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Rangers Release Traverse City Prospects Tournament Roster

The Traverse City Prospect Tournament is perhaps the unofficial opening of the new hockey season. So with the Rangers’ roster for the tournament being released, we’re one step closer to the start of the 2011-2012 campaign. Every year the Rangers participate in the Traverse City Tournament and feature a roster full of the teams’ prospects as well as a few unsigned prospects looking to put their names on the radar of both the Rangers as well as other teams. Last year, Derek Stepan competed in the tournament for the Rangers and eventually became fixtures on the NHL team the same year. Kelsey Tessier was a free agent invite who earned a contract with the Connecticut Whale. So while a relatively small tournament is hardly enough to make or break a player, it is a good opportunity for our prospects to get acclimated with the Rangers’ staff and culture as well as build some chemistry with each other. It also certainly will serve as a chance for some middle-tier prospects to earn a spot on the training camp roster. Keep reading to see the roster the Rangers will be bringing to Traverse City:

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault C 5.09 175 — Quebec (QMJHL)
Ryan Bourque LW 5.09 164 NYR-09 (3-80) Quebec (QMJHL)
Tommy Grant LW 6.02 195 _ Alaska (WCHA)
Carl Hagelin LW 5.11 176 NYR-07 (6-168) Michigan (CCHA)
Jordan Hickmott * C 6.00 181 — Edmonton (WHL)
Tayler Jordan * LW 6.06 195 — Portland (WHL)
Kale Kerbashian * C 5.11 165 — Sarnia (OHL)
Shane McColgan RW 5.11 170 NYR-11 (5-134) Kelowna(WHL)
Randy McNaught RW 6.05 221 NYR-10 (7-190) Vancouver (WHL)
J.T. Miller RW 6.01 190 NYR-11 (1-15) US Natl Dev Team (USHL)
Michael St. Croix C 5.11 179 NYR-11 (4-106) Edmonton (WHL)
Christian Thomas RW 5.09 165 NYR-10 (2-40) Oshawa (OHL)
Jason Wilson LW 6.02 205 NYR-10 (5-130) Niagara (OHL)
Andrew Yogan C 6.03 202 NYR-10 (4-100) Erie (OHL)

Collin Bowman * D 6.02 200 — Moose Jaw (WHL)
Peter Ceresnak D 6.03 209 NYR-11 (6-172) Trencin Jr. (SLVK-Jr.)
Tim Erixon D 6.02 190 CAL-09 (1-23) Skelleftea (SEL)
Dylan McIlrath D 6.05 215 NYR-10 (1-10) Moose Jaw (WHL)
Samuel Noreau D 6.04 210 NYR-11 (5-136) Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Blake Parlett D 6.01 205 — Greenville (ECHL)

Jason Missiaen G 6.08 220 MON-08 (4-116) Baie-Comeau (QMJHL)
Scott Stajcer G 6.03 195 NYR-09 (5-140) Owen Sound (OHL)


Those with asterisks are not Rangers property. It will be interesting to see if the Rangers decide to pair up McIlrath and Erixon or if they’d prefer to seperate them and balance out the defensive pairings. Whether they decide to put Ryan Bourque as first line winger or instead pair him up with QMJHL teammate Jonathan Audy-Marchessault will be interesting as well. Goaltending will also be something to watch, as Stajcer has the potential to be a brick wall but could just as easily implode. The Traverse City Prospect Tournament begins September 10th.

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