The Canadian Hockey League in association with the host Guelph Storm Hockey Club, and title partner Sherwin-Williams, today announced the rosters that will compete in the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Sleeman Centre on Thursday January 25, 2018.
Players from across the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League will compete in the 23rd annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the NHL Draft. The players competing in the game were chosen by all 31 NHL clubs and were divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting.
“One of the highlights of the hockey season undoubtedly is the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which has been a fixture on the CHL event calendar since 1996,” said CHL President David Branch. “It’s a truly special experience for the players assembled from across the CHL who have the opportunity to showcase their skills before hundreds of NHL scouts and general managers in attendance in addition to the passionate hockey fans in Guelph and for a nationwide audience watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”
Goaltender Alexis Gravel of the Halifax Mooseheads was amongst the players selected to compete. In 18 games this season, Gravel has a record of 8-6-1 with a .899 save percentage. Gravel has also competed for Team Canada this year at both the World Under-18 Championship and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
“Best-on-best competition is a valuable way to evaluate talent and that’s exactly what the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game provides,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “NHL scouts and general managers will have the unique opportunity to see many of the top CHL players for the 2018 NHL Draft showcase their abilities in a competitive environment.”