Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds center Blake Speers and Saint John Sea Dogs center Nathan Noel will serve as injury replacements in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 22 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Speers (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) and Noel (5-11, 170), each B-rated on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2015 NHL Draft, will replace Sarnia Sting forward Nikita Korostelev (upper body) and Seattle Thunderbirds forward Mathew Barzal (lower body), who were each ruled out Thursday. Speers and Noel will play for Team Bobby Orr.
Korostelev is expected to miss the next 2-3 weeks. Barzal could be out another two weeks.
Speers, who possesses good vision and an ability to make plays in tight quarters, has 18 goals and 45 points in 38 games for the Greyhounds this season. Noel, a product of Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota, leads the Sea Dogs with 37 points (13 goals, 24 points) in 43 games.
CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME ROSTERS
GOALTENDERS: Callum Booth, Quebec (QMJHL); Samuel Montembeault, Blainville-Boisbriand (QMJHL)
DEFENSEMEN: *Rasmus Andersson, Barrie (OHL); Brandon Carlo, Tri-City (WHL); Vince Dunn, Niagara (OHL); 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); Nick McBride, Prince Albert (WHL)
DEFENSMEN: 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); 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); Nick Merkley, Kelowna (WHL); Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Pavel Zacha, Sarnia (OHL); *Blake Speers, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL); *Nathan Noel, Saint John (QMJHL)
*- injury replacement
^- injured and unable to participate