Logan Cooley is a true blue chip center prospect from West Mifflin PA who began playing at Sidney Crosby’s Little Penguins Learn to Play program before going to the Pittsburgh Penguins Under-16 Team which plays at the Mario Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township PA, before going to the United States National Team Developmental Program in 2020. The 5-10 179 lb Logan Cooley came in and won the first line center job beating out the highly touted Rutger McGroady for the position. Cooley had 15 goals, 13 assists, and 28 points for the United State National Team Developmental Program in the USHL taking over the position Matthew Beniers held a year ago prior to enrolling into Michigan in 2020-2021.
Logan Cooley improved in his second USHL season with 13 goals, 23 assists, and 36 points in 24 games 2021-2022. The biggest reason he's still a top 5 prospect is because Cooley is the best center at winning face offs in the entire 2022 NHL Entry Draft. Cooley's faceoff winning ability will allow an NHL team to create a lot of scoring chances once he arrives. Cooley also has a hockey scholarship to Minnesota after originally committing to Notre Dame. If the Arizona Coyotes took him third overall in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, he'd go to Minnesota for a year, and would probably be a first line center on the Coyotes by the 2023-2024 NHL Season at the very latest, unless Arizona managed to win the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery ending up with a duo of Connor Bedard and Logan Cooley.
The 5-9 163 lb Frank Nazar had 20 goals, 16 assists, 36 points, and a +7 +/- ratio in 2020-2021 with the United States National Team Developmental Program in the USHL. Frank Nazar also had 28 goals, 27 assists, and 55 points on the USNTDP Under-17 Team absolutely dominating against kids his own age in 2020-2021. Frank Nazar had 15 goals, 20 assists, and 35 points on the USNTDP team in the USHL in 2021-2022 while also showing the skill set and versatility to be a second line center behind Logan Cooley. Nazar also had 28 goals, 42 assists, and 70 points in 56 games with the USNTDP Under-18 Team. Frank Nazar has the has the playmaking, sniping, passing, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, hockey IQ, speed, skating, agility, and stick handling. Nazar has a hockey scholarship to Michigan starting in 2022-2023.
The 6-2 190 lb Cutter Gauthier has experience as a first line left winger on the United States National Team Devlopmental Program in the USHL. Cutter Gauthier had 12 goals, 9 assists, 21 points, and a -28 +/- ratio in 32 USHL games in 2020-2021. Cutter Gauthier broke out on the USNTDP USHL Team with 19 goals, 9 assists, 28 points, and a +14 +/- ratio in 2021-2022 after fixing his defense. Cutter Gauthier also played on the US Under 18 Team with 34 goals, 31 assists, and 65 points in 54 games with the Under 18 Team in 2021-2022. Cutter Gauthier skates well. He may have the best wrist shot power and wrist shot accuracy out of any player in this class, but the rest of his game needs development despite playing on the first line and breaking out for the United States National Team Developmental Program on their USHL team in 2021-2022. Cutter Gauthier has a hockey scholarship to Boston College where he's going to make the transition to center. He needs to go to Boston College for a year to refine his game.
Jake Sanderson is a 6-1 185 lb defenseman. He had 2 goals, 12 assists, and 14 points this season in the USHL. He also had 29 points on the US Under 18 Team. Jake Sanderson is the only USHL player with a top 10 let alone first round grade as he is a two-way defender that can anchor a top line. Ottawa drafted Jake Sanderson fifth overall in 2020. He got promoted to alternate captain at North Dakota since Ottawa has not signed Sanderson to his rookie deal in the NHL.
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