The United States Hockey announced that Youngstown Phantoms forward Nathan Walker has been added to the lineup for the 2013 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game presented by CCM on January 23rd in Muskegon, Michigan.
He replaces his Youngstown Phantoms teammate Austin Cangelosi who will not participate due to illness.
Walker has burst on to the USHL scene since joining the Phantoms. He scored a goal on his first shift in the League, just under three minutes into the contest against Chicago on January 11th in which Youngstown would go on to earn a 3-2 win. Walker has points in all four games he has suited up for the Phantoms (2g, 4a), helping the team to a 4-0-0 record over that stretch.
The 18-year-old is a native of Sydney, Australia and has spent the last few seasons playing hockey in the Czech Republic. He was listed as the #25 European skater in the final rankings by NHL Central Scouting prior to the 2012 NHL Draft but went undrafted.
It is the second season for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which will showcase many of the top players in the USHL who are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft as they compete in front of scouts and personnel from NHL clubs. Players chosen for the event were based on a selection process that included input of the 16 USHL General Managers, NHL Central Scouting, and NHL team scouts and decision makers.
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