In partnership with Kubota Canada, the Canadian Hockey League is unveiling an 11-part series recounting past CHL/NHL Top Prospects Games, reminiscing about the most memorable moments and highlighting those players who went on to successful NHL careers. The Top Prospects Memories series also features the rebroadcast of showcase games from 2010-20 streaming here between September 10 and October 5.
While it was local legend Nathan MacKinnon of the Mooseheads starring at the 2013 Top Prospects Game in Halifax, QMJHL counterpart Laurent Dauphin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens ultimately stole the show.
Suiting up for Team Orr – that saw long-time NHLer, Stanley Cup champion, and Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame inductee Mike McPhee behind the bench, opposite Don Cherry coaching his moniker club – Dauphin quickly got on the board with an assist less than four minutes into the opening frame. Though that tally later stood as the game winner in the 3-0 final, Dauphin continued to build his case with a second-period insurance marker to wrap up the night with a pair of points and Player of the Game recognition for Team Orr.
Meanwhile, heroics between the pipes saw three of four netminders come up perfect including Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry who turned aside all 16 shots he faced in nearly 29 minutes of action, helping him garner Player of the Game honours for his side.
In all, the game that was played before more than 10,000 junior hockey fanatics offered a sneak peak of the next wave of talent to hit the pro ranks, including MacKinnon, Mooseheads teammate Jonathan Drouin, as well as Portland Winterhawks rearguard Seth Jones, all of whom heard their names called inside the first four selections of the 2013 NHL Draft and were among 19 participants to be drafted in the opening round.
2013 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Picks:
1. Nathan MacKinnon (Halifax Mooseheads) – Colorado Avalanche*
3. Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads) – Tampa Bay Lightning*
4. Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks) – Nashville Predators*
6. Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s) – Calgary Flames*
7. Darnell Nurse (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Edmonton Oilers*
9. Bo Horvat (London Knights) – Vancouver Canucks*
11. Samuel Morin (Rimouski Oceanic) – Philadelphia Flyers*
12. Max Domi (London Knights) – Phoenix Coyotes*
13. Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders) – Winnipeg Jets*
16. Nikita Zadorov (London Knights) – Buffalo Sabres*
17. Curtis Lazar (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Ottawa Senators*
18. Mirco Mueller (Everett Silvertips) – San Jose Sharks*
19. Kerby Rychel (Windsor Spitfires) – Columbus Blue Jackets*
20. Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs) – Detroit Red Wings*
21. Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski Oceanic) – Toronto Maple Leafs*
26. Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds) – Anaheim Ducks*
28. Morgan Klimchuk (Regina Pats) – Calgary Flames*
29. Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm) – Dallas Stars*
30. Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers) – Chicago Blackhawks*
32. Chris Bigras (Owen Sound Attack) – Colorado Avalanche*
33. Adam Erne (Quebec Remparts) – Tampa Bay Lightning*
36. Zachary Fucale (Halifax Mooseheads) – Montreal Canadiens
37. Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Los Angeles Kings*
39. Laurent Dauphin (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Phoenix Coyotes*
43. Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks) – Winnipeg Jets*
44. Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings) – Pittsburgh Penguins*
45. Nick Sorensen (Quebec Remparts) – Anaheim Ducks*
48. Zach Nastasiuk (Owen Sound Attack) – Detroit Red Wings
52. Justin Bailey (Kitchener Rangers) – Buffalo Sabres*
53. Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets) – Washington Capitals*
54. Philippe Desrosiers (Rimouski Oceanic) – Dallas Stars
63. Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads) – Colorado Avalanche*
73. Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston Frontenacs) – New Jersey Devils
80. Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts) – New York Rangers*
85. Cole Cassels (Oshawa Generals) – Vancouver Canucks
89. Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks) – Columbus Blue Jackets*
114. Jan Kostalek (Rimouski Oceanic) – Winnipeg Jets
115. Jordan Subban (Belleville Bulls) – Vancouver Canucks
135. Eric Roy (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Calgary Flames
15th overall pick Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings) and 24th overall pick Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers) were both originally selected to compete in Halifax but did not play due to injury.