Friday, September 14, 2007

Looking ahead

The US NTDP U18s open their 2007-2008 season tomorrow at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor with 2008 recruit defenseman David Warsofsky joining Coach John Hynes's squad following two standout prep seasons. The opposition is the USHL Chicago Steel and Warsofsky will be going up against a future teammate, 2009 recruit Max Nicastro, also a defenseman. Nicastro (photo,right), who will spend the next two seasons under the tutelage of former NHL and Colgate defenseman Steve Poapst, is a product of the Los Angeles Junior Kings system. Last year he rang up 17 goals and 19 assists in 48 games for the Kings AAA Midgets. Warsofsky, with 15-34-49 in 29 games for Cushing Academy, was USHR’s 2007 Prep Defenseman of the Year.

Another 2008 recruit, Corey Trivino, has already begun his season leading the Stouffville Spirit to a 4-3 opening night win over Collingswood with three assists. Trivino’s offense had been a key to Stouffville perfect 9-0 preseason including a tournament win. Last year, as a 16 year old, Trivino, a 6-1, 170 left-shot center, was the Spirit’s second leading scorer with 24-34-58 in 49 games earning OPJHL Northern Division Rookie of the Year.

Ethan Werek, whose injury and intended visit to the OHL Kingston Frontenacs training camp has been covered here recently, is still rostered on Stouffville where the 2009 BU recruit is expected to join Trivino at a top center. McKeen’s Hockey Prospects today published a Q&A interview with the Werek, in which the 6-2, 185 center insists he’ll skate for the Spirit, whom his father co-owns, rather than the Frontenacs this season. There is no mention of the knee injury suffered in a Stouffville exhibition game, so it raises the question, how recently was the interview? Werek explains his reasons for choosing BU, talks about his friendship with Northeastern recruit Dan Ehrlich, and offers this comment on Trivino: “he has beautiful hands and can score at any time.”

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