The Ontario Hockey League loves to bill itself as the marquee developmental league for the National Hockey League. It’s a statement that’s at the core of its recruiting and marketing tactics for players throughout the province, into the U.S., and around the world. And 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year — led by an “exceptional” player that hockey watchers have been anxiously awaiting.
The first time around, he failed to make a blip. But after a half season of physical play, combined with some solid goal scoring, the Saginaw Spirit’s Dylan Sadowy has caught the eyes of NHL bird dogs.
Here is a look at a few of the players who made a significant impact at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary.
While there appeared to be some nerves early on among the group of 40 players competing at the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, the teams were able to find a way to settle in and provide at least two periods of fast-paced, entertaining hockey.
While the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the first competitive opportunity on Saddledome ice for Ryan MacInnis of the Kitchener Rangers, there is a long history of his family’s success in the building that accommodates the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League. Ryan's father, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Al MacInnis, spent parts of 13 seasons with the Flames, including the Stanley Cup-winning campaign in 1988-89.