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February 18, 2010

CollegeHockey247's Top 50 in the Class of 2010

Notre Dame leads all Division I programs with seven commitments among CollegeHockey247.com's Top 50 Recruits in the Class of 2010, followed by Minnesota and Michigan. This list came together with votes from college coaches, pro scouts, junior hockey general managers and our staff ...

2010 RANK
POS
Ht./Wt.
School
1. Derek Forbort
Duluth, Minn.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)

D
6-4/195
North Dakota
One of 16 USA Under-18 players signed to play college hockey, Forbort is the most complete defender in the Class of 2010.
2. Jason Zucker
Las Vegas, Nev.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)

F
5-10/168
Denver
Zucker ranked third among NTDP skaters with 16 goals, while adding 15 assists, in 42 games this season.
3. Matt Nieto
Long Beach, Calif..
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)

F
5-11/182
Boston University
Nieto is second among NTDP skaters with 19 goals and fourth with 35 points despite missing nine games.
4. Jon Merrill
Brighton, Mich.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)

D
6-3/205
Michigan
The crown jewel of Michigan's No. 2-ranked recruiting class, Merrill leads NTDP defenders with 22 assists.
5. Justin Faulk
South St. Paul, Minn.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
D
5-11/195
Minnesota-Duluth
The underrated prospect is quietly having an outstanding year with 16 markers from the blue line.
6. Mark Zengerle
Rochester, N.Y.
Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)

F
5-11/178
Wisconsin
Zengerle is averaging two points per game with 116 points, on 32 goals and 84 assists, in 58 contests.
7. Beau Bennett
Gardena, Calif.
Penticton Vees (BCHL)

F
6-1/170
Denver
Bennett is also vying for the BCHL scoring title with 113 points, including 41 goals, in 54 games this season
8. Stephen Johns
Wampum, Pa.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
D
6-3/215
Notre Dame
Perhaps the most intimidating defenseman in the Class of 2010, Johns could be the CCHA Rookie of the Year in 2010-11.
9. Nick Bjugstad
Coon Rapids, Minn.
Blaine High School

F
6-5/188
Minnesota
A few ballots had Bjugstad in the top five and he could be the first on this list taken in June's NHL Draft.
10. Jaden Schwartz
Wilcox, Sask.
Tri-City Storm (USHL)

