By John Vogl
Sabres fans interested in seeing the best players in the 2015 NHL Draft won't have to travel far.
The Niagara IceDogs, who play in St. Catharines, Ont., will host the next CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 22. The list of players is expected to include Connor McDavid, the favorite to be selected at the top of the next draft.
"This is an event that all NHL scouts look forward to attending," NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr said on NHL.com. "The game is a unique opportunity to evaluate 40 of the top draft-eligible prospects on a single stage in what has annually become an intense competition."
This year's Top Prospects Game featured 17 players taken during the first round of last month's NHL Draft, including No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad and Buffalo's Sam Reinhart, who went second. The players for the 2015 game will be chosen in December.
Tickets will cost $35, with IceDogs season-ticket holders getting first priority. Individual tickets will be made available in September at www.NiagaraIceDogs.net.
Buffalo will host the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September. It is expected to feature Jack Eichel, who is regarded as a draft rival to McDavid.