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Where Are They Now Feature: Playing As Prospects 

By WBH, 10/18/19, 12:30PM CDT


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This week, USA Hockey and the United States Hockey League announced a new midseason exhibition event.  The BioSteel All-American Game in January will replace two earlier events: the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and USA Hockey’s All-American Prospects Game.

From 2012 to 2018, the All-American Prospects Game was held annually each September in an NHL Arena.  Approximately 40 leading American-born NHL Draft-eligible players from the USHL, Canadian junior leagues, the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, and elsewhere were brought together to skate at the highly-scouted event.  The All-American Prospects Game had a strong track record of helping players make a favorable impression on pro hockey general managers and decision-makers.

The Waterloo Black Hawks were represented in all seven of the All-American Prospects Games.  Today’s Where Are They Now summarizes where those star players are today.

2012 (Buffalo)

Taylor Cammarata
NHL Draft: 2013, New York Islanders – 3rd Round
College: Minnesota
Current Team: Maine Mariners (ECHL)

Cammarata has spent two full seasons in the ECHL.  He ended 2018/19 with the Mariners after also playing for the Norfolk Admirals and Wichita Thunder.  The 2018 ECHL All-Star Game MVP opened this season with a pair of goals during Maine’s only game to date, a 5-2 loss versus the Adirondack Thunder last Friday.

Eamon McAdam
NHL Draft: 2013, New York Islanders – 3rd Round
College: Penn State
Current Team: Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)

The goals scored by Cammarata last Friday were the only ones against McAdam, who made 31 saves for the win that night.  McAdam has started his fourth full professional season with a victory and a shootout loss.  During each of his first three years in pro hockey, he has split time between teams in the ECHL and the AHL.

Ian McCoshen
NHL Draft: 2013, Florida Panthers – 2nd Round
College: Boston College
NHL Debut: April 7, 2017 (Florida Panthers)
Current Team: Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)

Playing games for the Panthers in parts of three different seasons, McCoshen has made 60 NHL appearances.  He has opened this year with their top affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.  McCoshen has four assists and is +4 in his first five games.

Cal Petersen
NHL Draft: 2013, Buffalo Sabres – 5th Round
College: Notre Dame
NHL Debut: November 13, 2018 (L.A. Kings)
Current Team: Ontario Reign (AHL)

Earlier this month, Petersen was named the AHL Goalie of the Week after earning a shutout and stopping a total of 83 out of 85 shots over two wins.  For the year, he is 2-1-1 with a .927 save percentage.  He made 11 appearances for Ontario’s parent club, the L.A. Kings, last season.

2013 (Pittsburgh)

Tyler Sheehy
College: Minnesota
Current Team: Allen Americans (ECHL)

Sheehy wrapped up his college career as a Gopher last spring and had a taste of professional hockey with the AHL's Iowa Wild.  He has one assist in two games this season, helping to set up the Americans’ 5-4 win last Saturday against the Tulsa Oilers.

2014 (Buffalo)

Brock Boeser
NHL Draft: 2015, Vancouver Canucks – 1st Round
College: North Dakota
NHL Debut: March 25, 2017 (Vancouver Canucks)
Current Team: Vancouver Canucks (NHL)

During the current 2019/20 season, Boeser was the first Hawks NHL alumnus to score a goal.  He has six points through the Canucks' six games and is +3 as the team has opened the year 4-2-0.  The former NHL All-Star has 122 points during 146 career NHL games.

Grant Gabriele**
College: Ohio State
Current Team: Ohio State (NCAA)

This is Gabriele’s junior season with the Buckeyes.  After last season, he was named the Buckeye’s co-Most Improved Player.  Gabriele skated in 24 2018/19 games after being out of the lineup the prior season.  The Buckeyes are 1-0-1 just one weekend in to their current schedule.

Tom Novak
NHL Draft: 2015, Nashville Predators – 3rd Round
College: Minnesota
Current Team: Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)

Right after wrapping up his senior season, Novak signed with the Admirals to make his initial pro appearances last spring.  Milwaukee is Nashville’s American Hockey League affiliate.  He has played in two more games so far this season.

2015 (Buffalo)

Sam Rossini
College: Minnesota
Current Team: Minnesota (NCAA)

Rossini is a junior for the Gophers.  Last season, he played in 28 college games and had four assists.  That doubled his game count from his freshman season.  Rossini did not play last weekend as Minnesota went 1-1 during a two-game weekend against Colorado College.

Garrett Wait
College: Minnesota
Current Team: Minnesota (NCAA)

As a freshman last season, Wait played in 19 of the Gophers’ 38 games, notching a goal and two assists.  He already has a pair of assists this year, recording a point in each of Minnesota’s games against the Tigers.  Wait and the Gophers meet Niagara for two games this weekend.

2016 (Philadelphia)

Mikey Anderson
NHL Draft: 2017, L.A. Kings – 4th Round
College: Minnesota-Duluth
Current Team: Ontario Reign (AHL)

After winning back-to-back NCAA titles, Anderson’s pro career has started with a bang.  He has points in each of his first four AHL games (two goals, two assists).  Anderson is tied for fourth in scoring among all AHL defensemen and tied for second in points among all league rookies.

2017 (Buffalo)

Jack Drury
College: Harvard
Current Team: Harvard (NCAA)

The Harvard hockey season will begin on November 1st with a conference matchup versus Dartmouth.  The same two teams also meet this Saturday in a scrimmage.  As a freshman last season, Drury tied for fourth in team scoring with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists).

2018 (St. Paul)

Ryan Drkulec
Current Team: Waterloo Black Hawks

Drkulec remains with Waterloo for a second season.  He has a goal and two assists in Waterloo’s first five games.

**Gabriele appeared in the All-American Prospects Game prior to becoming a Waterloo Black Hawk.

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