Linemates McDavid, Strome face off in Top Prospects Game
Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters tries to get around Mississauga Steelheads forward Damian Bourne during OHL preseason play in Oakville Sunday September 14, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)
Erie Otters linemates Connor McDavid and Ryan Strome, both sure-fire top-10 draft picks next summer, will face off against each other in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next month.
McDavid, considered by most to be the best player available for the 2015 draft, will play for Team Orr while Strome will skate for Team Cherry in the annual game that brings together 40 of the top prospects from the Canadian Hockey League.
Rosters for both teams, which will be coached by NHL legends Don Cherry and Bobby Orr, were announced Wednesday in St. Catharines, Ont., site of the game on Jan. 22.
“The 40 players competing in this game were chosen by our 30 NHL clubs and provides a unique opportunity for them to evaluate top CHL talent for the 2015 NHL Draft,” NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said. “This is also a unique opportunity for the players who can take advantage of the spotlight to promote their play in this exciting and highly competitive single-game best-on-best contest.”
McDavid and Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs are the only two players attending the Canadian world junior team selection camp to make the Top Prospects Game.
Despite missing the last few weeks with a broken hand, McDavid is still fifth in OHL scoring with 16 goals and 35 assists in 18 games. Strome is second behind Mitchell Marner of the London Knights in scoring with 21 goals and 40 assists in 32 games.
Marner, who will play alongside Strome on Team Cherry, has 27 goals and 35 assists.