USA Hockey announced today the 42 players who will compete in the fourth annual CCM/USAHockey All-American Prospects Game set for September 24 at First Niagara Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.
“This game provides the best U.S. players eligible for next year’s NHL draft the opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, in a USA Hockey press release. “We’re excited to return to Buffalo and with input from NHL Central Scouting, we’re certain fans in the region will enjoy the chance to see future stars of the NHL, some who are very likely to one day wear the Sabres jersey.”
Each year the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game assembles the top U.S. players who are eligible for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Following last year’s game, 26 players that participated in the contest went on to be chosen in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including seven first-round selections.
Thirty-three players have ties to the United States Hockey League, the top junior league in the U.S., including 21 players associated with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan. Last season, Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.), was named the 2015 USHL Rookie of the Year and received USHL All-Rookie First Team honors while Krys was a USHL All-Rookie Second Team selection.
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