This game is intended to showcase the top players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the USHL. This is the first year of the Top Prospects Game. Thirty-seven of the selected players are 2012 draft-eligibles, four more are 2013 draft-eligibles.
Selected from the Ice are goaltender Jon Gillies, rated by the CSS as the top draft-eligible goaltender in the USHL. With a 16-5-4 record, two shutouts and a 2.32 GAA, Gillies ranks first in the USHL in games played, minutes and wins, and third in goals-against average. He also leads the league with a .926 save percentage.
Also selected are forward Robert Polosello. In 28 games, he has a 6-8-14 line. He is a +4 with five power-play points. Forward Robbie Baillargeon is the third Ice player selected to the team. He has 11 goals, 16 assists and is a +4 on the year. He has 11 points on the power play, including three goals. He is also highly-rated by the CSS.
The Ice also had two players selected to USHL weekly awards.
Forward Sean Kuraly continued his team-best streak by scoring a goal in five consecutive games when he tallied goals in each of the Ice's wins last week. He had three goals, an assist and a +5 rating. He now has a team-high 18 goals on the season. He was the USHL Forward of the Week, while goaltender Jon Gillies was again the Goaltender of the Week. He had three wins, a 1.30 GAA, a shutout and a .949 save percentage in the three games. He shared the honor with Sioux Falls' Adam Wilcox.
Full rosters for the prospects game (from the USHL)
Ray Pigozzi – Chicago Steel Ian Brady – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Kevin Irwin – Des Moines Buccaneers Jaccob Slavin – Chicago Steel
Zach Saar – Des Moines Buccaneers Mike Matheson – Dubuque Fighting Saints
Cody Bradley – Dubuque Fighting Saints Brian Cooper – Fargo Force
Zemgus Girgensons – Dubuque Fighting Saints Justin Wade – Fargo Force
Nate Arentz – Fargo Force Dakota Mermis – Green Bay Gamblers
Austin Farley – Fargo Force Jordan Schmaltz – Green Bay Gamblers
Alex Kile – Green Bay Gamblers Mike McKee – Lincoln Stars
Nicholas Schilkey – Green Bay Gamblers Mark Yanis – Muskegon Lumberjacks
Robbie Baillargeon – Indiana Ice Cliff Watson – Sioux City Musketeers
Robert Polesello – Indiana Ice Ian McCoshen – Waterloo Black Hawks**
Zach Aston-Reese – Lincoln Stars Chris Bradley – Youngstown Phantoms
Luke Johnson – Lincoln Stars ** Michael Downing^ – Dubuque Fighting Saints**
Kevin Roy – Lincoln Stars
Adam Chlapik – Muskegon Lumberjacks
Matthew DeBlouw – Muskegon Lumberjacks Goaltenders
Jordan Masters – Muskegon Lumberjacks Jon Gillies – Indiana Ice
Justin Selman – Sioux Falls Stampede Alex Lyon – Omaha Lancers
Austyn Young – Sioux Falls Stampede Stephon Williams – Sioux Falls Stampede
Taylor Cammarata – Waterloo Black Hawks** Jay Williams – Waterloo Black Hawks
Vince Hinostroza – Waterloo Black Hawks
A.J. Michaelson – Waterloo Black Hawks
Austin Cangelosi – Youngstown Phantoms
Richard Zehnal – Youngstown Phantoms
^will not participate