2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
The 2nd annual USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game takes place on Wednesday in Muskegon, Michigan.
The USHL made history in 2012 as a record six players were chosen in the 1st round of the NHL Draft, including defenceman Jacob Trouba (9th, Winnipeg) & Zemgus Girgensons (14th, Buffalo). In total, 28 USHL players were drafted in 2012.
The showcase can be seen online via the USHL Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey) or on the USHL FASTHockey channel at http://ushl.fasthockey.com starting at 7:00pm.
Here’s a look at some of the players to watch out for during the game.
Cal Petersen – Goaltender, Waterloo Black Hawks
11-8-0-2, 3.27 GAA, .890 SV%, 2 SO
NHL CS Rank: 4th among N.A. Goalies
Eamon McAdam – Goaltender, Waterloo Black Hawks
12-4-0-2, 3.41 GAA, .897 SV%, 2 SO
NHL CS Rank: 7th among N.A. Goalies
Petersen & McAdam have combined to help Waterloo to one of the best records in the USHL. Their overall stats are almost identical, as is their draft ranking.
McAdam has won 7 of his last 8 starts, while Petersen was named ‘Goaltender of the Week’ earlier this season.
Both players participated in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September, so this will be another chance for scouts to see how they’ve progressed throughout the season.
Charlie Lindgren – Goaltender, Sioux Falls Stampede
19-6-1-2, 2.55 GAA, .906 SV%, 2 SO
NHL CS Rank: 23rd among N.A. Goalies
Lindgren has played in 2 out of every 3 games for the Stampede this season, leading Sioux Falls to the 2nd best record in the league. He leads the USHL in wins and sits in the Top 6 in goals against average & minutes played.
He’s been named ‘Goaltender of the Week’ four times this season and has won 8 of his last 9 starts.
Ian McCoshen – Defenceman, Waterloo Black Hawks
27 GP, 6-16-22 Pts, +23, 30 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 21st
Now in his third season with the Black Hawks, McCoshen is the highest ranked player participating in the game. He is currently tied for 6th in the USHL in plus/minus and has started to turn it up offensively, recording 5 goals & 12 assists in his last 12 games.
In August 2012, McCoshen helped the Black Hawks to a silver medal at the 2012 Junior Club World Cup, where he recorded 1 goal & 2 assists in 6 games.
Michael Downing – Defenceman, Dubuque Fighting Saints
26 GP, 1-10-11 Pts, +11, 52 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 49th
Downing was drafted 3rd overall by the Fighting Saints in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft. He entered his rookie season with the Fighting Saints as a 16-year-old and was the youngest player on the team by almost a year.
Downing won a silver medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2012, recording 1 assist in 5 games. In August, he represented the USA at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament, playing in 4 games and registering 1 assist.
Of his 11 points this season, seven have come in the last 12 games.
Taylor Cammarata – Forward, Waterloo Black Hawks
32 GP, 21-33-54 Pts, +23, 18 PIM
NHL CS Rank: Unranked
The 2011/12 USHL Rookie of the Year is leading the league in assists & points in his sophomore season. He is also among the league leaders in plus/minus, power play points and game-winning goals.
He’s scored in 27 of 32 games this season, including a 6-point effort (2,4) at Youngstown on October 28th.
In September, he participated in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game and then won a gold medal with the United States at the World Junior A Challenge. He registered a goal & three assists in four games at the tournament.
Trevor Moore – Forward, Tri-City Storm
35 GP, 15-23-38 Pts, +1, 12 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 108th
Moore leads the Storm in almost every offensive category and is tied for 3rd in most game-winning goals in the USHL. He’s currently on a 6-game point streak and has recorded 4 goals & 13 assists in his last 12 games.
Ross Olsson – Right Wing, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
25 GP, 3-5-8 Pts, +1, 32 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 121st
After spending the first part of his high school career with Billerica Memorial, Olsson played for Williston Northampton last season, a member of the competitive Division 1 New England Prep Ice hockey Association.
The 6-foot-4 power forward was drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the 5th round, 73rd overall, in the 2012 USHL draft. After spending 22 games with the Lincoln Stars, Olsson was traded to the RoughRiders. He recorded 1 goal & 2 assists in his first three games with the team.
Peter Quenneville – Forward, Dubuque Fighting Saints
35 GP, 19-26-45 Pts, +22, 10 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 192nd
Quenneville is among the league leaders in goals, assists, points, power play points, plus/minus and shots on goal.
He has recorded 14 multi-point games this season, including three games of 4 points or more. He was named USHL ‘Forward of the Week’ just before Christmas.
Luke Johnson – Centre, Lincoln Stars
28 GP, 7-14-21 Pts, +11, 13 PIM
NHL CS Rank: 78th
Before joining the Lincoln Stars last season, Johnson played hockey at Grand Forks Central High School in North Dakota. In two seasons, he scored 34 goals & 54 assists in 52 games.
Johnson was drafted 11th overall in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft. He averaged a point per game during the 2011/12 regular season and was tied for second in team scoring.
Johnson has recorded two game-winning goals this season and has 9 points in his last 10 games.