We recently released our updated version of the Class of 2023 Rankings here at Prep Hockey! In this edition, we have 155 players ranked, adding about 70 players this time! In this Newcomers article, I feature 5 players who were just added to our rankings. Let’s get started!
| Goalie | Edina | Prep Hockey #88 ’23’s
is having another solid season between the pipes for Edina. The 6’6’’ Junior netminder has posted a record of 10-5, GAA of 2.20, and a Save % of .904 so far this season. Clarkowski’s most impressive performance came vs Lakeville South at Braemar Arena, where he stopped 38 of 39 shots in the Hornets 2-1 victory. Robert has been fairly consistent so far and he will continue to be valuable for Edina going into the tough Section 6AA Section Playoffs.
| Defense | Hermantown | Prep Hockey #90 ’23’s
is another quality player in that potent Class of 2023 at Hermantown. Peterson has notched 5 goals and 6 assists so far this season and plays on a Hawks team that is arguably the best in the State of Minnesota. George’s best performances came vs Rosemount, Duluth Denfeld, and Eden Prairie, tallying 2 points in each of those games. Peterson is a dark horse player to watch through the rest of this season and going into his senior campaign.
| Forward | Delano | Prep Hockey #95 ’23’s
is the leading point scorer on Delano with 20 points. The Tigers are having a decent season so far and have been locked in the Top 10 in the Class A Rankings every week. Brown continues to drive Delano’s success, tallying at least a point in nearly every game. His best performance came vs East Grand Forks, where he netted the Hat Trick in his team’s 4-2 victory.
| Forward | Bemidji | Prep Hockey #109 ’23’s
is a special player on the Bemidji Lumberjacks. Mattfield is by far the leading point scorer on his team with 23 (13 Goals, 10 Assists). I would consider Bemidji to be an average high school hockey team and they could definetly be a pesky team in the Section 8AA playoffs. If Bemidji does happen to make a playoff push, look for Mattfield to lead that charge. In our next updated rankings for the Class of 2023, I would not be surprised to see Wyatt move up significantly
| Forward | Duluth Denfeld | Prep Hockey #123 ’23’s
continues to be a fixture in the Hunters lineup in his Junior campaign. Postal may not put up numbers like his teammates in the McClure Brothers, Davidson, and Larson, but he still has a respectable 20 points on the season. Postal’s best performance came vs Rock Ridge, where he scored 3 goals and also added an assist. Duluth Denfeld won the contest 6-2 and it was a huge victory when it comes to section seedings. After this season, Denfeld loses a good amount of their players due to graduation, and the underclassmen will look up to Kaden as he will play a vital leadership role.