After a slow start by his standards, Kyle Connor is red hot and has vaulted up to 2nd in USHL scoring with a 20-32--52 scoring line. At 167 career points, Connor needs 10 points to jump into 10th place on the USHL's All-Time scoring leaders list.
In Muskegon, Cooper Marody is 18th in league scoring with a 13-28--41 line through 37 games.
In Bloomington, goalie commit Hayden Lavigne has resurrected his USHL career. In 12 games and 10 starts with the Thunder Lavigne is 7-3-0 with a 2.20 GAA, a .909 SV% and has assumed the starting role above Minnesota commit Logan Halladay.
Michael Pastujov made his return after missing almost the entire season with a shoulder injury in time to help lead Honeybaked to the HPHL Championship. Pastujov will finish the season with 5 games played and no points, but was still an instant impact player despite missing so much time. He's as close of a lock as there is to make the NTDP roster for next year.
2016 defenseman Griffin Luce has missed extended stretches of the season, but returned for Four Nations and has played in eight games since coming back.
Defenseman Christian Meike has not played this season.
The Near Future And Beyond
A pair of high end recruits went of the board earlier in the month both to North Dakota; Brock Boeser, who had Michigan interest early on but wasn't considering the Wolverines after he reopened his recruitment and Collin Adams, a Brighton native and Honeybaked's leading scorer.
Quinn Hughes commitment filled a major void in the offensive-defenseman category, but they'll need to add another one. Dallas Stars U16 defenseman Max Gildon is one of the top uncommitted blueliners of the 99's and Victory Honda 99 Tommy Miller is right up there as a top defenseman in the state of Michigan.
At forward things are pretty much set for the time being. Barring any attrition the coaching staff will need to get creative building a lineup in 2015 with only a Top-6 right wing and their 4th line center departing, but centers Kyle Connor, Connor Murphy and LW Brendan Warren incoming.
For 2016 Cooper Marody and Sam Miletic are set to arrive on campus from the USHL. James Sanchez, Nick Pastujov and Will Lockwood will also be part of the 2016 class, so the only real need at forward is a checking line center.
2017 commits will start to come as we get closer to the NTDP camp.