Sophomore OHL forwards Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes) made their mark at the 2018 All-American Top Prospects Game in Saint Paul, Minn. this past Wednesday.
Kaliyev scored twice while Robertson chipped in with two assists as Team Langenbrunner, named after OHL graduate and long-time NHL forward Jamie Langenbrunner, topped Team Leopold by a score of 6-4 in comeback fashion.
Kaliyev opened the scoring 11:43 into the first period with Robertson collecting a secondary assist. He’d strike again with 6:11 left in the third frame to ignite a Team Langenbrunner comeback as Robertson picked up another assist.
Team Langenbrunner would overcome a 4-2 deficit, scoring three times inside the game’s final two minutes to claim victory before a crowd of 3,448 at the XCEL Energy Center.
The 17-year-old Kaliyev helped guide the Hamilton Bulldogs to an OHL Championship last spring after netting 31 goals during the regular season. He’s widely considered a top prospect for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Northville, Mich. native Robertson was a first round pick of the Peterborough Petes in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection and registered 33 points (15-18–33) in his rookie season. Robertson played a prominent role on the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup this past summer, recording five points (4-1–5) in as many contests.
A total of 42 draft eligible players chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting competed in the annual showcase. Other current OHL players to compete in the All-American Top Prospects Game have included Alec Regula (London Knights), Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs), Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s), Ivan Lodnia (Niagara IceDogs) and Kyle MacLean (Oshawa Generals).
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