Earlier this week, Carter Sieben of Prep Hockey highlighted 6 newcomers in our recently updated Class of 2022 Player Rankings. In this update, we added 88 players to the list! With the magnitude of players added, it is fitting to feature more players in Part 2 of Newcomers! In this article, I will feature 4 forwards, 1 defenseman, and 1 goalie who were added to the rankings and more specifically players who are off to great starts in their senior campaigns. Lets get started!
| Forward | Forest Lake | Prep Hockey #80
leads the Rangers in points with 21 and has a point in almost every game this season. Gavin’s biggest game was in Forest Lake’s last game vs East Ridge, where he scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in the Rangers 5-2 victory. During the fall, Middendorf played on the Minneapolis Magazine Elite League team and had a nice 20 games, tallying 5 goals and 8 assists. Gavin is on a Forest Lake club that is in the middle of the pack in Section 7AA, as they will probably be the 4 seed. If the Rangers are going to make any sort of postseason push, look for Middendorf to be the leader of that charge.
| Forward | Minnetonka | Prep Hockey #83
is a player that may not score all the time, but defiantly still holds a high value on this Minnetonka team. Matter of fact, no one really has the higher scoring ability like past Skippers on this years team. So far this season, Hanus has a respectable 4 goals and 5 assists. I had the opportunity to watch Reed play down at the Ted Brill Great 8 in South St. Paul last Spring and I was impressed with his play. Minnetonka has had an up and down season so far, but are coming off a huge victory over Lake Conference rival, Wayzata. When the Skippers win hockey games, they win as a team. will continue to contribute to that “Team” style of play, as Minnetonka looks to build off their big win over Wayzata here in the second half of the season.
| Forward | Wayzata | Prep Hockey #85
of Wayzata is truly an underrated player. Streeter, a player that did not play in the Elite League this Fall, leads the Trojans in points with 8 goals and 12 assists on the season. The Trojans are off to another potent start and it will be interesting to see what they can do in the always tough Section 6AA, which includes Edina and Benilde-St. Margaret’s. They may not be the most talented team, but they always come to play and will wear you down physically and defensively. They are also well coached under Head Coach Patrick O’Leary in his 11th season at the helm. is a player that deserves more recognition than he has, but he can prove everyone wrong if he can lead his team to a second consecutive state tournament birth in March.
| Defense | Andover | Prep Hockey #88
is off to a great start on the blueline for Andover this season, already tallying 7 goals and 7 assists. Behind the 3 players on that potent first line (Thoreson, Casey, and Conway), Law has the 4th most points on the team as a defender. Along with Middendorf, Law was also apart of that Minneapolis Magazine Elite League team, tallying 8 points in the entire season. Kyle is apart of a very solid Andover team, who are looking to punch their 3rd straight state tournament birth. The Huskies are in Section 7AA and they will have to get past a tough Grand Rapids team in order to get back to Xcel Energy Center. With that dangerous top line and Law on the blueline, among others, I like Andover’s chances this year.
| Forward | Duluth Denfeld | Prep Hockey #110
is off to a monster start, already scoring 6 goals and adding a whopping 21 helpers. You could say Davidson likes to pass the puck with that many assists. I got to watch Simon play earlier in the season vs section opponent Hibbing/Chisholm and he assisted all 5 goals scored by the Hunters. That was probably his best game of the season and the stats don’t even do justice for how well he played. He was all over the ice all game long that night. In the Fall Elite League, Davidson played for Team Kowalski’s and had 5 points. It looks like Duluth Denfeld will once again be the #2 seed in Section 7A and will look to get over that hump and defeat Hermantown, just like Greenway did back in 2019. They definitely have the talent with Davidson, the McClure Brothers, and others to do it and we will see if they can get it done this year.
| Goalie | Chanhassen | Prep Hockey #120
is a goaltender who is quietly having a nice start to his Senior season. Gates has a record of 6-3-1, Goals Against Average of 1.77, and Save Percentage .917, including 1 shutout. Chanhassen is an up and coming program in the southeast of the Twin Cities and will have an opportunity to make a push come section playoff time in 2AA. The Storm’s biggest game came vs section opponent, Minnetonka, where they skated to a 3-3 tie at Pagel Activity Center. Gates stopped 33 of 36 shots in that contest and was by far his best performance of the season. Chanhassen is very talented and young at the same time. It defiantly helps when you have a veteran like to balance things out a little bit. Keep an eye on and the Storm as it could be a historic season for this program.