Per Mike Morreale, the Rangers will participate in the Traverse City Tournament again this year. The Rangers have participated in this tournament since 2008 (I believe), excluding the lockout year. Last year the Rangers prospects didn’t have a good showing, getting bounced before the elimination round.
The tournament is open to most prospects (those playing overseas or in the NCAA do not play). Last year’s roster will likely be augmented with the 2014 draftees.
The baby Rangers ended their Traverse City tournament on a high note, beating the baby Wild by a score of 5-2. Jesper Fast and Andrew Yogan notched a pair of goals a piece, with Danny Kristo also chipping in with a goal. Kristo also recorded an assist, along with Oscar Lindberg (2), Josh Nicholls, Anthony Duclair, and Connor Allen. Jeff Malcolm made 15 saves in the dominating win. You can check the full game box score here.
Lindberg and Kristo led the team in scoring, each notching seven points (Lindberg: 5-2-7; Kristo: 2-5-7). Yogan (3-0-3), Fast (2-1-3), and Nicholls (2-1-3) were tied for third on the team in scoring. Allen (0-2-2), Graves (1-0-1), St. Croix (0-1-1), Oligny (0-1-1, and Duclair (0-1-1) also recorded points for the Rangers.
Both goaltenders were pretty bad in the tournament, as Malcolm (1-0-1, 3.85 GAA, .857 SV%) and MacKenzie Skapski (0-2-0, 4.00 GAA, .867 SV%) struggled mightily.
I’m not big on +/-, but it’s worth noting that forwards Klarc Wilson (-7) and JT Barnett (-6) appeared to have some issues containing the opposition. On the physical end of things, Allen (once), Wilson (once), Paxton Leroux (thrice), and Troy Donnay (twice) all dropped the gloves during the tournament. You can check full team stats here.
The Baby Rangers dropped to 0-3 in this year’s Traverse City Tournament, losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-2. Goals were scored by Oscar Lindberg (5th of the tournament) and Josh Nicholls. Assists came from Danny Kristo and Connor Allen. Lindberg (5 G) and Kristo (1 , 4 A) are tied for 5th in the tournament in scoring. With the loss, it appears the Rangers are eliminated from competition, but I may have read the schedule incorrectly. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for tomorrow, but with their 0-2-1 record, it seems likely that the Rangers will not be participating.
For full team stats, check out PointStreak.com and their listings here.
Oscar Lindberg notched a hat trick this afternoon, increasing his goal total to four as the Rangers fell to the Sabres in overtime by a score of 6-5. Danny Kristo added a goal and two assists as well, increasing his line to 1-3-4 in two games. The 5-3-8 line between Kristo and Lindberg is more goals and points than everyone else on the baby Blueshirts roster combined.
Josh Graves scored the fifth and final goal for the Rangers. You can see the full game recap here.
The Rangers prospects took the ice for the first of four games this afternoon in Traverse City, losing to the baby ‘Canes 4-3. The baby Blueshirts scored twice on the powerplay (Josh Nicholls, Oscar Lindberg) and once at even strength (team captain Andrew Yogan). Assists were registered by Jimmy Oligny, Danny Kristo, Jesper Fast, and Michael St. Croix.
Per Steve Zipay, the forward lines for the Traverse City tournament are below:
Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast
Kyle Jean, Michael St. Croix, Thomas Spelling
Josh Nicholls, Andrew Yogan, Anthony Duclair
Klarc Wilson, Michael Kantor, Paxton Leroux
That top line is not going to be fun for the opposition to play against. It’s truly a shame that these won’t be televised or streamed online. The Rangers website said they will post highlights and recaps though.
This is old news that has been announced and talked about a few times, but I’ve received a lot of questions on Twitter regarding this. MSG will not be televising the Traverse City Tournament this season. There will be live streams of the games:
- Thursday 9/5: 3:30PM vs. Carolina
- Friday 9/6: 4PM vs. Buffalo
- Sunday 9/8: 6:30PM vs. Columbus
- Monday 9/9: Championship/Consolation Games
The Rangers have finally released their roster for the Traverse City tournament, starting on Thursday:
Forwards: Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo, Michael St. Croix, Thomas Spelling, Kyle Jean, JT Barnett, Josh Graves, Michael Kantor, Paxton Leroux, Josh Nicholls, Klarc Wilson, Andrew Yogan.
Defense: Conor Allen, Charlie Dodero, Troy Donnay, Ben Fanelli, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Samuel Noreau, Jimmy Oligny
Goalies: Jeff Malcolm and MacKenzie Skapski
I don’t believe Dylan McIlrath is eligible this year for the tournament, which is why he was left off the roster.
Why the delay? Why the mystery? As Traverse City looms close the Rangers are yet to announce a roster despite clubs such as the Minnesota Wild doing so well in advance. While the Wild’s roster is headlined by top pick Matt Dumba, the Sabres, Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings have also all announced rosters for the annual prospect tourney. The Rangers are curiously quiet.
As the schedule shows, the Rangers play their first game of the tournament in just four days time against the Carolina Hurricanes who boast a few high profile prospects such as Elias Lindholm, Ryan Murphy, Victor Rask and – as standard procedure dictates – they also feature a guy named Sutter.
The Wings will feature prospects such as free agent signee and former Ranger target Danny DeKeyser while the Sabres – defending champs – boast at least 4 NHL first round draft picks including Mikhail Grigorenko.
The Rangers should be heading to Traverse with a strong, deep line-up with many players looking for spots with the Wolf Pack but a few perhaps trying to force their way into the NHL reckoning. You can find the schedule here. The Rangers head up against the ‘Canes, Sabres and now-new-rival Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Traverse City Tournament –the annual tournament between the prospects for eight NHL clubs– has announced that the tournament will be held this year between September 5-9 in Detroit. The teams participating this year will be the Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and St. Louis Blues. Official rosters have not been announced, and likely won’t be until August.