2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters

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Nathan MacKinnon will captain Team Cherry at the 2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game as Halifax hosts the 18th annual event (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Halifax Metro Centre will play host to 40 of the Canadian Hockey League’s top prospects for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on January 16, 2013 in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. While the National Hockey League and associated members attempt to resolve the ongoing CBA issues in hopes of saving the 2012-13 NHL Season, the same 30 teams were also responsible for selecting the 40 talented draft eligible players who will compete for either Team Cherry or Team Orr next month in Nova Scotia.

Showcasing their talents in hopes of earning top draft selections will be 14 Ontario Hockey League players, 14 Western Hockey League players and 12 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League players. The host city features three of their own Halifax Mooseheads’ players including The Hockey Guys’ top ranked centerman (Nathan MacKinnon), top ranked winger (Jonathan Drouin) and top ranked goaltender (Zach Fucale). The London Knights, Portland Winterhawks, Quebec Remparts and Rimouski Oceanic also feature a trio of their own players.  Max Domi, Bo Horvat and Nikita Zadorov will skate in the annual showcase game for London while top ranked defenseman Seth Jones, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicolas Petan will don the CHL sweaters for the Portland Winterhawks.  In the Quebec league, Adam Erne, Anthony Duclair and Nick Sorensen will represent the Remparts and Samuel Morin, Frédérik Gauthier and Jan Kostalek have the opportunity to impress scouts outside of their Oceanic jerseys.

Captaining the two squads will be consensus top picks, Nathan MacKinnon (Team Cherry) and Seth Jones (Team Orr). Jonathan Drouin and Darnell Nurse will serve as Alternate Captains for Team Cherry and Sean Monahan and Hunter Shinkaruk will wear the “A’s” for Team Orr.  The 18th annual CHL/NHL Top Prospects game offers an opportunity for these players to boost their draft stock in front of the scouting world.  At last year’s event in Kelowna, the game featured 10 players that were selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Team Cherry:

Head Coach – Don Cherry

Goaltenders:
Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Defencemen:
Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips)
Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Eric Roy (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Forwards:
William Carrier (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm)
Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)
Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic)
Stephen Harper (Erie Otters)
Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)
Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats)
Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads)
Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs)
Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack)
Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Team Orr:

Head Coach – Mike McPhee

Goaltenders:
Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)

Defencemen:
Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack)
Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks)
Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Forwards:
Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks)
Max Domi (London Knights)
Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts)
Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts)
Bo Horvat (London Knights)
Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s)
Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires)
Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts)

For further reading on the 2013 draft class and see where some of these participants are ranked, please view The Hockey Guys’ December Rankings Draft Guide.

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