Draft Watch: Connor Bedard Headlines Roster for 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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Draft Watch: Connor Bedard Headlines Roster for 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Chicago Blackhawks

On Monday, the CHL announced the 40 players who have been invited to participate in the 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The headliner will obviously be Connor Bedard, the presumed top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.


A D V E R T I S E M E N T

Bedard isn’t the only player worth watching in this game for Blackhawks fans, however. Andrew Cristall, Brayden Yager and Calum Ritchie are considered potential top-ten overall selections in next summer’s draft class. Overall, the rosters are going to be loaded with first and second round talent, so this will be a great opportunity for Blackhawks fans to see how these guys play against elite competition in their age. Remember: the Blackhawks have four picks in the first two rounds next summer.

The 2023 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which will be hosted by the Vancouver Giants at the Langley Events Centre on Jan. 25, 2023.

As I noted back in early November, former Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook will serve as the head coach of the White Team in the game. Michael Dyck, the head coach of the Vancouver Giants, will be the head coach of the Red Team. The coaching staffs will also include former Canucks Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin, Stan Smyl and Canucks amateur scout Ron Delorme.

Here are the 40 players named to the game on Monday:


G
G
G
G
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
D
LW
C
C
LW
LW
C
C
C
LW
RW
C
C
LW
LW
RW
RW
LW
RW
C
C
C
C
C
RW
NAME
Carson Bjarnason
Scott Ratzlaff
Charlie Robertson
Jackson Unger
Beau Akey
Cameron Allen
Oliver Bonk
Hunter Brzustewicz
Luca Cagnoni
Lukas Dragicevic
Andrew Gibson
Matteo Mann
Tanner Molendyk
Etienne Morin
Caden Price
Jordan Tourigny
Colby Barlow
Connor Bedard
Zach Benson
Mathieu Cataford
Andrew Cristall
Nate Danielson
Ethan Gauthier
Riley Heidt
Samuel Honzek
Nick Lardis
Kalan Lind
Jaden Lipinski
Ethan Miedema
Quentin Musty
Nico Myatovic
Tyler Peddle
Luca Pinelli
Coulson Pitre
Carson Rehkopf
Calum Ritchie
Gracyn Sawchyn
Carey Terrance
Brayden Yager
Koehn Ziemmer
TEAM
Brandon (WHL)
Seattle (WHL)
North Bay (OHL)
Moose Jaw (WHL)
Barrie (OHL)
Guelph (OHL)
London (OHL)
Kitchener (OHL)
Portland (WHL)
Tri-City (WHL)
Soo (OHL)
Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
Saskatoon (WHL)
Moncton (QMJHL)
Kelowna (WHL)
Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Owen Sound (OHL)
Regina (WHL)
Winnipeg (WHL)
Halifax (QMJHL)
Kelowna (WHL)
Brandon (WHL)
Sherbrooke (QMJHL)
Prince George (WHL)
Vancouver (WHL)
Peterborough (OHL)
Red Deer (WHL)
Vancouver (WHL)
Windsor (OHL)
Sudbury (OHL)
Seattle (WHL)
Drummondville (QMJHL)
Ottawa (OHL)
Flint (OHL)
Kitchener (OHL)
Oshawa (OHL)
Seattle (WHL)
Erie (OHL)
Moose Jaw (WHL)
Prince George (WHL)

The specific team rosters and leadership groups for the game will be announced at a later date.



Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab