USA Hockey on Monday announced the division of players that will comprise the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
While all 40 players participating in the game are eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, there are currently 28 listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a potential first-, second-, or third-round draft pick. Nine players on the Futures List are currently starring for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League: forwards Anders Bjork, Jared Fiegl, Dylan Larkin, Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch; defensemen Ryan Collins, Jack Glover and Jonathan MacLeod; and goalie Blake Weyrick.
"This event has quickly grown into a great opportunity for America's best young players to showcase their skills at a national level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a terrific partner in putting on this game, which will feature the future stars of the NHL."
There will be three players representing the 2012-13 Clark Cup champion Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL in the game, forwards Seamus Malone and Shane Eiserman and defenseman Keegan Ford. A total of 26 players participating are currently playing in the USHL. The Fighting Saints are currently competing overseas in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.
Pittsburgh Penguins alumni Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen will each coach a team in the event. Rosters for each side will be determined at a later date, but each coach will have two goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards. Danton Cole and John Gruden of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program will serve as assistant coaches.
CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game roster
Goalies -- Blake Weyrick, USNTDP (USHL); Ed Minney, USNTDP (USHL); Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers (OHL); Thatcher Demko, Boston College (Hockey East).
Defensemen -- Louis Belpedio, USNTDP (USHL); Ryan Bliss, USNTDP (USHL); Ryan Collins, USNTDP (USHL); Tony DeAngelo, Sarnia Sting (OHL); Jack Dougherty, USNTDP (USHL); Keegan Ford, USNTDP (USHL); Jack Glover, USNTDP (USHL); Aaron Haydon, Niagara IceDogs (OHL); Josh Jacobs, Indiana Ice (USHL); Jonathan MacLeod, USNTDP (USHL); Ryan Mantha, Sioux City Musketeers (USHL); Hunter Warner, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL).
Forwards -- Greg Betzold, Peterborough Petes (OHL); Anders Bjork, USNTDP (USHL); Connor Chatham, Plymouth Whalers (OHL); Blake Clarke, North Bay Battalion (OHL); Chase DeLeo, Portland Winterhawks (WHL); Shane Eiserman, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL); Jared Fiegl, USNTDP (USHL); Shane Gersich, USNTDP (USHL); Ryan Hitchcock, USNTDP (USHL); Keegan Iverson, Portland Winterhawks (WHL); Kevin Labanc, Barrie Colts (OHL); Dylan Larkin, USNTDP (USHL); Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener Rangers (OHL); Seamus Malone, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL); Sonny Milano, USNTDP (USHL); Austin Poganski, Tri-City Storm (USHL); Jack Ramsey, Penticton Vees (BCHL); Nick Schmaltz, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL); Tyler Sheehy, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL); Nolan Stevens, USNTDP (USHL); Alex Tuch, USNTDP (USHL); Dominic Turgeon, Portland Winterhawks (WHL); Michael Turner, Cushing Academy (USHS); Joe Wegwerth, USNTDP (USHL).
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