The Canadian Hockey League announced on Wednesday the rosters for the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects game in Halifax on January 16th.
14 of the 40 players selected to participate in the annual showcase of the top NHL Draft-eligible talent in the CHL are from the Western Hockey League.
Eight WHL players will suit up for Team Orr, including goaltender Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans, defencemen Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks, Madison Bowey of the Kelowna Rockets and Shea Theodore of the Seattle Thunderbirds, and forwards Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nicholas Petan of the Winterhawks, Hunter Shinkaruk of the Medicine Hat Tigers and Curtis Lazar of the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Another six WHL players will suit up for Team Cherry, including goaltender Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings, defencemen Ryan Pulock and Eric Roy of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Mirco Mueller of the Everett Silvertips and Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders, and forward Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats.
Comrie, a product of Newport Beach, CA, is in his second season with the Americans. Selected 13th overall in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Comrie posted 19 wins and a 2.67 goals-against average in 31 games as a 16-year-old rookie last year. This season, Comrie has already appeared in 30 games, boasting 15 wins and a solid .911 save percentage. He is the top-ranked WHL goaltender in NHL Central Scouting’s fall rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft.
Jones, a native of Plano, TX, will captain Team Orr in the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. Originally selected by the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Jones has excelled in his first season in the WHL with the Winterhawks, already boasting eight goals and 28 points through 30 games. A contender to go first overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Jones is the top-ranked WHL skater in Central Scouting’s fall rankings.
Bowey, who hails from Winnipeg, MB, is in his second season with the Rockets, and has been among the team’s leaders in plus-minus all season. The second-round 2010 WHL Bantam Draft pick hopes to follow in a long line of star defencemen to come out of the Kelowna Rockets’ organization, including the likes of Shea Weber, Duncan Keith, Tyler Myers and Luke Schenn.
Theodore, an offensive rearguard, led all 16-year-old WHL defencemen in assists and ranked second in points last season for the T-Birds. The Aldergrove, B.C., native, a third-round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, currently leads all T-Birds’ blue liners in scoring with seven goals and 23 points this season.
Bjorkstrand, a product of Herning, Denmark, has enjoyed a strong rookie campaign playing for the offensively charged Winterhawks. Selected 26th overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft, Bjorkstrand has already put up 14 goals and 27 points through his first 28 WHL contests.
Petan, a Delta, B.C., product, has been nothing short of spectacular for the Winterhawks this season, and currently ranks among the WHL scoring leaders with 53 points in 31 games. The Hawks’ first-round pick, 16th overall, in 2010, Petan has helped the Winterhawks to one of their best starts in franchise history.
Calgary, AB, native Shinkaruk is in his third season in the WHL with the Tigers, and has already established himself as one of the WHL’s top offensive stars. The 18-year-old exploded for 49 goals and 91 points last season, and currently finds himself among the WHL’s top scorers this season. Shinkaruk was the Tigers’ first-round pick, 14th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Lazar, a hulking power forward from Vernon, B.C., was the second overall pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6’2”, 198-lb winger put up 20 goals as a 16-year-old rookie last year, and dominated during the Oil Kings’ run to the 2012 WHL Championship, netting 19 points in 20 games.
Tristan Jarry is in his second season among the Oil Kings’ goaltending platoon, and has enjoyed a strong showing while backing up 2012 WHL Playoff MVP Laurent Brossoit. The Oil Kings’ third-round pick, 46th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Jarry currently boasts a stellar 1.65 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage through 12 games this season.
Pulock, a product of Granview, MB, is in his third season in the WHL with the Wheat Kings, and has established himself as one of the WHL’s top offensive threats from the blue line. Drafted as a forward, Pulock boasts a tremendous shot that has helped him score 37 goals over 161 WHL contests. Coming off a 60-point season last year, Pulock is once again among the WHL’s top scoring defencemen.
Pulock’s team mate, Eric Roy, is also one of the WHL’s most effective point-producers from the blue line. The Beauval, SK, product, also in his third WHL campaign, put up 11 goals and 53 points last year and already has 20 points in 33 games this season. Roy was the Wheat Kings’s first-round pick, 18th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
Mueller is in his first season in the WHL with the Silvertips after being selected 11th overall in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. The native of Winterthur, Switzerland, has posted 18 points in 34 games while leading all ‘Tips’ defencemen with a +4 rating. Mueller is ranked seventh in NHL Central Scouting’s fall rankings.
Morrissey, a Calgary native, is in his second season in the WHL after an impressive rookie campaign last year where he led all 16-year-old defencemen in scoring with 38 points. The Raiders’ first-round pick, sixth overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Morrissey’s smooth skating and his ability to handle and distribute the puck have drawn comparisons to Moose Jaw Warriors’ star Morgan Rielly.
Klimchuk, another product of Calgary, AB, is in his second season in the WHL with the Pats, and has established himself as an offensive leader for the club. The skilled winger has put up 36 points in 33 games this season, equaling his entire offensive output in 67 games as a rookie last year. Klimchuk was the Pats’ first-round pick, fifth overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
For more on the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects game, visit www.homehardwaretopprospects.ca.