DeBrusk named to Team Cherry for Top Prospects Game

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A strong open­ing half for Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos’ for­ward Jake DeBrusk has led to an invitation to the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next month.

DeBrusk, 18, is among 40 of the top draft el­i­gi­ble play­ers from Cana­dian Hockey League that will skate in the game in St. Cather­ines, ON on Jan­uary 22, 2015.

“It is an hon­our ob­vi­ously when you get cho­sen for that. I was pretty ex­cited. I heard from the guys this morn­ing. It is an hon­our even just to be thought about there and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” said the Ed­mon­ton na­tive.

The sopho­more for­ward has 17 goals and 17 as­sists in 35 games this sea­son after reg­is­ter­ing 15 goals and 24 as­sists in 72 games as a rookie in 2013-14.

“Right now I am fo­cus­ing on the team, but per­son­ally it was one of my goals com­ing in to aim for. I did it and I am pretty happy with it and hope­fully I can have a good show­ing,” he said.

He had a strong sec­ond half last sea­son and was one of the team’s most dan­ger­ous play­ers in the play­offs with three goals and one as­sist in six games.

“I thought it was pos­si­ble. I thought I had a shot and I had to play re­ally well. I thought if I played my game that was con­sis­tent in the sec­ond half of last year then I would have a shot. I just pushed for it. So far this first half has been awe­some for me and I got it and is was awe­some.”

The 40 CHL play­ers com­pet­ing in the game were cho­sen by the 30 NHL clubs and di­vided into teams by NHL Cen­tral Scout­ing. This sea­son’s event marks the 20th an­nual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft el­i­gi­ble play­ers fea­tur­ing tal­ent from the On­tario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League com­pet­ing be­fore hun­dreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

DeBrusk is one of 12 for­wards on Team Cherry, who will be coached by Don Cherry, Brian Kil­rea, Bert O’Brien, and Nick Kypreos. Team Orr, fea­tur­ing pro­jected num­ber one pick Con­nor McDavid, will be coached by Bobby Orr, Marty Wil­liamson, Dave Bell, Billy Burke, and Doug Ma­cLean.

“The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is an event that all NHL scouts and Gen­eral Man­agers cir­cle on their cal­en­dars,” said NHL Cen­tral Scout­ing Di­rec­tor Dan Marr. “The 40 play­ers com­pet­ing in this game were cho­sen by our 30 NHL clubs and pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for them to eval­u­ate top CHL tal­ent for the 2015 NHL Draft. This is also a unique op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers who can take ad­van­tage of the spot­light to pro­mote their play in this ex­cit­ing and highly com­pet­i­tive sin­gle-game best-on-best contest.”

In the past 19 years a to­tal of 265 play­ers from this event have been se­lected in the first round of the NHL Draft rep­re­sent­ing 47% of all play­ers se­lected by NHL clubs in the first round.

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