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CHL Top Prospects Game

The CHL Top Prospects Game will be played on January 30th in Quebec City.  This is the most competitive of the All Star Games because it is forty of the top junior propsects in the CHL who are eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.  Players hope to improve their draft position with a good showing in this game.  In most All Star Games players have little to gain by playing their best.

The players are divided into two teams which are called Team Cherry and Team Orr largely for historical reasons.  Don Cherry and Bobby Orr are essentially honorary coaches of the two teams.

Here are the rosters:

Team Cherry

Goaltenders

Ian Scott Prince Albert Raiders
Stuart Skinner Lethbridge Hurricanes

Defencemen

Antoine Crete-Belzile Blainville Boisbriand-Armada
Cal Foote Kelowna Rockets
Henri Jokiharju Portland Winterhawks
Pierre-Olivier Joseph Charlottetown Islanders
Artyom Minulin Swift Current Broncos
Jarret Tyszka Seattle Thunderbirds

Forwards

Maxime Comtois Victoriaville Tigres
MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton Bulldogs
Jake Leschyshyn Regina Pats
Ivan Lodnia Erie Otters
Antoine Morand Acadie-Bathurst Titan
Nolan Patrick Brandon Wheat Kings
Isaac Ratcliffe Guelph Storm
Adam Ruzicka Sarnia Sting
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound Attack
Robert Thomas London Knights
Owen Tippett Mississauga Steelheads
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor Spitfires

Team Orr

Goaltenders

Michael DiPietro Windsor Spitfires
Alex D'Orio St John Sea Dogs

Defencemen

Nicolas Hague Mississauga Steeleads
Jacob Paquette Kingston Frontenacs
Markus Phillips Owen Sound Attack
Eemeli Rasanen Kingston Frontenacs
Conor Timmins Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
Juuso Valimaki Tri-City Americans

Forwards

Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 67s
Alex Formenton London Kinghts
Morgan Frost Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
Cody Glass Portland Winterhawks
Nico Hischier Halifax Mooseheads
Kole Lind Kelowna Rockets
Stelio Mattheos Brandon Wheat Kings
Nikita Popugaev Moose Jaw Warriors
Michael Rasmussen Tri-City Americans
Nate Schnarr Guelph Storm
Matthew Strome Hamilton Bulldogs
Kailer Yamamoto Spokane Chiefs

Some of the bigger names in this game are Nico Hischier who led Switzerland in scoring in the World Junior Championships and Nolan Patrick who Central Scouting ranks as the top pick in the 2017 Entry Draft but was injured and hence did not play in the World Junior Championships.

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