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Scott Nelson, Eastview
Is this the year Scott Nelson finally gets some credit? We think so. As usual, there is a ton of talent in the South Suburban Conference, but Nelson's name should be on any and all of those lists. Nelson scored 48 points in 26 games against some of the state's best defenders as a junior last season. He's posted 32 points in just 14 games this year already.
Nelson is strong on the puck, can dangle his way through traffic and possesses uncanny hockey sense. Watch his numbers increase.
Tyler Sheehy, Burnsville
Tallied 14 goals and 21 points in 23 games during the Elite League this fall. Tyler didn't play for the Blaze last season, who were one goal away from topping Edina to play in the Class 2A state tournament, but he is clearly ready for some big minutes under coach Janne Kivihalme this winter. For a sophomore to show flashes of dominance in the Elite League, there's no reason he couldn't replicate those numbers at the varsity level.
He's proven that through just 16 games with 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points.
Sam Rossini, Rosemount
Sam Rossini is a first-year Bantam A at Rosemount. He is an amazing talent that shows focus and determination beyond his years. The center scored 53 goals with 58 assists while registering a plus-93 last season -- and he's off to a tremendous campaign this winter with 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 38 games. He completely immerses himself in every drill and game situation. His strong will to succeed and positive attitude will make him a valuable team asset wherever he goes.