Defenseman Jacob Middleton of the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League has been added as an injury replacement in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary on Jan. 15, 2014.
The announcement was made by the Canadian Hockey League on Thursday.
Middleton, who is a C rated prospect on NHL Central Scouting's December players to watch list for the 2014 NHL Draft, will replace defenseman Nelson Nogier of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League. Nogier, a B rated prospect on Central Scouting's list, is unable to participate due to an upper-body injury.
Middleton, 17, is in his second OHL season and first with the 67's. He has one goal and nine points in 31 games this season. Ottawa saw forward Sean Monahan play in the Top Prospects Game last year in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Monahan was the No. 6 pick in the 2013 draft by the Calgary Flames.
CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters
Team Orr (Coach Jim Peplinski)
Goalies: Ty Edmonds, Prince George Cougars, WHL; Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers, OHL.
Defense: Roland McKeown, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL; Alexis Vanier, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL; Haydn Fleury, Red Deer Rebels, WHL; Anthony DeAngelo, Sarnia Sting, OHL; Aaron Irving, Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL; *-Jacob Middleton, Ottawa 67's, OHL; #-Nelson Nogier, Saskatoon Blades, WHL.
Forwards: Chase De Leo, Portland Winterhawks, WHL; Robert Fabbri, Guelph Storm, OHL; Nick Ritchie, Peterborough Petes, OHL; Matt Mistele, Plymouth Whalers, OHL; Sam Reinhart, Koontenay Ice, WHL; Nikita Scherbak, Saskatoon Blades, WHL; Daniel Audette, Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL; Ivan Barbashev, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL; Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals, OHL; Ryan MacInnis, Kitchener Rangers, OHL; Nikolay Goldobin, Sarnia Sting, OHL; Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels, WHL.
Team Cherry (Coach Lanny McDonald)
Goalies: Mason McDonald, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL; Julio Billia, Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL.
Defense: Alex Peters, Plymouth Whalers, OHL; Brycen Martin, Swift Current Broncos, WHL; Aaron Ekblad, Barrie Colts, OHL; Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos, WHL; Ben Thomas, Calgary Hitmen, WHL; Aaron Haydon, Niagara IceDogs, OHL.
Forwards: Eric Cornel, Peterborough Petes, OHL; Brendan Perlini, Niagara IceDogs, OHL; Jake Virtanen, Calgary Hitmen, WHL; Jared McCann, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL; Brendan Lemieux, Barrie Colts, OHL; Nikolaj Ehlers, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL; Clark Bishop, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL; Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires, OHL; Blake Clarke, North Bay Battalion, OHL; Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders, WHL; Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL; Spencer Watson, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL.