NAHL notebook: College commitments continue to rise, players named to NHL Central Scouting List
One thing that NAHL prides itself on is advancing players to the next level of the game. Two months into the 2022-23 season, there are 122 players committed to play D-I collegiate hockey.
DALLAS — October has almost come to a close, and as we prepare to move from "spooky season" to the holiday season, we're taking a look at some of the biggest and most recent news from around the NAHL, as well as the league's October initiative.
NHL Central Scouting releases their Preliminary Players to Watch List
With the list being released, there are eight players from the NAHL were given a grade, including five who currently play in the NAHL and three alumni.
Breaking News: Several #NAHL players, both past and present, have been recognized on the @NHLCentralScout Prospects to Watch list for 2023 draft-eligible players. https://t.co/ENgL9ANUto pic.twitter.com/233CWpjMtS— NAHL (@NAHLHockey) October 25, 2022
- Cayden Casey , North Iowa Bulls
- Chase Cheslock , St. Cloud Norsemen
- Adam Gajan , Chippewa Steel
- Thomas Kiesewetter , Corpus Christi IceRays
- Chris Pelosi , Janesville Jets
- Aaron Pionk , Minnesota Wilderness (currently with the Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)
- Kaden Shahan , Chippewa Steel (currently with the Sioux City Musketeers, USHL)
- Gavyn Thoreson , Minnesota Wilderness (currently with the Waterloo Black Hawks, USHL)
One thing the NAHL prides itself on is advancing players to the next level of the game. To date, here are the number of collegiate commitments around the league.
- 122 commitments so far in the 2022-23 season
- All commitments are to D-I schools
- The Janesville Jets have the most players in the NAHL committed with 13
Full list of NAHL college commitments
For their play from Oct. 17-23, one player from each NAHL division have been awarded the Bauer Hockey Star of the Week
- Central Division Star of the Week:
, Austin Bruins
- Wiemken helped lead the Bruins to a weekend sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats, stopping 67 of 72 shots he faced between the pipes through two games. Wiemken is 3-1-1 so far this season with a 3.10 goals against average and .876 save percentage.
- East Division Star of the Week:
, New Jersey Titans
- This past weekend was the best one for Titans forward Ben Muthersbaugh thus far. He put up three goals and an assist in the split against the Philidelphia Rebels. He has seven points through 15 games currently.
- Midwest Division Star of the Week:
, Minnesota Wilderness
- Through two games, Posch stopped 52 of 53 shots between the pipes. He is 5-3-1 so far this season, and has a 1.85 goals against average and .935 save percentage.
- South Division Star of the Week:
, Oklahoma Warriors
- Putting up five points through two games last weekend, including a hat-trick, forward Malte Hasselgren was awarded the South Division Star of the Week. Through nine games this season, Hasselgren has nine points.
As we head into the final weekend of games in the Month of October, let's take one last look at the players who were awarded NAHL Player of the Month in their respective positions for their play in the month of Sept.
- Forward of the month: Hunter Jones of the Oklahoma Warriors
- Defenseman of the month: Michael Neumeier of the Bismarck Bobcats
- Goaltender of the month: Carter Clafton of the Amarillo Wranglers
October is anti-bullying month
The NAHL has taken the month of October to promote their anti-bullying initiative, and as the month is close to wrapping up, we're taking a look at the message from athletes in the NAHL Central Division.
Members of the NAHL's Central Division encourage you pass along good sportsmanship. #BeKindBullyingHurts pic.twitter.com/v0MWuiwWtY— NAHL (@NAHLHockey) October 26, 2022