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The Hockey News Ryan Kennedy breaks down USHL prospects game. Here are a couple notes on future Gophers



Tri-City’s Matthew Knies has been absolutely snakebitten this season and scouts are wondering if it’s just bad luck or an omen. Knies actually took part in Team USA’s summer world junior camp and almost went straight to the University of Minnesota this year, but instead has struggled to just six goals in 32 games with the Storm. But with his big body and past performances, scouts wonder if he can be like Brandon Saad: a player whose numbers go soft in his draft year, but turns out to be what was originally expected nonetheless.


In terms of dynamic forwards, it’s hard to beat the NTDP’s Chaz Lucius. The University of Minnesota commit has missed most of the season due to knee surgery, but he’s been on fire since returning to the lineup in February. Lucius is one of, if not the, purest goal-scorers in the 2021 draft class and it will be fun to see him let loose on the big stage


Another interesting omission is defenseman Luke Mittelstadt, younger brother of Casey. Mittelstadt is at Eden Prairie high school right now, going for that same Minnesota title as Peart, but he started the year in Lincoln