Merrimack recruit Zach Bookman has been named All-NEPSAC West after his first season with Millbrook Prep in New York.
Bookman finished this season with 33 points (7g-26a) in 32 games.
“Bookman is another new addition to this rebuilt Mustang defense core,” said Neutral Zone scouts. “Previously Bookman was playing public high school in NY and spent some time playing midget for the Jr Sabres and Syracuse Nationals. He put up video game numbers at those levels and we can understand why after watching him twice during this tournament. He does not have archetypal size for a defenseman but his mobility on the back end is really impressive. He has a smoothness about his skating game that he makes routine plays and retrievals look easy: sharp turns and fluid strides. He has a creative mind with the puck and that mixes well with his quick hands which he uses to slice and dice at both ends.
“He works just as effectively on his backhand as he does on his forehand: feeding his teammates using both. When he lets it rip from the point he gets a lot behind his shot despite not having as much mass as his other teammates. We also like his selflessness in the defensive zone. At one point he lost his stick and still was able to get himself in shot lanes to make multiple blocks and slid to make another block before retrieving his twig. He knows how to gap up properly and is able to use his stick to defend in order to shut down other opportunities. Certainly seems like a good fit to be a puck-moving defenseman at the next level.”