Class of 2024 Rankings: The Stock-Risers (Part 3)
The Class of 2024 Prep Hockey rankings are live, and that means a deep dive into the class is in order. There are 101 players ranked this year, up from the 75 who made it last year, meaning there is…
The Class of 2024 Prep Hockey rankings are live, and that means a deep dive into the class is in order. There are 101 players ranked this year, up from the 75 who made it last year, meaning there is plenty to get into regarding new faces, improved players, and everything in between. That being said, let’s take a look at some guys who returned the rankings with a new and improved play style.
, Defenseman, Andover (Current Rank: 51)
Andover’s do-it-all, versatile defenseman who is due for a breakout year,helped anchor a stifling defense who only allowed 1.90 goals per game as a unit. A huge factor on the defensive side of things since his sophomore year, Stringfellow posted a rock solid junior campaign in which he played stifling defense along with scoring 13 points on five goals and eight assists, becoming a key piece on a 23-7-1 Huskies team that finished third in state. Whether he likes it or not though, Stringfellow’s role is set to expand considerably. Andover’s once loaded attack will be graduating a combined 292 points from its top four scorers, all of whom are set to move onto to other ventures. Stringfellow, along with a few other soon-to-be seniors, will need to be on their A-game from the jump if they want to keep this program performing at a high level.
, Forward, Cambridge-Isanti (Current Rank: 54)
A superstar forward for Cambridge-Isanti coming off a breakout season, Will O’ Donovan still has one more year in the prep hockey hemisphere, a notion that should terrify opposing attacks. Across only 27 games in 2022-2023, O’Donoavan racked up 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists, a figure that was essential in helping his Bluejacket team average nearly four-and-a-half goals per game. O’Donovan’s 5-foot-6, 140 pound frame may not be the most daunting, but he can burn any given defender with his excellent speed and acceleration, allowing him to stop-and-start on a dime and punish anyone foolish enough to underestimate him. The Bluejackets are coming off a 17-10 season, and should only improve considering they are bringing back their top two scorers. O’Donovan will enter his senior year with high expectations around his name, but this kid has proven time and time again he’s an elite scorer in the state of hockey.
, Goalie, Mahtomedi (Current Rank: 55)
‘s first start between the pipes was a dominating win, so it was only fitting he ended it as a state champion. The Zephyrs found an absolute gem in this kid, and it has already paid dividends in the form of a state title. Brandt entered the season inexperienced when it came to varsity goaltending, but no one would have been able to guess just from watching him play. He was dominant from the first whistle until the final horn, posting a 16-8 record, 2.59 Goals Against Average, and .912 Save Percentage, all numbers that are only sweetened by the fact he is a state champion. Odds are, Brandt only got better thanks to this full year of experience, and this kid should be on everyone’s players to watch list entering the upcoming winter.
, Forward, Thief River Falls (Current Rank: 59)
Thief River Falls may have slightly slumped in 2022-2023, butabsolutely shined, putting up unprecedented career high numbers that indicate this guy might be a forward to watch this upcoming season. In 27 games for the Prowlers, Arlt led the team in scoring by a wide margin, racking up 48 points on 22 goals and 26 assists, a point total that steamrolled his previous career high of 22. Arlt’s massive leap in development can most likely be attributed to experience, especially considering his team didn’t see the same massive improvement. He had a whole year to grow both as a skater and overall athlete, and this offseason work clearly paid off. Arlt has had another full offseason to improve, and if this kid logged another eight months of hard work under his belt, I can only imagine how many points he will put up this upcoming season.
, Goalie, Southwest Christian/Richfield (Current Rank: 62)
Southwest Christian Richfield’s hulking, brick wall of a goalie,is a presence in the net to say the least. His 6-foot-6, 210 pound frame makes the guy look more like a tight end than a net protector, but so far, he’s proved himself ten times over. He was an absolute ironman for the Stars, starting every game without missing as much as a minute. Along the way, he put up excellent stats to boot, finishing his junior campaign with a 12-9-5 record and nearly 1,000 saves. However, his most notable stat is a .922 Save Percentage, an excellent figure that was tied for 20th in the state last season. Kamp has proven he can hold down the net with the best of them, and his senior year should only see this guy get better.