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Traverse City 2013 Preview

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With the NHL preseason on the horizon, and training camps getting underway next week, the prospects need their fair share as well. This Thursday will signal the start of the Traverse City prospect tournament in Michigan. The tournament will run from 9/5 to 9/8, with championship and consolation games on 9/9.

The New York Rangers will be featured in the games as well. The Rangers won back in 2007 (Anisimov, Dubinsky, Sauer, Staal) and lost in the championship game in 2011 (McIlrath, Miller, St.Croix & Hagelin). The games were televised on MSG back in 2011, but unfortunately they will not be showing them this year. However, all games will be streamed on

This tournament really isn’t meant to decide who has the best team. Ok, well maybe it is. But, most importantly it is a great chance for prospects to get their feet wet and show their respective teams how much skill they can bring to the organization. The Rangers have a great core of young players participating in the tournament such as Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo to name a few. There are eight teams total playing in the games. Those teams are split up into two divisions (Howe and Lindsay). The other seven teams alongside the Rangers are Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, St.Louis, Buffalo, Carolina and Columbus.

Here is the full practice/game schedule for your viewing pleasure:

Thursday, September 5
8:30 – 9:15 am      Carolina (David’s) / New York (West Rink)
9:30 – 10:15 am    Columbus (David’s) / Buffalo (West Rink)
10:30 – 11:15 am  St. Louis (David’s) / Dallas (West Rink)
11:30 – 12:15 pm  Minnesota (David’s) / Detroit (West Rink)

3:30 pm    New York / Carolina (David’s)
4:00 pm    Buffalo / Columbus (West Rink)
7:00 pm    St. Louis / Dallas (David’s)
7:30 pm    Detroit / Minnesota (West Rink)

Friday, September 6

8:30 – 9:15 am      Columbus (David’s) / Carolina (West Rink)
9:30 – 9:45 am      New York (David’s) / Buffalo (West Rink)
10:30 – 11:15 am  Minnesota (David’s) / St. Louis (West Rink)
11:30 – 12:15 pm  Dallas (David’s) / Detroit (West Rink)

3:30 pm    Columbus / Carolina (David’s)
4:00 pm    Buffalo/ New York (West Rink)
7:00 pm    St. Louis / Minnesota (David’s)
7:30 pm   Dallas / Detroit  (West Rink)

Saturday, September 7

9:30 – 10:30 am    Carolina (David’s) / Columbus (West Rink)
10:45 – 11:45 am  New York (David’s) / Buffalo (West Rink)
12:00 – 1:00 pm    Dallas (David’s) / Detroit (West Rink)
1:15 – 2:15 pm      St. Louis (David’s) / Minnesota (West Rink)

No games scheduled

Saturday, September 8 – Bryan Rufenach Day

8:30 – 9:15 am    Dallas (David’s) / Minnesota (West Rink)
10:45 – 11:45 am  Carolina (David’s) / Buffalo (West Rink)
12:00 – 1:00 pm    Columbus (David’s) / New York (West Rink)
1:15 – 2:15 pm      St. Louis (David’s) / Detroit (West Rink)

3:00 pm    Minnesota / Dallas (David’s)
3:30 pm    Carolina / Buffalo (West Rink)
6:30 pm    Columbus / New York (David’s)
7:00 pm    Detroit / St. Louis (West Rink)

Monday, September 9

10:00 – 10:45 am  2nd Lindsay (David’s) / 2nd Howe (West Rink)
11:00 – 11:45 pm  1st Lindsay (David’s) / 1st Howe (West Rink)

3:30 pm    7th place – 4th Howe / 4th Lindsay (David’s)
4:00 pm    5th place – 3rd Howe / 3rd Lindsay (West Rink)
7:00 pm    3rd place – 2nd Howe / 2nd Lindsay (David’s)
7:30 pm    Championship – 1st Howe / 1st Lindsay (West Rink)

And here is the official roster for your New York Rangers:

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




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