Omaha, Neb. -- 40 of the United States Hockey League's top NHL Draft prospects will convene at the Ralston Arena Tuesday night for the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
The fourth edition of the game, showcasing the top draft eligible talent in the premier Tier 1 junior league in North America, will begin at 7:05 CT. There will be a skills competition preceding the event at 6:35 CT. The venue, Ralston Arena, is the home of the Omaha Lancers.
Team East is coached by Dubuque Fighting Saints head coach and former UMass Lowell associate head coach Jason Lammers. Green Bay Gamblers bench boss Pat Mikesch is the assistant coach. Team West is headed by Lincoln Stars coach Chris Hartsburg and assisted by Omaha Lancers coach Brian Kaufman.
In the first three years of the event, 46 players have gone on to be selected in the NHL Draft. Michigan's Kyle Connor and North Dakota's Brock Boeser and Jordan Schmaltz have been first round draft picks coming out of the game. Four past team MVP's of the game, BU's Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson and Robbie Baillargeon, Yale's John Hayden and Penn State's Eamon McAdam, have gone on to hear their names called at the NHL Draft.
Team West Line Chart
#25 Grant Jozefek (Lincoln Stars/Northeastern) - #16 Ludvig Hoff (Lincoln Stars/North Dakota) - #17 Collin Peters (Sioux Falls Stampede/Northern Michigan)
#19 Wade Allison (Tri-City Storm/Western Michigan) - #51 Vlad Dzhioshvili (Bloomington Thunder/Cornell) - #18 Carson Meyer (Tri-City Storm/Miami)
#14 C.J. Dodero (Sioux City Musketeers) - #12 Jackson Keane (Sioux City Musketeers/North Dakota) - #8 Matt Steeves (Sioux City Musketeers/Notre Dame)
#27 Garrett Wait (Waterloo Black Hawks/Minnesota) - #15 Jack Adams (Fargo Force/Princeton) - #11 John Wojciechowski (Omaha Lancers)
#58 Jacob Bryson (Omaha Lancers/Providence) - #10 Michael Boyle (Sioux City Musketeers/Denver)
#13 Christian Evers (Lincoln Stars/North Dakota) - #4 Jake Ryczek (Sioux City Musketeers/Providence)
#2 Justin Wells (Sioux Falls Stampede/Bowling Green) - #20 Andrew Peeke (Green Bay Gamblers/Notre Dame)
#33 Peyton Jones (Lincoln Stars/Penn State - #1 Zacharias Skog (Omaha Lancers)
Team East Line Chart
#6 Max Zimmer (Chicago Steel/Wisconsin) - #23 Jake Jaremko (Chicago Steel/Minnesota State) - #10 Tanner Laczynski (Chicago Steel/Ohio State)
#16 Rem Pitlick (Muskegon Lumberjacks/Minnesota) - #26 Matt Gosiewski (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Harvard) - #17 Sam Sternschein (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Cornell)
#22 Ross Colton (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Vermont) - #19 Michael O'Leary (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Cornell) - #27 Willie Knierim (Dubuque Fighting Saints/Miami)
#29 Cam Morrison (Youngstown Phantoms/Notre Dame) - #12 Matt Filipe (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Northeastern) - #15 John Leonard (Green Bay Gamblers/UMass)
#2 Mitch Eliot (Muskegon Lumberjacks/Michigan State) - #9 Bo Hanson (Muskegon Lumberjacks)
#3 Luke Mcinnis (Youngstown Phantoms/Boston College) - #8 Zach Berzolla (Sioux City Musketeers/Providence)
#5 Matt Kiersted (Chicago Steel/North Dakota) - #20 Derek Daschke (Muskegon Lumberjacks/Western Michigan)
#33 Cale Morris (Waterloo Black Hawks/Notre Dame) - #31 Jan Ruzicka (Des Moines Buccaneers)
The game can be viewed online for free and in high definition at Fast Hockey. For those in the Omaha area without tickets, there are still some available and can be purchased online or in person at the Ralston Arena box office.