Photo Credit: Northeast Generals
Despite being shutout, the East Division side, featuring three Northeast Generals, Anton Castro, Jonathan Young, and Liam McCanney, all had good final showings for their 2020-2021 campaigns today in Blaine Minnesota at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Young and McCanney are looking for college homes, while Castro is looking to earn an NHL Entry Draft selection some time on the second day of the draft (he is ranked 13th by NHL Central Scouting among North American Goalies).
As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the day, in which the East Division lost in a shutout to the Central Division.
” 18 saves on 21 shots doesn’t tell the entire story. First 2 goals he made ridiculous saves on and didn’t get help cleaning up the rebounds. 3rd one was a great shot that barely beat him. I thought he did a great job showing his athleticism and ability to make every type of save. Kid is a stud. ” Castro has been supporting his family at home for the past little bit due to the incredibly tragic passing of his father. For the first time in months he has played games on back to back days in part due to the incredibly tough times he has been dealing with, and also due to the success of Hugo Haas, who would have been at this tournament if not for travel issues.
McCanney was good today. Didn’t have the puck a ton but used his speed very well and had some big hits. He played a simple game that I think showed well.”
“Young was very quick in transition today. Made some nice plays and passes. Didn’t get a lot of puck luck but I thought he was very good in all 3 zones!”
As for pitching the value of Castro to the NHL scouts assembled, Erikson had this to say
” As for Anton I think his athleticism is insane and his feel for big saves is special. And he’s only an 03 that is going to be a big time goalie. Goalies usually develop a little later but I think Anton is ahead of that curve. It’s his first year draft eligible and a team could get him late in the draft where if he plays like I think he can he may push himself up draft boards next year. He is a competitor that really has no cap on his potentia.l”
The Boston University commit, Castro, and Haas both hope to be selected in the NHL Draft next month, while Young and McCanney hope they soon find an NCAA home. All three Generals that played in the Tournament this weekend added more positives to their resumes to meet their end goals.
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