With the first half of the 2012-13 season drawing to a close and the second half getting underway, there were plenty of prospect stories making the rounds in college hockey in December. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at the final month of the 2012 calendar year. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Dec. 31.
The United States Hockey League today announced the 40 players selected to compete in the 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 at the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan.
The game, which is the first of its kind for the USHL, will showcase many of the top USHL players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
A total of 30 players selected are in their first year of eligibility for the NHL Entry Draft. Seven of the players are draft-eligible for the second time this year. In addition, the USHL will showcase three players who are eligible to be drafted by NHL teams in 2013.
The selection process for the players was completed in cooperation with USHL General Managers, NHL scouts and decision makers, and NHL Central Scouting.
“We’re proud to be able to provide such a great night and stage for some of our young stars,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince. “It’s also a credit not just to the players, but the education-based American development model we celebrate in the USHL – that is, that you can remain NCAA-eligible, play Division I college hockey, and fulfill the dream of playing in the National Hockey League.”
The 2011 version of the USHL Entry Draft was completed on Monday as a total of 216 players were selected by USHL Member Clubs.
Full draft results at www.ushldraft.com
To start the USHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Steel selected forward Brian Christie. The 19-year-old scored 57 points (20g, 37a) in 57 games this season for the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL and led the league with a plus-38 rating. Shortly after, the Tri-City Storm chose 6-3, 200-pound forward Thomas Nykopp. The 18-year-old put up an impressive 97 points (49g, 48a) in 61 games this season for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets. The Indiana moved up to the third spot in the first round due to a trade earlier in the season and with that selection, the Ice chose forward Tyler Pham from the Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Major program.
A total of 10 forwards and five defensemen were selected in the first round of the USHL Entry Draft. Over the 19 rounds of the draft, 139 forwards, 63 defensemen, and 14 goaltenders made up the 216 selections.
USHL Entry Draft First Round
#1 – Chicago Steel – Brian Christie (F)
#2 – Tri-City Storm – Thomas Nykopp (F)
#3 – Indiana Ice &ndash Read more»