18. Blake Biondi
School: Hermantown (Minnesota)
We could be seeing the final year of high school for a 2020 NHL First Round Draft pick.
Blake Biondi, named to the ALL-USA Boys Hockey First Team this year, Biondi put up 34 goals and 29 assists for Hermantown in a season in which the team went 22-4-2 and reached the sectional title game. This came after he served as the Team USA captain and was the leading scorer in the U-17 Five Nations tournament during the summer of 2018.
He’s now set to join the U18 Men’s National Team, according to KBJR6. Against international competition, Biondi will once again test his prowess against some of the best young players in the world.
Not the prettiest of breakouts, but it’s a strong first pass from Eamon Powell and a nice cross-ice feed from Dylan Peterson.
— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) November 6, 2018
From CBS3 Duluth: Scouts “rave” about Biondi’s “pure goal-scoring talent.” He “sees the ice as well as any player I’ve watched in the last dozen years.” He has quick speed and an accurate shot.
That’s all backed up by stats.
In 2016, Biondi scored 81 total points – 42 goals and 39 assists – for the Hermantown Bantam AA “C” team, according to Elite Prospects. The following year, at Hermantown High, he had 23 goals and 21 assists.
Biondi is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the same school his father, Joe, attended from 1989-1993. If he can take another step forward as a senior in high school, he’ll be well-suited to play at the college level and then transition into the NHL.