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Florida Eels Showcase 50+ Prospects at The USPHL and Pro Am NHL Pre Draft Showcases Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 17 May 2017  
By: Frank Scarpaci

The Florida Eels
had a phenomenal weekend in Massachusetts at the two showcases. The Eels
brought up 3 teams to compete in the weekend games. One team went to the Pro Am NHL Pre Draft and two teams
competed in the USPHL Spring Summer Showcase.
In both showcases there were well over 100+ scouts at these events. Coaches
from numerous NCAA college programs as well as scouts from the USHL, USPHL NCDC
and Premier programs, and the BCHL, the QMJHL, OHL, WHL, NAHL, New England Prep
Schools and many more programs across the North America and Europe.


Some of the Eels got to play an extra
game vs. one of the European Swedish
on Thursday. This was a fantastic experience for the boys as it was a
first for many of them to be able to play in their first international
competition. There were players from Sweden,
Russia, Finland, Slovakia, Chez Republic, and The Ukraine
to name a few.
What a phenomenal experience.


In fact Alec Parr was invited to join the Swedish top squad vs. the Swedish
# 2 team where Rajhan Munnings was
selected to play in that game. Both of these two teams had some extremely
talented young men who were mainly USHL Division 1 and 3 caliber players. You
can only image how excited Alec and Rajhan were. To top things off Rajhan scored in the game with a slap shot
from the point.
Well Alec Parr was
not to be out done as garnered and assist in his debut and also scored in the
Eels game vs. Euro 3.



The Eels coaches got to see about 50
new prospects in the weekend set of games. Coaching for the Eels at the Pro Am
Pre Draft was former Suffolk University
NCAA Division 3 coach Brian Horan.  Coach Horan played for Coach Frank Scarpaci
many years ago for his Jr. Whalers team and went on to become the All Time
leading college goal scorer a title he held for many years. He averaged 3 goals
a game when he played for the Whalers and kept to that pace in college. Coach
Horan works for the Eels during the Spring and Summer coaching and scouting in Massachusetts.


The Eels team at the Pre Draft did
quite well going 1-1-1 earning 2nd seed in their bracket. They
played against top teams from across the USA. The Eels coaches were indeed very
impressed with the young men who played for us. We had 6 boys form Chicago, one
from Latvia, 2 from Sweden, several from New York, Atlanta, Virginia,
Washington DC, Iowa, Buffalo NY and Iowa.


The Eels other two teams played at
the USPHL Showcase in Marlboro. Coaching the teams were Eels Premier Coach Frankie Scarpaci and Eels new Elite
coach Harold (Butch) Kowalka . The
Eels players got to meet coach Butch for the first time.


 These Eels teams also had players form across
the USA and Canada. One of the  Eel’s
finished 2nd seed over all in their regular games and went into the
playoff round. Both teams played some extremely competitive games. The pace was
very fast, the hitting was hard and a tempo not seen or experienced by the guys
before. After all it was juniors.


The Eels coaches got to evaluate 40
players at this event and I must say again they were very impressed with the Eels’
prospects competing with them over the weekend games. There was no shortness in
hunger and the appetite to be at their best. Each player knew this was a tryout
and they were leaving nothing to be questioned. Everything was left on the ice.
If there was a short to be taken it was being taken. If there was a hit or a
block shot to be hard it was seized. If they were supposed to back check they
were busting their humps.


During the weekend, the Eels were
definitely highlighted by the major story in the USA Junior Hockey magazine that featured the Eels accomplishments
in advancing 197 players to college hockey. In fact the Eels were on the cover
of this month’s magazine and the major story of the Editors.


General Manager Frank Scarpaci is
thus far impressed with the prospects recruited to the showcases. It gives us a
true feel for what the players can do against high-level competition. This is
the primarily method the Eels select its players. We simply do not believe in
the traditional tryout formula of having players engage in drills and short-term
scrimmages. Tryout scrimmages do not give a proper barometer of the compete
level of junior players. GM Scarpaci wants to see his prospects play in high-level
games such as the USPHL Showcases, the Pro Am Pre Draft and the Sr. Chowder Cup
because it allows us to see the player’s ability to play with and against the
best players in North America and Europe. This past weekend was an excellent
example of this. Our guys got to to play with and against the top Europeans
from Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Canada and the USA.


We are very proud of the Eels players
who joined us this past weekend. Our veteran players did extremely well. The
local Florida players also competed very hard. It was baptism by fire for ½
dozen local boys who came as a tryout for the Eels Junior program. The boys did
very well considering they were playing against quite a few 19 and 20 year
olds. They worked very hard the entire weekend and never quite.   


In July the Eels return back up to
Boston to compete in the Sr. Chowder Cup and the Jr. Chowder Cup. The spots are
filling up very fast and predictably will go even sooner when folks realize the
success of the Eels at these venues. 

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