Coach Phil Housley takes charge of practice during the morning skate prior to the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at the First Niagara Center on September 29, 2012 in Buffalo, New York.
(Sept. 28, 2012 – Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)
NHL Draft season is just starting! USA Hockey released their two-team roster for the 2015 All-American Prospects Game on September 25th in Buffalo, New York.
The two teams will be coached by former players. One team will have Derek Plante as their head coach and the other will have Jeremy Roenick behind the bench. Each player on the roster is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft.
Here is a look at the respective teams.
First up is Team Plante.
G: Evan Sarthou, Ryan Edquist
D: Alex Green, Mitch Eliot, Charlie McAvoy, Luke McInnis, Derek Daschke, JD Greenway, Ryan Lindgren
F: Kieffer Bellows, Max Jones, Garrett Wait, Keenan Suthers, Clayton Keller, Trent Frederic, Drake Rymsha, Alex DeBrincat, William Knierim. Tage Thompson, Matt Filipe, Logan Brown
Team Plante seems to have an offensive fire lit under them. With names like Bellows, Jones, Keller, DeBrincat, Brown and Rymsha a rush down the ice should be a treat to watch. Let’s see if Team Roenick is built more to stop them.
G: Tyler Parsons, Stephen Dhillon
D: Michael Campoli, Adam Fox, Ben Gleason, Chad Krys, Griffin Luce, Andrew Peeke, Sam Rossini
F: Luke Kunin, Jack Kopacka, Joey Anderson, Matthew Tkachuk, William Lockwood, Tim Gettinger, Mitchell Mattson, Graham McPhee, Nick Pastujov, Riley Tufte, Luke Kirwan, James Sanchez
So after looking at both lineups, I think it is fair to say it is going to be a high scoring game. Both Team Plante and team Roenick have notable names on the front and back side of the ice.
When it comes down to stopping the puck from entering the net, Team Roenick would seem to have the advantage. Stephen Dhillon and Tyler Parsons are both proven goaltenders for the Niagara Ice Dogs and London Knights.
Whatever happens at least it’s known that the USA will have a helluva draft class this season. Even without the notorious Auston Matthews in the lineup, USA can still put on a show with names like Chad Krys, Logan Brown, and Max Jones.