The 2019-20 hockey season has been nothing short of a booming success for 17-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth commit Carter Loney. The 2002-born forward of Winnipeg has spent the better part of his rookie season with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
His production is near a point-per-game, while his 12 goals and 30 points in 34 games places him fourth on the Pistons in terms of scoring. But it isn’t just his statistical success that has the former RINK Hockey star turning heads, its his high-level production across the board within the Canadian Junior Hockey League.
After earlier skating for Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in mid-December, once again, Loney left the Pistons this past week to participate in the 15th annual CJHL Prospects Game at the Dave Andreychuk Arena in Hamilton, ON. on Tuesday.
Not only did his Team West beat Team East 6-4 on Tuesday, but the CJHL also announced its top-10 performers during the on-ice testing portion of the festivities, with Loney finishing in first place. The CJHL Prospects Game was viewed live by over 200 NHL, NCAA, U-Sports and CHL scouts.
All 36 skaters were put through the ringer, participating in 10 different on-ice tests, run by Sport Testing Inc. The analytics provided players with a breakdown on their times and skills through the following 10 activities: 30M Forward; 30M Forward with Puck; 30M Backward; 30M Backward with Puck; Transition Agility; Transition Agility with Puck; Weave Agility; Weave Agility with Puck; Reaction; Reaction with Puck.
Capping off a wonderful week for Loney was the release of Central Scouting’s Top-200 list of mid-term rankings. The 17-year-old has been named the 198th North American skater heading into the second half of the 2019-20 season, with eligibility to be selected in the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft.