Rookie tournament recaps: Sunday, September 12

Since we’re all hungry for something resembling real hockey, here’s the rundown of today’s action at the rookie tournaments going on across North America. That makes it sound sexy, doesn’t it?

Traverse City Tournament – Traverse City, Michigan

Minnesota 5 – Columbus 1

Oliver Gabriel scored first for Columbus, but it was all Minnesota after that. Casey Wellman had a goal and an assist and goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 shots. Columbus has lost both games so far in the tournament, meanwhile the Wild are rolling right along and playing great, something good to see from a team whose farm system is seemingly a bit lacking.

Dallas 4 – St. Louis 1

The Stars’ rookies bounced back after dropping their first game of the tournament nicely, putting up four goals. Tristan King had a goal and an assist for Dallas, meanwhile goalie Tyler Beskorowany made 26 saves in the win. St. Louis’ Josh Shalla had their only goal. Blues prospect Stefan Della Rovere, obtained from Washington in the D.J. King trade got on the board with a fight.

Carolina 1 – NY Rangers 0

Carolina’s impressive tournament continues and in dramatic fashion as Zac Dalpe scored the game-winning goal with under a minute left the third period to give the Hurricanes the win. Mike Murphy stopped 33 shots in getting the shutout for Carolina. Cam Talbot stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Rangers in the effort.

Tampa Bay 4 – Detroit 3 (F/SO)

It was the game that wouldn’t end… Until the 16th round of the shootout. Tampa’s Matt Butcher finally ended the marathon shootout. James Wright had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay while Tomas Tatar continues to be impressive for Detroit adding a goal and assist for the Red Wings.

London Prospects Tournament – London, Ontario

Ottawa 7 – Chicago 3

The Senators were down 3-1 at one point in this game, but rattled off six unanswered goals to take out the Blackhawks. Seven different goal scorers hit the sheet for the Senators while goalie Brandon Foote stopped 26 shots in the win.

Pittsburgh 2 – Toronto 1

Dustin Jeffrey scored the game-winner late in the second for Pittsburgh as the Pens won this one in a lively, fight-filled affair. Brayden Irwin scored for Toronto. Former Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen got the win for the Penguins while former Cornell standout Ben Scrivens took the hard-luck loss. Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri was held out due to injury precautions.

Young Stars Tournament – Penticton, British Columbia

Edmonton 4 – Vancouver 1

This game was all about the Oilers troika of young stars as Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi all suited up for Edmonton and didn’t disappoint. Paajarvi scored two goals while Eberle scored a goal and an assist while Hall assisted Eberle’s tally to lead the way. How big a deal was this in Penticton to see this collection of talent? A sold-out crowd of 5,200 packed in to watch it. Not bad.

San Jose 4 – Anaheim 1

Experienced rookie Benn Ferriero had three assists for the Sharks as they took out their California rivals. Ferriero, a former Boston College standout, played in more than a handful of games for the Sharks last year and he’ll be hoping to crack the Sharks lineup full-time this year rather than ride the San Jose-Worcester shuttle all season.

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    Former Flyers goalie Heeter signs with Detroit’s AHL team

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    The Red Wings added some goalie depth on Monday, agreeing to terms with journeyman Cal Heeter.

    Heeter, 27, broke in with the Flyers organization a while back and made his big-league debut in ’13-14, appearing in one game.

    Since then, he’s bounced around the ECHL, AHL (with the Toronto Marlies) and, last season, split his time between Hamburg of the German League and Zagreb Medvescak of the KHL.

    By itself, this signing isn’t especially noteworthy, as Heeter projects to be an American League mainstay next year.

    But the contract is kind of interesting when looking and the big-picture goalie situation in Detroit. The Wings now have Heeter, Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson all under contract for next season, which is an awful lot of goalies.

    With that in mind, remember that Howard’s name has been in trade talks for quite some time.

     

    Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

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    HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers.

    Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes, have agreed to join the club, per Russian news outlet R-Sport.

    Bellemore, 28, was originally drafted by the ‘Canes in 2007 and spent most of his professional career with the organization. He signed on with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence last year, and appeared in 56 games.

    Collins, 27, broke in with the Blue Jackets before signing with the Caps last season. He spent the majority of the year in AHL Hershey and fared well — 16 goals and 39 points in 75 games — and scored three times in the playoffs, helping the Bears advance to the Calder Cup final.

     

    Report: Journeyman Santorelli signs in Swiss League

    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 02:  Mike Santorelli #25 of the Anaheim Ducks looks on during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at Honda Center on March 2, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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    Veteran forward Mike Santorelli, who’s appeared in over 400 NHL contests over the last eight years, is headed overseas.

    Per multiple reports (see here and here), Santorelli has signed with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League. The 30-year-old spent last season with the Ducks, scoring nine goals and 18 points in 70 games but didn’t dress for any of the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.

    Santorelli broke into the NHL with Nashville but enjoyed his best years with Florida and Vancouver. He was a former 20-goal scorer with the Panthers and enjoyed a successful stint with his hometown Canucks in ’13-14, scoring 28 points in 49 games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.

    Santorelli is the second veteran forward to sign in the Swiss League recently. Over the weekend, fellow journeyman Kris Versteeg agreed to join SC Bern.

    Jackets sign d-man Harrington, acquired in Rychel trade

    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Scott Harrington #36 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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    Upon trading Kerby Rychel to Toronto at the draft for Scott Harrington, Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said Harrington was “a guy we’ve watched for a while,” and a “steady, smart [and] good defender.”

    Which makes today’s move none too surprising.

    On Monday, Kekalainen announced Harrington signed a one-year, two-way deal (financial terms weren’t disclosed). The contract comes after Harrington split last season between the Leafs and the AHL Marlies, appearing in 15 NHL contests.

    While Kekalainen was high on Harrington, the most noteworthy thing about the acquisition is it ended a long-running saga with Rychel, the 19th overall pick in 2013. There were repeated rumblings that Rychel wanted out of town, and felt stifled by Columbus’ reluctance to make him a full-time NHLer.

    For a while, Kekalainen stood firm in the face of the reports, once openly wondering where they came from. But in the end, the decision was made to part ways with the 21-year-old, the son of ex-NHLer Warren Rychel.

    As for Harrington, he should compete for a spot on the Columbus blueline next season. Right now he projects to be the No. 7 or 8 guy, assuming that super prospect Zach Werenski is primed for a full-time gig in the NHL, firmly entrenched in the Blue Jackets’ top six.

    In other news from Columbus today, the club has also agreed to terms with AHL forward Alex Broadhurst.

    One of the pieces acquired in last summer’s Brandon Saad blockbuster, Broadhurst was a key contributor to AHL Lake Erie’s Calder Cup championship this past spring, finishing second on the club in playoff assists.