Prospect Ramblings: CHL Top Prospects Game, Yamamoto Rises & AHL All Stars

Cam Robinson

2018-01-25

 

The big news of Thursday evening was the CHL Top Prospects Game.

 

The top 2018 draft eligible players from around the Canadian Hockey League have descended upon Guelph, Ontario to strut their stuff.

 

In the days leading up to the event, the players were put through their paces both on and off the ice during testing sessions.

 

 

 

The on-ice tests included:

 

  • 30 metre forward skate
  • 30 metre backwards skate with and without a puck
  • Reaction with and without a puck
  • Weave agility with and without a puck
  • Transition agility with and without a puck

 

The off-ice tests included:

  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • Medicine ball toss
  • Grip (right & left)
  • Pro-Agility (right & left)

 

 

For all results, see here

 

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The competitors were asked who the most difficult opponent was that they’ve ever faced. The answers are pretty interesting:

 

 

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If the pre-testing was the appetizer and the game itself the main course and dessert.

 

Here were the lineups: 

 

The game went decidedly in favour of Team Cherry, as the club featuring Filip Zadina, Joe Veleno, Evan Bouchard, Barrett Hayton and Ty Dellandrea defeated Team Orr 7-4.

 

Bouchard was named player of the game for Team Cherry as he recorded four assists and five shots on goal. It was a terrific showing from the London Knights’ captain as he continues to push further and further up many services’ draft boards.

 

He came into the match leading all draft-eligible players in point production with 54 in 45 games.