Vancouver Canucks scout Vinny Montelbano hosted the annual Kings of East Coast Showcase over the past three days at UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Arena.
While the eight-team field didn’t have the high-end players that some showcases do, it’s a great take for some late bloomers or under-the-radar players looking to get seen by Division I and Division III college coaches. All the players in the showcase were uncommitted. There were a lot of NESCAC coaches, other Division III coaches, and a smattering of Division I coaches in the rink.
It’s a great event to scout. All the games are on one rink so there’s no bouncing around in hopes of seeing everyone. Rosters and line charts are provided ahead of time. Kudos to Montelbano and John Healey, who helps put on the Kings of East Coast Showcase.
A good majority of the players in the Kings of East Coast Showcase are likely headed to Division III or club hockey, but there were a couple of standouts who certainly have the opportunity to prove they belong on a Division I roster someday.