Thursday, December 22, 2011

B³ Prospect Watch: Part One

Throughout this season, I'm going to be highlighting a group of younger players the Stars have previously drafted and are protected on their affiliate list.  This is the first update of many that I will post during the next 6 months or so, leading up to the next tryout camp in June of 2012.

Although some of these names might not be familiar to most fans, the players listed here will most likely be playing for Lincoln sometime in the next season or two.  So get familiar with them, because you will see them soon at the IceBox.  In fact, some of the players below have already worn a Stars uniform.

If you have additional information about any of the players listed below that you would like me to add to the article, or if I have posted inaccurate info, please send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  

This is kind of a long article, so make sure you click the "Read more" link below to check it out.  


Max Coatta - Forward - '94 - 5'10", 175 pounds - 2010 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats: Max is a junior on the Minnetonka (MN) Skippers high school hockey team.  Coatta is the second leading scorer for the Skippers with 16 points (8g, 8a) through 8 games.  Click here to view his stats from the 2010-11 season.  Current Stars forward Tommy Schutt was a teammate of Coatta's last year at Minnetonka HS.  Stars affiliate player Vinni Lettieri is a junior forward on the Minnetonka team as well.  Coatta participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June in Minneapolis and was named to one of the two camp all-star games.  Max's older brother Sam Coatta played two seasons for the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede from 2009-11.

Trevor Cope - Forward - '94 - 5'11", 185 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats:  Trevor is playing for Victory Honda U-18 (MM) of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League for the second straight season.  The native of Commerce, Michigan has scored 30 points (12g, 18a) along with 73 PIM's through 21 games played for Victory Honda.  Cope participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Max Humitz - Forward - '95 - 5'9", 150 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats:  Max is in his first season with the U-16 Honeybaked Hockey Club where he has scored 8 points (4g, 4a) through 13 games. The native of Livonia, Michigan played last season for the Stevenson high school hockey team.  Humitz participated in the Stars' tryout camp in Minneapolis this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Vinni Lettieri - Forward - '95 - 5'9", 165 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats:  Vinni is a junior on the Minnetonka Skippers high school hockey team where he is his team's lead scorer with 23 points (10g, 13a) in only 8 games played.  Click here to view his 2010-11 stats with Minnetonka.  Lettieri played two games for the Lincoln Stars earlier this season before his high school season started.  In those two games, Lettieri scored 2 assists, and was +2.  Lettieri has already committed to play hockey for the University of Minnesota.  Most scouts consider Lettieri to be one of the top forwards in the state of Minnesota.  Vinni is a very quick, shifty, talented forward who has the skills to play in the USHL right now.  Don't be surprised if the Stars try to bring him up again later in the USHL regular season after his high school season has ended.  Vinni participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games. 

Sean Malone - Forward - '95 - 6'0", 175 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats:  Sean is a junior forward on the Nichols Prep School (Buffalo, NY) hockey team where he is his team's leading scorer with 16 points (7g, 9a) in 6 games played.  From what I have been told, Sean has already received hockey offers from two different Ivy League universities.  Malone is also an all-state soccer player for Nichols Prep School.  Malone participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June in Minneapolis where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Vinny Muto - Defenseman - '93 - 6'2", 195 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2011-12 season stats:  Muto is a first-year defenseman on the Cowichan Capitals (BCHL) hockey club where he has scored 13 points (4g, 9a) to go along with 22 PIM's in 31 games played.  Last season, Muto played for the Trinity-Pawling Prep School hockey team in Pawling, NY.  Click here to read an article about Muto after he was drafted by the Stars earlier this year.  Vinny participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Derek O'Flynn - Defenseman - '94 - 6'2", 195 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  Derek, who is a native of Canton, Michigan, is a first-year defenseman on the Michigan Warriors (NAHL) hockey team.  In 27 games for the Warriors this season, O'Flynn has scored 10 points (all assists) along with 8 PIM's.  Derek participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

