Atlantic Youth Hockey League



Florham Park, N.J.- National Hockey League Central Scouting released its preliminary Players to Watch List on Monday as a prelude to the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft. The players to watch list is Central Scouting's compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. The list is updated throughout the season while scouts travel to evaluate the players live. The players on the list with A ratings are considered potential first-round picks. Players with a B rating are considered possible second- or third-round choices, and those with C ratings are potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selections.

The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is now represented on that list by New Jersey Titans (18U) forward, Nikita Nesterenko. Nesterenko received a C rating, but The 2001 birth year has plenty of time to move up that list. Nikita has already committed to Brown University for the 2020 season to continue his education and playing career. As for the 18/19 season Nikita has played in 3  regular season AYHL games for the U18 Titans, scoring 4 goals and adding 6 assists. The Atlantic Youth Hockey League would like to congratulate Nikita on this great achievement in your playing career that has only just begun!   



 [VIEW: NHL Central Scouting Players to Watch list (PDF)]


The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is the USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I AAA youth hockey league of the Atlantic District. From Connecticut to Maryland, the AYHL’s membership is comprised of over 100 teams, representing four districts, and is spread across six playing divisions. The AYHL’s mission is to develop young players with competition, fun, and good sportsmanship, and move them on to the next phase of their hockey career. With a distinguished alumni list of players that spent a portion of their playing career in the AYHL, today’s players choose to play in the AYHL knowing that it is a proven stepping stone for those serious in their hockey pursuits.

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