Prospects Rambling: USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Kevin LeBlanc


USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Last night, the USHL overtook Sioux Falls for the 2017 edition of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. With a game attendance of over 8,000 fans, it was a resounding success for the USHL, and an opportunity for NHL scouts to see some of the top players the league has to offer playing in a best-on-best style game. 

Overall, 40 potential NHL draft picks from the league participated in the event, many whom are already committed to play college hockey in the fall. 

The tweet below shows not only the roster, but also where many of these top prospects are committed.


Eeli Tolvanen (Boston College) and Eero Teravainen (Univ. of Denver) were two draft eligible prospects who missed out due injury. Casey Mittelstadt, who would have been invited had he stayed in the USHL for the full season was not on the roster due to his return to Minnesota to play for his High School team. Without Tolvanen participating, the highest rated prospect playing in the game was Shane Bowers, an A-Rated center prospect who is committed to Boston University. 

The game was won by the West Team 4-0, thanks to a combined shutout for Dayton Rasmussen (Univ. of Denver) who made 14 saves and Cayden Primeau (Northeastern) who stopped 11 shots in split duty. 

Next up on the prospect scouting circuit is the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which will take place in Quebec City on Monday, January 30th. 


Last Night's NHL Games


Brock McGinn and Derek Ryan continue to play well in Carolina, and were integral pieces in the Hurricanes win over Columbus last evening. Both players got the nod over newly acquired Ty Rattie, who was a healthy scratch for the first time since the Canes poached him off waivers last week. Ryan tends to score in bunches, and is in the midst of a hot streak with five points in his last four games playing on Carolina's top offensive line with Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask. McGinn, who also provides solid hits numbers for you multi-c