We continue our coverage of the Class of 2024 Player Rankings here on Prep Hockey with another “Breakout Players” article! In this edition, we feature 2 forwards and 1 defenseman. These 3 players are having great Sophomore campaigns and are maybe doing a little better than expected. All 3 players are also contributing on teams that are poised to make a state tournament run come playoff time. Let’s dive in!
| Forward | Roseau | Prep Hockey #7 ’24’s
In his second season on the Roseau High School team,is having a monster season with a whopping 41 points. Urness was already on our radar last season as he notched 18 points in his Freshman season. With Noah’s production, he helps make this Rams offense very potent, along with Gunderson and Strand up front. In the fall, Urness had a nice Elite League season with Team Sanford Power, tallying 23 points in 20 games. If Roseau is going to make the state tournament anytime soon, this is the year. I believe they have a good chance, especially if they keep getting that offensive production from players like Urness.
| Forward | Chaska | Prep Hockey #14 ’24’s
is another player who is having a breakout season in his Sophomore campaign. So far this season, Scheetz is in a three way point leader tie on Chaska, along with Rinzel and Seaverson. Each player has tallied 23 points so far. Sam is a player who was highly touted when on the Chaska/Chanhassen Bantam AA team and is continuing his success at the high school level. When it comes to the Hawks chances of making the state tournament, they have a shot, but it is going to be tough in that deep Section 2AA. Scheetz has a bright future in his career and is the latest player from Chaska who has lots of potential to play Division 1 hockey one day.
| Defense | Grand Rapids | Prep Hockey #18 ’24’s
is a big and strong defenseman on Grand Rapids in his first season. Murphy has a stat line of 1 goal and 11 assists and has added more depth on an already deep Thunderhawk blueline. Bauer’s biggest game of the season came vs Superior of Wisconsin, where he notched 1 goals and 3 assist for 4 points. Grand Rapids is once again in a position to make a state tournament run and I think their success will be defined by their defense. Like I said, Bauer has added depth to that D-Core and will continue to be a rock on that blueline in his next couple seasons. In Bantams, he was able to almost control the flow of the game and look for him to do that once he matures more as a player at the high school level.