' 185 lbs) that had a 15-12-27 in 25 games last year for Choate - that was good for 4th on the team overall and good for 2nd in goals scored. Furthermore, he is the leading returning scorer and will play on a line that also features Phillipe Hudon (8-12-20) who chose Cornell over Harvard.

Harvard has strong blood lines to Choate (Steve Martins, Sam Bozoian, Rence Coassin, etc). He is described as a play-maker who has high-end speed.

He is scheduled to arrive in Cambridge in 2011, but he is also a draft pick of Cedar Rapids in the USHL where he could very well spend a year before matriculating at Harvard.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fick Bleeds Crimson

Forest Lake Senior defenseman, Dan Fick (5'11'' - 170lbs) has committed to Harvard and will lace them up in the Fall of 2010. He's described as a puck-moving defenseman who will likely QB the PP. He's had a great season thus far in Minnestoa's Elite League, leading all defenseman in scoring with a 5-8-13 line in 23 games.

He's described as a real rink rat.

Welcome to Harvard!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


First off, there is a heck of a Harvard blog that is executed by the great broadcasting team over at WHRB. I would encourage all of you to check it out at:

On the recruiting front, another player that Harvard is keeping an eye on:

Matt Harlow - 5'10'' - LC - 170lbs - He skates on Nobles' top line and would be a recruit for the Class of 2011 or 2012. Harlow was drafted by Youngstown (USHL) where he could spend an extra year for seasoning after Nobles. He is described as a gifted play maker who plays with an edge and is one of the top forwards in New England in his age group. As a sophomore at Nobles, he finished 3rd in scoring (behind Billy Arnold & Kevin Hayes) with a 19-18-37.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back in the swing of things...

One week away from the start of the 2009-2010 campaign and the heralded freshman class well into their first semester, I thought it time to dust off the blog cobwebs. Without further ado...

New Potential Recruits:

Shaun Pauly - 5'11'' - 173lbs - RW - Wenatachee Wild (NAHL) - 1992 DOB & probably a Class of 2011 recruit - Also being pursued by Boston University, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado College, Denver, Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown.

Michael Vilardo - 5'11'' - 165lbs - LW - USNDT U17 - Started the season with the Chicago Mission - Also pursued by Michigan, Notre Dame, Denver, and UNH. He had previously committed to Ohio State, but backed out of that commitment. He was one of the elite forwards at the U-17 Select Camp in Rochester this summer. In 4 games with the USNDT, he has yet to register a point.

Current Recruits:

Andrew Calof - Center who plays for Nepean (CJHL) and thus far has a 12-16-28 line in 15 games played and is the leading scorer. Andrew is the 4th leading scorer in the entire CJHL and is a great set-up man on the PP. Andrew was also recently selected to represent Canada East at the World Junior A Challenge in November on Prince Edward Island.

Mark Luzar - Defenseman who plays for Burlington (CCHL) and thus far has a 0-2-2 line in 11 games played. He is a 2011 recruit.

Dan Ford - Defenseman who plays for Sioux City (USHL) and thus far has a 2-1-3 line in 5 games played and is the leading scorer. Dan was supposed to matriculate this fall at Harvard, but opted for one more year of seasoning in the USHL. He is a 2010 recruit.

Tom O'Regan - Left Wing at St. Sebastians. Tom's season will not get started until late November / early December. He is a 2010/2011 recruit (will largely depend on how he performs in his senior year and how whether he needs another year of seasoning)

Harvard's Freshman Class:

Harvard's Class of 2009 was ranked 5th overall (behind Notre Dame, Denver, BC, and Minnesota), though given the depth and size of this class, I think Harvard should be #2 behind Notre Dame. Louis Leblanc was heralded as the #1 incoming forward in all of college hockey.

My shot at Harvard's opening line-up:

Goalie: Kyle Richter

1st D: Alex Biega & Ryan Grimshaw
2nd D: Chris Huxley & Ian Tallet
3rd D: Chad Morin & Danny Biega
Extras: Brendan Rempel & Jack Christian & Peter Starrett & Alex Leinberry

1st F: Matt McCollem, Doug Rogers, Louis Leblanc
2nd F: Mike Biega, Alex Killorn, Alex Fallstrom
3rd F: PO Michaud, Connor Morrison, Erik Kroshus
4th F: Luke Greiner, Daniel Moriarty, Colin Moore

Extras: David Valek, Michael Del Mauro, Marshall Everson, Rence Coassin, Sam Bozoian

I can't tell you how hard it was to place the forwards. I can only imagine the competition and difficult decisions Donato will have week in and week out.

