Junior stars highlight Top Prospects Game roster

Alex DeBrincat has 17 goals and 35 points in 14 games with the Erie Otters. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

TORONTO — Ontario Hockey League goal-scoring leader Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters was one of 40 players named to the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game roster on Thursday.

DeBrincat helped the American team win bronze at the recent world junior hockey championship in Finland. Entering play Thursday, he has 56 points (33-23) in 30 games this season.

Joining him on Team Cherry for the Jan. 28 game at Vancouver will be Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants, Lucas Johansen of the Kelowna Rockets and Canadian junior team member Julien Gauthier of the Val-d’Or Foreurs. Players were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting.

Team Orr features world junior gold medallist Olli Juolevi of Finland and London Knights teammate Matthew Tkachuk along with Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads, who led Sweden in world junior scoring.

There were 20 OHL players named to the Top Prospects Game roster. Twelve players were selected from the Western Hockey League and eight from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game provides a unique opportunity for NHL scouts and general managers to evaluate top CHL talent for the 2016 NHL Draft in a best-on-best competition," NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said in a release. "The game is also a unique opportunity for the players to take advantage of the spotlight in what is consistently an exciting and highly competitive showcase."

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