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Players chosen for top prospects game

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
Defenseman Ian McCoshen, one of the top players eligible for this year's NHL draft, has committed to play hockey ay Boston College next fall.

The United States Hockey League on Wednesday announced the 40 players selected to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM to be held on Jan. 23 at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.

It is the second season for the event, which will showcase many of the top players in the USHL who are eligible for the 2013 NHL draft. In all, 27 of the players selected are in their first year of eligibility for the NHL draft. The selection process was completed in cooperation with USHL general managers, NHL scouts and team personnel, and NHL Central Scouting. The composition of the two teams will be announced at a later date.

All 16 USHL clubs had at least one player selected to participate in the event. The Waterloo Black Hawks were tops with five players chosen, while the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Lincoln Stars, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Sioux City Musketeers, and Tri-City Storm each had four players named.

USHL players scheduled to compete include highly-ranked defensemen Ian McCoshen (Waterloo) and Mike Downing (Dubuque) along with forward Luke Johnson (Lincoln Stars), all of whom are projected as early-round selections in the 2013 NHL draft. USHL leading scorer Taylor Cammarata (Waterloo) is also on the roster in addition to Arthur Brey (Dubuque) who leads all USHL goaltenders with 15 victories this season.

"The second USHL/NHL Top Prospects game promises to be an outstanding showcase of talent that USHL teams continue to develop for the next levels of hockey," USHL president and commissioner Skip Prince said in a statement. "With so many of our young stars on the NHL watch list, and with the full attention of the National Hockey League, it promises to be a great night of hockey in Muskegon, and something all USHL fans should be anxious to see."

The USHL had 28 players taken in the 2012 NHL draft, including a record six in the first round. They included defenseman Jacob Trouba (No. 9, Winnipeg Jets) of the U.S. National Team Development Program, center Zemgus Girgensons (No. 14, Buffalo Sabres) and defenseman Michael Matheson (No. 23, Florida Panthers) of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, defenseman Jordan Schmaltz (No. 25, St. Louis Blues) of the Green Bay Gamblers, and defenseman Brady Skjei (No. 28, New York Rangers) and center Stefan Matteau (No. 29, New Jersey Devils) of the USNTDP.

2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Roster
Name POS. Ht. Wt. USHL Team Hometown
Thomas Ebbing F 5-11 165 Chicago Troy, Mich.
Christian Heil F 6-1 178 Chicago Westminister, Colo.
Luke Voltin F 6-0 195 Des Moines Blaine, Minn.
Peter Quenneville F 5-11 176 Dubuque Edmonton, Alberta
John Stevens F 6-2 180 Dubuque Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Gabe Guertler F 5-9 178 Fargo Plantation, Fla.
Brendan Harms F 5-11 169 Fargo Steinbach, Manitoba
Alex Kile F 6-0 185 Green Bay Troy, Mich.
Luke Johnson F 5-11 165 Lincoln Grand Forks, N.D.
Ross Olsson F 6-4 200 Lincoln Billerica, Mass.
Vinni Lettieri F 5-9 165 Lincoln Excelsior, Minn.
Cam Darcy F 6-0 189 Muskegon South Boston, Mass.
Frederik Tiffels F 6-0 180 Muskegon Cologne, Germany
Drew Melanson F 5-10 160 Omaha Paramus, N.J.
Jake Guentzel F 5-9 153 Sioux City Woodbury, Minn.
Conor McGlynn F 6-2 193 Sioux City Oakville, Ontario
Jake Montgomery F 6-1 191 Sioux City Oakdale, Minn.
Jason Cotton F 6-3 180 Tri-City Parker, Tex.
Garrett Gamez F 6-0 180 Tri-City Chino Hills, Calif.
Trevor Moore F 5-10 175 Tri-City Thousand Oaks, Calif.
John Hayden F 6-3 210 Team USA Greenwich, Conn.
Taylor Cammarata F 5-7 156 Waterloo Plymouth, Minn.
Justin Kloos F 5-9 170 Warerloo Lakeville, Minn.
Austin Cangelosi F 5-7 170 Youngstown Estero, Fla.
Ian Brady D 5-11 195 Cedar Rapids Lombard, Ill.
Mike Downing D 6-3 194 Dubuque Canton, Mich.
Jordan Gross D 5-11 175 Green Bay Maple Grove, Minn.
Gustav Olofsson D 6-2 189 Green Bay Broomfield, Colo.
Rinat Valiev D 6-1 190 Indiana Nizhnekamsk, Russia
Justin Woods D 6-2 210 Lincoln Fairbanks, Alsk.
Mike Brodzinski D 5-11 195 Muskegon Blaine, Minn.
Ben Storm D 6-6 215 Muskegon Calumet, Mich.
Tucker Poolman D 6-2 193 Omaha East Grand Forks, Minn.
Blake Heinrich D 5-11 192 Sioux City Cambridge, Minn.
Ryan Ivey D 6-2 184 Tri-City Orlando, Fla.
Ian McCoshen D 6-3 207 Waterloo Hudson, Wis.
Arthur Brey G 6-0 155 Dubuque Yorba Linda, Calif.
Charlie Lindgren G 6-3 180 Sioux Falls Lakeville, Minn.
Eamon McAdam G 6-2 180 Waterloo Perkasie, Penn.
Cal Petersen G 6-2 180 Waterloo Waterloo, Iowa

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