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Merrimack’s recruiting class ranked No. 8 nationally by Neutral Zone

Headlined by 4.25-star defenseman Declan Carlile, Merrimack’s recruiting class was ranked No. 8 in the nation by Neutral Zone, a website that scouts and ranks NCAA prospects with a team of more than 30 scouts.

The ranking doesn’t include a star rating for goaltender Jere Huhtamaa and forward Hugo Esselin, who both played overseas last season and were not viewed (therefore not rated). Both are projected to be immediate players for the Warriors.

The following, from Neutral Zone’s site, details their star-rating system:

Neutral Zone has created an exclusive, proven star rating system which ranks prospects on a 1-5 scale in increments of 0.25. For a prospect to be given a star rating they must be seen by at least two scouts; a regional scout and a Head Scout or Scouting Director.

The star rating reflects how that prospect compares to other players in his/her birth year. The analytics below show the last three years of star rating data.

NCAA Prospects (2015-2018)

Star Rating     D1       D3     Other   
5.0 100% 0.0% 0.0%
4.75 100% 0.0% 0.0%
4.5 100% 0.0% 0.0%
4.25 100% 0.0% 0.0%
4.0 99.2% 0.0% 0.80%
3.75 97.66% 0.0% 2.34%
3.5 88.14% 2.28% 9.58%
3.25 9.98% 69.65% 20.37%
3.0 0.97% 87.78% 11.25%
2.75 0.0% 97.77% 2.23%
2.5 0.0% 78.32% 21.68%
2.25 0.0% 72.24% 27.76%
2.0 0.0% 67.11% 32.89%

The NCAA prospect data shows that 100% of all players ranked 4.25 star or higher go NCAA D1. 99.20% of 4 stars go D1, 97.66% of 3.75-star prospects go D1 and 88.14% of 3.5-star prospects go D1. Then there is a major drop off at 3.25 stars where less than 10% go D1 and after that it’s less than 1%.  

These ratings give NCAA prospects and coaches an accurate indication of where the players stand. The star ratings will change throughout a player’s amateur career as players develop at different rates; but overall this is a useful tool to compare and analyze prospects.

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