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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 7:41 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Foucault and Hackett lead Wild over Red Wings

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Kris Foucault scored his second goal with 1:52 remaining in the third period and Matthew Hackett stopped 46 shots when the Minnesota Wild earned a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of Day 2 here at the prospects tournament.

Foucault, who had 25 goals and 48 points in 65 games for Calgary in Western Hockey League last season, finished with three points and a plus-3 rating for the Wild. Justin Fontaine also scored of Minnesota, which was outshot, 48-26.

Artem Sergeev and Xavier Ouellet scored the goals for winless Detroit and Gustav Nyquist chipped in with two assists. Ramis Sadikov turned aside 22 of 26 shots for the Red Wings.

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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 7:18 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Binnington stops 17 shots to lead Blues

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Jay Barriball scored with just 7:07 remaining in the third period and goalie Jordan Binnington made it stand with 17 saves as the St. Louis Blues scored a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Day 2 at the prospects tournament.

Binnington, who posted a 27-12-5 mark with a 2.52 goals-against average and .917 save percentage for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League last season, stopped 12 shots over the final two periods. He was named the Most Outstanding Goaltender of the 2011 Memorial Cup, posting a 1.42 GAA and a .951 save percentage.

Ryan Tesink pulled the Blues into a 1-1 tie 9:44 into the third when he scored off an assist by Maxime Villemaire. Swede Mattias Lindstrom scored 9:13 into the first to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Goalie Mavric Parks stopped 24 shots for the 'Canes.

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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 7:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Crawford and Kassian spark Sabres

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Nick Crawford had a goal and one assist and Zack Kassian dished out a pair of helpers when the Buffalo Sabres scored a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the prospects tournament here at Center ICE Arena.

Crawford's goal 7:33 into the third period, off assists by Marcus Foligno and Kassian, snapped a 3-3 tie. Cedrick Henley converted feeds from Jacob Lagace and Steven Shipley just 1:01 earlier to pull the Sabres into a 3-3 tie.

Riley Boychuk, Gregg Sutch, Shawn Szydlowski and Luke Adam also hit for Buffalo, which received a 23-save performance from Ryan Rondeau.

The goal-scorers for the Blue Jackets were Cam Atkinson, Cody Goloubef and Boone Jenner; David Savard had three assists and Ryan Johansen notched two assists.  Goalie Mathieu Corbeil turned aside 31 shots in the loss.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 10:56 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

McColgan looks to impress Rangers' brass

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- New York Rangers prospect Shane McColgan is out to prove his critics wrong.

McColgan had a memorable 2009-10 campaign with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, notching 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games on the way to finishing runner-up to Red Deer's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (24 goals, 65 points, 67 games) as WHL Rookie of the Year. It was then that scouts started to take notice of the scrappy 5-foot-8, 165-pound wing.

But McColgan got off to a rough start to the 2010-11 campaign, missing three games to have his tonsils removed and struggled with consistency throughout the course of the season. Still, he did produce 25 goals and 69 points in 71 games. It wasn't until the WHL playoffs, when he produced 8 goals and 19 points in 10 games, that he really returned to form.

"I had a rough start to the season with my surgery and went through a lot of adversity … on top of that, we started the season 4-10 so that didn't help," McColgan told NHL.com. "It was a hard time for everyone. But the main thing is I really stepped it up in playoffs when it counted, but I have to be more consistent throughout the regular season and that's what I'll focus on this year."

It begins this week at the Traverse City prospects tournament where McColgan, New York's fifth-round choice last June, and 21 other Ranger hopefuls are strutting their stuff with the hope of making a good impression.

"I'm just going to go out and show them my stuff and show them why they drafted me," McColgan said. "Obviously I dropped a little bit in the draft, but I couldn't ask for a better situation right now."

