CHICAGO – Five Buccaneers were named to the 2019 USHL Top Prospects Game, as rosters were announced by the USHL this morning.
Kaden Bohlsen, Matt Brown, Brady Meyer, Tyler Paquette and Kirby Proctor will all represent Team West down in Lincoln, NE on January 8th. With five representatives, Des Moines has the second most players featured of any team in the USHL.
“It’s a great opportunity for our young players to have this kind of exposure for the NHL Draft as we continue to build our organization on the foundation of player development,” GM Tom Mannino said.
All players represented are eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. Brown currently leads the USHL in goals scored with 17 and is 4thin overall points with 28 points. Bohlsen, Meyer, Paquette and Proctor were all included on the NHL Central Scouting’s “Players to Watch” list released back in November.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for our guys,” Head Coach Gene Reilly said. “We’re thrilled to have them represent Des Moines and themselves at this game on a big stage.”
Since its inception in 2012, the USHL Top Prospects Game has seen ten Buccaneers take part, including 2015 Pittsburgh Penguins 7thRound Pick Nikita Pavlychev and 2017 San Jose Sharks 2ndRound Pick Mario Ferraro.
Throughout the history of the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, 90 players who participated in the game have later been selected in the NHL Draft, including four first round selections: Shane Bowers (Ottawa Senators, 2017), Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets, 2015), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 2015) and Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues, 2012).