Generals wrap up strong showing at Top Prospects Tournament: Read more

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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.

Anton Castro

” 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.

Liam McCanney

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.”

Jonathan Young

“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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Generals Top Prospects group has strong day one: Read more

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In the last showcase for uncommitted players, and those under the close eye of NHL teams at the NAHL level, the representatives of the Northeast Generals all came to play for their East Division side, each playing a role in their 4-1 win.

In net, Anton Castro stopped 20 of 21 shots and allowed his team to get off to a strong start. Castro got a chance to showcase his athletic style and poise early on as his east side faced a talented South Division group. Throughout his time in net, he kept his team ahead by using his athletic poise and strong sense to make the saves he could look routine, and make a few extraordinary saves as well. College hockey is full of goalies with his athleticism, and facing the some of the best players in this league today, Castro showed why he is a Division One talent, and showcased arguably his best outing of the year in front of a jam packed building of NHL scouts today in Blaine Minnesota. Whenever his time in junior hockey is done, he will be a Boston University Terrier.

As for the skaters Castro came to Blaine with, they need to find a college hockey home for next season. Both Jonathan Young and Liam McCanney have had some Division One interest, and for the first time all year, multiple teams got to see them ply their crafts in person. Both lived up to their expectations. Young had an empty net goal, and two assists, while McCanney had an assist on Young’s empty net goal. Both showed off why Bryan Erikson, Generals Head Coach, cannot stop saying good things about these players.

As Erikson said of all of his group from today

” I thought they both did exactly what they needed to do and that was standout. They both played with pace, were physical and showed up on the scoresheet. Need them to repeat that tomorrow to continue to catch the eyes of D1 College Coaches! The league does such a great job putting on this event. The building was jammed with college and NHL scouts. It’s a great atmosphere and it gives everyone playing a great chance to leave it all on the ice and see what happens.”

For Castro he added

“And Anton was great stopping 20 of 21 shots and the goal there was nothing he could do. Just another great performance by a Generals player.”

All three get one more chance to showcase what they can do in front of the NHL and NCAA scouts and coaches assembled in Blaine tomorrow as their Eastern side takes on the Central Division at noon.

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Jonathan Young- A dependable Northeast General looking for his NCAA home

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Family, honesty, and growth. If you could string together three words that describe the most important things to North East Generals’ forward Jonathan Young, those three sum up the values of one of the most consistent players on the Generals. Young is so humble about his NAHL career, he did not even realize that he was about to hit the 100 point milestone until his mom Karen told him a few days before he did it against the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks.

Young enjoys being only an hour away from his family in New Hampshire. They attend his games whenever possible. Young’s singular most favorite food is Karen’s chicken parmesan (it would be his last meal, if he could eat anything). As homemade chicken parmesan is considered to be reliably a source of strength and comfort for those who enjoy it, Young’s consistency this year has been a source of comfort to Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson. Under his tutelage Young has turned himself into a reliable, and dependable two way forward who models himself on the game of his favorite player on his favorite team, Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins. Now he is in the final stretch of figuring out where he will play next year. As of now, all of the schools interested in him are Atlantic Hockey schools, which all play a rugged game chock full of players with the upside, potential, skill and talent like Young’s. On choosing his school, Young said it best on where he wants to go saying he would like to be “somewhere I’ll play… and somewhere where I can set myself up for the rest of my life.” He is undecided on a major but has interest in being an entrepreneur following his hockey career, and plans on taking business classes as part of his academic journey in college.

On how Erikson has helped him grow, Young said “I’ve probably never played for a coach like him before.” Young will forever cherish his experience with the Generals program as great. He is looking to join a college with a similar feel to the Generals. He wants to play for whichever school will give him the best chance to thrive, and an atmosphere that feels like home to him, similar to what Erikson and the Generals have done for him. He praised the #CommitJYoung campaign started by current General Manager Matt Dibble. Every time Young dazzles on the ice, the team highlights it with the hashtag. In most any other year, most players with Young’s pedigree would have some sort of scholarship offer in hand and a commitment made. He acknowledged how tough the extra year of eligibility for all players who played the college game this year has made things for players with a 2000 birth year. With that said, he and the Generals are undeterred in helping him find his next home. When he was also the general manager Erikson saw the future potential in Young that colleges are seeing now. In addition, Erikson was effusive and detailed of his growth saying the following

