Amherst, N.Y. – With USA Hockey’s Select 15 Player Development Camp underway in Amherst, N.Y., college coaches, junior scouts, and NHLPA agents have converged on the Greater Buffalo area to watch the top 2003-born prospects in the United States.
As crazy as it might sound to hockey outsiders, many of the top ‘03s in the U.S. are already committed to play college at a Division 1 program. New Englanders Jack Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) and Ryan St. Louis (Riverside, Conn.) fall into that category, with both pledging to Northeastern.
Boston College and Boston University have gotten in on the action as well. The Eagles have committed Aidan Hreschuk –arguably the top defenseman in this age group – out of the Los Angeles Jr. Kings. Forwards Tyler Boucher and Jeremy Wilmer, meanwhile, have both verbally committed to play for the Terriers. Providence, Quinnipiac and Vermont are other New England colleges that have commitments from top ‘03s.
While many college programs attended the 2018 World Selects Invite in Voorhees, N.J., in May, Select 15s represents a time when virtually all of the top ‘03s in the U.S. are in one facility showcasing their talents before various evaluators.
Below is a look at the top uncommitted U.S. prospects in the 2003 birth year, heading into USA Hockey’s Select 15 Player Development Camp.
Please note that a more thorough and in-depth review of all prospects – committed and uncommitted – will be posted here following the conclusion of Select 15s.