USA Hockey announced it will stage the first-ever All-American Prospects Game on September 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The All-American Prospects Game will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
That means this saturday, the top USA prospects will be duking it out in front of thousands of hockey fans, media members, and NHL scouts. This will be a welcomed distraction from all the lockout talk, or non-talk, that has been plaguing the media the past few weeks.
The 40 players selected to compete in the game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, and they have been split into two teams: Team Housley, coached by former Sabre Phil Housley; and Team McClanahan, guided by another former Sabre and member of the 1980 USA ‘Miracle on Ice’ squad, Rob McClanahan.
Defenseman Seth Jones, currently the top rated US-born player in next June’s draft, will suit up for Team McClanahan alongside Buffalo’s own Justin Bailey. Team Housley’s roster is highlighted by another Buffalo product in forward Sean Malone, and high-scoring J.T. Compher from the U.S. National Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I’ll be there, I hope you will too. Game starts 7:00 pm.