Rossini, Wait Will Play in Prospects Game
Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Sam Rossini and forward Garrett Wait were among the 42 players who will compete in the fourth annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game set for September 24 at First Niagara Center, home to the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres.
USA Hockey announced the roster of leading draft-eligible American players Wednesday. Earlier this month, both Rossini and Wait represented the United States at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Tournament in Europe, another highly-scouted event for draft-age players who are candidates to be selected the following summer.
Regarding the 2015 All-American Prospects Game, USA Hockey’s Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations Jim Johannson noted, ““This game provides the best U.S. players eligible for next year’s NHL draft the opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage…[W]ith input from NHL Central Scouting, we’re certain fans in [Buffalo] will enjoy the chance to see future stars of the NHL.”
Players selected to compete in the event were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.
Rossini played in 44 games for the Black Hawks last winter, all before his 17th birthday. The Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, native recorded a goal and four assists. He is committed to the University of Minnesota. Wait is also committed to the Gopher program and recorded 25 goals and 51 assists in 29 high school games as the Edina Hornets reached the 2015 Minnesota Class AA State Tournament.
Multiple Waterloo Black Hawks have participated during each edition of the All-American Prospects Game. Last September, both Brock Boeser and Tom Novak took the ice. Boeser and Novak went on to be drafted in June by the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators respectively. Taylor Cammarata, Ian McCoshen, Eamon McAdam, and Cal Petersen also each played in the showcase ahead of their selections during the subsequent NHL Draft.