Top Performances for NHL Draft Prospects from the 2019 USHL Fall Classic

September 26-29, 2019
UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex - Cranberry, PA

The 2019 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic featured several prospects for the upcoming NHL draft. The Fall Classic marks the start of the USHL season. Although many players had a good showing, there were a few to keep an eye on this season.

Carson Bantle, LW, Madison Capitols, 6-5, 200, DOB 1.22.2002

Bantle is a power forward that can battle hard in the corners. He has strong skills for a player of his size and should substantially improve on his offensive output from last season. He is a hard worker that looks to take a large step forward this season.

Through the Fall Classic Carson finished with six points (3G, 3A) in three contests. Bantle is committed to play at Michigan Tech.

Luke Tuch, LW, USNTDP, 6-2, 203, DOB 3.7.2002

Tuch has a similar game to his brother Alex who was a first round draft pick by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2014. He is a power forward with an excellent shot and good skating skills for a player of his size.

Luke had five points with two goals and three assists in two contests during the Fall Classic. His strong work ethic and high hockey IQ should result in his rise on NHL draft boards through the season.

Daniel Laatsch, D, USNTDP, 6-5, 180, DOB 2.13.2002

Laatsch produced three points (1 G, 2 A) during two games for the weekend.

He skates well for his size and does not allow players by him. He looks to take a large step forward in his offensive production.

Yusaku Ando, C, Youngstown Phantoms, 5-7, 147, 9.3.2003

Ando is agile and his speed opens up the ice for his teammates. His shot is quick and accurate. Yusaku does not seem hestitant to go into the dirty areas despite his size.

Ando is one of the younger players in the USHL this seaon. He will be eligible for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. In three games over the weekend he registered four points (2 G, 2 A).