The United States Hockey League, which has quickly become the premier junior hockey in the country, began its regular season this week. On Sept. 22, the British Columbia Hockey League opens its regular season action.
Both leagues host tons of future Division 1 college hockey players, especially from New England.
There's been a growing trend in the last bunch of years where the best prospects leave prep school early to start their junior hockey careers. This season is no different.
At least 10 skaters who were expected to be impact players in prep hockey left their schools to join junior teams. That excludes players like Sean Keohane (Milton, Mass.), Ethan Gardula (Princeton, Mass.), Joe Connor (Amherst, N.H.) and Jackson Kyrkostas (Windham, N.H.), since all four were seniors.
There will still be a lot of talent in prep hockey this season. But let's examine some of the top prospects who will be playing elsewhere.