USA Hockey announced the 42 players who will compete in the sixth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set to take place Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET at KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. In the game’s five-year history, 30 players have gone on to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, including 28 who played their junior hockey in the USHL.
USHL players Jack Eichel (2014), Luke McInnis (2015) and Casey Mittelstadt (2016) won the All-American Prospects Game MVP award in each of the past three seasons. The USHL has also enjoyed a steady increase of player participation in the game, with 33 players named in 2015, 34 in 2016 and 38 players this season, in addition to two USHL alumni playing college hockey in 2017-18. Team USA leads all USHL teams with 15 players named to the game.
Of the 42 players named to the All-American Prospects Game, 40 players are currently committed or playing Division I college hockey. Top 2018 NHL Draft prospects Quinn Hughes and Brady Tkachuk will be playing with the University of Michigan and Boston University, respectively. Goaltender Jon Mor is currently uncommitted.
The game is also a benchmark for the recently revamped USHL Development Series, including the USHL Combine, USHL Los Angeles Showcase and USHL Buffalo Showcase. Three of the four goaltenders attended a USHL Combine: Ben Kraws, Jake Kucharski and Jon Mor. Defenseman Slava Demin attended the LA Kings/USHL Pacific Showcase, while defenseman Spencer Stastney attended the USHL Combine. Forwards Braden Costello and Paul Cotter also attended the USHL Combine, while Blake McLaughlin was expected to attend but was unable to participate. McLaughlin joined the Chicago Steel roster near the end of last season and raised the Clark Cup alongside fellow All-American Prospects Game defenseman and Steel teammate Alec Regula.
24 players from last year’s game were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, including the Buffalo Sabres selecting Mittelstadt eighth overall.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.