Prospects Rambling: CHL Top Prospects Game Rosters Released

Kevin LeBlanc


On January 30th, the annual CHL Top Prospects game will take place in Quebec City at the Centre Vidéotron. This annual game is an integral part of the scouting calendar, allowing NHL teams to evaluate 2017 NHL Draft Talent. 

The Full 2017 Sherwin Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game rosters are as follows: 

Team Cherry

  Maxime Comtois   Forward   Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL)
  MacKenzie Entwistle   Forward   Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
  Jake Leschyshyn   Foward   Regina Pats (WHL)
  Ivan Lodnia   Forward   Erie Otters (OHL)
  Antoine Morand   Forward   Acadie-Bathurst Titans (QMJHL)
  Nolan Patrick   Forward   Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
  Isaac Ratcliffe   Forward   Guelph Storm (OHL)
  Adam Ruzicka   Forward   Sarnia Sting (OHL)
  Nick Suzuki   Forward   Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
  Robert Thomas   Forward   London Knights (OHL)
  Owen Tippett   Forward   Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
  Gabriel Vilardi   Forward   Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
  Cal Foote  Defenseman   Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
  Antoine Crête-Belzile  Defenseman   Blainville Boisbriand-Armada (QMJHL)
  Henri Jokiharju  Defenseman   Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  Pierre-Olivier Joseph  Defenseman   Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
  Artyom Minulin  Defenseman   Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
  Jarrett Tyszka  Defenseman   Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
  Ian Scott  Goaltender   Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
  Stuart Skinner  Goaltender   Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)

















Team Orr

  Sasha Chmelevski   Forward   Ottawa 67's (OHL)
  Alex Formenton   Forward   London Knights (OHL)
  Morgan Frost   Forward   Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  Cody Glass   Forward   Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
  Nico Hischier   Forward   Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  Kole Lind   Forward   Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
  Stelio Mattheos   Forward   Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
  Nikita Popugaev   Forward   Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
  Michael Rasmussen   Forward   Tri-City Americans (WHL)
  Nate Schnarr   Forward   Guelph Storm (OHL)
  Matthew Strome    Forward   Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
  Kailer Yamamoto   Forward   Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
  Nicolas Hague  Defenseman   Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
  Jacob Paquette  Defenseman   Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
  Markus Phillips  Defenseman   Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
  Eemeli Rasanen  Defenseman   Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
  Conor Timmins   Defenseman   Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  Juuso Valimaki  Defenseman   Tri-City Americans (WHL)
  Michael DiPietro  Goaltender   Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
  Alex D'Orio  Goaltender   Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

















Of the 40 players in the game, the Ontario Hockey League boasts 20 prospects, the Western Hockey League has 15, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League rounds out the group with 5. 


Recapping Last Night

Washington's Jakub Vrana started slowly from a points perspective since his call-up from the Hershey Bears, but he has started heating up with three points in his last three games. He has always been a high-volume shooter and that has continued in the NHL. In his seven games, the 2014 first round pick is averaging 2.29 shots per game. His two assists helped the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the floundering Islanders on Tuesday. 


29 year-old rookie Derek Ryan has continued his hot streak with seven points in his last four games. He had been receiving increased playing time due to Jordan Staal's injury, but last night when Staal returned to the lineup, Ryan had his best night of his NHL career with three assists. He seems to be developing some chemistry with Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask, which will greatly increase his fantasy value. 


Anthony DeAngelo picked up his first goal since returning to the lineup after a short stint in the American Hockey League. He's up to eight points in 14 NHL games this season with solid peripheral stats. DeAngelo is averaging nearly two blocked shots and two shots on goal per game. He should continue to be a integral part of the Coyotes in a year where there will be a lot of moving parts come trade deadline time. 


Victor Arvidsson hasn't been given his due this season despite having a breakout offensive campaign with 19 points in 28 games. The 23 year-old is riding a four game point streak picking up two assists in the Predators comeback win over St. Louis last night. Arvidsson has been averaging nearly 16 minutes per night and has 92 shots on the season. 


Tonight's Action

San Jose at Ottawa – 7:00 PM ET

Boston at Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET

Tampa at Calgary – 9:30 PM ET

Philadelphia at Colorado – 10:00 PM ET



Name Fantasy Upside NHL Certainty
Zayne Parekh 9.0 8.0
Gabriel Eliasson 6.0 2.0
Tory Pitner 5.0 5.0
Charlie Forslund 5.5 4.0
Liam Danielsson 5.0 3.5
Timur Kol 4.0 5.0
Viggo Gustafsson 4.5 5.5
Marcus Gidlöf 6.5 3.0
Kim Saarinen 6.0 4.5
Gian Meier 4.0 5.0