Taft Rhinos at Hotchkiss Bearcats, Feb 24, 2018

Taft School –

TAFT #6 LD Jimenez, Christian (2018) – Size wise it does not appear the Harvard commit Dman has grown much over the season in the physical sense. In a close game whereby not many players stood out, there were certain plays around the ice and tools Jimenez displayed to show why his talents are above for prep league as a sophomore. He played a poised game in the back end moving the puck up ice or rushing the puck up himself to gain zone entry. Jimenez skates well so he was able to elude pressure in his own zone and set-up scoring opportunities in the offensive zone. In one sequence rushing the puck up the ice in the 2nd period, the puck quickly came back in transition after teammate turned over, and while Jimenez was still coming back through the neutral zone laid big body check by Hotchkiss bench. While he isn’t overly physical he uses his body effectively in the corners and along the wall. He also smartly uses his stick to break plays up and will quickly transition play up ice. He made a nice play in the 3rd period just inside the offensive blue line, with limited space near boards he quickly curled away from pressure on backhand showing his lateral mobility and handle, creating space in high slot where he walked in and fired shot off goalie’s mask. Jimenez was also on the ice for both Taft’s goals initially having puck possession. You can see the potential in his game as should be on USA NTDP radar for March camp.

TAFT #9 RC Tonelli, Zackary (2018) – Smaller and gritty forward that plays hard along the wall and showed some speed and tenacity to make plays.

TAFT #19 LW Teply, Jakub (2018) – DNP

TAFT #26 LW Barrasso, Robert (2018) – He did not make much impression during the game. Good size yet did not make plays or possess the puck, seemed to still be adjusting to the prep league coming from Tier 1 U14 last season.