McColgan, who opened the tournament on a line with center Matt Rust and Carl Hagelin, will rejoin his teammates in Kelowna for the 2011-12 campaign. Kelowna coach Ryan Huska knew the Rangers were very interested in McColgan's services.

"They were very high on Shane, but the fact they lost a pick in the second round maybe played a part in where he was drafted," Huska told NHL.com. "Shane is a guy who, as he continues to grow and develop and become a more mature young man, is going to be a very dynamic player. I don't think he's going to be about the offense at the end of the day. I think he's got the ability to play a smart, all-around game and that's something he'll continue to develop. We'll be looking to him to be more of a guy who will be a leader in making sure our team is playing the right way because he's not 16- or 17-years-old anymore. He's 18 and becoming one of our older players and I'm looking forward to him stepping into one of those roles."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 11:29 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Columbus rallies for victory over Detroit in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- After spotting the Detroit Red Wings a two-goal lead in the first period, the Columbus Blue Jackets stormed back for four unanswered goals on the way to a 7-3 victory on Saturday in the Traverse City prospects tournament at Center ICE Arena.

Tomas Kubalik had two goals and one assist in the victory. Brendan Smith and Ryan Sproul connected in the first to give Detroit a 2-0 edge before Kubalik struck at 16:37 to pare the margin to one.

David Savard then converted a feed from Ryan Johanson 1:01 into the second to tie the game before Johansen and Dalton Prout scored to give the Blue Jackets a 4-2 edge. Joakim Andersson then scored an unassisted goal at 7:49 to pull Detroit within 4-3 before Kubalik struck for a power-play goal less than a minute later.

Adam Payerl and Oliver Gabriel also hit for Columbus, which received a 27-save performance by Allen York between the pipes. Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for Detroit.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 11:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Special teams lead Rangers over Blues in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Carl Hagelin scored a power-play goal and Ryan Bourque connected shorthanded in a span of 1:10 midway through the second period to help lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues at Center ICE Arena on Saturday in the Traverse City prospects tournament.

Rangers starting goalie Jason Missiaen turned aside 18 of 20 shots to earn the victory between the pipes.

Tim Erixon (1 goal, 1 assist) scored a power-play goal and Randy McNaught connected at even-strength when the Rangers opened a 2-0 edge. The Blues tied the contest on goals by Phillip McRae and Anthony Nigro (shorthanded).

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault also scored a power-play goal for the Rangers, who finished 3-for-11 with the man advantage. Blues goalie Jake Allen took the loss with 31 saves. St. Louis was whistled for 13 penalties totaling 29 minutes.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 9:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Stars roll past Hurricanes, 8-2

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Dallas Stars erupted for four goals in the first period en route to an 8-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the opener of the Traverse City prospects tournament on Saturday at Center ICE Arena.

Matt Fraser scored two of his three goals in the opening 20 minutes, as did Matt Tassone and Stephen Schultz. Scott Glennie and Brett Ritchie each notched three assists for the Stars in the contest.

Matej Stransky, Jamie Oleksiak and Fraser scored in the second for Dallas and Carolina's Tyler Carroll ended the shutout bid 9:16 into the second, when the Stars opened a 7-1 advantage. Matt Carter closed out the scoring for the victors in the third and Victor Rask struck for the Hurricanes at 15:43.

Tyler Beskorowany stopped 16 shots to earn the victory in goal for Dallas while Matt Mahalek, who was pulled after two periods, turned aside 19 of 26 shots for Carolina.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 9:40 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Sabres defeat Wild in opener of Traverse City tourney

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Buffalo Sabres had a memorable opener in their Traverse City Prospects tournament debut here at Center ICE Arena on Saturday following a 6-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

After spotting the defending Traverse City Tournament champion Wild a 2-0 lead on power-play goals by Zack Phillips and Chay Genoway, Luke Adam and Nick Crawford connected in a span of 3:34 late in the first period to pull the Sabres even.

