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.
Now that the pesky lockout is done, the teams participating in the 2013 Traverse City Prospects Tournament have been released. Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch has noted that the Rangers will participate again this year. Detroit, Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas, Minnesota, Columbus, and St. Louis are the other seven teams participating.
Last season MSG televised the tournament, and most are hoping they will do so again this year.
The Rangers prospects lost what looked to be a relatively lopsided battle with the Baby Sabres, dropping the championship game 5-2 last night. Here’s one last bulleted list going through this game, and the tournament in general:
- It is very clear that the Rangers Traverse City roster was top heavy, especially on defense. There was very little in terms of quality after Dylan McIlrath and Tim Erixon. At forward, it was a little less obvious, but the lack of depth definitely hurt the Rangers. Ryan Bourque, Christian Thomas, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Carl Hagelin, and Shane McColgan can only do so much.
- Blake Parlett really fell from grace fast, eh? He had a marvelous first game, a mediocre second game, was scratched the third game, and had a miserable finale. He still has holes in his game, and will work on them in the AHL this season.
- Let’s not forget Jyri Niemi was a veteran and played in the AHL prior to this tournament, but was no where to be seen. He has a lot to prove this season if he wants to remain with the Rangers organization long term.
- Tommy Grant is another relatively old guy who left me wondering what he was doing, same with Lee Baldwin.
- Sam Noreau can’t skate, at all. It is painfully obvious that he was getting burned by pretty much every opponent.
- Jason Wilson has a lot to prove now. He left a lot to be desired this tournament.
- As for the non roster invitees, it wouldn’t shock me to see them all let go
In the end, the Rangers were done in by lack of depth. However, that doesn’t discount that they have six or seven quality prospects that will continue to develop in their respective leagues this year.
Finally, kudos to MSG for covering the tournament this year. We have been wanting this for a while, and MSG nailed it with the coverage. Looking forward to next year’s tournament already.
OPPONENT: Buffalo Sabres
TOP PROSPECTS (SKATER): Luke Adam (2nd round, 2008), Zack Kassian (1st, 2009)
TOP PROSPECT (GOALIE): Nathan Lieuwen (6th, 2011)
LINEUP NOTES: The people you would expect to be in the lineup tonight are in the lineup, and Scott Stajcer is in net. As for the scratches, I’m not going to try guessing yet, nor am I going to try and guess line combos. As soon as we get word I will post them.
CRAZY THOUGHT: Bourque gets a hat trick.
OPPONENT’S BLOG: Die By The Blade
PREDICTION: Rangers 4, Sabres 2
The tournament is being televised this year on MSG. Game time is 7pm.
Looks like the Baby Rangers won’t be going undefeated in the tournament after all, dropping the last game of round-robin play to the Baby ‘Canes 4-3 in overtime. It stinks to see them lose, but they will advance to the finals of the TC tournament anyway. Some notes:
- Christian Thomas’ giveaway led to the winning goal, but the kid has had a strong tournament regardless. He also added a goal and an assist this game. He’s young and small, but he has the elusiveness and the offensive skill to make it in this league.
- Tim Erixon is going to make the Rangers.
- Shane McColgan is looking more and more like a steal every second he plays. Sure, he has flaws and needs to refine some aspects of his game, but in a few years, he could be scary good.
- I’m making Jon Audy-Marchessault’s nickname JAM. Not because he goes and hits everyone, but because they are his initials. I’m creative.
- Speaking of JAM, the kid sure does have some hands, doesn’t he?
- Most of the Rangers prospects getting the top minutes are showcasing speed, skill, character, and grit. That’s a quality combination there.
- Jason Missiaen rebounded nicely from what I thought to be a mediocre performance in the first game. They weren’t all pretty, but he made 38 saves, which is a nice accomplishment.
- Tommy Grant is one of the oldest players at the tournament, but he looks lost, doesn’t he?
- J.T. Miller didn’t have an offensive touch this game, but he still plays the part of the grinder pretty well. In a weak 2011 draft, at least he gives you the effort you want from a player.
- Has anyone seen Michael St. Croix?
- Or Sam Noreau?
- Let’s end this on a positive. Tim Erixon. Period.
OPPONENT: Carolina Hurricanes
TOP PROSPECT (SKATER): Victor Rask (2nd round, 2011)
TOP PROSPECT (GOALIE): The ‘Canes top goalies are not in the tournament this year.
RANGERS ASSUMED LINES:
Shane McColgan-Ryan Bourque-Christian Thomas
Carl Hagelin-JT Miller-Andrew Yogan
Jason Wilson-Jon Audy-Marchessault-Kale Kerbashian
Jordan Hickmott-Michael St. Croix-Taylor Jordan
Tim Erixon-Dylan McIlrath
Lee Baldwin-Blake Parlett
Collin Bowman-Samual Noreau
CRAZY THOUGHT: A non-roster invitee nets a goal.
OPPONENT’S BLOG: Canes Country
PREDICTION: Rangers 6, ‘Canes 2
The tournament is being televised this year on MSG. Game time is 3pm. I am at work unfortunately, so I will be unable to post a review until I watch the game on DVR later tonight. Expect a review up for tomorrow morning.
The Rangers dominated the Dallas Stars last night, winning 6-2 to improve to 2-0 in the tournament. Dallas has a deep prospect pool, so dominating them sends a statement to the rest of teams in the tournament. Now on to the bullet points:
- Christian Thomas and Ryan Bourque are doing it all for the Rangers. They have been fantastic in all three zones, and have been excellent in creating chances.
- Shane McColgan. Period.
- Tim Erixon did a great job of directing traffic on the power play. It is clear he has played professional hockey, and it is clear he is going to make the Rangers roster in October.
- Blake Parlett may not make the Rangers this year, but this kid is good. He does the little things so well.
- The entire Traverse City roster sticks to Hockey 101: Go to the net, shoot low and hard and create rebounds. All of their goals came from crashing the net. That’s how you play hockey.
- Speed, skill, character, and work ethic are the common traits of all the Rangers prospects on this team. It is a mold that the Rangers draft to, and it has been working.
- Dylan McIlrath is very well spoken. He is also very good with the puck, and has a great shot. He may still be a few years away, but he is going to be a good NHL defender.
- Sam Noreau is slow. He needs to work on a lot of things to garner a contract offer in a few years.
- Jon Audy-Marchessault has some serious skill. He really clicks with his QMJHL teammate Ryan Bourque. He is another one, like Parlett, that may not make the team this year, but will shake things up in the preseason.
- Canadian Junior players that are going to get a long look in camp: Thomas, McIlrath, Andrew Yogan.
- Jason Wilson has been having a very rough tournament. He made up for it with a goal yesterday, but he’s been having serious issues.