First-time event highlights the beginning of hockey season
Forty of the top American prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will showcase their talents next month at the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, September 29th at the First Niagara Centre in Buffalo, NY.
“It’s a concept we’ve been talking about for a couple of years and we’re excited to bring it to life in partnership with the Buffalo Sabres,” said Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of USA Hockey. “We view this game as an opportunity to gain additional exposure for hockey and help influence growth of the sport through showcasing the future stars of the game.”
The roster, which was chosen earlier this month by USA Hockey & NHL Central Scouting, consists of 31 players from the United States Hockey League (USHL), 5 High School Players, 2 from the OHL, and 1 each from the QMJHL & WHL.
The full list of participants can be found here…
Here is a look at the top American-born prospects that will play in the Canadian Hockey League this upcoming season. Among them is Seth Jones, who will make his CHL debut with the Portland Winterhawks.
Seth Jones – Defenceman, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
6’3”, 210 lbs.
2011/12 – USDP – 48 GP, 6-20-26 Pts, 18 PIM, +5
After spending the past two seasons with the United States National Development Team, Jones decided to pass on attending the University of North Dakota to play for the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in 2012/13.
Originally drafted 11th overall by the Everett Silvertips in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, his rights were traded to Portland in April 2012 in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Jones was captain of USA Hockey’s Under-18 team that won a gold medal at the World U-18 Championships in the spring. He scored 3 goals & 5 assists in 6 games and was twice named ‘player of the game’ during the tournament.
Jones could become the first American player to be chosen 1st overall since Patrick Kane in 2007.
Fun Fact: His father is former NBA Player “Popeye” Jones, who played 11 seasons with 6 different teams.
Cody Corbett – Defenceman, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
6’0”, 210 lbs.
2011/12 – WHL – 54 GP, 6-20-26 Pts, 24 PIM, +36
Corbett played hockey for Stillwater High School in Minnesota before joining Edmonton last summer in an attempt to get better noticed by NHL scouts.
He was 10th in the WHL in plus/minus during the regular season and helped the Oil Kings capture the league title. However, his ice time was limited due to the team’s depth on defence. He was a scratch in 4 of Edmonton’s final 8 games of the season, including two in the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
A projected mid-round pick, Corbett was passed over in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
He was invited to the Minnesota Wild development camp in July.
Fun Fact: His high school coach was US Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Housley, who played 21 seasons in the NHL & is 2nd all-time in scoring among American-born players.
Justin Bailey – Centre, Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2011/12 – Long Island Royals U16 – 22 GP, 21-13-34 Pts, 52 PIM,
Bailey spent last season playing for NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine and helped the Long Island Royals to the 2011/12 Under-16 Midget National Championship while averaging nearly a goal per game.
He represented the USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament earlier this month, scoring 2 goals in 4 games as the Americans finished in 7th place.
Bailey was drafted 11th overall by the Indiana Ice in the 2011 USHL draft and had a verbal commitment to Michigan State University. After weighing his options, he chose to play in Kitchener, believing it’s the best place for his development. The Rangers selected him in the 7th round of the 2011 OHL draft.
Fun Fact: His father is Carlton Bailey, a former linebacker who played 10 seasons in the NFL, including 3 trips to the Super Bowl as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
Cole Cassels – Centre, Oshawa Generals (OHL)
6’0”, 170 lbs.
2011/12 – OHL – 64 GP, 3-8-11 Pts, 31 PIM, +1
Cassels played with the Ohio Blue Jackets U-16 team in 2010/11, scoring 22 goals & 44 assists in 48 games. He then participated in the OHL Cup a member of the TPH Thunder where he scored 2 goals & 1 assist in 4 games.
He was drafted by USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks, but chose to play with the Oshawa Generals after they pick him 16th overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.
Cassels represented Team Ontario at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge earlier this year. He scored 1 goal & 2 assists in 6 games, helping his team to win a bronze medal.
Fun Fact: His father is former NHL forward Andrew Cassels, who played 16 seasons in the league. Andrew won the Red Tilson Trophy (OHL MVP) in 1987-88 while playing with the Ottawa 67’s.
Jimmy Lodge – Centre, Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
6’1”, 170 lbs.
2011/12 – OHL – 45 GP, 8-4-12 Pts, 10 PIM, -10
Lodge recorded 18 goals & 25 assists while playing for the Toronto Titans (AAA) in 2010/11. He was chosen by Saginaw in the 3rd round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.
Lodge was the highest scoring rookie on the Spirit last season. Most recently, he represented the USA at this year’s Ivan Hlinka Tournament, scoring 2 assists in 4 games.
Fun Fact: Of Jimmy’s 8 goals last season, 4 were game-winners, ranking him 3rd among OHL rookies.
Adam Erne – Right Wing, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
6’0”, 206 lbs.
2011/12 – QMJHL – 64 GP, 28-27-55 Pts, 32 PIM, +6
Erne played for the USHL’s Indiana Ice in 2010/11 and passed on playing for Boston University to play in the CHL.
Originally drafted by the Halifax Mooseheads in the 2nd round of the 2011 QMJHL draft, his rights were traded to Quebec for three draft picks, including two 1st-rounders.
Erne finished 8th in scoring among QMJHL rookies last season and was the top scorer at this month’s Ivan Hlinka Tournament, recording 5 goals and 2 assists. He was named ‘player of the game’ in two of the USA’s four games.
Fun Fact: Erne helped the LA Selects Bantam AA team capture a USA Hockey Youth National Championship in 2009.