Prospect Ramblings: Looking at USA Hockey’s NTDP

Tony Ferrari

2020-01-20

USNTDP U18 Team prior to a game against the University of Minnesota

 

After the success of last season’s record-breaking US National Team Development Program (USNTDP) squad, this season’s group hasn’t been getting nearly as much attention. While this year’s team isn’t likely to come close to those records, they still have a lot of draft-eligible talent that makes their team fun to watch. The U18 group has a decent record at 19-12-2 overall, including international competition and games against NCAA clubs such as Boston University and Wisconsin among others. 

 

With how little this year’s team has been covered, we should take a look at the best of the group and look at what players are making a difference. From Thomas Bordeleau to Drew Commesso, the U18 squad should produce a number of draft picks for the 2020 NHL Draft, with a few players having a shot at sneaking into the first round. Who are those players and what do they bring to the table? Let’s take a look. 

 

Forwards

 

Thomas Bordeleau

Center   5-10   179lbs   01/03/2002

 

 

Bordeleau has been among the most dangerous scorers for this year’s edition of the USNTDP. He is a volume shooter who cashes in on a good shot and a knack for finding space in the offensive zone. He is a good skater who has high-end finishing abilities. He is a creative player who uses his agility in tight spaces to create separation. He may have the highest ceiling of any of the 2020 draft-eligible players on this squad. Bordeleau has the ability to score from anywhere on the ice with his good shot. Bordeleau likes to pop into space to pick up a loose puck and make a play immediately. He is able to identify how much time and space he has and make use of it effectively. He has shown good defensive ability in the neutral zone, preventing teams from getting into his zone but sometimes chases the puck in his own end. He is a player that may end up on the wing at the next level, utilizing his skating and scoring ability to make a difference at the pro-level. 

 

Brett Berard 

Right/Left Winger   5-9   152lbs   09/09/2002

 

Brett Berard is the player that