Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Recap

HAMILTON, Ont. – The 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Game had no shortage of action. With many eyes on the captains, Alexis Lafreniere and Quinton Byfield, it was some other top prospects that stole the show.

The Game

Jeremie Poirier (Saint John) got Team Red on the board first with a laser from the point. Team White tied it up with a goal from defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert). After, the line of Jacob Perreault, Marco Rossi, and Jack Quinn completed a nifty passing play to give Team Red the lead. Team Red led 2-1 after the first.

Then the Tyson Foerster show began.

Foerster scored two goals in the frame and added an assist. His second goal on the night was a sight to see.

Team White picked up three goals in the middle frame, while Team Red was held scoreless, giving us a 4-2 game after two.

The third period had a little bit of everything, including a fight. Yes, a fight. Friends Will Cuylle and Donovan Sebrango dropped the gloves for a tilt that ended with a hug. The two also fought back on Jan 6th, 2019.

 

Team Red had a couple of power plays, but we’re unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Cole Perfetti added an empty-net goal, and Dawson Mercer scored with 0.10 seconds left on the clock, as Team White came out with the victory 5-3.

OHL Points:

Tyson Foerster: Barrie Colts (2G, 1A)

Cole Perfetti: Saginaw Spirit (1G, 1A)

Jack Quinn: Ottawa 67s (1G)

Brandon Coe: North Bay Battalion (1A)

Luke Evangelista: London Knights (1A)

Antonio Stranges: London Knights (1A)

Jacob Perreault: Sarnia Sting (1A)

Marco Rossi: Ottawa 67s (1A)

Ryan O’Rourke: Sault Ste Marie (1A)

The Standouts

Tyson Foerster: A breakout game for Foerster. Ranked 41st overall, Foerster proved that he should be ranked higher. He put himself on a lot of people’s radars after that performance. He could potentially sneak into the first round at the NHL Draft. As he said, “it’s a good night to come out and play the way I did.”

Jacob Perreault: Throughout the week Perreault was turning heads. He has explosive speed and a great, vast skill set. Whoever picks this kid in the 15-20 range at the draft is going to get a steal. His skating ability is elite.

Marco Rossi: Not that this is surprising to anyone. Rossi may be on the smaller end, but the kid is fearless. He’s constantly buzzing around the ice, picking pockets, protecting the puck, and has a great offensive skill set. He has 74 points in 32 games with the 67s and once you see him play it’s no surprise why. He’s ranked 5th overall, and that might be an understatement.

Jack Quinn: Player of the game for Team Red, Quinn looked really solid. He does everything right and has a nose for the net, and his 30 goals this season would agree.

 Jamie Drysdale: As stated before, clearly the best defenceman in this draft class. He just plays his position so well. He knows when to lay the body, create offense, poke the puck away and he does it at the perfect time, and he sees the game so well.

Quick Hits

Only two (Perfetti, Rossi) of the top five players as ranked by NHL Central Scouting put up points in the top prospects game.

Tyson Foerster had 44 family and friends there to witness his great performance.

Nico Daws came out for warmups and left the ice early. He was later scratched with an upper-body injury. A real shame for the star goaltender.

It seems that the best part of the week for the players was getting to meet new people and reconnect with some old friends. Quinton Byfield was happy to see some familiar faces again, “Probably just reconnecting with all my friends again. I played U17, U18’s with all those guys, so it’s cool to see how they’re doing, how their seasons are going, everything like that. It’s just nice to reconnect with them. Me and Cuylle and Foudy went to the cottage this summer but we haven’t seen each other this year.”

Jack Quinn was happy to share this experience with his 67s teammate, “It’s been great to come here with someone, makes it a lot easier when you know someone and I roomed with him at the hotel so, just makes it a little less stressful when you know someone and a little more easy to fit in.”

The regular season is back in full force on Friday as the top prospects return to their respective teams for another busy weekend around the OHL.