AAPG Notebook: Fries

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Every season, scouts from Future Considerations spend countless hours gathering information on the next wave of NHL talent coming down the pipe. Future Considerations’ scout Keith Fries is no different.

Here is Fries’ notebook from the All-American Prospects Game.

Cameron Rowe, G, Team Leopold, 6-1, 185, DOB 06-01-2001
While Rowe split duties with Dustin Wolf, he showed in nearly 30 minutes of action why he’s toward the top of the leaderboard for goaltending prospects in the 2019 NHL Draft. He was poised and athletic early, and only got better as the game went on. He did a really good job of squaring up his torso while down in the splits. Rowe also did an excellent job of closing open shooting windows, and even made a tough save with his shoulder while hugging the post. He wasn’t afraid to take a hard shot from 10-feet out, either, and showed good confidence stepping into that save. He finished the game with 17 saves on 19 shots faced.

Cam York, D, Team Leopold, 5-11, 165, DOB 01-05-2001
York entered the game with a lot of eyes on him, and rightfully so. He showed himself to be a reliable, puck-moving defensive defenseman with sound play in his own zone. He was quick to move the puck up ice, and would consistently make the right pass without much effort. He did a nice job using his stick for additional defensive pressure. York wasn’t afraid to jump into the play, either. On one play in particular, he showed off incredible edges and crafty puck-handling, through traffic, to crash the net for a high quality shot on net. Although he didn’t register a point on the score sheet, York finished with the most blocked shots, with four, amongst all players.

Trevor Zegras, C, Team Langenbrunner, 5-11, 159, DOB 03.20.2001
Zegras was one of the hardest working skaters on the ice. His high compete level and hockey IQ were both on display, notably in the closing minute of the game where he scored the leading goal on a tic-tac-toe, that he setup, with 36 seconds left in regulation. Zegras showed really great poise and control with his backhand. He was able to handle the puck at multiple speeds, and did a nice job widening his stance for more control. He’s a shifty skater that can really dance with his opponents, and was slippery enough to avoid contact while pushing the pace of play. His edges were clean, and he seemed comfortable skating in all-three-zones. He was really noticeable. It was a good outing for Zegras, in this one.