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Most players of any USHL team
Kearney, Neb. – Tri-City Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen and forwards Wyatt Bongiovanni, Adam Goodsir, Alex Limoges and Paul Washe have been named to the 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, the USHL announced Tuesday. As of the current 40-man roster, the Storm will send the most representatives of any USHL team to the showcase, which features players eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft.
Three 2016 Clark Cup Champions are going to the game – Limoges, Rasmussen and Washe. Wyatt Bongiovanni is also a returning USHL player, spending 2015-16 with Des Moines.
The game will be held Tuesday, January 10 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, home of the Sioux Falls Stampede. At the 2016 Top Prospects Game, former Storm forward and 2016 Clark Cup MVP Wade Allison won Team West MVP.
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Rasmussen, Limoges and Washe are in Bonnyville, Alberta representing the U.S. Jr. Select Team at the 2016 World Jr. A Challenge. The squad fell against the Czech Republic Monday, 1-0, in the first game of the Preliminary Round. The U.S. takes on Canada East in the second day of action Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
NHL Central Scouting ranked Washe, Rasmussen, Bongiovanni and Goodsir on its November “Players to Watch” List for the 2017 NHL Draft. Rasmussen achieved a “B” rating, indicating the potential for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick. The other three prospects were given “C” rankings (4th-6th round potential).
The Storm Captain Limoges is Tri-City’s leading scorer, tallying 11 goals and 21 points in 21 games. Including playoffs, the 2016 Clark Cup Champion has 74 points in 75 USHL games. The 6-foot-1, 201-lb. native of Winchester, Virginia is 19 years old and committed to Cornell University.
Goodsir, committed to Denver, scored his fifth goal of the season Friday against Omaha and leads Storm rookies with five goals and eight points in 22 games. The 18-year-old was named NAHL Rookie of the Year for the Wichita Falls Wildcats in 2015-16, leading the squad with 28 goals.
Rasmussen is in second USHL season and has played more games with the Storm this season (16) than last (15). The Denver commit is 7-6-1-1 with a 2.72 goals against average and .904 save percentage.
The Western Michigan commit Washe is tied for second on the Storm with seven goals and third on the team with 16 points in 21 games. The 18-year-old stands 6-foot-1, 191 pounds and is a native of Clarkston, Michigan. Washe has played in 99 career USHL regular season games.
The Storm acquired Bongiovanni, 17, from Des Moines in July 2016. Through 23 games, Bongiovanni has matched his stats (3g, 11a) from the 2015-16 season. A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Bongiovanni is 6-foot, 192 pounds.
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