In late July, the top 2003-born hockey prospects in the United States competed in the annual USA Hockey Select 15 Player Development Camp at the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y.
Select 15s is one of the most important years in terms of scouting, as this class will be selected for the National Team Development Program come next March. They’ll also have the chance to get selected in the USHL, OHL, and QMJHL drafts, joining the elite junior hockey ranks in the U.S. or north of the border if they so desire.
Just about every Division 1 college program in the country had a coach or two in attendance. Junior scouts and NHLPA agents were also in abundance at this camp just outside of Buffalo, N.Y.
The following is a ranking of the top 2003-born forwards who participated in Select 15s. The top 40 includes 11 players from New England or committed to D1 programs within the region. Meanwhile, the honorable mention category features five locals.