The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are proud to announce that four current Knights players have been named to the North American Hockey League’s Top Prospects Tournament. Forward Sacha Guillemain and defenseman Shay Donovan will join the East Division team, while forwards Gabe Temple and Jeffrey Bertrand will join in the Selects team.
Guillemain, 19, leads all Knights in scoring with 25 points through 37 games this season. Of those points, the French native has 17 counting as assists, which also leads the club. Guillemain recently scored an overtime winner in Northeast as he looks to continue helping the Knights cement their spot in the 2019 Roberson Cup Playoffs.
Shay Donovan will serve as the lone Knights defender making his way to the tournament. In his final year of junior eligibility, the 20-year-old was named captain of the Knights earlier this season. Donovan is the owner of 129 NAHL regular season games, which he’s had split between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Minnesota Wilderness, and the Coulee Region Chill. In three NAHL seasons, the blue liner has amassed 35 points and 123 penalty minutes.
The Michigan-Tech bound Gabe Temple represents one of two Selects teams that will compete at the tournament. Selects are the only teams that allow committed players to participate. With 12 goals, Temple sits second on his team in that category. He’s also been a big component to special teams and the success its had earlier in the season, with six of his goals coming on the power play and a total of nine points being scored while up a man.
Rookie Jeffrey Bertrand rounds up the prospects for Wilkes-Barre. At just 17-years-old, Bertrand has already committed to Penn State University. He entered the season as one of just three Knights players born in 2001, making him one of the younger skaters in the entire NAHL. From Anchorage, Alaska, the young winger has five goals and nine points on the season. Bertrand is also praised for his discipline, being one of the fewest penalized players on the club with just 26 minutes served.
The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is hosted by the Northeast Generals at New England Sports Village from February 18-19. This is the first time that an East Division team will host the league’s annual event. A total of six teams will be participating, as all four divisions have assembled rosters, along with two selects teams being named. A total of 108 NAHL players from all 24 teams will be in action. It is anticipated that over 200 scouts from both the collegiate and NHL level will be present. All games in the tournament will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.