With some of the best ‘00 and ‘01-birth year players from the U.S., the 2018 All-American Prospects Game in St. Paul, Minnesota, last night featured 14 formers Selects players among some of the best talent in the country. Hosted by USA Hockey, the AAPG is an annual event that regularly features many players projected to be selected in next year’s NHL Draft, as Team Langenbrunner topped Team Leopold 6-4 by scoring four unanswered goals.
Alums Cameron Rowe and Dustin Wolf manned the goal crease for Team Leopold with Spencer Wright on the opposite end for Team Langenbrunner, a tough spot to be in for what tends to be high-scoring affairs with a wealth of offensive talent on the ice.
Among those highly-talented forwards were alums Robert Mastrosimone, Michael Gildon, Danny Weight and Shane Pinto, who all skated for Team Leopold. John Farinacci and Trevor Zegras were on the other side representing Team Langenbrunner. Mastrosimone skated on the top line for Team Leopold alongside highly-touted prospect Jack Hughes and Zegras played the middle on Team Langenbrunner’s top line with the game’s Most Valuable Player, Matt Boldy.
Henry Thrun and Braden Doyle patrolled the blue line for Team Leopold while Marshall Warren, Case McCarthy and Zac Jones played defense for Team Langenbrunner; Warren and McCarthy operating as the team’s second pairing.
Now in its seventh year, the AAPG has featured the likes of NHL stars Jack Eichel, Seth Jones and Dylan Larkin in previous games as well as other prominent Selects alums like Ryan Donato, Alex Tuch, Troy Terry and Luke Opilka. Last year, alums Joel Farabee and Oliver Wahlstrom competed at the event in Buffalo, New York, before being selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft this past summer. Of the 42 players who participated in the event on Wednesday night, 34 have committed to major NCAA Division-I schools including 13 of the 14 Selects alums.