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 |