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Summer Hotstove: Top 10 PeeWee Teams This Year

By Tony Scott, 10/06/14, 5:15PM CDT


Osseo Maple Grove leads the list of top MN PeeWee teams

10 teams to watch for in PeeWee AA this year

Okay it's not Summer anymore, but a hot stove will definitely be useful in the coming months. We compiled a list of PeeWee teams we think will challenge for the state tournament in Woodbury come March and a few other teams that could sneak up on you, too.

1. Osseo Maple Grove

Why: a deep group of skaters, the type of team that will wear down opponents with it's smarts, skill and depth. 

Why Not: lack a top-end scorer who can take over a game and size to be a dominant team all year.

2. Rosemount

Why: big physical team with a core of kids that have won a lot of games in their young careers...have scorers on all three lines and from the blue line.

Why Not: best players may lack physical play needed even at the non-checking PeeWee level.

3. Andover

Why: a team with great speed and skill like the Huskies will win a lot and rarely be out hustled or over matched.

Why Not: best players are '02 birth years, could be an issue with physical maturity down the stretch.

4. Minneapolis

Why: great group of players, a lot of skill up front and size and talent on the blue line. A team that peaked as Squirts two years ago, could be very good team this year.

Why Not: have not proven to be consistent winner at the highest level of MN Hockey.

5. ChaskaChan

Why: won District 6 as Squirts two years ago, have a great blue line and some returning scoring punch from a year ago.

Why Not: last year's team started strong and did not make it to state...can this year's edition reverse that?

6. Edina

Why: talented group of forwards, very solid defensive corps and goaltending, the Hornets will be a sure fire contender at the end of the season.

Why Not: this is a brand new team, talent is the only known commodity...gelling as a team is a big question mark.

7. Minnetonka

Why: did well in the Velocity 3v3 to grab the attention of YHH. Have some size and a few players that can win games by themselves.

Why Not: will they have the depth to skate with the others in their league...can their secondary scorers step up in crunch time?

8. Moorhead

Why: a complete team with the intangibles to make a run into the State Tournament this year. Top notch goaltending, strong defensive corps and a handful of kids that put the puck in the net.

Why Not: will not face high end speed and talent all season, could catch up to them late in the year.

9. Prior Lake

Why: hard working group of skaters that will be very similar to their team in '13-'14. Relentless play of three lines and good goaltending.

Weakness: size and PeeWee AA experience is the X factor for the Lakers...

10. White Bear Lake

Why: very experienced set of returners, deep pool of defensemen, and strong goaltending will have the Bears in every game this year.

Why Not: good team as Squirts two years ago, not great....talent not in question, good teamwork and chemistry could make this team great.

Careful of these Teams

Bloomington Jefferson - strong core of players, plus two or three nice additions will make the Jags a threat in District 6.

Duluth East - so much hockey talent, a new head coach (Chris Locker), and the words "Duluth" and "East" on their jerseys make them a tough team to beat.

Elk River - they have some nice pieces to their puzzle...they will play hard and have some nice size to match up with other teams.

Greenway - not a lot of depth but a few crazy good players should make the Raiders a team you don't want to see on the schedule.

Stillwater - lots of talent on display at our PeeWee Challenge and a decent outing at the Velocity 3v3 bodes well for this team.

Wayzata - it's hard to write Wayzata and Careful in the same paragraph, but this age group has not peaked yet and showed signs of hope at the Velocity 3v3. Could easily be in the Top 10.

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