2013 goalie commit Eamon McAdam, a Perkasie, PA native currently with the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, has been named to the inaugural CCM/USA All-American Hockey Prospects Game. The game, designed to showcase 40 American players eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, will be played September 29th at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY.
McAdam was one of 28 NCAA Division I commits selected, so this game will definitely be a nice glimpse of how a future Penn Stater stacks up with commits to programs like Boston College (four commits selected), Denver (four), North Dakota (two) and Cornell (one). Big Ten rivals will be well represented, led by five from Michigan: G Jared Rutledge, D Mike Downing, F Evan Allen, F J.T. Compher and F Tyler Motte (of course, the way things go for them, only one of those guys will actually make it to Ann Arbor). Minnesota adds F Taylor Cammarata, a teammate of McAdam's with Waterloo.
Tickets for the game range from $15-20 and are available here.
McAdam, a big goalie that combines an 81" wingspan with good skating ability, was 11-7-0 with the Black Hawks last year, mostly in spot-start duty. The Team Comcast product committed to Penn State last July despite interest from Boston University and Ohio State and despite his being selected by the London Knights in the fourth round of the 2010 OHL draft. He becomes the third PSU commit to participate in a major draft showcase game, following D Mark Yanis and F Zach Saar, who played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January.
The prospects game will actually be the culmination of an even busier than normal off-season for McAdam, who will enter this season as the Black Hawks' starter. Waterloo is set to participate in the second-ever Junior World Cup from August 18th through 26th in Omsk, Russia, meaning, of course, that chances to watch McAdam play against top competition will not be in short supply over the next two months.
Chris Peters, who is on top of anything having to do with USA Hockey, offered this analysis of the game's larger context:
A lot will change over the course of the season as many of these players will rise and fall throughout the year, but by being selected to this game, the players participating will have a great opportunity to make an early statement in their all-important draft-eligible season.As someone who is eagerly awaiting that first NHL draft pick of a Penn Stater while committed to or playing for Penn State (with all due respect to Max Gardiner), that's music to my ears.