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Roster Selected for USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Wednesday January 2, 2013

Ian McCoshen, Luke Johnson, and Michael Downing are among 40 players selected to compete in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 23rd in Muskegon, Michigan. (photos by Britta Lewis, Brandon Anderson, and Maddie MacFarlane)

40 USHL players set to compete in front of NHL scouts on January 23rd

The United States Hockey League announced the 40 players selected to compete in the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM to be held on January 23rd 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.  A total of 27 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.

All 16 USHL Member Clubs have at least one player selected to participate in the event.  The Waterloo Black Hawks lead with five players chosen while the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Lincoln Stars, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Sioux City Musketeers, and Tri-City Storm each have four players from their organizations named to the roster.

USHL players scheduled to compete include highly-ranked defensemen Ian McCoshen (Waterloo Black Hawks) and Michael Downing (Dubuque Fighting Saints) 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 Black Hawks) is also on the roster in addition to Arthur Brey (Dubuque Fighting Saints) who leads all USHL goaltender 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," commented USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince.  "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 40 players chosen will now be divided into two teams for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the makeup of which will be announced at a later date.

2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Roster

Forwards

Thomas Ebbing – Chicago Steel

Christian Heil – Chicago Steel

Luke Voltin – Des Moines Buccaneers

Peter Quenneville – Dubuque Fighting Saints

John Stevens – Dubuque Fighting Saints

Gabe Guertler – Fargo Force

Brendan Harms – Fargo Force

Alex Kile – Green Bay Gamblers

Luke Johnson – Lincoln Stars

Ross Olsson – Lincoln Stars

Vinni Lettieri – Lincoln Stars

Cam Darcy – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Frederik Tiffels – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Drew Melanson – Omaha Lancers

Jake Guentzel – Sioux City Musketeers

Conor McGlynn – Sioux City Musketeers

Jake Montgomery – Sioux City Musketeers

John Hayden – Team USA

Jason Cotton – Tri-City Storm

Garrett Gamez – Tri-City Storm

Trevor Moore – Tri-City Storm

Taylor Cammarata – Waterloo Black Hawks

Justin Kloos – Waterloo Black Hawks

Austin Cangelosi – Youngstown Phantoms


Defensemen

Ian Brady – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

Michael Downing – Dubuque Fighting Saints

Jordan Gross – Green Bay Gamblers

Gustav Olofsson – Green Bay Gamblers

Rinat Valiev – Indiana Ice

Justin Woods – Lincoln Stars

Michael Brodzinski – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Ben Storm – Muskegon Lumberjacks

Tucker Poolman – Omaha Lancers

Blake Heinrich – Sioux City Musketeers

Ryan Ivey – Tri-City Storm

Ian McCoshen – Waterloo Black Hawks


Goaltenders

Arthur Brey – Dubuque Fighting Saints

Charlie Lindgren – Sioux Falls Stampede

Eamon McAdam – Waterloo Black Hawks

Cal Petersen – Waterloo Black Hawks

The 2013 NHL Draft is scheduled to take place in June at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey – home of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils.  A total of 28 players who spent the 2011-12 season in the USHL were selected in the 2012 NHL Draft, including a record six players in the first round.

 

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13.  With 20 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 230 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive).  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).

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