ST. CATHARINES, Ontario -- Goaltender Liam Herbst of the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League will serve as an injury replacement at the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Meridian Centre on Thursday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN, TVA Sports).
Herbst (6-foot-4, 194 pounds) will replace Barrie Colts goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood, who was sent home because of an illness. Blackwood spoke to reporters Tuesday but admitted at the time he was ill.
Blackwood is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American goaltenders for the 2015 NHL Draft.
Herbst, No. 14 on the midterm list, is 12-5-2 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.
CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME ROSTERS
GOALTENDERS: ^Callum Booth, Quebec (QMJHL); Samuel Montembeault, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL); *Michael McNiven, Owen Sound (OHL)
DEFENSEMEN: *Rasmus Andersson, Barrie (OHL); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City (WHL); Vince Dunn, Niagara (OHL); *Brendan Guhle, Prince Albert (WHL); Noah Juulsen, Everett (WHL); Matt Spencer, Peterborough (OHL); ^Mitchell Vande Sompel, Oshawa (OHL); ^Jakub Zboril, Saint John (QMJHL)
FORWARDS: Anthony Beauvillier, Shawinigan (QMJHL); Filip Chlapik, Charlottetown (QMJHL); Jake DeBrusk, Swift Current (WHL); Graham Knott, Niagara (OHL); Mitchell Marner, London (OHL); Adam Musil, Red Deer (WHL); Daniel Sprong, Charlottetown (QMJHL); Mitchell Stephens, Saginaw (OHL); Dylan Strome, Erie (OHL); Evgeny Svechnikov, Cape Breton (QMJHL); Yakov Trenin, Gatineau (QMJHL); Dennis Yan, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
GOALTENDERS: ^Mackenzie Blackwood, Barrie (OHL); *Liam Herbst, Ottawa (OHL); Nick McBride, Prince Albert (WHL)
DEFENSEMEN: Guillaume Brisebois, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL); Thomas Chabot, Saint John (QMJHL); Nicolas Meloche, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL); Ryan Pilon, Brandon (WHL); Ivan Provorov, Brandon (WHL); Jeremy Roy, Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
FORWARDS: ^Mathew Barzal, Seattle (WHL); Paul Bittner, Portland (WHL); Lawson Crouse, Kingston (OHL); *Glenn Gawdin, Swift Current (WHL); Ryan Gropp, Seattle (WHL); Jansen Harkins, Prince George (WHL); Travis Konecny, Ottawa (OHL); ^Nikita Korostelev, Sarnia (OHL); Connor McDavid, Erie (OHL); Timo Meier, Halifax (QMJHL); Nicholas Merkley, Kelowna (WHL); *Nathan Noel, Saint John (QMJHL); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); *Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); ^Pavel Zacha, Sarnia (OHL)
*- injury replacement
^- injured and unable to participate