If you're a hard core draft junkie and have access to the NHL Network in the U.S. (Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, but you probably knew that!) then be sure to watch (or set your DVR) tonight at 7 p.m. ET for the CHL Top Prospects Game, the annual showcase of Canadian Major Junior's most accomplished draft eligibles for the upcoming lottery.
The teams are coached by two famous people in Boston Bruins lore: Bobby Orr and Don Cherry, and is essentially a "who's who" for the Class of 2010.
Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin, Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Nino Niederreiter, Alex Burmistrov, Jeff Skinner John McFarland...all will be in action, not to mention some of the other draft names playing in the QMJHL, OHL or WHL that you may not be familiar with: Tyler Toffoli, Brad Ross, Mark Pysyk, Calvin Pickard, Max Clermont, Stanislav Galiev, Quinton Howden and others.
Big names who won't play because of injury: Russian scoring winger Kirill Kabanov (Moncton), big skilled blueliner Eric Gudbranson (Kingston) and high-upside forward Brett Connolly (Prince George)- all three will be missed, as they have all been projected at various times inside the the top-10 for the draft class.
These games are always fun, and aside from living in the CHL region where these major junior teams are close enough to visit to see live and in person, this is about as good as it gets in terms of a viewing opportunity to see the best 2010 draft prospects on the ice together in a single venue.