The Central Scouting Service released their Midterm Rankings for the 2012 Draft today. Northeastern had 5 players/recruits mentioned on the Preliminary Rankings a few months ago. Those same 5 found themselves on the Midterm Rankings.
Recruit Jon Gillies was ranked 4th among goalies in North America. Gillies, who plays for the Indiana Ice in the USHL, is the only USHL goalie ranked in the top 5. He has been having a great year in Indiana and figures to go in the first couple rounds of the draft. Major Juniors have been after him for a while and Patrick Roy’s team owns his draft rights, so there is a chance he could go that route. But he has once again made it clear he plans on coming to Northeastern. Plenty of NHL goalies have come from the NCAA and teams usually allow them more time to develop before signing them. So Northeastern fans can (probably) look forward to Gillies coming to campus and staying for a few years no matter who drafts him. With Rawlings leaving after this season, Gillies will see plenty of action next season for the Huskies.
Moving onto the skaters, 2013 recruit Zach Aston-Reese was the highest ranked at 74. “ZAR” is playing in his second season with the Lincoln Stars in the USHL and having a solid season. The Kitchener Rangers hold his OHL rights, but the Center from Staten Island, obviously has a good relationship with assistant coach Jerry Keefe. He was originally committed to Brown, where Keefe coached, but he followed Keefe to Northeastern. Aston-Reese will spend one more year in the USHL before coming in 2013, where he should be part of a big incoming class.
2012 recruit Cam Darcy, from South Boston, was ranked 104. Darcy is spending this season playing with the U-18 USNTDP. Out of the 15 skaters from his team that were ranked, Darcy was 8th. He was ahead of BU recruit Matt Lane and BC recruits Frankie Vatrano and Brendan Silk who also play for the USNTDP. Darcy will arrive next year and is expected to be a big part of the team.
Rounding out the rankings for Northeastern were two current Huskies: Freshmen Adam Reid and Joseph Manno. Reid was ranked 143. Manno was ranked 156.
Reid, who came from the USNTDP, has been spending most of his time on the 4th line this season. Reid is a big kid and he has proven to be strong on the boards. He will likely go later in the draft as he still has a lot of developing left to do. He will never be a huge scorer, but he can definitely be a complete player and maybe take the Joey Vitale route to the NHL someday.
Manno is ranked the lowest, but is probably the biggest flight risk. The freshman from Montreal has shown his skill this season, but he has also shown his immaturity at times. He was benched late in the Princeton game and then was a healthy scratch the following night vs Minnesota. If he can stay disciplined, he has the skills to be a very good player. Manno originally committed to UMass. When he decommitted, many thought he would be going to the QMJHL. I wouldn’t rule that out. He is from Canada and has many friends play across the CHL. Depending on who drafts him and how he finishes the season (think Brodie Reid), he could depart in the summer.
Northeastern currently has 7 players that have been drafted (Quailer, Saponari, D. Daniels, J. Daniels, Bitetto, Manson, Ferriero). Quailer will leave after this season. Saponari or Bitetto could possibly leave, but if all goes well for the Huskies at the 2012 draft, they may, for what would be the first time in program history, have double digit NHL draft picks on their roster at one time. Its a longshot, but it could happen. And with Madigan at the helm, that number looks like it will continue to go up.