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Welcome the newbies: Traverse City fills the offseason void

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It’s still the offseason—but we’re finally starting to see some signs of life. In what has become an offseason to look forward to, eight teams will send prospects to this year’s Traverse City prospect tournament. This year’s participants include: first time contestant Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues. As usual, the tournament will take place at the Detroit Red Wings practice facility in Traverse City, MI.

It’s important to note that not all of the best prospects will be present at the tournament. Some talented European prospects will miss out on the fun because their seasons have started overseas. Also, collegiate prospects are also noticeably absent as many have started school and are preparing for the college season.

Here’s the full schedule for this year’s tournament. (Note: all times Eastern)

Saturday, September 10

Buffalo Sabres vs. Minnesota Wild (3:30 pm)
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Dallas Stars (4:00 pm)
St. Louis Blues vs. New York Rangers (7:00 pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings (8:00 pm)

Sunday, September 11

Buffalo Sabres vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (2:30 pm)
Carolina Hurricanes vs. St. Louis Blues (3:00 pm)
Dallas Stars vs. New York Rangers (6:00 pm)
Detroit Red Wings vs. Minnesota Wild (6:30 pm)

Tuesday, September 13

St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars (3:00 pm)
Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Rangers (3:30 pm)
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Minnesota Wild (6:30 pm)
Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings (7:00 pm)

Wednesday, September 14

Placement Game #1 (3:00 pm)
Placement Game #2 (3:30 pm)
Placement Game #3 (6:30 pm)
Placement Game #4 (7:00 pm)

NHL Network will televise the Rangers vs. Blues game on September 10, the Stars vs. Rangers game on September 11, and the Hurricanes vs. Rangers matinee on September 13.

Sure, it may not be regular season hockey—but we’re getting there. Who knows, maybe this year’s Calder Trophy winner will come out of the tournament. After all, Jeff Skinner did last season. Finally, the darkness of the offseason is lifting and we can see the light of the upcoming season at last.

Some of the exciting prospects set to appear in Traverse City this season are Ryan Johansen, Jack Campbell, Tim Erixon, Justin Faulk, Zach Phillips, Zack Kassian, Brenden Smith, Stefan Della Rovere, Scott Glennie, and Ryan Murphy.  Here are the full rosters for all eight participants this season:

Buffalo Sabres roster
Carolina Hurricanes roster
Columbus Blue Jackets roster
Dallas Stars roster
Detroit Red Wings roster
Minnesota Wild roster
New York Rangers roster
St. Louis Blues roster

USA Hockey and Hockey Canada announce Development Camp rosters

2011 IIHF World U20 Championship - Day Four

Yesterday, Hockey Canada officially announced the 46 prospects invited to their National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp. Traditionally, if a player wants to appear on the prestigious World Junior Championship team, this camp is the first step. Likewise, USA Hockey announced the roster for the 2011 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Just like the neighbors to the north, this camp is the first step for any prospects who hope to make the WJC team in Alberta in December.

With the season completed and the Stanley Cup awarded, many fans have already directed their attention to the future. Here are the American and Canadian rosters that were recently announced; both will be littered with current NHL prospects as well as kids who will have their names called at the Draft next weekend.

Team Canada Development Camp Roster


Tyler Bunz – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Louis Domingue – Quebec (QMJHL)
Mark Visentin – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Wedgewood – Plymouth (OHL)


Nathan Beaulieu – Saint John (QMJHL)
Cody Ceci – Ottawa (OHL)
Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc – Rimouski (QMJHL)
Brandon Gormley – Moncton (QMJHL)
Erik Gudbranson – Kingston (OHL)
Dougie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Scott Harrington – London (OHL)
Martin Lefebvre – Quebec (QMJHL)
Joe Morrow – Portland (WHL)
Ryan Murphy – Kitchener (OHL)
Ryan Murray – Everett (WHL)
Stuart Percy – Mississauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Matthew Petgrave – Owen Sound (OHL)
Mark Pysyk – Edmonton (WHL)
Duncan Siemens – Saskatoon (WHL)
Dillon Simpson – North Dakota (WCHA)


Michaël Bournival – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Brett Connolly – Prince George (WHL)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville (QMJHL)
Phillip Danault – Victoriaville (QMJHL)
Brendan Gallagher – Vancouver (WHL)
Freddie Hamilton – Niagara (OHL)
Patrick Holland – Tri-City (WHL)
Quinton Howden – Moose Jaw (WHL)
Jonathan Huberdeau – Saint John (QMJHL)
Boone Jenner – Oshawa (OHL)
Ryan Johansen – Portland (WHL)
Lucas Lessio – Oshawa (OHL)
Greg McKegg – Erie (OHL)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Red Deer (WHL)
Matthew Puempel – Peterborough (OHL)
Ty Rattie – Portland (WHL)
Brett Ritchie – Sarnia (OHL)
Mark Scheifele – Barrie (OHL)
Jaden Schwartz – Colorado College (WCHA)
Michael Sgarbossa – Sudbury (OHL)
Devante Smith-Pelly – Misssissauga St. Michael’s (OHL)
Ryan Spooner – Kingston (OHL)
Mark Stone – Brandon (WHL)
Ryan Strome – Niagara (OHL)
Christian Thomas – Oshawa (OHL)
Tyler Toffoli – Ottawa (OHL)

Team USA National Junior Evaluation Camp Roster



Jack Campbell – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Mac Carruth – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
John Gibson – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Andy Iles – Cornell Univ. (ECACH)


Adam Clendening – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Brian Cooper – Fargo Force (USHL)
Justin Faulk – Univ. of Minn. Duluth (WCHA)
Derek Forbort – Univ. of North Dakota (WCHA)
Kevin Gravel – St. Cloud State Univ. (WCHA)
Justin Holl – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Stephen Johns – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Seth Jones – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Austin Levi – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Jon Merrill – Univ. of Michigan (CCHA)
Connor Murphy – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jamie Oleksiak – Northeastern Univ. (HEA)
Robbie Russo – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Jarred Tinordi – London Knights (OHL)


Kenny Agostino – Yale Univ. (ECACH)
Bill Arnold – Boston College (HEA)
Chase Balisy – Western Michigan Univ. (CCHA)
Tyler Biggs – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Nick Bjugstad – Univ. of Minnesota (WCHA)
Reid Boucher – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Connor Brickley – Univ. of Vermont (HEA)
Charlie Coyle – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Emerson Etem – Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Rocco Grimaldi – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Kevin Hayes – Boston College (HEA)
Jared Knight – London Knights (OHL)
Phil Lane – Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Shane McColgan – Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Mike Mersch – Univ. of Wisconsin (WCHA)
J.T. Miller – U.S. Nat’l U18 Team (USHL)
Matt Nieto – Boston Univ. (HEA)
Stefan Noesen – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Shane Prince – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Bryan Rust – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Brandon Saad – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Nick Shore – Univ. of Denver
Vince Trochek – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
T.J. Tynan – Univ. of Notre Dame (CCHA)
Austin Watson – Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Jason Zucker – Univ. of Denver (WCHA)