The first rankings of the season off a small sample and there are many surprises earlier on with the early games. Injuries, missing players, and slow starts are giving some true Diamonds in the Rough (#DITRyPlayers) to shine. The #DITRyDozen list, Goalie, Forward, and Defense Rankings with twitter links will be available starting mid-week with a special offer below to get access to ALL the rankings to come…..
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DITR Hockey takes on something it has NEVER taken on, USA Hockey Tier 3, and it starts with the goalies, we will have forward and defense later on in the week.
This covers the RMJHL, EHL, EHLP, USPHL Premier, USPHL Elite and of course the NA3HL. This is the first time we have tackled the ratings for this level but not the last this season. Subscribe below to get access to all these rankings as well as USHL, NAHL, NCDC, HS, Prep and AAA Club rankings.
DITR Hockey is the prime place for analytical rankings of U14 to U20 aged players. We identify players to help coaches, scouts, and hockey personnel to identify DITRy players (Diamonds in the Rough).
What started as a concept to keep the Northeast Hockey Talent in the Northeast where more than 1/2 of the NCAA teams reside, ECAC, Hockey East & the Atlantic Hockey Conference conferences to name a few, has done a fairly good job of keeping local talent close.
Not getting the USA Hockey blessing on their financial model was a negative blow to truly calling themselves Tier 2 but nothing strong programs the likes of the Jr. Bruins, Islanders Hockey, NJ Hitmen & South Shore Kings cannot survive (and thrive).
While it is good bar talk on how the NAHL and the NCDC compare overall (I still think the NAHL is deeper in the talent pool and with 3 East teams being strong this year (NJ Titans, NE Generals and undefeated Philadelphia Rebels) it remains to be seen how the two leagues co-exist.
DITRyDozen+2 goalies are below.
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