David Parrottino - Forward - '94 - 5'10", 170 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  David, who is originally from Rochester, Michigan, is in his first season with the U-18 Honeybaked Hockey Club.  Through 11 games for Honeybaked, Parrottino has scored 6 points (4g, 2a) along with 14 penalty minutes.  Click here to view his stats from 2010-11.  Parrottino was the first player born in '94 that the Stars selected in the 2011 entry draft.  David participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Sean Pomeroy - Defenseman - '95 - 6'2", 185 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  Pomeroy is in his first season playing for the Culver Academy hockey team where he has accumulated 1 point (goal) in three games played.  The native of Glenview, Il  played last season for the Chicago Young Americans U-16 team where he racked up 6 points and 27 penalty minutes in 33 games played.  Click here to see his 2010-11 stats.  Pomeroy did not participate in the Stars' tryout camp this past June.

Parker Reno - Defenseman - '95 - 6'1", 195 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  Parker is a junior on the Edina (MN) Hornets high school hockey team where he has scored 3 points (all assists) to go with 14 PIM's in 8 games played.  Like Vinni Lettieri, Reno is a player that a lot of scouts are looking at and he is considered one of the top defenseman in the state as a junior.  Reno spent most of his sophomore season out of the lineup due to a knee injury, be he has since fully recovered.  David participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Alex Schoenborn - Forward - '95 - 6'2", 195 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  Schoenborn is a first-year forward on the U-16 Omaha (NE) AAA hockey club where he is his team's second leading scorer with 11 points (6g, a) in 9 games played.  Alex has also racked up a total of 43 PIM's in those nine games.  Last season, as a freshman on the Minot (ND) Magicians high school team, Alex scored 45 points in 27 games played and was his team's leading scorer.  Schoenborn has been called up by the Stars twice this season, and has played a total of three games for Lincoln (two games in November and one game in December).  Much like Lettieri and Reno, Schoenborn is a kid that has generated the interest of a lot of college hockey programs.  He has size and skill, which is a dangerous combination.  I would not be surprised if the Stars call Alex up more frequently as the season goes along, especially since he is playing just up the road in Omaha.  Schoenborn participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to both camp all-star games.  Edit:  Schoenborn has recently committed to play major junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).  Click here to read more.  With his signing with Portland, he will not be coming back to Lincoln to play for the Stars any time soon.  Big loss for the Stars.

Justin Woods - Defenseman - '94 - 6'2", 210 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  Woods, who is originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, is currently a first-year defenseman for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL) team.  Through 27 games this season for the Ice Dogs, Woods has scored 3 points (all assists) to go along with 22 PIM's.  Before playing for Fairbanks in the NAHL, Woods played for U-18 California Titans hockey club where he scored 17 points (8g, 9a) and added 47 PIM's.  Click here to view a short YouTube video of Woods produced by the USHL before he was drafted by the Stars.  Justin participated in the Stars' tryout camp this past June where he was selected to one of the two camp all-star games.

Well, that's about it.  More than you probably ever wanted to know about the players on the Stars' affiliate list.  All of the players above were protected by the Stars this past July, so there is a good chance you'll see them soon (if you haven't already) in a Lincoln Stars uniform.  I'll keep checking back on the progress of these players and will post more "prospect watch" articles here on the B³.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

Good timing on this article. I just saw Lettieri and Coatta's game tonight haha. Lettieri had a hat trick and Coatta looked really, REALLY good as well. I don't know which one I like better. Different players, but complement each other really well.

Yeti said...

Thanks for the comment. Coatta and Lettieri were on the same team and on the same line at the Stars' tryout camp last June, and they were dynamite. They really worked well together as each one seemed to know what the other one was doing.

I really hope the Stars can convince both players to skip their senior season at Minnetonka next year and come to Lincoln, but that might be a hard sell. Over the years, it's been difficult to get the MN high school kids to leave early and come to the USHL. MN high school hockey is huge, so many players don't think it's really necessary to leave their junior or seniors years to play in the USHL.

I've heard some rumors that Lettieri has said he is coming to Lincoln next season, but we'll see about that.