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Dylan Blujus (Buffalo Regals U18) will kick off the coverage of defensemen. I don't have a measurement for him, so giving him an accurate assessment will be tough. I can tell you however, that Blujus put up some good numbers on the offensive side of the puck for the Regals this past season. Back at the blue line, Blujus collected 22 points (5 goals and 17 assists) in 48 games last season. Of those 5 goals, 4 of them came on the powerplay, which I'm sure has scouts and coaches in the USHL drooling about the possibilty of using Blujus as a powerplay quarterback. Blujus also racked up 36 penalty minutes in 48 games. This speaks to his physicality. I would compare Blujus to Des Moines blueliner Eric Knodel. Not based on the size, but on offenseive output and PIMs.
Sam Piazza (Chicago Mission U16) is the opposite of Blujus. He is solid defensively more than he is offensively. Based on his playstyle, his offensive numbers were right on par. That said, Piazza has shown his glimpses of his potential offensive skills. In 21 games with the Mission midget minor squad, Piazza collected 3 goals and 6 assists for a total of 9 points on the year. He also played 29 games with the midget major squad, collected 2 goals and 2 PIMs on the season. The fact that he played with the U18 squad as a 16 year old speaks to his skills and it is obvious that he is a very solid defensive defenseman. Piazza is getting quite a bit of college interest too. While the 6'0"/190 defenseman out of Hinsdale, Illinois has not gotten a scholarship offer from any colleges yet, Boston College, Harvard, Yale, Michigan State, and Northeastern have all shown interest. I would compare Piazza to Lincoln Stars shut down defenseman Dax Lauwers. Expect to see Piazza's name called on Monday.
Signed with the Muskegon Lumberjacks.