Cameron Burke

Bloomington Thunder (LW)

3 GP: 1 goal, 3 assists

14. Green Bay Gamblers

1-2-0-0, Last Poll: 2

 

Green Bay was a dangerous team all season long last year prior to losing to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Dubuque Fighting Saints. 2016 USHL Goaltender of the Year Adam Huska graduated to the University of Connecticut this summer, and the Gamblers wasted no time to reload in net. Maxim Zhukov was one of just four goaltenders in the world to receive an A rating in the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List. Slovakian goaltender David Hrenak will also be transitioning to the North American style of hockey this season, and was impressive in the pre-season. Despite plans to spend half the season with his hometown Eden Prairie High School, Casey Mittelstadt told reporters this summer that his goal is to win a high school championship and Clark Cup championship. Veterans John Leonard, Jason Dhooghe and Connor Mackey will look to push the Green Bay offense, while the older defense should provide stability for the Gamblers as the season progresses.

 

13. Bloomington Thunder

1-1-1-0, Last Poll: 3

 

Rookie forward Cameron Burke was cut from a USHL team last season, and apparently used it as motivation this offseason. The University of Notre Dame commit leads the Thunder in scoring with four points in three games. Veterans Sean Harrison and William Fallstrom have also added an offensive touch to Bloomington, but it’s the team depth that will carry the Thunder all season. Forward Mitchell Mattson became the first-ever player drafted from the Bloomington Thunder last season when the Calgary Flames selected him in the fifth round. Mattson returns this year to Bloomington and already has two assists. Led by captain Tarek Baker, the locker room knows how to win under third-year head coach Dennis Williams. They will look to build upon their record-setting season last year and advance further into Clark Cup Playoffs this year.