The teams exchanged goals in the second with Riley Boychuk giving Buffalo a 3-2 lead before Minnesota's Mike Kramer evened the contest with just six seconds left.

The Sabres then broke the game open in the third on goals by Jonathan Parker, Daniel Catenacci and Phil Varone. Sabres starting goalie Nathan Lieuwen turned aside 18 shots to earn the victory. Minnesota's Darcy Kuemper took the loss, stopping 18 of 23 shots.

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Posted On Friday, 09.09.2011 / 5:45 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Traverse City Prospects Tournament schedule

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

Dallas Stars goalie Jack Campbell returns to Traverse City
The Traverse City tournament runs Sept. 10 through Sept. 14 and includes top prospects from the Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and St. Louis Blues. Practice sessions and tournament games will be held at David's Rink and Huntington Rink.

For a tournament preview, click here. NHL Network will be televising portions of the tournament.

Columbus, Detroit, Buffalo and defending champion Minnesota will compete in the Howe Division. The Gretzky Division will feature prospects from the Hurricanes, Blues, Stars and Rangers.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen and Dallas Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak will be maintaining daily blogs for NHL.com throughout the tournament.

Traverse City Tournament schedule:

Saturday, September 10

3:30 PM Minnesota vs. Buffalo (Davids)
4:00 PM Dallas vs. Carolina (Huntington)
7:00 PM NY Rangers vs. St. Louis (Davids)
7:30 PM Detroit vs Columbus (Huntington)

Sunday, September 11
2:30 PM Columbus vs. Buffalo (Davids)
3:00 PM St. Louis vs Carolina (Huntington)
6:00 PM NY Rangers vs. Dallas (Davids)
6:30 PM Detroit vs. Minnesota (Huntington)

Tuesday, September 13
3:00 PM Dallas vs. St. Louis (Davids)
3:30 PM NY Rangers vs. Carolina (Huntington)
6:30 PM Columbus vs. Minnesota (Davids)
7:00 PM Detroit vs. Buffalo (Huntington)

Wednesday, September 14
3:00 PM 7th Place Game 4th Howe vs. 4th Gretzky (Davids)
3:30 PM 5th Place Game 3rd Howe vs. 3rd Gretzky (Huntington)
6:30 PM 3rd Place Game 2nd Howe vs. 2nd Gretzky (Davids)
7:00 PM Championship Game 1st Howe vs. 1st Gretzky (Huntington)

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Posted On Thursday, 09.08.2011 / 5:01 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 2011 Player Media Tour

Hall refrains from offering advice for newest No. 1 pick

NEWARK, N.J. -- Edmonton Oilers second-year forward Taylor Hall was excited to be a part of NHL Media Day at the Prudential Center on Thursday.

He was put through his on-ice responsibilities for the television cameras and provided promotional commentary for NBC and several other media outlets. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound left wing, who connected for 22 goals and 42 points in his rookie season, said he feels a lot more confident heading into the 2011-12 campaign.

"This is not a League where you can kind of ease yourself into it," Hall said. "It's very tough, and players are faster, stronger and bigger. But after a while, you start to lean on your teammates because they are a lot better than some of the teammates you've played with before (in junior). It was a learning curve -- but after a while I got used to it and felt very comfortable."

So what did he learn in his inaugural season?

"You learn how to prepare for games," he said. "The biggest thing I got used to was the speed of the game. It was hard at first, but after a while you get used to it and learn how other defenses play and systems. Once you get used to that, it was a lot easier."

While Hall is excited that the organization drafted center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with the first pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, he wasn't about to offer advice to the future star and possible linemate.

"I don't know if I have a whole lot of advice for a player after my first year in the NHL, but he does seem like a poised young man and does seem like someone ready to jump into that situation," he said. "I'm pretty positive that if he shows he's ready to play at the NHL level during training camp and in exhibition games that he's going to stick. I'm hoping he could do that for our team, but overall it's really exciting that he'll one day be a part of our group."

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