USHL Top Prospects captains, Duchene doesn’t miss a beat, the year’s first discipline hearing and Stars are grounded

The United States League’s Top Prospects Game is being held tonight in Muskegon, Michigan and the league announced this morning its selection for captains in the game.

There will be four players wearing the ‘C’ tonight; forward Alex Kile (Green Bay Gamblers) and defenseman Michael Downing (Dubuque Fighting Saints) for Team East and forward Luke Johnson (Lincoln Stars) and defenseman Ian McCoshen (Waterloo Black Hawks) for Team West.

Kile, 18, is committed to the University of Michigan and has 17 goals and 31 points in 32 games this year. The Troy, Michigan native has 34 goals and 65 points in 90 career USHL games.

Downing, 17, is also committed to the University of Michigan and has 11 points and a plus-11 rating in 26 games. From Canton, Michigan, Downing has posted five goals and 25 points in 80 career games. Downing is ranked 49th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting for the 2013 draft.

Johnson, 18, has seven goals and 21 points in 28 games and is set to play at the University of North Dakota. The Grand Forks, North Dakota native has 27 goals and 76 points in 83 games. He is ranked 78th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

McCoshen, 17, will play for Boston College and has six goals and 22 points in 27 games to go along with a plus-23 rating. Born in Hudson, Wisconsin, he has produced 14 goals and 48 points in 125 games. McCoshen is the highest ranked skater in the USHL by NHL Central Scouting, 21st among North American skaters.

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Matt Duchene has the toughness to go with his superior skills. (Matt Boulton/Wikimedia Commons)

Matt Duchene has the toughness to go with his superior skills. (Matt Boulton/Wikimedia Commons)

Colorado’s Matt Duchene took a puck to the face last night against Los Angeles and, according to Travis Hughes of SB Nation, not only was out for a faceoff just 13 seconds later, but held of on getting 19 stitches in his chin until after the game. He would lead all forwards with 22:19 of ice time in the game.

Check out the link for a video of the shot, which came of Drew Doughty’s stick, and a picture of the completed stitch work.

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Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn is scheduled to meet with Brendan Shanahan in the league’s first discipline hearing of the season for an incident that occurred in New Jersey Tuesday night.

The 1:30 hearing will be focusing on Schenn’s hit on New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the second period in which Schenn appeared to leave his feet.

Puck Daddy has video of the play and information on the league’s new fining policy.

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The Dallas Stars remained in Detroit a bit longer than expected after Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over the Red Wings. There was a mechanical issue with a valve after de-icing the place and the team stayed in a hotel for the night.

Look for more information during the day on their official Twitter account, @DallasStars.


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