UND hockey recruits Costello, Hain named to top prospect game
GRAND FORKS — A pair of University of North Dakota recruits have been selected to play in the All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, N.Y., next month.
Grand Forks Red River’s Braden Costello and Gavin Hain of Grand Rapids, Minn., both 2000-born players who are eligible next summer’s NHL Draft, will suit up in the annual contest.
The game will be played on Sept. 21 at KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres.
“This event allows some of the best U.S. players eligible for next year’s NHL Draft the chance to showcase their talent on a national stage,” said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations. “With input from NHL Central Scouting, this game will feature future stars of the NHL, as over 120 alumni of the event have already been selected.”
Costello, a senior, will play this season with the Des Moines Buccaneers in the United States Hockey League. Hain will play for the U.S. Under-18 Team, based in Michigan.
Meanwhile, The Hockey News ranked its top prospects for each NHL organization — and several UND players popped on the list.
Tyson Jost, who signed with the Colorado Avalanche after one outstanding season in Grand Forks, was named the No. 1 prospect for the Avs, a rebuilding franchise. Jost played six games with Colorado at the end of last season, scoring one goal. He is expected to start this season in the NHL.
Brock Boeser, who signed with the Vancouver Canucks after two seasons at UND, was ranked the No. 3 prospect in Vancouver’s organization. Boeser had four goals in nine games with the Canucks at the end of last season.
UND incoming freshman Grant Mismash was ranked the No. 6 prospect for the Nashville Predators, who selected the power forward in the second round of June’s NHL Draft.
Former UND defenseman and East Grand Forks Senior High graduate Tucker Poolman was named the No. 7 prospect for the Winnipeg Jets. Poolman, a first-team All-American last season, signed with Winnipeg this spring and will attempt to crack the NHL team’s defensive corps this fall. Poolman is coming off of shoulder surgery in the offseason.
Former UND defenseman Jordan Schmaltz is ranked the No. 8 prospect for the St. Louis Blues. Schmaltz made his NHL debut with the Blues last season and played in the playoffs.
The Hockey News also named Jost and Boeser as Calder Trophy candidates as the NHL’s rookie of the year.
The last UND player to win the Calder Trophy was Ed Belfour with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1990-91.