Uncommitted Drew Holt (Eden Prairie) has impressed this fall...he shouldn't be uncommitted too much longer
The Upper Midwest High School Elite League is a long time staple for players from Minnesota and beyond to get some game action prior to the high school season. Coupled with teams from outside Minnesota's high school ranks (Team Wisconsin, Shattuck-St. Mary's and skaters from North Dakota), the Elite League does a great job of pairing top players against one another year in and year out.
In a day and age when everyone labels something "elite" when often it is not, this league cuts the mustard. With several teams with multiple Division I players and several more with potential - the league attracts college and pro scouts to every game.
Here is a brief look at how players have fared halfway through their season and few new names who are making their mark when given the chance.
Luke Kron (Andover) has been a marvel in the scoring areas this Fall for MSP
|First Name||Last Name||HS||Team||Points|
|Luke||Kron||Andover||MPLS STP Mag||22|
|Ben||Steeves||Eden Prairie||TDS Transp||18|
|Jackson||Hallum||St. Thomas Acad||Map South||17|
|Jackson||Blake||Eden Prairie||TC Orthopedics||15|
|Drew||Holt||Eden Prairie||TC Orthopedics||14|
Charlie Strobel (Hill Murray) has 11 points in 13 games for MSP
Matthew Gleason (Cretin-Derham Hall) has 17 points for MAP South
Josh Eernisse, Eastview
Josh Eernisse, Eastview - The senior power forward had 28 points for the Lightning last year. Has made a great impression so far using his size (6'2", 215 pounds) and tenacity to make plays for SIT Mutual.
Jackson Hallum, St. Thomas Academy - No surprise to see Hallum blossom as he heads into his junior campaign. Fluid skater who can make plays and score. Has gotten a lot of attention from Divsion I schools this month.
Luke Kron, Andover - Not exactly a new face, but definitely new results. Kron a top returner for the Huskies this winter leads the HSEL with 23 points.
Owen Neuharth, Holy Angels - Played his youth hockey in Prior Lake, Neuharth was always undersized, but very skilled. Now nearly full grown it is fun to see his body catch up with his always well polished game.
Ben Steeves, Eden Prairie - A move in from New Hampshire and the brother of two Notre Dame skaters, Steeves has made quite the impression the local high schoolers. Notching 18 points (9G/9A) in 13 games, Steeves is third in scoring in the HS Elite League so far. YHH's Peter Odney caught up with Steeves Tuesday night after his team's 5-2 win over SIT Mutual. Here is a link to that article.
Owen Neuharth, Holy Angels