Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals 15U Preview | Youth1

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals 15U Preview

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals are set to start on April 3rd in 3 different locations for 4 different age groups. USA Hockey has just released the Pools for 14U, 15U, 16U, and 18U divisions for the national tournament. Each team will play three round robin games, with the top team in each pool advancing to the semi-finals. One bad loss in round robin play can really put you in a hole for trying to advance to the semis. Over the next few days we will break down the divisions for you and give our predictions. Today we are going to take a look at the 15U Division being played in Plymouth, Michigan.



15U Pools:

USA Pool

#5 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

#15 MN Green Giants

#10 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies

#53 Thunder Hockey

Olympic Pool

#3 Little Caesars

#7 Pittsburg Penguins Elite

#9 NJ Rockets

#38 Sioux Falls Power

NHL Pool

#2 Chicago Mission

#8 Shattuck St. Mary’s

#13 Cape Cod Whalers

#27 San Jose Jr. Sharks

Liberty Pool

#4 Central CT Selects

#11 Neponset Valley River Rats

#17 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes

#14 North Jersey Avalanche

By the Numbers:

Average Rank of Pools

USA- 20.75

Olympic- 14.25

NHL- 12.5

Liberty- 11.5

Combined Record of Pools

USA- 134-58-4

Olympic- 181-63-7

NHL- 143-47-13

Liberty- 156-52-7

Pool Record vs Other Teams at Nationals

USA- 17-18-0

Olympic- 19-19-2

NHL- 19-16-6

Liberty- 19-27-1

Avg. GF per Game/GA per Game

USA- 3.70/2.03

Olympic- 4.37/2.19

NHL- 4.31/2.13

Liberty- 4.62/1.90

This division is going to be extremely balanced as all of the divisions are roughly .500 vs. other teams at nationals.. It seems as though most teams can beat each other in any given game. The Olympic Pool seems to be the ‘Pool of death’ having 3 of the top 9 teams in the country in it. Those games should all by high scoring as well as the teams in this pool have the 2nd highest GF/gm avg. and the highest GA/gm avg. On the contrary the Liberty Pool teams are all high scoring and don’t give up a whole lot.

Pool Winner Predictions

USA- Buffalo Jr. Sabres

Olympic- Little Caesars

NHL- Chicago Mission

Liberty- Neponset Valley River Rats

National Champion Prediction

Chicago Mission

Best of luck to all 15U teams participating!


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