F
5-10/180
Colorado College
The USHL's scoring leader with 70 points in 45 games, Schwartz also has a league-high 46 assists.
11. Seth Ambroz
New Prague, Minn.
Omaha Lancers (USHL)
F
6-3/205
Minnesota
Though he has elite talent, Ambroz is still a bit raw and may spend another season with the Lancers.
12. Erik Haula
Pori, Finland.
Omaha Lancers (USHL)
F
6-0/175
Minnesota
As ready to play college hockey as any recruit in the country, Haula was a seventh-round steal in the 2009 NHL Draft.
13. Mac Bennett
Narragansett, R.I.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
F
5-11/168
Michigan
A Montreal Canadiens third-round pick in 2009, Bennett should make every bit the impact next year that Merrill does.
14. Max Gardiner
Minnetonka, Minn.
Minnetonka High School
F
6-2/180
Minnesota
Playing for the state of Minnesota's top high school team, Gardiner has 17 goals and 23 assists in 15 games.
15. Charlie Coyle
Weymouth, Mass.
South Shore Kings (EJHL)
F
6-2/200
Boston University
One of the top offensive players in the EJHL, Coyle ranks fourth in the league with 60 points, including 21 goals.
16. Jarred Tinordi
Millersville, Md.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
D
6-5/202
Notre Dame
Notre Dame could pair Johns with Tinordi to form a physically-punishing duo on the blue line.
17. Bill Arnold
Needham, Mass.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
F
5-11/217
Boston College
A playmaking center, Arnold ranks fourth among NTDP skaters with 21 helpers to go along with 12 goals in 47 games.
18. Connor Brickley
Everett, Mass.
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
F
6-3/193
Vermont
Brickley drew a few votes for the top 10 and rightfully deserves the final fifth star in the Class of 2010.
19. Matt White
Whittier, Calif.
Omaha Lancers (USHL)
F
5-9/185
Nebraska-Omaha
Perhaps the best two-way forward to come out of the USHL this season, White has 68 points and is +34 in 42 games.
20. Dillon Simpson
Edmonton, Alb.
Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL)
D
6-1/195
North Dakota
Ranks seventh on his team and second among defensemen with 38 points, on 11 goals and 27 assists, in 56 games.
21. Anders Lee
Edina, Minn.
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
F
6-2/216
Notre Dame
As capable a goal scorer as there is in the 2010 class, Lee leads the USHL with 26 markers in 43 games.
22. Adam Clendening
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
D
5-11/190
Boston University
This New York native could blossom into a first-line forward during his career with the Terriers.
23. T.J. Tynan
Orland Park, Ill.
Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
F
5-9/170
Notre Dame
The Buccaneers' top offensive contributor, Tynan leads Des Moines with 60 points in 44 games this season.
24. Nick Shore
Denver, Colo.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
F
6-0/186
Denver
Combined with Zucker, Shore gives Denver a pair of dynamic scorers in the Pioneers' 2010 class.
25. Joey Leleggia
Burnaby, B.C.
Penticton Vees (BCHL)
D
5-10/170
New Hampshire
One of the BCHL's top offensive defensemen, Leleggia has accumulated 48 assists in 52 games this year.
26. Nick Jensen
Rogers, Minn.
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
D
6-1/189
St. Cloud State
Jensen is one of the most sound defensive defensemen in the class and will help the Huskies immediately next year.
27. Colten St. Clair
Gilbert, Ariz.
Fargo Force (USHL)
F
5-11/186
North Dakota
St. Clair has improved dramatically in two seasons with the Force and is on pace for career highs in goals, assists and points.
28. Mark Alt
St. Paul, Minn.
Cretin-Derham Hall High School
D
6-4/185
Minnesota
The two-star quarterback is still deciding between college hockey and college football, with Iowa a suitor on the gridiron.
29. Andy Iles
Ithaca, N.Y.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
G
5-8/179
Cornell
Iles has outperformed Jack Campbell this year, posting a .922 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA in 22 games played.
30. Joe Basaraba
Fort Frances, Ont.
Shattuck St. Mary's Prep School
F
6-2/190
Minnesota-Duluth
Basaraba ranked seventh among St. Mary's skaters with 40 points, including 21 goals, in 46 games.
31. Kevin Clare
New Rochelle, N.Y.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
D
6-1/202
Michigan
A solid defensive defenseman, Clare should battle for a spot among Michigan's top-six defensemen next season.
32. Kevin Gravel
Kingsford, Mich.
Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
D
6-4/175
St. Cloud State
A little lanky, Gravel has room to add 25 pounds and become even more difficult to play against than he already is.
33. Nick Mattson
Chanhassen, Minn.
Indiana Ice (USHL)
D
6-1/190
North Dakota
Mattson has been a big help on the blue for the Indiana Ice in just his first season in the USHL.
34. Eamonn McDermott
Shaker Heights, Ohio
Fargo Force (USHL)
D
5-11/178
Colorado College
A topnotch offensive defenseman, McDermott knows how to captain a power play with 13 man-advantage helpers in 31 games.
35. Luke Moffatt
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
F
6-0/179
Michigan
The top offensive player set to arrive in Ann Arbor next year, Moffatt has 13 goals and 14 assists in 38 games.
36. Bryan Rust
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
F
5-11/191
Notre Dame
The younger brother of Michigan junior Matt Rust, Bryan will blaze his own trail at Notre Dame.
37. Jacob Fallon
Southlake, Texas
Indiana Ice (USHL)
F
5-10/184
Michigan
Fallon has had a challenging year, leaving the U.S. NTDP program midseason but there is no denying his talent.
38. Jeff Costello
Milwaukee, Wisc.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
F
5-11/202
Notre Dame
A consistent offensive threat, Costello has scored 48 goals in 93 games during his two-year stint with Cedar Rapids.
39. Sahir Gill
Terrace, B.C.
Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
F
5-10/190
Boston University
After a successful start with Chicago in the USHL, Gill returned to the Vipers for whom he scored 18 goals with in 2008-09.
40. Michael Mersch
Park Ridge, Ill.
U.S. NTDP Under-18 (USHL)
F
6-1/195
Wisconsin
Though he hasn't put up big numbers this season, Mersch is an extremely capable two-way forward.
41. Brian Billett
Brunswick, Maine
New Hampshire Junior Monarchs (EJHL)
G
6-1/170
Boston College
Billett leads the EJHL in goals against average (1.91) and save percentage (.941) while going 17-2-3.
42. Matt Leitner
Los Alamitos, Calif.
Fargo Force (USHL)
F
5-11/175
Minnesota State
The Mavericks pick up a mature playmaking center that has tallied 90 assists in three USHL seasons.
43. Julian Melchiori
Richmond Hill, Ont.
Newmarket Hurricanes (CCHL)
D
6-3/195
UMass-Lowell
Shared the team lead in defensive scoring with 23 points despite missing 11 Hurricanes' games this season.
44. John Parker
Green Brook, N.J.
Indiana Ice (USHL)
F
5-11/180
Massachusetts
Likely a third-line forward at first, Parker could evolve into a stop-six forward for Massachusetts.
45. Justin Holl
Tonka Bay, Minn.
Minnetonka High School
D
6-2/175
Minnesota
Following an early run in the USHL, Holl returned to high school and has flourished with 29 points in 23 contests.
46. Mike Voran
Livonia, Mich.
Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
F
5-11/193
Notre Dame
Voran only made his commitment recently, giving Notre Dame another potent offensive weapon for 2010-11.
47. Kenny Agostino
Delbarton, N.J.
Delbarton High School
F
5-9/180
Yale
The 2009 New Jersey Player of the Year, Agostino helped lead Delbarton to the state title last year.
48. Mathieu Brisson
Longueuil, Que.
Omaha Lancers (USHL)
D
6-1/187
Cornell
The Canadian native adapted to his new home quickly and is one of the chief reasons Omaha leads the West Division in wins.
49. Peter Stoykewych
Winnipeg, Man.
Winnipeg South Blues (MJHL)
D
6-3/195
Colorado College
Brother Adam has committed to Michigan Tech and the two will square off in WCHA play in future seasons.
50. Willie Yanakeff
Jerome, Mich.
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
G
6-2/185
Michigan State
Yanakeff has struggled this season with an .887 save percentage but remains one of the USHL's premier talents.


The breakdown per school looks like this:
7 Notre Dame
6 Minnesota
5 Michigan
4 North Dakota
4 Boston University
3 Denver
3 Colorado College
2 Boston College
2 Minnesota-Duluth
2 St. Cloud State
2 Wisconsin
2 Cornell
1 Minnesota State
1 Michigan State
1 Vermont
1 Nebraska-Omaha
1 New Hampshire
1 UMass-Lowell
1 Massachusetts
1 Yale

Broken down by league:
35 USHL
5 High School
4 BCHL
2 EJHL
1 CCHL
1 MJHL
1 AJHL
1 Prep School

Broken down by position:
29 Forwards
18 Defensemen
3 Goalies



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