Minnesota will showcase more young hockey talent than any other state at the fifth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Philadelphia later this month. The state of hockey earned nine invitations while the Gophers will have six recruits represented.
The event features 42 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL entry draft.
The rosters announced Wednesday by USA Hockey feature Mike Anderson (Roseville), Nate Knoepke (Farmington), Grant Mismash (Edina), Casey Mittelstadt (Eden Prairie), Jake Oettinger (Lakeville), Clayton Phillips (Edina), Ryan Poehling (Lakeville), Austin Pratt (Lakeville) and Scott Reedy (Prior Lake).
The Gophers recruits include Knoepke, Phillips, Reedy, Mittelstadt, Brannon McManus (California) and Josh Maniscalco (Pennsylvania).
Minnesota Duluth is represented by Anderson and St. Cloud State by Poehling.
The state of Michigan was second behind Minnesota with seven prospects, and Wisconsin’s college program has four recruits on the rosters. The Big Ten recruits (16) headed to the showcase are double any other college hockey conference.
The teams are coached by U.S. Hockey Hall of Famers Mark Howe and John LeClair.