NAHL Top Prospects Tournament
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 220 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which is inclusive of the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.
The NAHL enters the 2020-21 season riding an all-time high as USA Hockey's only Tier II-sanctioned junior hockey league. For the seventh year in a row, the NAHL set a new NCAA commitment record, this time finishing with 356 total NCAA commitments during the 2019-20 season, which includes a record total of 249 NCAA Division I commitments. Over half of the record-breaking NCAA commitments last season came following the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
The commitment record is part of an ongoing and rising development path that has seen 1,500+ NAHL players make NCAA commitments during the last five years. In addition, 34% of freshmen that played NCAA Division I hockey this past season were alumni of the NAHL. It once again re-emphasizes that no other junior league in the world saw as many NCAA commitments for their players, while they were actually playing in the league.
"The fact that over half our NCAA commitments came after our Top Prospects event is a testament to the model. Scouts now have an established roadmap to track a player's development, which includes assessments throughout the season and then making a determination based on his progression," continued Frankenfeld.