NAHL announces 2019 Top Prospects rosters
February 1, 2019
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters that will represent each team at the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 18-19, 2019, at the New England Sports Village in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Scout passes for the event will go on sale on Monday, February 4th. For more information on the 2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, please visit: http://nahl.com/tpt/
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey. Last season, over 230 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school. It continues to be an important part of the NAHL event model, which includes the NAHL Showcase in September and the NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship in May.
2019 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (all times eastern)
Monday, February 18th
1:00pm: South Division vs. NAHL Selects Red
4:00pm: Central Division vs. East Division
7:00pm: Midwest Division vs. NAHL Selects Blue
Tuesday, February 19th
10:00am: Central Division vs. NAHL Selects Red
1:00pm: East Division vs. NAHL Selects Blue
4:00pm: Midwest Division vs. South Division
The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest and South and two NAHL Selects teams, will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 22, 2019. Each team is comprised of 18 players (10 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goalies).
One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. To date, 168 players have already made NCAA Division I commitments during the 2018-19 season. The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament plays a big role in that success, with over half of the players who played in last year’s Top Prospects Tournament, earning an NCAA Division I opportunity following their participation in the event. The event continues to provide the hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts in attendance with a look at the best uncommitted players the NAHL has to offer, as well as, some potential NHL Draft picks.