MADISON, WI – Madison Capitols right wing Ryan O’Reilly was named to the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which will take place at the Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
The United States Hockey League and NHL Central Scouting announced the 40-man roster on Wednesday morning. The selection process for players competing in the game was completed in cooperation with NHL general managers and scouts, NHL Central Scouting, and USHL general managers. All 40 players chosen are eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.
O’Reilly, 17, leads the Capitols with 11 goals in 17 games, and is tied for second place on the team with 12 points (11-1=12). The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Dallas, Texas, leads USHL rookie goal scorers with 11 tallies, and his 12 points are ranked fourth among USHL rookies. O’Reilly is committed to University of Denver.
The 40 players have been split into two teams – Team East and Team West – for the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, representing a split of players competing in the USHL’s Eastern Conference and Western Conference. Des Moines Buccaneers forward Braden Costello has been assigned to Team East despite playing in the Western Conference. The coaches, support staff and officials will be announced at a later date.
For the complete roster for the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, click here
The Capitols travel to play the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Mystique Ice Center at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, December 8. Fans can watch the road games on HockeyTV.com. Madison returns home to host the Lincoln Stars in a 4:05 p.m. puck drop at Bob Suter’s Capitols Ice Arena on Sunday, December 10. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Toys For Tots Toy Drive, and Santa Claus will be at Sunday’s game! For more information on season tickets and flex packages, call the Capitols at (608) 257-2277 or visit them online at www.madcapshockey.com.