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The USHL also conducts its annual All-Star Game this week, playing the 2007 USHL Prospects All-Star Game in Waterloo Tuesday night.

Like the OHL game, the USHL All-Star Game features some talent already drafted by NHL teams and a number of players that should be selected at this year’s NHL Entry Draft in June.

On the USHL West Division roster, Tri-City’s Jesse Martin (Atlanta), Des Moines’ Jeff Petry (Edmonton) and Des Moines’ Shane Sims (Islanders) are already property of NHL clubs. For the East, it is Indiana goalie Alex Kangas (Atlanta) and Green Bay defenseman Derrick LaPoint (Florida) that can already claim NHL affiliation.

The list of draft-eligible players on hand in Waterloo is also truly impressive. In fact, the All-Star Game features 16 players on NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Ranking of North American skaters.

Sioux City’s Max Pacioretty highlights that list, sitting at No. 23. Lincoln defenseman Colby Cohen sits four spots further down the list, while Omaha defenseman Nick Petrecki weighs in at No. 31. Des Moines forward Ben Ryan, at No. 50, rounds out the USHL’s quartet of players in the Top 50 of the North American Skater Rankings. All four are members of the West Division All-Stars.

The other ranked players in the USHL All-Star Game are Des Moines’ Aaron Palushaj (No. 68), Waterloo’s Blake Kessel (76), Sioux Falls’ Corey Tropp (82), Tri-City’s Tristan Llewellyn (90), Cedar Rapids’ Robin Bergman (97), Tri-City’s Calle Ridderwall (109), Waterloo’s Josh Turnbull (144), Cedar Rapids’ Tommy Wingels (147), Waterloo’s Vince LoVerde (160), Ohio’s Dan Hobbs (165), Lincoln’s Carter Camper (194) and Chicago’s Dan Lawson.

Amazingly, all 16 of those players -- and every one of the 40 players involved in Tuesday night’s game -- has already committed to college programs throughout the United States.

Des Moines’ Richard Purslow won the puck control contest in Monday night’s Skills Competition. Des Moines’ Ben Ryan was the runner-up.

In the fastest skater segment, Tri-City’s Calle Ridderwell was the winner, followed by Cedar Rapids’ Jacob Cepis.

Des Moines Jeff Petry won the hardest shot portion of the competition, beating out Omaha’s Nick Petrecki.

Des Moines Matt Read was the most accurate shooter, followed closely by Indiana’s Mike Phillippi.

Des Moines’ Matt Dalton won the goaltending competition, edging Waterloo’s Matt DiGirolamo. Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
 
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