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Sep
19

Quick Traverse City recap

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Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

Photo: Hartford Wolf Pack

With all the focus on the World Cup of Hockey and Team USA’s dismal performance, it’s easy to forget that the Traverse City Tournament is underway. The Rangers have played twice, losing to Carolina in OT (4-3) and then beating Dallas in a shootout (5-4). As expected, the team is very efficient offensively, but is struggling to keep the puck out of their own net.

Against Carolina, goals were scored by Jimmy Vesey, Robin Kovacs, and Dylan Di Perna. Malte Stromall and Sergey Zborovskiy tallied assists. Brandon Halverson made 38 saves while managing a point. The Rangers were outshot 42-32 in this game.

Against Dallas, Stromwall (2), Kovacs, and Boo Nieves all scored. Vesey (2), John Gilmour, Sean Day, and Calle Andersson notched assists. Halverson again had a strong game, making 36 saves.

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The Rangers tweeted the lines for the first game of the Traverse City Tournament against Carolina:

The top two lines are certainly intriguing, looking forward to seeing they in action. As for the defense, well that leaves some room for improvement to say the least. John Gilmour and Calle Andersson make an intriguing top pair, but that’s about it for me. Surprised that Sean Day is a scratch as well.

Game time is 4pm, and will be streaming on the Detroit Red Wings site.

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Sep
15

Traverse City Tournament schedule

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Vesey (Photo: Blueshirts United)

Following up with the great news yesterday that the Detroit Red Wings will be streaming all games for the tournament, be sure to check the schedule for the tournament to ensure you know when the Rangers will be playing. The Rangers have three games, starting tomorrow:

  • Friday, 4pm versus Carolina
  • Saturday, 3:30pm versus Dallas
  • Monday, 3pm versus Minnesota
  • Tuesday, game TBD

The Saturday game runs right up against Team USA’s opener against Europe, so there will be a lot of dual screens. The Rangers have a deep forward group, but are a little shaky on defense. It will be fun to watch the likes of Pavel Buchnevich, Sean Day, Robin Kovacs, Jimmy Vesey, and others though.

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Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

The Detroit Red Wings are coming through in the clutch for all those that want to watch the Traverse City Tournament. The Wings website (http://redwings.nhl.com/) will stream every single Traverse City Tournament game, regardless of team, for free. There are no geographical restrictions either. So if you want to watch, make sure you head on over there.

With all the World Cup of Hockey talk, the Traverse City Tournament has flown under the radar. The WCOH is the main culprit for this, but it’s also because before this year, there was no way to watch the games. The Red Wings are giving us all a treat. Well done, Detroit.

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The New York Rangers recently announced their Traverse City roster and invites, and while the names don’t include players from my previous post there are some interesting names. There are three non-organizational forwards invited to the camp; Reid Duke, Nick Betz, and Zack Zborosky. On defense we have Colton Bobyk, Zachary Malatesta, Turner Ottenbreit, and Dylan Di Perna as the non-roster invites. Let’s look at these invitees.

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Reid Duke – The versatile right handed center and winger is the only center the Rangers invited this fall and he provides this team with some intriguing depth. He plays an all around two way game focused on speed and being responsible in his own end. The teams he has been on use him in a defensive role for this very reason, yet he does show some flashes of skill. The issue with Duke is that his offense isn’t exactly consistent nor is it impressive as a 20 year old in the WHL. Duke was lost in the numbers as he went unsigned by the Minnesota Wild, but in any case should provide some forward and penalty kill depth to the roster as he tries to get his name on a possible AHL contract.

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The Rangers have officially announced the roster for the Traverse City Tournament:

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Hockey season is right around the corner. But before pre-season, we will get to see prospects duke it out in the Traverse City Tournament. While the tournament is always fun, the Rangers haven’t been overly competitive the past few years. The issue has been the lack of prospects, and while there is some sweet talent coming in –Kovacs, Stromwall, Buchnevich, Gilmour, to name a few– I am certainly more excited this time around than last year.

While certainly not a big deal, I love when the club invites players non-roster players. You don’t need all of them to succeed, but if you’re scouting staff is good maybe you find someone that can become an NHL player. Last season, the Rangers had 11 invites, a major step up from 2014 (5) and 2013 (7).

One thing that remained constant with these invites is that the team did not have a single NCAA invite. I assume that is because technically, NCAA players cannot participate with any pro type game outside of a prospect camp (without paying their own way), so this list will not include any players who will be returning to the NCAA this upcoming season.

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Brad Morrison is looking like a nice value pick in the 4th round

Seven days folks. Just seven more days until the first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils. Until then, some of the New York Rangers prospects and invites have been participating in a week long tournament in Traverse City against seven other NHL teams. While it has been pretty much impossible to watch, there are some people at the games that have been able to keep fans updated on how players are doing

Brad Morrison

All aboard the Brad Morrison hype train. I have been praising this kid since about March, then I wrote about him here a few weeks before the draft, and then finally I was elated that the Rangers actually chose the guy I wanted. With the barren offensive prospects the Rangers have at their disposal this year in Traverse City, Brad Morrison was asked to be part of the go to guys on offense and hasn’t disappointed. In the first game he was constantly getting chances, but just shooting high. That all changed when he provided the first goal of the tournament by using his shifty skating to cut right into the slot and go top shelf on the Minnesota Wild goalie.

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The Baby Rangers in Traverse City are off to a rough start, dropping their first two games in the tournament to the Minnesota Wild (5-2) and St. Louis Blues (2-0). In the St. Louis game, both Ryan Gropp and Brad Morrison looked promising, per Corey Pronman. Brady Skjei is the captain of the team.

It’s worth noting that success in the tournament has no real bearing on anything in the future, but it’s nice to see that two 2015 picks are looking good. This team has a lot of non-roster invites on it, so success was a pretty big long shot this year.

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Calle Andersson is finally coming to North America to further his hockey career

After a couple of weeks of speculation and research the New York Rangers finally unveiled their Traverse City roster. Personally I am pretty happy that I was able to find some of the tryout guys early and provide you all with some information on them. There are still some names out there that are currently New York Rangers property that have not been talked about as much, since they are the dark horses of the organization.

Calle Andersson – The older brother of Calgary Flames draft pick Rasmus Andersson has had an interesting early start to his career. Calle was a 4th round pick by the Rangers in 2012, and the 6’2 right handed two-way defenseman is finally coming to North America this season. He bounced around in Sweden a lot early in his career, and his play suffered. Last year he started the season with EV Zug of the Swiss League, and looked like his career was going downhill fast. He wasn’t playing well and he wasn’t putting points up. His NHL hopes were looking bleak. That all changed when he was traded to HC Lugano, the team that Calle’s father (and former Ranger 4th round pick) Peter Andersson is an assistant coach for. Calle’s season immediately turned around as he went on to score 17 points in 30 games in what truly was a tale of two seasons.

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