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Kingston's Gudbranson out of Top Prospects Game

by Adam Kimelman
Erik Gudbranson, the highly regarded Kingston Frontenacs defenseman, will miss next week's CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The 6-foot-3, 3/4, 195-pound blueliner, the No. 6 North American skater in NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings, he hasn't played since Dec. 13 due to a case of mononucleosis. He has 17 points in 25 games. Gudbranson is second only to Windsor's Cam Fowler among defensemen. He was slated to play for Team Cherry at the event.

Gudbranson will be replaced by Kamloops Blazers (WHL) defenseman Austin Madaisky. Madaisky, who has played just one game for Kamloops after starting the season with the Calgary Hitmen, has 6 goals and 20 points in 40 games this season. He's No. 59 among North American skaters on Central Scouting's midterm list.

Hockey legend Bobby Orr and Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry will coach the two teams. The event, to be held Jan. 19-20 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont., features a skills contest and a game featuring the 40 best players available for the 2010 Entry Draft in the three leagues that make up the Canadian Hockey League.

The rosters for the game are assembled by Central Scouting following a poll sent to all 30 NHL clubs on which prospects they would like to see.

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