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Top 2017 NHL Draft Prospects To Clash in Quebec City at Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

By Mike Beasley on January 27, 2017


On Monday, January 30, the 40 best CHL prospects will gather at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City with the opportunity to shine in front of dozens of NHL scouts and team executives.

The 40 players competing in the game were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams.  

Team Cherry and Team Orr will be pitted against each other once again.

Team Orr enters this year’s showcase with wins in six straight Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Games, compiling an overall record of 13-4-0-0 including a 3-2 triumph over Team Cherry at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C. last year.

This season’s event marks the 22nd annual showcase of the CHL’s Top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL.

Twenty eight of the CHL’s 60 teams are represented on the rosters.

The OHL has the largest representation with 19 players (one goalie, 13 forwards and five defencemen) from 11 different teams.

The WHL will send 15 players (two goalies, eight forwards and five defencemen) from 11 teams.

QMJHL content includes (one goaltender, two blueliners and three forwards) from six teams.

The event returns to Quebec City for the first time since 2007 when the game was held at the Colisee Pepsi.

That year, Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks/London Knights), Logan Couture (San Jose Sharks/Ottawa 67’s), Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers/Halifax Mooseheads), Karl Alzner (Washington Capitals/Calgary Hitmen), Sam Gagner (Columbus Blue Jackets/London Knights) and Brandon Sutter (Vancouver Canucks/Red Deer Rebels) competed in the event.

Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads) have been named captains for their respective teams.

Patrick will lead Team Cherry along with alternate captains Maxime Comtois (Victoriaville Tigres) and Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads). 

Hischier will lead Team Orr with alternates Nicolas Hague (Mississauga), and Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans).

In early January, ISS Hockey listed Patrick as its top ranked prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft while Hischier is ranked third.

In addition to Don Cherry and Bobby Orr, two QMJHL all-time greats, Simon Gagné and Guy Chouinard will serve as head coaches.  

Gagné will lead Team Cherry with the help of Quebec Remparts alumnus Pierre Lacroix, and current team head coach Philippe Boucher.  

Joining Chouinard behind the bench for Team Orr will be former Rempart Dave Pichette, and Drummondville Voltigeurs head coach Dominique Ducharme.

The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports beginning at 7pm ET/4PM PT.

2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:


Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders; Ranked #3 in ISS’s January Goalie Rankings for 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Stuart Skinner, Lethbridge Hurricanes; ISS Ranking: #5

Cal Foote, Kelowna Rockets; Ranked #8 in ISS’s January Rankings for 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Antoine Crête-Belzile, Blainville Boisbriand-Armada; ISS Ranking: #73
Henri Jokiharju, Portland Winterhawks; ISS Ranking: #27
Pierre-OlivierJoseph, Charlottetown Islanders; ISS Ranking: #56
Artyom Minulin, Swift Current Broncos; ISS Ranking: #49
Jarret Tyszka, Seattle Thunderbirds; ISS Ranking: #45

Maxime Comtois, Victoriaville Tigres; ISS Ranking: #14
MacKenzie Entwistle, Hamilton Bulldogs; ISS Ranking: #57
Jake Leschyshyn, Regina Pats; ISS Ranking: #112
Ivan Lodnia, Erie Otters; ISS Ranking: #51
Antoine Morand, Acadie-Bathurst Titan; ISS Ranking: #69
Nolan Patrick, Brandon Wheat Kings; ISS Ranking: #1
IsaacRatcliffe, Guelph Storm; ISS Ranking: #61
Adam Ruzicka, Sarnia Sting; ISS Ranking: #68
Nick Suzuki, Owen Sound Attack; ISS Ranking: #38
Robert Thomas, London Knights; ISS Ranking: #48
Owen Tippett, Mississauga Steelheads; ISS Ranking: #5
Gabriel Vilardi, Windsor Spitfires; ISS Ranking: #4


Michael DiPietro, Windsor Spitfires; ISS Ranking: #8
Alex D’Orio, Saint John Sea Dogs

Nicolas Hague, Mississauga Steelheads; ISS Ranking: #12
Jacob Paquette, Kingston Frontenacs; ISS Ranking: #91
Markus Phillips, Owen Sound Attack; ISS Ranking: #88
Eemeli Rasanen, Kingston Frontenacs
Conor Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds; ISS Ranking: #82
Juuso Valimaki, Tri-City Americans; ISS Ranking: #11

Sasha Chmelevski, Ottawa 67’s; ISS Ranking: #19
Alex Formenton, London Knights; ISS Ranking: #30
Morgan Frost, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds; ISS Ranking: #120
Cody Glass, Portland Winterhawks; ISS Ranking: #15
Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads; ISS Ranking: #3
Kole Lind, Kelowna Rockets; ISS Ranking: #28
Stelio Mattheos, Brandon Wheat Kings; ISS Ranking: #20
Nikita Popugaev, Moose Jaw Warriors; ISS Ranking: #17
Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City Americans; ISS Ranking: #7
Nate Schnarr, Guelph Storm
Matthew Strome, Hamilton Bulldogs; ISS Ranking: #21
Kailer Yamamoto, Spokane Chiefs; ISS Ranking: #41

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By Mike Beasley| January 27, 2017
Categories:  Major Junior
Keywords:  CHLCHL Top ProspectsOHLQMJHLWHL

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