It will be teammates against teammate for the Rockets trio heading to the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Jan. 23. Rockets defencemen Lassi Thomson and Kaeden Korczak will represent Team Orr, while Nolan Foote will be pitted against the duo as a member of Team Cherry.
The 24th annual showcase highlights the top NHL draft prospects in the CHL, which includes the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The trio of players will take a break from their Rockets comradery, and look to impress the scouts while playing against each other.
“It’s always an honour to represent your league and your team,” said Korczak. “I’ve always looked forward to these opportunities, I’m thankful for the chance to play. It’s also my first time playing against Nolan when we’re older, and it’s nice to have Lassi on my team.”
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Foote. “It’s going to be fun and be a battle. I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of great players,” said Foote.
The teammates get a change from their pressing WHL season to attend the game in Red Deer Wednesday night. The Rockets are coming off two big wins from the weekend over the best two teams in the WHL, Everett Silvertips and Prince Albert Raiders. The Rockets join the other 40 players from the CHL as they get all get a chance to be scouted by NHL teams.
“The Prospects Game provides scouts and general managers the unique opportunity to evaluate talent competing in a best-on-best showcase,” said Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting Director. “All 31 NHL clubs contributed to the roster selection and have a great interest in this priority scouting event to see which players can elevate their game under the spotlight.”
The Rockets trio will be back in their Rockets gear Jan. 25 with a home ice match up against the Victoria Royals.
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