Photo: USA Hockey head coach Phil Housley will be one of the coaches taking part in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
Former NHL defenseman Phil Housley returns to the city where he spent eight of his 21 NHL seasons, only this time he'll be behind the bench rather than competing on the ice.
Photo: USA Hockey head coach Phil Housley, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black, and USA Hockey's Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations Jim Johannson talk to the media on the eve of the 2012 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game (courtesy of Ken McKenna/HF)
What has been an idea in the making for some time will now become reality tomorrow night as USA Hockey presents their first of what is expected to be an annual event, the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.
Photo: Anaheim Ducks prospect Andy Welinski survived the first cut in his bid to earn a berth on the 2013 USA WJC squad (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Sport)
Defenseman Andy Welinski returned to the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers for the 2011-12 season. As it turned out, it was a season to remember for the Anaheim Ducks prospect.
Photo: San Jose Sharks prospect Sean Kuraly turned in a strong showing at the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The USHL is considered by most to be the top junior development league in the United States. In recent years, the league has been producing what seems to be an ever growing crop of NHL draftees, some of whom have flown somewhat under the radar even after being drafted.
Photo: While not a homegrown product, Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice Ted Blueger of Shattuck St. Mary's was the top Minnesota high school pick at the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
While high end talent wasn’t there this season in the NHL Draft from the Minnesota high school ranks, there was certainly a quality of depth to be found. With that in mind, here is a look at the picks coming out of the State of Hockey.