The Boston Advantage youth hockey teams started in 2009-2010 at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham, Massachusetts. 2002 Birth year was the first mite minor team to come up the system. Seven years later when hockey is starting to matter, Boston Advantage is proving their skill based model is the wave of the future. Two weeks ago 40 of the top forwards, 24 of the top defensemen and 8 of the top goalies in all of the mid atlantic region met to compete at the top evaluation camp at merrimack college. The players were invited to this camp by head bruins scout Scott Fitzgerald who runs the event. Boston Advantage represented very well in the showcase having five players ranked as some of the top players in the country. Advantage had the most players by one individual program in the rankings. See rankings below.
1. Aidan Cobb, #14 Red, Westchester Express – Strong skater, strong physically, and strong on puck. Consistently noticeable every time he set foot on the ice. Can’t imagine that there’s a single prep school in New England that wouldn’t love to have him.
2. Andrey Bakhanov, #17 Navy, Moscow Dynamo – Terrific size and strong individual skills, but needs coaching. Shot to pass ratio skewed heavily toward the former. Physically developed. Looked like Evgeni Malkin out there. Doesn’t speak English.
3. William Rinaldi, #8 Light Blue, Minuteman Flames – Really good skater; strong on puck. Power forward type. Works hard; wins battles.
4. Matt Beniers, #11 Red, South Shore Kings – Very smart, clever playmaking center. November ’02 birthdate will be 8th grader. Older brother, Bobby, plays at Milton.
5. Jason Siedem, #10 Navy, NJ Junior Devils – A crafty playmaker. Really savvy.
6. Brett Berard, #15 Red, South Shore Kings – Another excellent playmaker. Will be more of a consistent factor as he gets older and stronger.
7. Cam Lowe, #11 Light Blue, Boston Advantage – Small, quick, shifty centermanmakes plays consistently. Hurt most of this past season.
8. Anthony Cipollone, #11 Navy, Westchester Express – Quick and clever. Younger brother of Loomis sophomore F Joey Cipollone. They committed to UVM together.
9. Philip Tresca, #12 Navy, Boston Junior Eagles – Good skater made some nice plays. Small, and lacks strength.
10. Ben Steeves, #11 Grey, NH Avalanche – Showed a strong sense of the game. Younger brother of Alex and Matthew Steeves, Notre Dame recruits currently in USHL.
11. Hunter Rossi, #9 Light Blue, Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers – Strong skater gets in fast on forecheck. Competes hard.
12. Zach Tonelli, #10 Red, Westchester Express – Son of former NY Islander star. Has brother playing at Taft.
13. Jake Hewitt, #17 Grey, Minuteman Flames – Very good skater. A quick, scrappy type. Plays with jam. Will be with the South Shore Kings starting this fall.
14. Van Bouthillier, #12 Grey, Boston Advantage ’01 – Good size and strength enabled him to play up this season.
15. Max Andrade, #17 Light Blue, Boston Bandits – Size and strength gives him power forward potential. Raw. Skating will improve. Works hard.
16. Ryan McGuire, #8 Navy, Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers – Small forward is a good skater who showed smarts in all three zones. Son of former coach and current TV analyst Pierre McGuire. Going to Belmont Hill.
1. Christian Jimenez, #7 Navy, Westchester Express – Pretty complete player for his age. Poised. Strong on his skates. Well put together. Strong in all three zones. Left shot.
2. Timothy Lovell, #7 Grey, Boston Advantage – His skills are top shelf. Smart. Great stick. Really fun to watch. However, he is tiny and can be pushed around. If he grows he could be a David Warsofsky type. Son of former Maine F Tim Lovell. Left shot.
3. Jack Mroczka, #5 Light Blue, Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers – Strong and physically gifted, but a bit raw. Smart. A good skater with puck-carrying skills. Strong. A physical presence. Left shot.
4. Ryan MacDermott, #2 Light Blue, Bay State Breakers – High upside. Very athletic.Didn’t stand out as much as we expected, but this was a strong group. Will be a 9th grader at St. Seb’s. Right shot.
5. Tucker Hartmann, #2 Red, South Shore Kings – Has excellent offensive skills. A mobile puck mover who can push the tempo. Willing to take chances. Will be a 9th grader at St. Mark’s. Right shot.
6. David Ma, #2 Grey, Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers – Did a nice job finding teammates with his passes. Very poised. Aware. Sound in all aspects. Left shot.
7. William Mair, #5 Grey, Minuteman Flames – Not flashy. Makes good short passes. Showed poise. Right shot.
8. Stephen Davis, #4 Grey, Boston Advantage U14 – Big kid skates well for his size. Right shot.
9. Ian Moore, #7 Red, Minuteman Flames U14 – Has good size, and a head for the game. Right shot.
10. Kyle Furey, #5 Navy, Islanders Hockey Club – Smart player. Good puck mover. Kept his passes short and tape to tape.
11. Scott Morrow, #4 Navy, Mid-Fairfield Junior Rangers – Son of former UNH F Scott Morrow. Going to Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Right shot.
12. Bayard Hall, #3 Navy, NJ Junior Devils – Has size, a good shot, puck skills, and good feet. Solid player. Right shot.
1. Drew Commesso, #1 Light Blue, Bay State Breakers – The clear #1 here. He’s already well over six feet, so he fits that profile. He’s athletic and controls rebounds extremely well. He looks to be this year’s version of Spencer Knight (Avon).
-- Behind Commesso, we liked Connor Bradford (#31 Red, Boston Advantage) and JoeSchaul (#31 Light Blue, Top Gun).