In order to allow scouts of 32 NHL teams to see their players, the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and the Bateman Tour are currently focusing on the top prospects of these three leagues. .
CHL Communications Coordinator Cory Wilkins (Cory Wilkins) told us on Thursday: “It’s too early to comment on this.” I can confirm that the project is under study. Will consider it. “
To be sure, the project has been in conversation for several weeks, which is a joy for recruiters. According to a report in the “Wall Street Journal” and contacted by the “Le Journal”, four of them confirmed that they had heard of the project, which was put on the agenda at the NHL general manager meeting no later than Wednesday.
Currently, the City of Edmonton will be at the top of the list to host this modified version of the CHL Top Prospects Game. This small contest will be held somewhere at the end of June or early July, a few weeks before the draft is submitted, and it is still scheduled for July 23rd and 24th.
If it is in the interests of Canada’s three tournaments, then there is no doubt that this game will have greater significance for OHL players, because they saw the league season cancelled last Tuesday and did not have the opportunity to participate in the game.
Some of the top prospects on the tour have chosen to play in Europe this season, including guard Brandt Clarke, while others will have the opportunity to stand out in the U18 World Championship in Texas on Monday.
However, these are only a small part of the prospects that qualify for the 2021 draft, and a large part of them will not have the opportunity to show off this year. A Western team recruiter commented in the Wall Street Journal: “I hope this will happen, at least I will see some OHL players.”