If anyone has any insights or recruiting rumors, please send me an email.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Development Camp Update

By and large, Harvard players performed well at their respective development camps. Below is a hodgepodge of fan and coaching analysis:

Louis Leblanc - 1st Round (#18) by Montreal Canadiens
  • He made a GREAT rush at the start of the 1st, skated pass a d-man from the outside and drove the net but didn't score but that was great to see. But 2 things are absolutely certain. He needs to bulk up BIG TIME. And he needs to make quicker decisions with the puck. The overall rhythm of this camp is impressive and Leblanc is not there yet. But you see that he has skills, you see that he's not afraid of anybody, you see that he has a great work ethic, so based on that you can't be disappointed. But if you expect a 1st rounder to blow you away and came away as the best player today, you might be disappointed and especially when you start comparing him to other players like Avtsin and others I will talk about today. But a great prospect he is that will need to indeed become much stronger and much faster in his decision making.

Alexander Fallstrom - 4th Round (#116) by Minnesota Wild

  • I really liked what I saw from him. He is a big player with some good speed and good hands. He was a noticeable player all day and appeared to have a good hockey IQ. I am happy he is intelligent (Harvard) but wish he was going to a better hockey program. But, again, I liked what I saw from him today
  • The player that stood out the most to me was Fallstrom. I really like his game and think he will definitely help the Wild someday down the road.

Alex Killorn

  • A couple of NCAA guys looked sharp in Alex Killorn (Harvard) and Matt Marshall (Vermont). Both guys looked pretty quick and fast on the ice. Killorn showed pretty good hands in close on one play where he cut into the crease and roofed a shot over Jaroslav Janus

Alex Biega

  • He was the biggest surprise for me. Quick, strong, and battling very well. When he had the puck he was very hard to take him off it. Strong on his skates and battled hard. When he was the one without the puck he played physical, quick and fierce, knocking the guy down. Also showed nice hands on a few of his shots.

Friday, June 5, 2009

See Ya Zach!

Mitchell signs with the Guelph Storm out of Major Junior's OHL.

More to come....

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Zach Mitchell joins Harvard's Recruiting Class of 2011

Zach Mitchell - 5'11' - 155lbs - RW - (1993 birth year) plays for the Toronto Marlies. He is described as follows as part of the OHL Draft preview:

Mitchell is an outstanding offensive producer that is still responsible in his own zone. He scored four goals and five assists for nine points in the OHL Cup to help the Marlies to the championship. He played in all situations this season and excelled at killing penalties.“He distributes the puck quite well, and once he does move it to an open teammate he immediately works to get himself into a support position,” Kitamura said. “This makes him very tough player to defend. He works to get into a shooting position, anticipates the play and wins races to loose pucks regularly. When he does get a scoring chance, he usually puts the puck into the back of the net.”

Welcome Zach!!

Harvard Recruits & Final Central Scouting Rankings

Name - Final Ranking (Mid-term Ranking):

Louis Leblanc - 13 (18)
Alexander Fallstrom - 69 (84)
David Valek - 72 (76)
Brendan Rempel - 98 (85)
Marshall Everson - 181 (123)

Danny Biega is not eligible to be drafted until next year because of his age. Mark Luzar & Zach Mitchell (more coming on this new recruit) will not be eligible until the 2011 draft.

Daniel Ford, Andrew Calof, Conor Morrison (too old), and Luke Greiner were not mentioned.

Leblanc, Fallstrom, and Valek were all invited to the NHL combine from May 25-30 in Toronto

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Another Blue Chippah for Harvard!

Even with all my bias, I think that with this latest signing, Harvard most certainly has the #1 recruiting class in the nation - particularly with the hit Notre Dame took when Cam Fowler bolted for Major Junior.

David Valek - 6'2'' 215 power forward from the USNDT has signed with Harvard and will join the Crimson in 2009. Valek has a 6-13-19 line in 40 games this year with the national team. In international tournament play, he is the 2nd leading scorer for the team with a 4-4-8 in 8 games.

In the CSS Mid-Season rankings, Valek was ranked #76.

With Everson, Leblanc, Valek, Fallstrom, Rempel, and Ford - Harvard will likely have 6 NHL draft picks in the Class of 2009.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Andrew Calof Chooses Harvard

Andrew Calof is a 5'10 - 165lb center and is a '91 birth year. His line is 47-53-100 in 59 games.

He was awarded the top prospect award by the CJHL, fastest skater title in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects all star competition and made the CJHL prospects all-star roster. He also had the 3rd most points in the entire CJHL.

Andrew will join Harvard in 2010, though with some pretty serious interest from Major Junior teams, let's not count our chickens before they've hatched (He was drafted by the Mississauga Ice Dogs - now Niagara Ice Dogs - who selected him in the 2007 OHL draft.

