The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects game rosters have been announced. The showcase will display the top NHL draft eligible players in the Canadian Hockey League, selected by NHL scouts from NHL Central Scouting Service. Forty NHL draft eligible players have been split into two teams, Team Cherry and Team Orr.
Among the forty players selected, there will be plenty of A-rated skaters with B-rated and C-rated players as well. Being selected for this game solidifies that you are one of forty top prospects in the CHL, not a bad achievement if you ask me.
Mississauga Steelheads 17-year-old defensemen Thomas Harley has been selected to represent Team Cherry at the competition in Red Deer, Alberta. Harley currently skates in his sophomore season after being having been selected fourteenth overall by Mississauga in the 2017 OHL priority draft. In his rookie season with the Steelheads, the reliable defender played sixty-two games in 2017-2018, finishing with a total of fifteen points registered.
Harley added 2 points in six playoff games looking later down the road that season. When the native of Syracuse, New York was a member of the Vaughn Kings minor midget AAA team (GTHL), he was known for his offensive talents as well as his ability to move the puck. He put up twenty-four points in thirty-three games with the Kings. It seems not much has changed as Thomas Harley has transitioned his offensive abilities to the OHL.
2018-2019 has been a tremendous follow up to his rookie campaign as he has already doubled his totals in just half the amount of games played. Just below a point per game player for the Mississauga Steelheads, Harley has thirty-three points registered in thirty-nine games played this season. 6’3 and just shy of two hundred pounds, Harley has the size to be a dominating defender while at the same time, there is still room for him to grow.
Harley has become a crucial part to Mississauga’s defensive core and enables them to create offence from the blue line, still providing a solid defensive game. The second-year defensemen is currently ranked twenty-eighth by ISS Hockey, projected to go late first round or if not, early second round. The talented Steelheads D-man will look to capture the attention of NHL scouts when he takes the ice for Team Cherry in the CHL Top Prospects Game in just under two weeks time.