Guhle looking forward to Top Prospects Game experience

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Prince Albert Raiders blueliner Kaiden Guhle collides with Kelowna Rockets forward Jake Poole at the Art Hauser Centre earlier this season.

Heading into the 2019-20 season, Kaiden Guhle had a few goals in mind.

The Prince Albert Raiders blueliner will get to check one of those targets off on Thursday night in Hamilton, Ont., as he’ll take part in the CHL Top Prospects Game.

“It will be a lot of fun,” Guhle said. “Every player that goes there is good and I’m sure it will be a great competition between all of us.”

Guhle, who is on Team Red, will be up against a familiar foe as Raiders forward Ozzy Wiesblatt will be serving as one of the assistant captains on Team White.

“We’re both pretty excited about going there,” Guhle said.

“I’m sure we will both joke about how the game goes and there might be a bet or something depending on who wins, but we’re both trying to have fun with it.”

NHL Central Scouting has noticed the Raiders teammates, as Guhle was ranked seventh among North American skaters and Wiesblatt came in at 14th.

“Not every kid has NHL scouts coming to watch them and talk with them,” Guhle said. “It’s obviously a privilege and it’s something that we’re not taking for granted.”

Prince Albert’s Braden Schneider, who is a defenceman for the Brandon Wheat Kings and was ranked just behind Guhle by NHL Central Scouting, will serve as an assistant captain for Team Red.

A total of 14 players from the WHL will take part in the game, which will air on Sportsnet at 7 p.m.