USHL Top Prospects: Waterloo Black Hawks

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Last week we took a deep dive into the Chicago Steel top prospects list. This week we switch to the Western Conference to look at the Waterloo Black Hawks’ top prospects. In a shortened season, the Black Hawks finished atop their conference with a 33-14-2-0 record and 68 points. Waterloo has plenty of prospects on their roster but these are the ones to keep an eye for the future.

Ryder Rolston – Forward

Ryder Rolston
Ryder Rolston

With only one full season with the Black Hawks, Ryder made his presence known every night. The USNTDP product scored a combined 50 goals and 30 assists in his two seasons with the team. This past season he recorded 16 goals and 17 assists which was good enough for fifth on the team’s top scorers list.

He’s ranked #55 by Future Considerations and is ranked as a ‘B’ skater. The 6’1″ forward from Birmingham, MI will play for the University of Notre Dame next season as he waits to hear his name called somewhere between the second and fourth round of this year’s NHL Draft.

Wyatt Schingoethe – Center

Wyatt Schingoethe
Wyatt Schingoethe

One of the most consistent players for the past two seasons, Wyatt was a staple in the Black Hawks organization. Each season he was one of their top point scorers with 33 and 38 and has committed to play for the University of Denver next year. He is ranked as a ‘C’ skater and 4.25 star forward.

“Schingoethe is a polished, productive player who thinks the game at a high level and has the tools to play a number of ways,” scouts have said.

Ondrej Psenicka – Right Wing

The forward from Praha, Czech Republic played his first season in the United States this past year. It was a bit of a change for him after tallying 70 points for his club team a year prior. He lit up the scoreboard six times this year and had 12 assists, his fewest for a club team since the 2015-16 season. Ondrej is uncommitted regarding his future but is listed as a ‘C’ skater on the NHL Central Scouting Report.

Ondrej Psenicka
Ondrej Psenicka

Patrick Guzzo – Center/Left Wing

The longest-tenured Black Hawk on this list joined the Black Hawks for two games in the 2017-18 season and became a full-time starter over the next two seasons. The NHL Central Scouting Report has Guzzo listed as a ‘C’ skater. But based on his leadership qualities, that may be more valuable to a future team. The Michigan native will play for Ohio State next season.

Patrick Guzzo
Patrick Guzzo

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