Invite given to blueliner

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Knowing full well a player's draft status can change after a good showing at the CHL's Top Prospects game, Dustin Kohn prefers not to think about it.

Kohn was the lone Hitmen player chosen yesterday for the 10th annual Top Prospects matchup, next Wednesday in Vancouver.

"I don't think you can worry about that at all," said the 6-ft. 1-in., 185-lb. defenceman.

"You have to primarily concentrate on the club team.

"Getting this opportunity is good because of all the scouts there. I'm sure that kind of stuff has happened but that's something I'm not worrying about."

However, worrying about being drafted this summer may be a non-factor anyway.

Because of the current NHL lockout and with no end in sight, there's a very real possibility there will be no NHL Entry Draft.

But the CHL is going on with business as usual, which means giving Canada's draft-eligible players a shot to showcase their skills.

Sidney Crosby of the Rimouski Oceanic and Vancouver Giants sniper Gilbert Brule were among the most highly-rated prospects to be named to the rosters.

Ex-goalie turned broadcaster John Davidson and Coach's Corner mouthpiece Don Cherry will be the honorary bench bosses.

Kohn, who will be 17 on Feb. 2, plans on treating the all-star type affair like any other game.

"I haven't really been to anything like this before, so it's going to be a new experience," he said.

"I'll probably be a little more nervous but it'll be the same sort of things."


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