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Posted On Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 3:33 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Jenner eyes roster spot on Blue Jackets

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner has his sights set squarely on earning a roster spot right out of training camp, which begins Wednesday Sept. 11 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Until that time, however, he'll continue to impress Blue Jackets brass in attendance this week at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Jenner, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 37), has worked exclusively at center during the tournament and has spent much time with wings Kerby Rychel (2013, No. 19) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (2013, No. 89).

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 10:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Pulkkinen stands out for Red Wings prospects

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Teemu Pulkkinen, a 2010 fourth-round pick (No. 111) of the Detroit Red Wings, had a goal and an assist to help his team to a 4-2 victory against the Dallas Stars in round-robin action Friday at the Traverse City Tournament.

Pulkkinen's goal 2:31 into the third period gave Detroit (2-0-0), which seeks its first tournament championship, a 3-1 lead. Martin Frk scored in the first period, and Andreas Athanasiou hit into an empty net to close the scoring for the Red Wings, who held a 29-19 shot advantage.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Carrier scores in OT to give Blues prospects win

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Left wing William Carrier, a 2013 second-round pick (No. 57) of the St. Louis Blues, scored 43 seconds into overtime to give his team a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday during the second day of action in round-robin play at the Traverse City Tournament.

Carrier's goal came off an assist by Dmitrij Jaskin, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 41). The Blues (1-1-0) opened a 2-0 lead in the first period when Ty Rattie connected for his first two goals of the tournament in the opening 4:37.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 8:49 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Zadorov scores in OT for Sabres prospects

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Defenseman Nikita Zadorov, drafted in the first round (No. 16) by the Buffalo Sabres in June, scored his second goal of the game 4:37 into overtime to give his team a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday during the second day of action at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Zadorov's goal, off a blistering low liner from the point that entered just inside the right post, gave the defending tournament champion a 2-0-0 mark. The Sabres will next face the Carolina Hurricanes (1-1-0) on Sunday during the final day of round-robin action.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 8:20 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Murray scores in Blue Jackets prospects win

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Defenseman Ryan Murray had a goal and one assist to help lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 7-5 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday during the second day of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Murray, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, is on the ice in game situations for the first time since sustaining a serious shoulder injury while playing for his junior team, the Everett Silvertips, of the Western Hockey League in November.

"I've been hit a couple times, and it feels normal," Murray said. "It feels the same. Off the ice I can do certain movements where it still feels kind of strange, but when I'm on the ice and in the moment, I don't really notice it at all."

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Stars' Oleksiak gets into heated scrap with Blues' Doty

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Traverse City Prospects tournament isn't solely for early-round draft picks hoping to leave an impressionable mark prior to training camp.

There are several players participating from each of the eight teams who happen to be here on a tryout basis with dreams of grabbing some of the spotlight and earning much more than a cup of coffee during the five-day tournament.

St. Louis Blues right wing Jacob Doty, an undrafted 6-foot-3, 223-pound enforcer, did his best to open some eyes on Thursday when he went toe-to-toe with Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (6-7, 254) midway through the second period. There's no denying the fact that Oleksiak, who was selected in the first round (No. 14) of the 2011 NHL Draft, will one day be patrolling the Stars blue line.

Doty, however, has to take a different approach.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Lindholm's shoulder almost ready for game action

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Carolina Hurricanes top prospect Elias Lindholm hopes to return to the lineup on Friday when his team battles the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second game of the Traverse City Prospects tournament here at Centre ICE Arena.

The Hurricanes coaching staff decided to sit the organization's 2013 first-round (No. 5) draft pick on Thursday as a precaution during a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers.

In July, Lindholm sustained a shoulder injury after being knocked into the boards at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., during the team's development camp. Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford labeled the injury a deep bruise.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.04.2013 / 8:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Prospects ready to shine in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- One of the premier prospect tournaments is set to begin Thursday here at Center ICE Arena.

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which runs through Monday, includes top prospects from the Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres , Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and host Detroit Red Wings.

Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on location at David's Rink and Huntington Rink. Tickets are available for $10 per day at or at the arena doors prior to each day's first game. Morning practice sessions are open to the public and free of charge. The tournament consists of four games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and wraps up with the championship round on Monday.

Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus and New York will compete in the Ted Lindsay Division. The Gordie Howe Division will feature Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis.

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dream comes true as Devils draft Anthony Brodeur

NEWARK, N.J. -- Anthony Brodeur said he didn't have high expectations entering the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was just holding out hope to hear his name called at some point during the seven-round selection process on Sunday at Prudential Center, within the state where his father, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, has become a legend.

As it turned out, dad would be the one serving up a dream come true when he announced his son as the Devils' seventh-round pick (No. 208). Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello informed Martin of the team's decision to draft Anthony at some point during the sixth round and requested that he make the pick.

The Devils acquired the pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round choice.

"I don't know how hard it is to get a seventh-round pick, but it's something we talked a little bit about during the season," Martin Brodeur said. "We were able to do it and it was nice of the team to allow me to make the pick."

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

O'Ree excited to see Jones, Nurse go early in draft

NEWARK, N.J. -- Willie O'Ree knows the journey has only begun for prospects Seth Jones and Darnell Nurse at the 2013 NHL Draft in Prudential Center.

Now comes the hard part -- making an NHL roster.

Jones, a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks, became the second African-American/Canadian player chosen No. 4 at the draft when he was selected by the Nashville Predators on Sunday. Jones now has something in common with Evander Kane, who had originally held that lofty distinction when he was picked fourth by the Atlanta Thrashers on June 26, 2009.

Nurse, also a defenseman with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, would soon follow in Jones' footsteps when he was tabbed at No. 7 by the Edmonton Oilers.

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