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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
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.
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.
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.
The New York Rangers have released their 2015 Traverse City Tournament roster. There are 23 players on the roster, comprised of 21 skaters and two goalies. Most of these guys should look familiar. For those that don’t –likely the ATO’s– Josh did a primer on all of them. You should check them out.
Full roster is after the jump.
October is coming. Here we are, eager fans just waiting for some hockey to watch on a nice fall or winter night. With Derek Stepan now signed longterm we are getting closer to hockey on the TV. The question is; Are the New York Rangers done making moves?
The Rangers currently have 48 contracts signed (50 is the limit) and while there are still some questions surrounding how the Rangers replace the goals lost from Martin St. Louis’ retirement there are some quality unrestricted free agents still on the market such as; Right handed center Mike Santorelli, right wingers Brad Boyes and Steve Bernier, as well as quality winger Jiri Tlusty. Of course the Rangers are up against the salary cap with just under a million dollars left in cap space, so these are all players that would be interesting adds to the team if they want another forward either on a cheap contract or maybe even a pre-season tryout deal.
That said, I am not going to talk about the remaining possible additions to the New York Rangers’ roster, instead I will discuss other possible organizational adds.
The Baby Rangers kicked off the Traverse City tournament by taking on the Baby Stars, falling 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Brett Ritchie. The Rangers were up 3-1 heading into the third period with a five minute powerplay, but could not keep the Stars from tying the game. Here’s the stat line for the kids:
- Ryan Haggerty: 1 G
- Josh Nicholls: -1, 2 PIM
- Paxton Leroux: 1 A, +1, 7 PIM
- Troy Donnay: 2 PIM
- Bryan Moore: -1
- Kevin Hayes: -2
- Anthony Duclair: -1
- Chris McCarthy: -1
- Ryan Mantha: -2
- Keegan Iverson: -1, 2 PIM
- Daniel Walcott: 1 A
- Sam Noreau: 1 G, +1
- Adam Tambellini: -1, 2 PIM
- Nathan Burns: +1
- Richard Nejezchleb: 1 G
- Mat Bodie: 1 A
- Petr Zamorsky: -2
- Brandon Halverson: 30 shots, 26 saves
The Rangers prospects kick off the Traverse City Tournament tonight, taking on the Baby Starts tonight at 7pm EST. The Rangers have the following lines for the game, with more lines expected to come before the game:
Brandon Halverson will get the start
As more information becomes available, we will update this post. Blueshirts United will have highlights from the games, but they won’t be televised. However, the Rangers-Sabres game on Saturday will be live-streamed on Sabres.com, per Steve Zipay.
Newly signed prospect Kevin Hayes has been added to the Traverse City roster for this year’s tournament. He will join the 14 other forwards when the tournament begins in September. Hayes, a former first round pick of the Blackhawks, was signed by the Rangers this week after the Hawks failed to sign him before the August 15 deadline.
The Rangers have announced their 2014 Traverse City Tournament roster. The 23-man roster includes drafted players, undrafted UFAs signed last year, and undrafted invitees getting a look by the organization.
Nathan Burns, Anthony Duclair, Ryan Haggerty, Keegan Iverson, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Bryan Moore, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini
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.