The accolades continue to pour in for rising Halifax Mooseheads star Nico Hischier. The high scoring forward has been named Captain for Team Orr at the upcoming CHL/NHL Top Prospects game to be played on Monday, January 30th in Quebec City.
“It feels really good because it’s an honour for me and I’m really excited about it,” Hischier said prior to boarding the bus with his Mooseheads teammates on the way to Cape Breton on Tuesday.
Hischier is one of 40 players participating in the game filled with the best CHL prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The players were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting. This season’s event marks the 22nd annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.
Top ranked prospect Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings will serve as Team Cherry’s Captain.
The Mooseheads’ prized rookie has played center on the top line for most of the season, producing 60 points (30 goals and 30 assists) in 36 games played. That puts him sixth in QMJHL scoring and he is by far and away the top rookie scorer. Hischier is looking forward to getting on the ice with the top skaters in the Canadian Hockey League.
“It’s a good experience and a chance to meet new friends so it should be fun.”
His performance with Switzerland that saw him nearly lead the team to a quarter-final upset of the eventual gold-medal winning Americans made hockey fans from around the world take notice of his skills. However Hischier isn’t putting any pressure on himself as he gets set for the latest showcase of his talents on a big stage.
“I don’t really expect something and I’ll just try to have fun out there.”
The rosters include all 17 CHL players who received ‘A’ ratings by NHL Central Scouting in their November Players to Watch list including Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Maxime Comtois of the Victoriaville Tigres, and Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires who will compete for Team Cherry. Team Orr includes ‘A’ rated players such as Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads, Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs, and Kailer Yamamoto of the Spokane Chiefs.
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|Team Orr||CHL Club||Team Cherry||CHL Club|
|Michael DiPietro||Windsor Spitfires||Ian Scott||Prince Albert Raiders|
|Alex D’Orio||Saint John Sea Dogs||Stuart Skinner||Lethbridge Hurricanes|
|Nicolas Hague||Mississauga Steelheads||Cal Foote||Kelowna Rockets|
|Jacob Paquette||Kingston Frontenacs||Antoine Crête-Belzile||Blainville Boisbriand-Armada|
|Markus Phillips||Owen Sound Attack||Henri Jokiharju||Portland Winterhawks|
|Eemeli Rasanen||Kingston Frontenacs||Pierre-Olivier Joseph||Charlottetown Islanders|
|Conor Timmins||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||Artyom Minulin||Swift Current Broncos|
|Juuso Valimaki||Tri-City Americans||Jarret Tyszka||Seattle Thunderbirds|
|Sasha Chmelevski||Ottawa 67’s||Maxime Comtois||Victoriaville Tigres|
|Alex Formenton||London Knights||MacKenzie Entwistle||Hamilton Bulldogs|
|Morgan Frost||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||Jake Leschyshyn||Regina Pats|
|Cody Glass||Portland Winterhawks||Ivan Lodnia||Erie Otters|
|Nico Hischier||Halifax Mooseheads||Antoine Morand||Acadie-Bathurst Titan|
|Kole Lind||Kelowna Rockets||Nolan Patrick||Brandon Wheat Kings|
|Stelio Mattheos||Brandon Wheat Kings||Isaac Ratcliffe||Guelph Storm|
|Nikita Popugaev||Moose Jaw Warriors||Adam Ruzicka||Sarnia Sting|
|Michael Rasmussen||Tri-City Americans||Nick Suzuki||Owen Sound Attack|
|Nate Schnarr||Guelph Storm||Robert Thomas||London Knights|
|Matthew Strome||Hamilton Bulldogs||Owen Tippett||Mississauga Steelheads|
|Kailer Yamamoto||Spokane Chiefs||Gabriel Vilardi||Windsor Spitfires|
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) December 15, 2016