“Jonathan was always a player I coveted. Big, can skate and can rip the puck. The one knock on him was that he was just a goal scorer. That he didn’t use his size. And I felt with the way we emphasize the forecheck he could thrive in those areas of his game that needed work. But I think as he matured so did his game. I also believe that the relationship he has with the organization has helped him. He trusts us. We asked him to change his game a little and he bought in completely. He is now very very physical, has learned to be a great penalty killer, is a weapon on the Power Play and is a guy I rely on in the defensive zone. Those are parts of his game that he maybe wasn’t forced to do before. But he has come here and worked so incredibly hard both on and off the ice to improve. I am so proud of him as a person. Just a wonderful kid that craves knowledge. Always reading, always wanting to get more knowledgeable about whatever the topic is, space, science, history, habit building you name it. Just a curious kid that works hard at everything and you are seeing that hard work pay off with his production on the ice. He is not only going to be a very successful division 1 hockey player he is going to be an extremely successful person.”

As for what Young wants to accomplish with the Generals in his final games of junior hockey. He still sees potential in a group looking to extend its win streak to five this weekend in their two game road trip to Danbury. As he said of this group, featuring a team that has spent most of its year on the road “I think we could do something special this year.”

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The Northeast Generals head to their next goal after an 8-3 win

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The Northeast Generals of the North American Hockey League have to elevate their game. They are on the outside looking in for a spot in the Robertson Cup playoffs this spring, and have begun to elevate their game to a playoff level. A team that played 27 straight games on the road, finally got to play in front of a small home crowd at the New England Sports Village against another battling team, the Danbury Junior Hat Tricks 8-3.

For Generals Head Coach Bryan Erikson, the line with Jonathan Young on it was his best. David Andreychuck put home two goals, Johnathan Young also added one, and was, for Erikson the best player on the ice. The team is currently running a #CommitJYoung campaign to implore the Division One schools in need of a power forward with the ability to put up points in bunches. He lived up to the campaign tonight, and has plenty of accolades in his NAHL career to merit more consideration.

As Erikson said ” To me Jonathan Young was the best player on the ice. And he has been for a while. He plays so hard every shift, hits, kills penalties, and scores. He is a great skater has an NHL shot. We feel we have a few D1 kids on this roster that aren’t committed but Jonathan Young is an absolute stud that is not only a D1 hockey player but a very GOOD D1 hockey player. Our kids have success at the next level that is proven. He will be no exception.”

Of his team, they have begun to gel recently towards the end of their time playing 27 road games in a row before returning home. They have come back a couple of times as they did tonight, going 2-0 down before putting home six unanswered goals on the road to their 8-3 win.

Erikson kept it simple and said ” I just think we are becoming more mentally tough. It’s been a long year with road game after road game. Guys are still bought in completely and we just focus on the next goal. That is all we ever talk about. The next goal.”

Of Rickey Boysen and Andreychuck, the Generals with two goals, Erikson said ” Ricky Boysen has been great for me for 2 years. Had a short handed goal and a power play goal , just an absolute gamer. Battled injuries this year and just keeps going. Finishes hit, blocks shots, you name it he does it. David Andreychuk is a very very good hockey player. Smooth, works hard, tons of skill and great vision.”

For tomorrow, the Generals will have some things to work on, these are areas of improvement the staff will focus on, according to Erikson who said of what needs to improve,” Discipline. We need to be more disciplined in our forecheck, in the D zone and in the neutral zone. I thought we were sloppy. I think we need to focus on the small things and we will have success. We have 7 out of 8 points in our last 4 games. Trending in the right direction and just need to stay focused on the little things.”

Regardless of the improvements, which Erikson and his staff will stress, the growing strength of this team is clear. Saying that a group is focused only on the next goal is often considered a cliché. Erikson’s group has bought into that in a year with so many things going on, in the middle of the pandemic. They are all truly focused on the next goal, which is beating Danbury tomorrow night.

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