Two local top prospects for this year’s NHL Entry Draft will go head to head in the 2019 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, scheduled for Jan. 23 at Red Deer, Alta.
Mississauga native Philip Tomasino, a forward with the Niagara IceDogs, will suit up for Team Orr, while Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Thomas Harley will take to the ice with Team Cherry in the 24th annual showcase of 40 draft eligible players divided into two teams by NHL Central Scouting.
Team Cherry will be coached by Ron MacLean, alongside Dave Hunter and Brent Sutter, while Team Orr will be guided behind the bench by Kelly Hrudey, with Robyn Regehr and Marc Habscheid.
Both Tomasino and Harley have been given a B rating (indicates a second or third round candidate) on the NHL Central Scouting Players To Watch List.
A fifth-overall selection of Niagara in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, Tomasino put up just five goals and 24 assists in 61 games last season as a rookie, but he’s taken his game to another level this season. The six-foot, 180-pound centre has 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points in 41 games with the IceDogs.
Harley, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was the 14 overall pick of Mississauga in the 2017 OHL draft. The six-foot-three, 183-pound NHL prospect has six goals and 28 assists for 34 points in 42 games, while anchoring the Steelheads blue line.
Team Orr and Team Cherry are selected from the top NHL draft picks from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Team Orr carries an overall record of 13-6, while Team Cherry holds an all-time record of 7-13 with the extra victory coming against Team Davidson in 2005.
Photo: Mississauga native Philip Tomasino, a forward with the Niagara IceDogs, will suit up for Team Orr in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Red Deer, Alta. Terry Wilson/OHL Images