A pair of Merrimack recruits were listed as Players to Watch on NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary watch list for the 2018 NHL Draft, which will be held next summer.
Both Michael Kesselring and Jonathan Young were on the list. Both players were born in 2000 and will be playing locally this upcoming season. Kesselring will be a senior at New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire while Young, also a New Hampshire native, is playing for the Islanders Hockey Club NCDC team, which is playing its home games at Lawler Rink at Merrimack College.
Kesselring, a 6-foot-3 defenseman, scored 28 points (8 goals, 20 assists) in 30 games for New Hampton last season. Young appeared in 27 games for the Islanders 16U team last season, scoring a whopping 50 points (16 goals, 34 assists). Both Young and Kesselring took part in USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival this past summer.