NE Prep Skaters Final Lists

Now we get to the skaters (forwards & defense). We are doing something different this year. Say we added some more facets (sorry bad pun).

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.

Enjoys the NE Prep skater lists if you have access to premium content, if not you can try for free at the link on the side of the page for a trial membership.

NE Prep Goalies Final DITRGW List (non-age biased)

NE Prep Goalies Final DITRGP List (age biased)

Top NE Prep Defensemen by DITRW Final List

Top NE Prep Defensemen by DITRP Final List

Top NE Prep Forwards by DITRP Final List

Top NE Prep Forwards by DITRW Final List


First Ever USHL Player Rankings on DITR

I want to give a special head nod to our new teammate, Mark Bland, on his contributions to this list, as well as forthcoming lists. He is a welcome addition to the team.

Several players have been on many of our lists so please use our search bar to do additional research for the other lists players have been on in the past.

That being said this is our first swipe at the USHL, with already some interesting results.

Please take the time to vote for one or more (up to 3) players in our DITRy Dozen Poll below for the best player in the USHL.

USHL Ranking List 12-27-2017

Who is DITR Hockey?


DITR Hockey lets the stats tell the story and the rest is up to the scouts and coaches (we call them DITRy Players).

Since this is just a “slice” of the player’s stats for the year, they are subject to statistical anomalies because of the small sample and accuracy of reporting of the statistics.

But all statistics tell a story and the analysis is an attempt to reconfirm the players we know are premier and allow the scouts and coaches to find the “Diamonds In The Rough” (DITR) that might make their recruiting year complete.

We help find players that might be slightly off-radar, #DITRHockey tries to help these #DITRyPlayers get on the radar.

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Top 100 MN Underclassman Skaters from 2015-2016 from DITR Analysis

As always, this is pure stats and weighted analysis on strength of teams. The list is to determine the best 100 prospects of the underclassmen. It is not intended to rank the list 1-100, so if you see a player in the bottom of the list that you think needs to be at the top, you may be right in your assessment.

This list is to identify the top prospects, both blue chip and Diamond in the Rough players, to highlight players that deserve the second looks. As always, the results are open for interpretation, but they are based solely on weighted statistics, and meant to find the DITR players.

Player Team Roster GR POS Goals Assists Points SOT DITRS School / Junior 2016 Tweet LAST Team Junior Rights College Committ
Jaxon Nelson Luverne 10 F 70 43 113 1.88 6.949 @sfstampede @LuverneHSHockey @sfstampede @GopherHockey
Scott Perunovich Hibbing/Chisholm 11 D 13 55 68 1.94 4.468 @RidertownUSA @ScorinScott @HibHockey @RidertownUSA @UMDMensHockey
Kasyn Kruse Luverne 10 F 26 33 59 1.88 3.744 @LuverneHSHockey @KruseKasyn
Chase Brand Park Rapids 11 F 32 36 68 1.80 3.293 @Blizzard_Hockey @cbrand_7 @ParkRapidsISD @sfstampede
Bailey Sommers Redwood Valley 11 F 43 26 69 1.79 3.229 @RVHS_Hockey @SommersMyron

Entire list is HERE. Need a membership, click HERE.


DITR Hockey makes the step up


The NEW and Improved DITR Hockey website is up and running. If you do not know what DITR Hockey is let’s give you a quick “cliff note”.

DITR Hockey is all about getting players that deserve to be seen, a voice. DITR Hockey stands for Diamonds In The Rough and we do our best to take the limited stats that are out there and give voice to those players contributions on the ice. It is not a perfect science, stats are prone to inconsistencies, analysis is limited to the available information, but we do a pretty good job of weighting the available stats, and allowing scouts, coaches and player representatives to identify players to watch. This saves time, money, and allows scouts/coaches to find those players that make a difference from a good recruiting year to a great recruiting year.

Finding DITR players is tough and based a little on luck, we like to enhance the probabilities. Our critics may point out this player belongs higher or this player belongs lower on our lists, they may be right, but the stats don’t lie, they only tell a story. We only base our analysis on the stats that are available so there is no personal bias as there is in many so called “expert analysis” sites. Only the bias of the score sheets they come from and how they were recorded.

What is in store in the next few weeks:

  • Week of 9/11-9/18
    • NE Prep statistical rankings of underclassmen 2015-2016MA
    • HS statistical rankings of underclassmen 2015-2016
  • Week of 9/19-9/26
    • In-depth statistical analysis of the River Rat Jamboree
    • In-depth statistical analysis of the Labor Day Cup (ECC Tournaments)
    • MN HS statistical rankings of underclassmen 2015-2016
  • Plus much more…
    • In-depth statistical analysis of other ECC Tournaments (plus more to come) (on-going)
    • MA Selects statistical analysis
    • Player profiles (scouts/coaches only)
    • Many USEFUL tools for the coaches, scouts and players to make sure every player that deserves to get seen does (scouts/coaches only)

We will offer some limited time offers to celebrate the re-launch on premium content.

  • Premium access $19.99 for the year, access to all premium content (yearly only)
  • Coach/Scout access @  $19.99 for the year (must have an email from accredited hockey organization).  You will get additional content not available to the premium content members as well as coaches tools.
    • *If you email does not come from an accredited hockey program, you will receive and email from DITR to verify and will receive Premium access until you are verified.
  • Team programs are also in the works (TBA)