The North American Hockey League (NAHL) held their 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts this week. Over 108 of the top NAHL players were spread amongst six teams, that played in two games each during the event.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly scouted events and continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks. Only uncommitted players are allowed to be chosen for the league’s divisional teams, while committed players with 2000 birth years or younger may be chosen for the NAHL Selects teams.
This season, the Tomahawks were represented by 6 players. Here’s a recap of their performances:
Pavel Kharin (19) – East Division
Hawks assistant captain and third year veteran had a strong showing with 2 points including the insurance goal late in the 3rd period of the 3-1 win in the first game, and he also assisted on the game winning goal in the second game with the same final score of 3-1. Kharin’s high level of intensity and force that has adhered him to Tomahawks fans was on full display during both games of the week. Pavel is in his final year of his junior career.
Bennett Stockdale (25) – East Division
The Ottawa native had a stellar performance in both games with a total of one goal, two assists and a +4 rating during that span while creating multiple offensive chances throughout the week. The 20 year old right winger is also playing his final junior season.
David Tomeo (30) – East Division
With over 102 NAHL games with 6 different teams, Tomeo found his rhythm with the Hawks this season and the consistency continued this week at the Top Prospect event. The 6’1” – 185lb New Jersey native posted a perfect 0.00 GAA in 60 minutes of play stopping all 25 shots faced. The soon to be 21 year old (March 2) is looking for a strong finish to his junior career.
Christian Gorscak (16) – Selects Blue
The NAHL’s second leader scorer with 57 points in 47 games has been on the NHL radar this season. His speed, quickness and vision also earned him a scholarship to Niagara University for next season. The Jeanette, PA native tallied an assist over the two game span.
Noah Basarab (17) – East Division
The Manitoba native played for the undefeated East Division but was held pointless in those two games, but displayed his solid two-way game that has made him so valuable to the Hawks this season. The left shot power forward continues to shine with 8 power play goals for the Tomahawks this season and will look to add to his total as he enters the final stretch of his junior career.
Max Kouznetsov (91) – Selects Blue
The Canisius College commit entered the Top Prospect tournament on his longest scoring drought of the season at 4 games but quickly changed that by scoring a beautiful goal in his first tournament game and adding an assist in the second game. The 19 year old rookie leads all Tomahawks with a +23 rating this season and his second in scoring with 45 points in 41 games.