We can only guess what the future may hold for the player’s participating in this year’s GTHL Top Prospects Game, but if history is any indication, they all have a good chance of playing competitive hockey beyond the Minor Midget level.
In its eight years of existence, the GTHL Top Prospects Game has spawned 15 NHL players, while 48 have been drafted to the big show. The numbers will only grow with time as many alumni are not yet NHL draft eligible. Graduates of the 2014 event will be NHL draft eligible this coming summer, while many who played in the 2015 event are only just starting their junior hockey careers.
Based on eight years of Top Prospects Alumni, here is a breakdown of where players have ended up.
*Based on approximately 300 Alumni
Also worth noting:
- Four alumni have been drafted first overall in the OHL Priority Selection – Ryan Merkley (2016), David Levin (2015), Jakob Chychrun (2014), and Connor McDavid (2012)
- 11 GTHL Top Prospects Alumni were drafted at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft – two in the first round
- Three players have suited up for more than one Top Prospects game including current Toronto Marlboros forward Jack Hughes. Alumni Jack LaFontaine and Ryan Merkley also made two appearances each
- 15 GTHL Top Prospects Alumni have been drafted into the NHL in the first round
The 8th Annual GTHL Top Prospects Game, Powered by Under Armour will hit the ice on Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Pond. Click here to purchase tickets.
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