NE Prep Skaters Final Lists
In the past, we only rated players by their DITRP which measures them as a total prospect, which took in factors like age, the strength of the team, amount of saves, and other factors. We had some people that challenged that while once kid may be a better long-term project, they may not be better right now analytically at this moment, so how do you measure that? Well, we introduce DITRW, weighting that is independent of age factors, to measure that.
Let’s look at this year by example. While there are several incredible prospects in NE Prep hockey, there might not be a better defenseman prospect than Jack Rathbone of Dexter (Harvard) or a better forward prospect than John Farinacci of Dexter (Harvard). But it is a legit argument that they were not the best forwards or defense in NE Prep last year, that could probably go to players such as Matthew Fawcett of Winchendon (Quinnipiac) or Matthew Guerra of Cushing (Bentley) as forwards or Patrick Lavin of Worcester Academy or Jayson Dobay of Thayer (UMass) as defensemen who lead their teams to great success last year. So we should recognize those achievements as well.
Why penalize a player for mere age, especially since the NCAA D1 & D3 programs average in the 20’s for freshmen? We heard you and will rank both age-related prospect analytic lists as well as those independent of those factors.
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About The Author
Russ has been a "stat-aholic" for about 10 years that has focused his efforts on High School and Prep School hockey in the last few years. His initial rankings got such great response he started a blog that became DITRGuide.com and now evolved to DITRHockey.com. This year we plan on expanding the service to become a complete analysis source for coaches, scouts, players and every other sports fan for schoolboy hockey in the NorthEast AND MidWest. Using available stats, we have developed some weighted and hybrid analysis that is not meant to be the "end all" ranking but a place to identify the true DITR Hockey players so coaches/scouts have a tool to find those "hidden gems" that make a recruiting class complete.