Jackson Hendricks, Sharks
|Goaltender||Kaenen Smith||North Stars||Duluth|
|Defense||Nick Nelson||North Stars||Monticello|
|Defense||Zaide Penner||North Dakota||Fargo|
|Defense||Jackson Strukel||North Stars||Hibbing|
|Forward||Max Cullen||North Stars||Moorhead|
|Forward||Haydon Eckhart||North Dakota||Bismarck|
|Forward||Evan Wanner||North Stars||Dilworth|
Hayden Eckart, North Dakota
Jackson Strukel surveys the ice for the North Stars during a BEL Major game this month.
There are numerous adjectives that can be used to describe Jackson Strukel and his game.
Consistent. Gritty. Skilled. Mover. Shaker. Crusher.
Perhaps a better descriptor of Strukel would be as an answer.
Who's got the puck? Strukel.
Who just made that pass? Strukel.
Who made that hit? Strukel.
Who launched that bomb? Strukel.
Strukel racked up seven goals and five assists for a total of 12 points for the North Stars during this summer's Bantam Elite League, tied for the team's lead in scoring as a defenseman.
Moreover, Strukel's effort stood out to coaches and observers alike, as the Hibbing native sold out every shift in the best way possible, proving that an offensive defenseman can still handle his business on the back end.
Outside of the Bantam Elite League, Strukel's play is indicative of where the Hibbing-Chisholm Bluejackets could be headed in a couple of years. In addition to Strukel, BEL Minor players Cole Swanson and Whitaker Rewertz showed well this summer, and a host of other H/C standouts are in the fold.
From the Iron Rangers to the southern plains, be warned, Minnesota hockey world. The sting is back for the Bluejackets.
Blake Dosan, Kings
Dosan finished third in scoring for the Kings during BEL Major play, recording five goals and 10 points in 11 games. Dosan also recorded multiple points in four contests. Aside from his production, Dosan's fearlessness and willingness to do the dirty work below the dots in both zones made him a critical piece for the Kings.
Consistency was king for the Fargo native, as Gold posted at least one point in nine of ten games for North Dakota. Nothing much about Gold's game screams flash, as the gutsy forward prefers substance and production over repeatedly trying for the highlight-reel play.
After spending last season with Bantam AA State Tournament runner-up Moorhead, Goryachev looks like he's taken his game to new heights this summer.
Goryachev finished with five goals and nine points this summer for a talented North Stars squad, showcasing his elite vision and playmaking skills.
Pavel Goryachev, North Stars
Martalock found his stride as the BEL Major season went on, tallying four goals and six points in five of his last seven games after being held scoreless in his first three games.
Matched with Luca Jarvis and Zacharia Lang on a line for the playoffs, Martalock helped the sixth-seeded Penguins to the title game with two goals in the quarterfinals, dogged play in the semifinals, and a goal in the Penguins' heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the No. 1 seed Rangers.
It's hard to be considered "unsung" when you lead the league in goals, but Wooten quietly posted 10 scores during the Rangers' dominant run to the BEL Major crown.
The Apple Valley native was at his best in the playoffs, where he scored twice in the Rangers' semifinal win over the Kings and once more in the championship against the Penguins.
Seemingly always in the right place at the right time, Matyas scored three goals and added six assists during his time with the Sharks.
Over the past winter season and into the summer, Matyas has shown that he can play in all situations, holding his own on the power play, penalty kill, and five-on-five.
Mick Martalock, Penguins