• Alexander Taxman

November USHL Prospect Update

Updated: Apr 17

Sean Farrell:

Sean Farrell has been fantastic so far this season for the Chicago Steel. He’s a shifty centerman with really good skating and a fantastic shot. Farrell has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 15 games, leading all draft eligibles from the USHL. He’s been showing off his wicked shot with goals like these all season long:

Carson Bantle:

Carson Bantle is one of the more intriguing prospects for 2020. He’s 6’4, and can really skate. He’s got the hands of a playmaking winger and the body of a power forward. Through 16 games with the Madison Capitols, Bantle has scored 7 goals and 9 assists for 16 points. Bantle is a walking highlight reel, from his no-look backdoor passes, to his dancing through defensemen in the O zone. He’s an exciting one to watch:

Alex Laferriere:

Alex Laferriere has been red hot to start the season for the Des Moines Buccaneers. He’s totaled 8 goals and 10 assists for 18 points through 15 games. Laferriere is a pure playmaker and scorer, who excels on the power play. His shot is his best tool, as he possesses a wickedly accurate wrist shot. His one-timer is also heavy and accurate, making him one of the better shooters of the draft class.

Sam Colangelo:

Sam Colangelo is the 2nd leading scorer among USHL draft eligibles. He plays on a line with Farrell on the Chicago Steel, and leads all draft eligibles in goals with 9. He also has 9 assists for 18 points. Colangelo is a speedy winger with a nice shooting arsenal. His progression through the season will be interesting.

Brendan Brisson:

Brendan Brisson has 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points through 15 games with the Chicago Steel. Brisson is a center with dynamic skating and good puck skills. He has all the tools to be a solid pro center, and will continue to develop them over the season.

Daniil Guschin:

Daniil Guschin is no doubt the most talented player in this USHL crop. He’s electrifying with the puck, and has a rocket of

a shot to go along with it. He’s a bit undersized, but it doesn’t stop him from engaging in net front battles and board scrums. He can snipe the puck from almost anywhere in the offensive zone, and can make quick plays to his teammates as well. In any other year, Guschin is a surefire first round talent. He has 8 goals and 7 assists for the for 15 points through 13 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks so far.

Alex Gaffney:

Alex Gaffney reminds me a lot of Tyler Johnson. He’s a small, speedy center who can make plays at a high level. Gaffney has 4 goals and 7 assists for the Muskegon Lumberjacks this season, and has been showing off his playmaking skills with highlight reel assists like these:

Noah Ellis:

Noah Ellis is quietly becoming one of the better defensemen in the 2020 draft. He’s a smooth skater with very good transition skills and a knack for scoring. He’s got 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points through 15 games with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Ellis’s trademark play is diving down into the right circle, and sniping short side:

Throughout the next couple months I’ll be adding and revisiting players on these reports to track their progression through the season.