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.
All of the excitement was around the exceptional talent of Erie Otters phenom Connor McDavid but it was his linemates who impressed the most at the 2015 Top Prospects Game in St. Catharines.
Led by Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67’s and Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads, the duo found instant chemistry and delivered three-point performances to power Team Orr to a 6-0 victory, with the former’s performance counting a pair of tallies plus an assist to claim Player of the Game recognition for his side.
McDavid played up the middle and also decorated the scoresheet, picking up an assist on Meier’s insurance marker in the closing moments of the opening frame. Starring in the prospects showcase marked McDavid’s latest appearance dazzling on the national stage after helping Canada to a gold-medal finish at the World Juniors only weeks earlier.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Top Prospects Game was also a rare opportunity for McDavid to play opposite of Otters teammate Dylan Strome, another projected early selection who despite being held off the scoresheet in the showcase was recognized with Player of the Game honours for Team Cherry. The showcase also saw a shared shutout from netminders Liam Herbst (Ottawa 67’s) and Nick McBride (Prince Albert Raiders) who turned aside a combined 32 shots en route to the victory.
In all, 36 participants from the 2015 Top Prospects Game were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft including 13 first rounders with McDavid (1st overall), Strome (3rd overall), Meier (9th overall), and Konecny (24th overall) among the notable selections.
2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Picks:
1. Connor McDavid (Erie Otters) – Edmonton Oilers*
3. Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) – Arizona Coyotes*
4. Mitch Marner (London Knights) – Toronto Maple Leafs*
7. Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Philadelphia Flyers*
9. Timo Meier (Halifax Mooseheads) – San Jose Sharks*
11. Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs) – Florida Panthers*
14. Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current Broncos) – Boston Bruins*
18. Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs) – Ottawa Senators*
19. Evgeny Svechnikov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) – Detroit Red Wings*
23. Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips) – Montreal Canadiens*
24. Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s) – Philadelphia Flyers*
28. Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes) – New York Islanders*
30. Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets) – Arizona Coyotes*
31. Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix) – San Jose Sharks
33. Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit) – Tampa Bay Lightning*
37. Brandon Carlo (Tri-City Americans) – Boston Bruins*
38. Paul Bittner (Portland Winterhawks) – Columbus Blue Jackets
40. Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar) – Colorado Avalanche
41. Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds) – New York Rangers
44. Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes) – Tampa Bay Lightning
46. Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders) – Pittsburgh Penguins*
47. Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars) – Winnipeg Jets*
48. Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown Islanders) – Ottawa Senators*
51. Brendan Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders) – Buffalo Sabres*
53. Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) – Calgary Flames*
54. Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs) – Chicago Blackhawks
55. Yakov Trenin (Gatineau Olympiques) – Nashville Predators*
56. Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs) – St. Louis Blues*
64. Dennis Yan (Shawinigan Cataractes) – Tampa Bay Lightning
66. Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan) – Vancouver Canucks*
67. Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New Jersey Devils*
77. Samuel Montembeault (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada) – Florida Panthers*
94. Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels) – St. Louis Blues
96. Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens) – Carolina Hurricanes*
116. Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos) – St. Louis Blues
147. Ryan Pilon (Brandon Wheat Kings) – New York Islanders
Three players chosen in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft were originally named to the showcase roster but were unable to compete due to injury including sixth overall pick Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting), 13th overall pick Jakub Zboril (Saint John Sea Dogs), and 16th overall pick Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds).