20 METRO PLAYERS TO WATCH
(All players are seniors unless indicated)
Paige Beebe, jr., F, Blaine
Tallied 23 goals during the Bengals’ state tournament run.
Lauren Bench, G, Burnsville
Great size allows her to fill up the net. Athletic ability helps her make big saves.
Breanna Blesi, jr., G, Maple Grove
Part of a strong goaltending tandem. Won starting job in the playoffs last season.
Grace Bowlby, jr., D, Edina
Draws raves for her skating. Key to the Hornets’ state tournament hopes.
Sydney Brodt, F, Mounds View
Catalyst of the Mustangs’ attack. Headed to Minnesota Duluth.
Emily Brown, jr., D, Blaine
Stay-at-home defenseman verbally committed to the Gophers.
Carly Bullock, F, Blake
Scored 49 goals for the Bears last winter.
Abby Halluska, F, Buffalo
Led Bison, 2015 state tournament qualifiers, with 29 goals.
Natalie Heising, jr., F, Wayzata
Turned heads with a strong fall league performance.
Crystalyn Hengler, soph., D, Eden Prairie
Punishing defender who can spark the offense from the blue line.
Gabbie Hughes, soph., F, Centennial
Ranks near the top of a talented 2018 class.
Presley Norby, F, Minnetonka
Only high school player on U.S. national team that won the recent Four Nations Cup championship.
Emily Oden, soph., F, Edina
Member of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team.
Kenzie Prater, D, Hill-Murray
Versatile player can also hurt opponents as a forward.
Kiki Radke, F, Hastings
Committed to Bemidji State, inspires teammates with her work ethic.
Allison Roethke, D, Buffalo
Solid defender who can jump up into the attack.
Natalie Snodgrass, jr., F, Eastview
Connecticut-bound forward pumped 33 goals into the offense last season.
Mekenzie Steffen, D, Hill-Murray
Leader for two-time defending state champions. Committed to Wisconsin.
Taylor Wente, jr., F, Maple Grove
Skills plus high hockey IQ equals difference-maker.
Grace Zumwinkle, jr., F, Breck
Tallied 64 points as a sophomore last season.
DAVID La VAQUE