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Americans' Defenseman Named to Roster for All-American Prospects Game

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KENNEWICK, WATri-City Americans defenseman Brandon Carlo has been named to the CCM/USA Hockey All-Americans Prospects Game, as announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday.

USA Hockey announced 42 players to participate in the game, set for Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The game brings together the top U.S. prospects who are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, with 23 players competing in the game being named to the 2014-15 NHL Central Scouting Futures list, which highlights players that have potential to be selected in the first three rounds.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Brandon,” Tri-City Americans Governor & General Manager Bob Tory said. “We are proud of him as he represents our team at this prestigious event.”Carlo is one of three WHL players on the team, along with Portland's Paul Bittner and Vancouver's Alec Baer. Carlo completed his rookie season for the Americans in 2013-14. He played in 71 games for Tri-City, racking up three goals, 13 points and 66 penalty minutes.

Also on Wednesday, Tory announced that the team has signed two 16-year-old prospects to standard WHL Players Contracts, including Mark Drohan, a 6'2 165-pound defenseman from Calgary, Alberta.  Drohan played the 2013-14 season with the Calgary Buffaloes AAA Midget, competing in the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League. Drohan recorded six goals, 17 points and 20 penalty minutes in 41 games for the Buffaloes. Drohan was drafted in the 3rd round (59th overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  

“Since the day we drafted Mark, he has evolved and developed into a very quick thinking mobile puck moving defenseman,” Americans Head Scout Barclay Parneta said. “His development continues to trend upwards and we look forward to watching him continue on that path.”

The Americans also signed Nicholas Sanders, a 6'1 193-pound goaltender from Calgary, Alberta.  Sanders played the 2013-14 season with the Calgary Rangers Minor Midget, competing in the Alberta Minor Midget AAA Hockey League. Sanders played in 39 games for the Rangers, accumulating a 3.65 GAA, a 0.89 save percentage and three shutouts. Sanders was drafted in the 6th round (125th overall) of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. 

“Nick has had a very strong camp,” Americans Head Scout Barclay Parneta said. “He came to camp and showed a determination to compete at this level. He has shown the tools and abilities that will allow him to play in the WHL.”

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