Liam McLinskey, Jersey Hitmen
We continue to see amazing growth and development for the ‘01 out of Pearl River, N.Y., in his fifth full season with the Hitmen organization. McLinskey climbed the ladder from 15U to 16U to 18U to now his second season as an NCDC offensive firecracker.
After being held scoreless in Game 1 of the season on Oct. 3, the Quinnipiac recruit scored in each of his next five, racking up three straight multi-point outings between Oct. 4-9 with 2-6-8 totals in that stretch. He added two more goals to close the month, including a shorthanded goal.
With 10 points in six October games, he has a league-leading 1.67 points per game average. He leads all Hitmen with an average of 22 shifts per game.
Clark Kerner, Rockets Hockey Club
Kerner (‘00/Kansas City, Mo.) brought in some history with new Rockets Head Coach Jason Kersner, playing from 2016-18 for Kersner’s Skipjacks Hockey Club Midget program. He continues to fulfill the upside Kersner saw in him, and has racked up six goals (tied for first in the league) and nine assists (tied for first) for the sole hold on the scoring lead with 15 points after 10 October games. He has missed the scoresheet only once in nine games as the Rockets blasted to a 9-0-1 start.
A UMass-Lowell recruit, Kerner leads the Rockets in shot accuracy, posting 4.7 shots on goal per game.
Jonathan Wescoe, Rockets Hockey Club
Yet another key cog in the Rockets’ rise to the league points lead after 10 games, Wescoe is the only Rocket to have scored in all 10 contests so far, earning the Mr. Consistency nod (and the league lead for active scoring streaks).
Wescoe is another product of the Skipjacks Midget program, playing three seasons for Kersner at the 16U and 18U levels. The ‘01 from Mechanicsburg, Pa., was a two-time USPHL 18U All-Star and he also scored a pair of points in three NCDC games last season for the Junior Bruins.
That presaged what he’s done for the Rockets. He scored a 2-1-3 line in the season opener, before going on to register one point in each of the next nine, including a four-game goal-scoring streak.
Jeb Dee, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
In an emotional season for the NCDC Monarchs following the death of late Head Coach Ryan Frew, Dee has been a steadying influence on the back end for a team that averages just over 31 shots per game, a certainly respectable average in a heavy-shooting league. With four points in four games, Dee contributed to the Monarchs’ 3-0-1 start, including scoring an overtime game-winning goal against the Boston Junior Bruins on Oct. 23, putting him into the scoring lead.
With 23 takeaways in four games, he was averaging about six picks per game, and was a +3 for the Monarchs.
Ryan Prewitt, Boston Junior Bruins
A perfect representative of the youth movement with the Junior Bruins, by far the youngest NCDC team of the 2020-21 season, Prewitt (‘02/Abington, Mass.) has almost quietly put together a heck of a first month in junior hockey. The former Worcester Academy standout posted six points - all assists - in seven October games, including setting up Frankie Ireland’s overtime game-winner that put the only blemish so far on the Rockets Hockey Club’s record.
Defensively, he has been razor-sharp, earning 39 takeaways, he stands at +3, and he is tied with teammate Will Gilson for most defensive shifts at 19. He spends even time on the power play and penalty kill as well, and has formed a great frequent pairing with Northeastern University recruit Jackson Dorrington.
Damon Beaver, Jersey Hitmen
Never in doubt for this award for October, Beaver (‘01/Whitby, Ont.) set the NCDC on its head right out of the gate, posting shutouts in his first three games at the BJB Shootout. He then broke the record set by his Hitmen predecessor Gavin Abric (now with Army) for total shutout minutes at 221:59 and all from the start of his NCDC career, the first to register three straight official shutouts and the first to go into their fourth NCDC game before letting up a goal.
It all started with a 30-save shutout against the South Shore Kings on Oct. 3, on his way to stopping 123 of 125 total shots faced in October, for a gleaming .984 save percentage.
He closed the month on Halloween by stopping all 21 Connecticut Jr. Ranger shots, already tying him with former Islanders Hockey Club goaltender Jacob Zacharewicz for most shutouts in one season.
* = Takes into account single NCDC game played in September.