High School hockey is just a few months away and we all know the State of Hockey can’t wait for it. It’s preseason, things happen and players change but right now here are my top-5 2018 NHL draft prospects.
- Blake McLaughlin, Forward, Grand Rapids
Blake Mclaughlin is my #1 ranked prospects because of his speed and his hockey sense. Blake plays a 200ft game and at the high school ranks, he is dominating. The Grand Rapids native had 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists) for the Thunderhawks last season on their way to winning a state title. Blake is a player that is not afraid to get to the dirty areas on the ice. He works hard in the corners with the ability to escape anyone and will scrap and grind with the best of them in front of the next. This summer Blake represented Team-USA U18 in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, where he had three points in four games. Blake is an affiliate with the Chicago Steel in the USHL where he is playing before and after the high school season. Blake is a commit of the University of Minnesota and will likely join the Gophers next season.
2. Jack Jensen, Forward, Eden Prairie
Jack Jensen was teammates with McLaughlin of Team USA in the Hlinka Tournament and McLaughlin’s Grand Rapids team defeated Jensen’s Eden Prairie team in the state semifinals. Jack produced 40 points (17 goals 23 assists) for the Eagles last season. He is a big frame (6-2 195) kids that uses his body well in all aspects of the game. Jack is a prime example of a power forward who has impressive offensive skills. Currently, he is playing is HS Elite League where he has 13 points in eight games. Jack is a draft pick of Tri-City in the USHL and will likely play there next season before heading to the University of Minnesota.
3. Jack Perbix, Forward, Elk River
Jack Perbix is quick forward who has incredible vision/hockey sense and has the ability to make elite-level passes to an open teammate. Now he has size too, 6-1 180 there’s no pushing around this kid on the ice. Perbix had 40 points (17 goals 23 assists) last season for the Elk River Elks. Now, a member of Team Northwest in the HS Elite League he has 12 points in seven games. Perbix is a commit of Notre Dame and draft pick of Green Bay in the USHL. Expect for him to head to Green Bay after the high school season is over and depending on how he does there will decide how fast he heads to South Bend.
4. Ben Helgeson, Forward, Hill-Murray
Ben Helgeson is another power forward on to add to the list. Ben best skill is his shoot, he has a rocket. Last season for the Hill-Murray Pioneers, Ben had 28 points (13 goals 15 assists) was a huge factor in H-M getting to the state tournament. He’s a draft pick of Waterloo in the USHL and we likely head there before crossing on over into Wisconsin where he is committed. Ben also playing in the HS Elite League where he has six points for Team Southeast.
5. Demetrios Koumontzis, Forward, Edina
Demetrios Koumontzis is a newcomer to Minnesota high school hockey. He has spent the last two season Phoenix Jr. Coyotes in the T1EHL (Tier 1 Elite Hockey League). He is a native of Edina and decided to come back for his senior year. Demetrios has high-end offensive skills and his first three strides might be the best in high school hockey. He is leading the HS Elite League in points, with an impressive 21 points in nine games. He a player that can take over a game when he wants to and will be a huge lift to already stacked Edina Hornets lineup. Demetrios is a draft pick of Green Bay in the USHL and is committed to Arizona State University.
Colin Schmidt, Wayzata
Luke Loheit, Minnetonka
Bryce Brodzinski, Blaine