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By Craig Peterson, 11/18/19, 9:01AM EST


Quinton Gove, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard | MiHockey75. Quinton Gove, Junior Defenseman, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard

The 5-foot-8 lefty can be very effective but is at his best when he simplifies the game. Gabriel Richard graduated a ton of its top producers and Gove will be relied upon heavily to fill that void.

74. Kyle Krutina, Senior Forward, Escanaba

He’s got a natural ability for finding the back of the net. Sharp with the puck and a quick release, Krutina may not overwhelm you with his size but leave him unaccounted for and he will make you pay.

73. Ryan Herzog, Junior Forward, Riverview

Strong awareness in the offensive zone and has a good jump in his step when he decides to go. Totaled 49 points in 25 games as a sophomore and after a solid fall season, expectations should be even higher for Herzog in ‘19-20.

72. Kaleb Miller, Junior, Bay Reps

A right-handed forward with a knack for making swift decisions with the puck. The 5-foot-9 junior isn’t physical up front but Miller doesn’t need to be with a skill set that lends his style to more of a play-making ability. 

71. Isaac Gibbs, Junior Forward, Novi

Gets. It. Done. May not always be pretty but he forces turnovers, is a reliable give-and-go option and good at getting pucks on net. Credit his hockey senses for being able to convert from D to forward for the Wildcats this upcoming season.

70. Will Dawson, Sophomore Forward, Traverse City Central

Could use a little more urgency on backchecks but he’s an absolute puck hound on loose pucks in the offensive zone. Consistency will come with maturity and development, as the 16-year-old has tons of upside and a bright future.

69. Bryce Truby, Senior Forward, Cranbrook

The 5-foot-11 righty held down the blue line for the Cranes last season and should be a big-time minute eater against some daunting opponents in the MIHL. He’s a smart D-man that executes well and limits mistakes.

68. Ty Halonen, Senior Defenseman, Houghton

The Gremlins graduated their top two D, leaving a massive void to fill and I’d argue that no one person is more crucial to Houghton’s success this season than Halonen. He’s the only senior returner on the backend and an important one as a point per game guy.

67. Lucas Metropoulos, Senior Forward, St. Frances Cabrini

He’s scored 48 goals in 51 career games for the Monarchs and a point per game guy in the fall for the MDHL. Metropoulos may not always be pretty in style but he can definitely finish and has a gift for finding the back of the net. 

66. Edward Agamov, Junior Forward, Cranbrook

A physical presence with a nice touch around the net. Agamov has a heavy shot, strong on the backcheck and capable of playing in all three zones. He’s heady on offense and highly aware on defense.

65. Ian Kimble, Junior Forward, Livonia Stevenson

The type of player that thrives in coach Dave Mitchell’s system. Kimble just keeps coming at you with a motor that doesn’t quit and brings an energy that creates opportunities on the ice and livens up the bench off the ice. 

64. Matthew Witt, Sophomore Forward, Midland

Struggled a bit with the fast pace of his first season in the MDHL this fall but was one of the highest-producing freshmen in all of MI-HS last season. He will certainly be one to keep an eye on as his career continues to blossom.

63. James Monteith, Junior Forward, Canton

Still learning and still growing, the 5-foot-9 forward has put together a solid offseason and is due for a big breakout campaign with the Chiefs this winter. Lots of potential for Monteith moving forward.

62. Tate Potteiger, Senior Goalie, East Grand Rapids

Impeccable timing and moves post to post efficiently, credit Potteiger’s footwork for his effectiveness. He also tracks the puck through traffic and swallows up any second chance opportunities. 

61. Todd Anderson, Sophomore Forward, Hancock

Scored 16 of his 23 points in the final six weeks of the season. It took Anderson some time to adjust to the game speed but I expect him to build off that experience as a freshman and get out of the gate on fire in his second season.

60. Adam Pietila, Junior Forward, Hartland

A physical forward with a real edge to his game. He’s going to make you earn every inch of ice you take around him and is a big thorn in the opponent’s side on the forecheck.

59. Tyler Lawrence, Junior Forward, Flint Powers

He is constantly in the thick of things on loose pucks and snaps off real quick, sharp passes on the rush. Has the ability to put his teammates into space and create scoring opportunities with his ability to distribute the puck.

58. Lucas Krol, Junior Forward, Detroit Country Day

He’s got some fancy moves; a little too fancy at times but if Krol can refine his skillset, those moves can be lethal. Without the puck, he’s like a defensive back in football, reading the play and jumping into passing lanes.

57. Doug Wood, Sophomore Forward, University Liggett

Totaled 48 points as a freshman playing in a very competitive Metro League. The 03-forward has a bright future and one of the most exciting underclassmen in all of MI-HS hockey.

56. Ryan Blackburn, Junior Forward, Hudsonville

His game is so much bigger than his 5-foot-6 frame. Blackburn is a buzzsaw when you get him between the boards and he’s in the mix in all three zones. If his compete level rubs off on Hudsonville teammates, they could be a tough team to mix with.

55. Caleb Kneiding, Junior Defenseman, Trenton

The Trojans graduated half of the defensive corps in 2019 and will lean on the big lefty to provide stability on the backend. Kneiding will play in all phases of the game and depended on heavily if Trenton wants to make another run to Plymouth.

54. Ethan Waldo, Junior Forward, Livonia Stevenson

A non-stop, relentless effort on the forecheck that’ll disrupt any breakout. He can be really clever with the puck as well, creating something out of nothing in tight spaces.

53. Ryan Jeffreys, Senior Defenseman, Forest Hills Central

Lanky left-handed shot whose got great body control and smooth footwork. His mobility affords him the ability to play offense and defense; I’m not sure where he settles in this season but capable of playing in either role.

52. Brady MacDonald, Senior Forward, Brighton

Really efficient around the net, creating opportunities with wrap-around attempts and getting to the blue paint. The 6-foot-3 power forward also has a real nice release and snaps shots off effortlessly.

51. Gaetanno Cammarata, Senior Forward, Marquette

Fuel behind the Redmen’s fire last season, the three-year senior will certainly be depended upon heavily again up front as the program has a regional championship to defend.

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