After reviewing the goalies and defensemen from USA Hockey’s 2018 Select 17 Player Development Camp, we're onto the forwards.
The event, which took place place June 26-July 2 at the Northtown Center in Amherst, N.Y., showcased the top 2001-born players from the United States, excluding those who compete for the National Team Development Program (NTDP).
From there, USA Hockey selected its U.S. Under 18 Men’s Select Team to compete in next month's Hlinka-Gretzky Cup in Alberta.
The tourmanet is the first major international scouting showcase for 2019 NHL Draft, though several players were inexplicably snubbed. Four New England locals made the cut.
The following rankings – based on personal observations and analysis – are of the top 75 forwards who skated before USA Hockey staff, college coaches, junior and NHL scouts, and NHLPA agents. While future potential is factored into these rankings, if a player didn't perform up to expectations, his ranking suffered.
Twenty-three of the players listed below are either from New England or are committed to colleges in the region.