The first ever CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects game will be held tonight in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center, the puck drops at 7PM. Hall of Fame coach, Scotty Bowman, will be dropping the puck for the ceremonial face-off.
The game will feature 40 American-born prospects (players that will be eligible for next years NHL Entry Draft) who will be divided into two teams, one team will be coached by former Team USA player and member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” team, Rob McClanahan. The other will be coached by former NHL star and Team USA member, Phil Housley.
Over 100 NHL scouts and executives are expected to be in attendance for the game tonight and the game itself is quite an accomplishment for American hockey. It shows how far the US has come in the sport of hockey and with Americans now taking up roughly 20% of NHL roster spots, the American talent pool has grown to the point where its worthy of having its own prospects game.
There will be many talented players on the ice tonight, but the one prospect who will be getting the most attention is defenseman Seth Jones. The 17-year old son of former NBA player and current NBA assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets, Ronald “Popeye” Jones, Seth is projected to be a top-5 draft pick but no one would be surprised if he went 1st overall. Jones stands at 6’3” so he already has the size to be an NHL defenseman and the talent as well. Many scouts and analysts compare him to Chris Pronger, pretty heavy praise for a 17-year old kid who hasn’t even fully developed.
If you would like to watch the game, it will be streamed live and for free courtesy of FASTHockey and you can find there official website HERE.