Andrew's grandfather graduated from Harvard.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New England Prep School All Stars Announced

These awards were voted on by the coaches:

East Forwards:
Chris Kreider, Andover (Jr.) (Chose BC over Harvard)
Dan Weiniger, Exeter (Bowdoin)
Wayne Simpson, Lawrence (Union)
Tom Larkin, Exeter (Colgate)
Thomas Kader, Tabor (?)
Mike Condon, Belmont Hill (Princeton)

West Forwards:
Wade Megan, South Kent ( BU)
Mark Goggin, Choate (Chose Dartmouth over Harvard)
Robbie Bourdon, Taft (Colgate)
Jake Goldberg, Berkshire (Jr.) (Undecided)
Kevin Goumas, Canterbury (Jr.) (Undecided)
Danny Biega, Salisbury (Harvard)
Mac Bennett, Hotchkiss (Jr.) (Michigan)
Alex Vazzano, Gunnery (Jr.) (Union)

Noticeable omissions include Andy Isles (Cornell) and Steven Whitney (BC)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is Harvard after the following?

Players that Harvard should be taking a closer look at on the recruiting front:

Luke Duprey - 6'5'' 210lbs - Junior at Andover - Defenseman
David Valek - 6'2'' 185lbs - USNDT - Forward
Eric Haula - 6'0'' 170lbs - Junior at Shattuck St. Marys - Left Wing
Kirill Grotovets - 6'0'' 170lbs - Junior at Shattuck St Mary's - Defenseman
Gus Young - 6'2'' 190lbs - Junior at Nobles - Defenseman
Mark Hourihan - 6'2'' 185lbs - Junior at Nobles - Right Wing

Anybody know anything on these players or have a few other names to share?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Morrison to Don Crimson

Conor Morrison made it official. He will play for Harvard. He chose Harvard over BU, Wisconsin, and North Dakota.

He should be looked at as an immediate contributor and his currently putting up some gaudy numbers in the BCHL - admittedly a wide-open league where numbers can be a little inflated.

Welcome to Cambridge!!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Conor Morrison Considering Crimson?

Conor Morison, a forward playing in the BCHL for Salmon Arm (5' 10'', 160lbs, 89 bday) is rumored to be considering Harvard, BU, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

He would not be a Louis Leblanc type win, but he'd be a solid, impactful player. He played at Northwood prior to heading out West, and is the 2nd leading scorer for Salmon Arm (37-45-82 in 48 games).

Morrison also represented Team Germany in the World Juniors and finished the tourney with a line of 1-1-2 in 4 games played.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Checking in with Harvard Recruits

Well, this has been a trying season for Harvard thus far. And when a season starts to turn for the worst, it can be cathartic to take a glimpse to the future, especially when it is as bright as Harvard's.

This just in: Red Line Report projects Harvard's Class of 2009 as the #3 class in the nation behind Notre Dame and Minnestoa.

Class of 2009:

Marshall Everson (17-17-34, +21 in 13 games) - the leading scorer for Edina (2 pts more than Anders Lee) and leads the team in +/-, goals, SHGs, and GWGs. He is the 7th leading scorer in all of Minnestoa High School Hockey and is a likely finalist and potential winner for Mr. Hockey in Minnestoa. Marshall projects to be a scorer in college and should be expected to contribute immediately. His younger brother (Max Everson) is a very highly regarded defenseman.

Louis Leblanc (15-18-33, +7 in 32 games) - the 2nd leading scorer on his Omaha team and 6th overall in the USHL. He is far and away the leading scorer for his 1991 birth year as most of the folks ahead of him are 1988s. Big things are expected of Leblanc and he should be a mid to late 1st round draft pick in the 2009 NHL draft. Coming in, he may very well be the most highly touted Harvard recruit in the last 35 years.

Dan Ford (0-3-3, -12 in 26 games) - a puck moving defenseman, Dan has struggled in the USHL. Of course, playing for a subpar Sioux City team has not helped. Most expect Dan to be a mid-round draft pick, though I'm not sure what impact the USHL has had.

Luke Greiner (6-16-22, -11 in 30 games) - a small, but speedy forward.

Alexander Fallstrom (21-28-49, in 34 games) - He is tied for the lead in total points (leads the team in goals) with potential NHL 1st round pick, Eric Haula. He is a hard-nosed and gritty player who should be drafted this year. Illegal Curve cited him as their favorite player on Shattuck last year as a junior.

Brendan Rempel (0-4-4 in 31 games) - He is a stay-at-home defenseman who is not afraid to throw his weight around and be a physical anchor on the blue line.

Danny Biega (0-2-2 in 11 games) - does not bring the offensive flair of his older brother Alex, but is projected to be better in his own zone and can bring some offensive ability when he needs to.

Class of 2010:

(no recruits yet)

Class of 2011:

Mark Luzar - He is 6'3 190lbs as a 15 year old! Due to his age, not a lot of info out there, though he is considered by many the top Ontario defenseman for the 1993 birth year.