Inside the Den: Bobcats reflect on Top Prospects game experience

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The goal for all of the Bismarck Bobcats is to perform well enough to earn a college scholarship… and maybe play professionally in the future. Five Bismarck players were chosen for the NAHL’s Top Prospects game.

“It was great,” Cooper Haar said. “There was a lot of good competition. There were a lot of good hockey players there.”

All the Bobcats were honored to be a part of the showcase.

“It was really nice,” Patrick O’Connor said. “I was really happy to be chosen. We have a really good division. Playing on a team with a lot of guys that you play against every weekend that our good too.”

The players arrived on Sunday night and were shown the royal treatment.

“On the first day we got there they feed us and then we went to bed,” Mancuso said. “The next morning we woke up, they gave us food again.”

The teams were already chosen, so some of the Bobcats played with guys from rival teams.

“No trash talk really,” O’Connor said. “It’s good to get to know that guys that are usually talking trash against I guess. A lot of good guys but now they are back to being our enemies.”

Over two days, the event had four games. The one thing the guys did not have was practice.

“It’s pretty nerve racking. There’s all these scouts around,” Mancuso said. “and you’ve got new guys on your line that you haven’t played with before.”
 
The purpose of the event is to present the league’s top players in front of college scouts.

“I talked to a couple of schools down there after my second game,” Cooper Haar said. “They’re looking for a commitment in the next few months maybe in a year or two.”

This weekend Bobcats have a home-and-home series with Aberdeen.

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