By Allan Muir
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is still five months away, but the stage already is being set for a bumper crop of American talent in 2014.
USA Hockey announced today that the All-American Prospects Game would be held at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center on Sept. 26.
The game will showcase 40 of the top American-born players who are eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft, drawn from the U.S. National Team Development Program, the CHL, USHL, NCAA and U.S. high schools.
The inaugural edition of the event was held last September in Buffalo and featured players such as Seth Jones and Ryan Hartman, both members of the 2013 World Junior Champions and certain first-round picks this June.
"The All-American Prospect Game is the celebration of the American player," USA Hockey assistant executive director Jim Johansson told reporters at a press conference announcing the event. "What we will bring to Pittsburgh are our best players. I think for players aspiring to get to the NHL...this gives them hope that one day they could play in a building like this."