The Selects program has had a long track record of success advancing players into the highest leagues in the world. From the NHL to Major Junior, Selects alumni are among the leaders in various leagues across North America. This week, we take a look across the hockey landscape to take a closer look at some of those standout performances.
The 2019 NHL All-Star Game festivities kick off this weekend in San Jose, California. Among the 44 players slated to appear in the event, six of the All-Stars are Selects alumni from five different birth years. A pair of ‘91 East Coast Selects alums Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils) and Ryan O’Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) will represent their respective Eastern Conference divisions along with Columbus Blue Jackets teammates Cam Atkinson (‘90 ECS) and Seth Jones (‘94 West Coast Selects).
Gabriel Landeskog (‘92 ECS) is the lone representative in the Western Conference playing for the Colorado Avalanche on the Central Division All-Stars and the youngest alum of the group, former ‘97 Finland Selects forward Sebastian Aho will play in his first ever All-Star game for the Carolina Hurricanes.
The NHL’s Central Scouting released its mid-term rankings for the upcoming 2019 NHL Draft. Among the top 50 skaters ranked in North America, 13 had ties to the Boys Selects program with Kirby Dach peaking on the list as the No. 2 prospect. Other top North American skaters include Trevor Zegras (Seventh), Thomas Harley (Ninth), Ryan Suzuki (10th), Arthur Kaliyev (11th), Raphael Lavoie (13th). Alumni such as Jamieson Rees (23rd), Sam Poulin (27th), Shane Pinto (35th), John Farinacci (37th), Marshall Warren (39th), Braden Doyle (48th) and Robert Mastrosimone (49th) also made the list of the top 50 North American skaters nearly five months away from the 2019 Draft.
Five former Selects netminders made the list of Top 25 North American goalies, including top-ranked Spencer Knight. Others on the list include Cameron Rowe (fourth), Mack Guzda (15th), Luke Cavallin (23rd) and Ben Kraws (25th).
Former ‘01 Finland Selects forward Kaapo Kakko topped the list of European prospects and many experts project him as the second-overall prospect behind American Jack Hughes.
The CHL’s Top Prospects events are underway this week in Alberta, Canada, beginning with on- and off-ice testing and concluding with the Top Prospects Game on Wednesday. Among the 40 participants are nine former Selects including standouts like Kirby Dach (‘01 Western Canada Selects), Ryan Suzuki (‘01 WCAN) and Raphael Lavoie (‘00 ECS-Q).
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