With the recent update of our Class of 2024 Player Rankings, we expanded the number of players ranked from 50 to 75. Many of the new faces you see in our rankings were under the radar going into their sophomore seasons, but really proved themselves in their first year of action. A couple new players were ranked higher up in the rankings, which shows that they contributed much to their teams in 2021-22. Part 1 of “Newcomers” will feature three forwards who had exceptional first seasons at the high school level.
| Forward | East Grand Forks | Prep Hockey #24
had the second most points on East Grand Forks last season with 34. This point total included 14 goals and 20 assists, which only trailed the University of North Dakota commit J. Panzer. Going into last season, Schultz already had high school level experience playing in the Upper Midwest Elite League in the fall, which included stints with Team Kowalski’s and TDS Transportation. Despite having a tough year with a 9-18 record, the Green Wave were a very young team and look to make a drastic turn this upcoming season. To put it into perspective, East Grand Forks had eight seniors on the roster and basically all of the top points-getters were underclassmen. Look for a big season coming up for and the Green Wave on the east side of the Red River.
| Forward | Armstrong/Cooper | Prep Hockey #36
played his second year of high school hockey last season as a sophomore and did quite well. Rausch led Armstrong/Cooper in points with 29, with some of those tallies coming against potent Class AA squads. Rausch’s most influential performance came at the end of the season vs. the Academy of Holy Angels, providing one goal and three assists in a close 6-5 loss. Armstrong even led in the second period thanks to Rausch scoring a goal and assisting two to storm back. During the offseason the last couple years, Rausch has been playing Tier I hockey with the Minnesota Walleye, putting up respectable points on each team. We believe Rausch has a bright future ahead of himself and that is why he is at #36 in the Prep Hockey Class of 2024 rankings.
| Forward | Rock Ridge | Prep Hockey #65
is another upcoming junior who has lots of potential coming up in his high school career. As a sophomore playing in the inaugural season of Rock Ridge hockey (Eveleth/Virginia Co-Op), Lamppa tallied a solid 21 points. Lamppa has been a top player on the Iron Range for quite awhile now and so far has continued his success at the high school level. As a second year on the Virginia Bantam A team, Lamppa totaled 25 goals and 51 assists. Yes, it might’ve been a disappointing first year of Wolverine hockey in some people’s eyes, but things will come together for this team in the next couple seasons. They have a great young core that will be led by and a cast of others.