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Traverse City Anyone?

With the Traverse City tournament still a month away, a lot of Rangers prospects will be getting in shape ahead of the tournament. Will this be the Rangers strongest, deepest roster in all the years they have attended?

One thing the Rangers prospects will need to deal with during the tournament is expectancy. The team being sent to this year’s tournament promises to be deep in talent as well as featuring some serious top end skill. Throughout the roster there is likely to be game breakers at every position.

With a potential top six featuring Christian Thomas, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque and new draftees Mike St Croix, Steve Fogarty and Shane McColgan the roster offers a glimpse at players that could be NHL ready as well as provide an insight into the next few years of the prospect pipeline.

With all that talent, the Rangers team will be expected to do well in the upcoming tourney. Goals should not be a problem and when you look at a back end featuring Dylan McIlrath, potentially Tim Erixon, and unheralded prospect Blake Parlett nor should defending their own zone be a concern.

Other than how these young prospects handle the pressure of growing expectancy what else can Traverse City tell us? In my opinion, not a great deal – at least publicly. It’s more of an opportunity for the franchise to get a closer look at the nuances of certain players, a chance to develop some chemistry and a chance to influence individual players’ developmental paths.

Rangers’ fans should not be overly concerned if a particular prospect doesn’t blow the tournament away either. Traverse City is an indicator and a development tool but is just that. No player earns a roster spot solely on the back of a prospect tourney.

That said, who are you most intrigued at seeing? This will be my first chance at seeing proper game action from Tim Erixon and I’ll be intrigued at what Shane McColgan brings to the table given his apparent high skill level. In the period of the year with little hockey to talk about, wondering what prospects will throw up glimpses of the future seems a good place to start. We’ll discuss the various positional depth – heading to the tournament  – in the coming weeks.

6 Responses to “Traverse City Anyone?”

  1. Met says:

    I’m interested in seeing Erixon, Thomas & Miller. I’d also like to see Stacjer & Missien(That big goalie dude) as goaltending seems to be our weakest area in the prospect pool

  2. Zen says:

    I am intrigued by Fogarty. Any time a kid gets drafted out of high school, you have to think that the team is high on him.

    BTW- I fully expect Thomas to just rip up the tournament.

    • Chris says:

      I wouldn’t at all be surprised if Thomas scores for fun but I’ll also not be panicking if he doesn’t.

      I too want to see Fogarty. They must have been high on him at the draft.

      Met – It should be interesting to see what kind of potential Missiaen has though not sure how much Traverse will tell us. He needs to face NHL calibre shots at camp not prospects.

  3. The Suit says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Erixon the most, since he’s most likely the only candidate who will be on the roster Opening Night. I’ll give Hagelin a close second.

    I’m interested in Thomas too, but I don’t see him turning pro this year.

  4. ray says:

    Im most interested in seeing dylan Mcilrath. Probably because i just want to witness the undertaker in action….. lets go rangers prospects

  5. Sioux-per-man says:

    I’m looking forward to Thomas and Hagelin, speed and scoring ability. Second I want to see what Miller brings to the table. He skipped school, so he could play in this tournament and go to Rangers training camp, so I’m hoping he made the right choice, even though he dumped my alma mater.

    On the blue line, I haven’t seen McIlrath play a game. I thought Fowler would have been the best choice at that spot, so I’m interested to see what the “Truck” can do for the Rangers.
    Erixon looks to have the best chance of making the team this year above all other prospects. So we should all have a first look soon enough.

    The one player that I’m also looking forward to seeing this year is Cris Kreider. I already have my tickets for Oct. 8th when BC will visit the land of the FIGHTING SIOUX. The Sioux will be reloading this year with alot of top end talent, so it will be interesting to see how Kreider skates against them.
    Still a little bummed that I don’t get to watch Miller all year long.

    I would have to say this is the deepest prospect list in a very long time. So it will be interesting to follow them all year long.