Forward: Nate Hanley, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders
Hanley is not in this position just because he’s the leading scorer in the 16U Division. This Northeastern University recruit is the leading scorer in the 16U Division because he’s simply on a different plane.
Hanley (‘02/Rocky Point, N.Y.) has more than a 10-point lead on anyone else in the USPHL 16U, not to mention a 1.31 points per game edge on his closest competition in that category.
Hanley tore through November with a vengeance, racking up 22 of his 43 total points in just seven games. This young man scored four points in five games in the 11th month of the year, including a run of three four-point games in a row. Hanley entered December on an 11-game scoring streak. He helped the Jr. Islanders to the 16U Division’s eighth best winning percentage through November (.692) and the league’s third-best goals for total (67).
Honorable Mention: Mike Stevens, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, Evan Brown, New Jersey Rockets.
Defense: Jack Kircher, New Jersey Rockets.
The New Jersey Rockets team playing in the National Division entered December the same way they entered November, as the USPHL’s highest-ranked 16U team on MYHockeyrankings, at 34th nationally.
The all-around play of the Rockets’ defensive corps lands a Rocket blueliner in this spot for the second straight month. Kircher (‘02/Bedminster, N.J.) posted seven points in the Rockets’ eight games played last month. He is now third in the USPHL 16U in scoring by defensemen with 15 points. Even though three Rockets defensemen are among the top 20 in scoring, they take care of business in their own end, giving up just 2.58 goals per game on average. They were also sixth in the 16U in winning percentage as November ended (.711).
Honorable Mention: Michael Rubin, New Jersey Rockets; Luke Schleusner, Seattle Sno-King.
Goal: Brooks McLean, Palmyra Black Knights.
McLean is definitely an ‘03 for scouts of all higher levels to keep an eye on, especially with what he’s been able to do through the first three months of the USPHL season.
A native of Aberdeen, S.D., McLean has given up more than two goals just once in this season, in his first game at the 16U level. November was a standout month for him, and his work in net far overshadowed his 2-2-0-1 personal record in the five league games Palmyra played last month.
He gave up just eight goals against in those five full games, and gave up just two goals in those close regulation losses. McLean sees a ton of shots, and turned away 153 of those for a .946 save percentage for the month, lifting his overall save percentage to .935, good for eighth in the league. He contributes to a team goals against of just 2.44 for the Black Knights.
Honorable Mention: Tyler MacKoul, Boston Bandits; Thomas Heaney, New Jersey Rockets.