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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 8:16 PM

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

Shugg strikes in second OT to lift Hurricanes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- In what was perhaps the most exciting finish to a game in the 2011 Traverse City Tournament, Justin Shugg connected 2:19 into the second overtime off a breakaway to bring the Carolina Hurricanes their first victory of the tournament, 4-3, against the New York Rangers.
Shugg received his opportunity after a nifty theft on Christian Thomas at the Carolina blue line before speeding, uncontested, down right wing. Despite the loss, the Rangers still advance to the tournament championship game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday at Center ICE Arena.
The Rangers snapped a 2-2 tie in the first when Christian Thomas converted a feed from Shane McColgan with just one second on the clock. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and McColgan also collected goals for the Rangers, who suffered their first loss of the tournament.
Scott Pitt and Tyler Carroll connected for Carolina in the opening period.
Beau Schmitz scored 17:42 into the second to pull the Hurricanes into a 3-3 tie. Both goalies played well throughout. Carolina goalie Mavric Parks stopped 38 of 41 shots, including 23 in the third period. Rangers goalie Jason Misssiaen turned aside 35 shots in the loss.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 8:15 PM

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

Rattie, Allen lead Blues past Stars

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Ty Rattie scored a pair of goals and dished out two assists, and Philip McRae had a goal and two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-1 victory against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Goalie Jake Allen made 27 saves to notch his first victory of the tournament.

Anthony Nigro and Tyler Shattock scored first-period goals as the Blues opened a 2-1 lead. Matt Tassone scored the only goal for Dallas, which has lost two straight games. Jay Barriball also hit for St. Louis, which finished 3-for-10 on the power play.

Dallas defenseman Jamie Oleksiak totaled 7 penalty minutes and engaged in his first fight of the tournament with Yannick Veilleux.
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 3:12 PM

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

More Traverse City struggles for Stars' Campbell

You get the feeling Dallas Stars goalie Jack Campbell is beginning to think this Michigan resort community that hosts the Traverse City Prospects Tournament has it out for him.
In three starts, including two during the 2010 tournament, Campbell is 0-3 with a 5.25 goals-against average and .858 save percentage. Still, traditionally regarded as a goalie who plays well in tight situations, Campbell has been under siege for most of his three appearances in Traverse City.
"I'm a competitor and hate to lose," Campbell told "Obviously, I just try going out there and giving the team the best chance to win and while I wasn't on my 'A' game (in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers), I competed as hard as I possibly could to stop every puck until the final buzzer. Now I hope we can go out today and get a win."
Campbell will earn his next start Wednesday, against an opponent to be determined.
It was a whirlwind 2010-11 season for Campbell, who was selected 11th at the 2010 Entry Draft by the Stars. After training camp he made his Ontario Hockey League debut with the Windsor Spitfires, but he struggled at the start, going 2-5-0 with a 4.86 goals-against average and .853 save percentage. When he left the Spitfires in December for the 2011 World Junior Championship, he had a 12-9-0 mark with a 3.68 GAA and .887 save percentage.

He turned things around at the WJC in Buffalo.
In six games, Campbell topped all goalies with a 1.70 GAA and .941 save percentage and was named the tournament's best goaltender en route to helping lead Team USA to a bronze medal.
"More than anything else, I learned about myself during my time in Windsor," Campbell said. "I just have to go out there and have fun and everything else will take care of itself. When I put too much pressure on myself, like I did last year, that's when things kind of fall out of place a little bit."
Campbell was better when he returned to Windsor following the WJC. He went 12-5-4 in his final 23 games, producing a 3.93 GAA and .881 save percentage, and helped Windsor to a fourth-place finish in the OHL Western Conference. He backstopped postseason series wins against Erie and Saginaw to advance to the conference finals, where they lost in five games to the eventual league champion Owen Sound Attack.
"I think he's bounced around with teams and his first year with Windsor last year was a learning experience for him," Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk told "Probably for the first time in his career he faced a lot of adversity, but those are all good growing lessons. This year, he'll go back to junior knowing he'll be there and really kind of concentrate on being a top goaltender. He's on course to where we need him to be."
Campbell played every minute in the postseason for the Spitfires, and finished the playoffs second in the league with nine wins and two shutouts. He had a 40-save, double-overtime win against Erie in the first round, and a 3.74 GAA and .887 save percentage in 18 games.
"Campbell just works so hard and he goes after every shot," said prospects coach Jeff Pyle, who coaches the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. "He's always got a smile on his face and I know these guys are critical of themselves. In his loss, we didn't play very well in front of him and I felt terrible for him, but as a professional, it's like water off a duck's back. He's going to forget about that and be ready to play the next time. You know he's going to take everything he learns and just build off of that." 
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Posted On Tuesday, 09.13.2011 / 9:20 AM

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

Wings adjust schedule for McCrimmon service

The Detroit Red Wings will open training camp a little earlier Saturday in an effort to make certain the entire team can board a bus from Traverse City, Mich., to Detroit later in the afternoon to attend the wake planned Saturday for former assistant coach Brad McCrimmon.
McCrimmon was one of 44 victims killed in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia last Wednesday. Most of the people on board were members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team in the Kontinental Hockey League. McCrimmon had left his post with the Red Wings in May to take the coaching job with Lokomotiv.

According to Detroit's training camp director, Ann Reeves, the team will begin camp at 7 a.m. on Saturday at Center ICE Arena, a change from the previously listed 9:30 a.m. start. There will not be a scrimmage on Saturday, but the team will have a full practice session. Those fans with tickets to Saturday's opening day of camp may use their tickets to attend Detroit's open scrimmage on either Sept. 21 or Sept. 22.
Following the viewing, the Red Wings will return to Traverse City on Saturday night and resume camp Sunday.
"I want to extend my sincere thanks to the entire Detroit Red Wings organization for not cancelling Saturday's session completely and for being so accommodating during this difficult time," Reeves said.
Reeves also said the remaining camp schedule, which runs through Sept. 22, remains the same. Fans wishing to receive a refund for Saturday's session can do so by either calling the arena or presenting their ticket in person at the arena.
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Posted On Monday, 09.12.2011 / 7:41 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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 "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 "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 - Staff Writer / - 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 - Staff Writer / - 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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Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens