USHL All-Star game preview

By Sandor Roberts

USHL Prospects


On February 3rd, the United States Hockey League (USHL) will
hold its Prospects/All-Star Game in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The game will feature 23 players who appear in the 2004 NHL Central Scouting Bureau
Midseason Rankings.


Of the 23 players, the highest ranked skater slated to
appear in the Prospects/All-Star Game is center Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo.)
who will skate for Team USHL. Stastny, who plays for the River City Lancers (17
goals, 31 assists), is the son of former NHLer Peter Stastny. Stastny, ranked
No. 53, recently announced that he would play college hockey for the University
of Denver Pioneers (WCHA). This will make him the
second Stastny to play college hockey, as his brother Yan played for two
seasons at Notre Dame before joining the Nuernberg Ice Tigers in Germany.


In the recently released Central Scouting Bureau rankings,
26 skaters and four goalies currently play in the USHL. An additional five
skaters with a USHL connection are also listed. Three of them are rated in the
top 54. They are:


No. 19 Wes O’Neill,
a former defenseman for the Green Bay Gamblers who is a freshman at Notre Dame.

No. 48 Geoff Paukovich, who left the Tri-City Storm to play for the USA
U-18 team.
Paukovich, a left wing, is a native of Englewood,
, and will return home to play at the University
of Denver
next season.

No. 54 Tyler Haskins, who made the jump from the Sioux City Musketeers to
the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Haskins spent last season with the
Guelph Storm, and is currently a member of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors.


Green Bay has an
astounding eight of the 26 ranked skaters on its team, of which four will suit
up for Team World in the Prospects/All-Star Game. Three of the four are
forwards: Victor Oreskovich (Oakville,
Ont.), Sean Garrity (North
St. Paul
, Minn.
), and Nate Dey (Maplewood,
). Also representing the Gamblers is
defenseman Kyle Klubertanz (Sun
Prairie, Wisc.).


At the present time, 19 of the 30 ranked USHL prospects have
a college commitment.


Listed below are all of the USHL players ranked by the
Central Scouting Bureau, in order by rank. College commitments are in



53. Paul Stastny, C, River

55. Chris Zarb, D, Tri-City (Ferris

70. Blair Yaworski, C, Sioux

76. Victor Oreskovich, RW, Green
(Notre Dame)*

84. Tom May, RW, Des Moines

98. Sean Garrity, C, Green
(St. Cloud

99. Matt Vokes, C/RW, Cedar

101. Evan Rankin, RW, Lincoln*

121. Nate Dey,
RW, Green Bay (St.

125. John Dingle, RW, Tri-City (Ohio

132. Tom Pohl, C, Tri-City (Minnesota)*

133. Nick Tuzzolino, D, Lincoln*

135. Derek Peltier, D, Cedar

136. Jake Obermeyer, D, Tri-City (Michigan

139. Jim McKenzie, RW, Sioux Falls*

145. Mike Curry, RW, Sioux City*

149. Kyle Klubertanz, D, Green

155. Matt McIlvane, C, Chicago
(Ohio State)*

159. Jeff Hazelwood, LW, Green Bay

166. Derek Patrosso, LW, Danville
(Colorado College)*

167. Matt Fornataro, C, Waterloo
(New Hampshire)

191. Luke Beaverson, D, Green
(North Dakota)

214. Matt Jones, RW, Green Bay

218. Jon Globke, D, Sioux

219. Tomas Sinasalo, LW, Green

239. Dustin Molle, D, Waterloo*



11. Joe Fallon, Cedar Rapids*

14. Jimmy Spratt, Sioux City*

18. Peter Mannino, Tri-City (Denver)*

20. Adam D’Alba, Chicago (Brown)


*Selected for USHL Prospects/All-Star Game.