Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals 16U Preview | Youth1

Tier 1 USA Hockey Nationals 16U 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 16U Division being played in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

 

16U Pools:

USA Pool

#9 Shattuck St. Mary’s

#1 Little Caesars

#8 St. Louis Blues

#50 Team Maryland

Olympic Pool

#6 North Jersey Avalanche

#40 Sioux Falls Power

#2 Chicago Mission

#5 Compuware

NHL Pool

#10 Cape Cod Whalers

#34 Anaheim Jr. Ducks

#11 Honeybaked

#7 Yale Bulldogs

Liberty Pool

#3 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies

#4 Pittsburg Penguins Elite

#17 Buffalo Jr. Sabres

#25 Phoenix Jr. Coyotes

By the Numbers:

Average Rank of Pools

USA- 17

Olympic- 13.25

NHL- 15.5

Liberty- 12.25

Combined Record of Pools

USA- 166-51-11

Olympic- 202-82-3

NHL- 124-54-10

Liberty- 171-65-2

Pool Record vs Other Teams at Nationals

USA- 34-25-0

Olympic- 38-40-1

NHL- 12-20-3

Liberty- 41-36-2

Avg. GF per Game/GA per Game

USA- 4.09/2.04

Olympic- 4.37/2.39

NHL- 3.31/2.10

Liberty- 3.97/2.23

This division on paper is going to be very top heavy with the favorites coming out on top in most round robin games. It seems as though most of the top teams can beat each other in any given game, while besting the lower seeded teams. The Olympic Pool seems to be the ‘Pool of death’ having 3 of the top 6 teams in the country in it. The NJ Avs boasting 401 gf on the season will be a tough draw in every game they play. Those games should all by high scoring as well as the teams in this pool have the highest GF/gm avg. and the highest GA/gm avg. Get ready for end-to-end action. On the contrary the USA Pool teams are all high scoring and don’t give up a whole lot., so it will be interesting which teams can shut the opposition down.

Pool Winner Predictions

USA- Little Caesars

Olympic- NJ Avalanche

NHL- Honeybaked

Liberty- Pittsburg Penguins Elite

National Champion Prediction

Little Caesars

Best of luck to all 16U teams participating!

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