Rees invited to CHL/NHL top prospects game

Jamieson Rees. Photo courtesy of Metcalfe Photography.

Sarnia Sting forward Jamieson Rees is among 40 Canadian Hockey League players that will compete in the 2019 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The 24th annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the NHL Draft will be played on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Rees has missed the majority of the season with a lacerated kidney. He has three goals and six assists in ten games this year after putting up 20 points in 46 games during his rookie campaign.

The 40 competing players were chosen by NHL clubs and include talent from across the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The players will be divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting prior to the event.

Coaching staffs for both teams will also be announced at a later date.

Ten CHL players from last year’s game in Guelph were chosen in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft led by Barrie’s Andrei Svechnikov picked second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.

In 23 years, a total of 317 CHL players from this event have been chosen by NHL clubs in the first round of the NHL Draft representing over 45 per cent of all players selected.