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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 Sunday, 09.11.2011 / 10:55 AM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

David Toews debuts with Blackhawks

OSHAWA, Ontario -- Blackhawks fans in attendance at Saturday night's game got their first look at Chicago's second Toews.

In a move announced on Friday, David Toews, the 21-year-old younger brother of Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, was obtained by the Blackhawks from the New York Islanders for future considerations. It was an exciting night for David, as he donned the Blackhawks' infamous sweater for the first time.

"It was great," Toews said. "I've been looking forward to this for a couple of days since I got the call and I had to be flown out here. It was exciting to get out there on the ice -- it was my first game in a few months. It was obviously not the result we wanted, but I think we had a lot of positives tonight and I'll take it into tomorrow."
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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 Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 7:57 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Leafs fans show their support in Oshawa

OSHAWA, Ontario – The Maple Leafs played their first game Saturday night at Oshawa's rookie Tournament, and Toronto's faithful was out in full force.

The GM Centre was approximately 75 percent full for the evening game between the Leafs and Blackhawks, and the stands were drenched in blue and white. Nazem Kadri and Luke Schenn were some of the more popular names being sported on the backs of sweaters.

Youth is the order of the day in Toronto, with a team that is desperate to return to the playoffs. It's obvious that the fans are hungry to see their rookies succeed. A massive roar went up for Jamie Devane after his goal late in the first period, and the "Go Leafs go" chants followed not long after.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 5:47 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Prospecting the future

Cowick leads Sens past Pens

OSHAWA, Ontario – Carried on the back of Corey Cowick, the Ottawa Senators easily dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in Saturday’s first game at the Oshawa rookie Tournament.

Cowick had two goals and an assist for the Sens. Cowick’s linemate, Derek Grant, also found the back of the net midway through the first period, while Andre Petersson helped put it away for Ottawa late in the third.

"I thought Corey played very well," Sens coach Kurt Kleinendorst said. "In fact, I would say that in the year now that I’ve spent with him, that’s about as good as I’ve seen him play. We put an ‘A’ on him for a reason. "

Nick Petersen and Ben Street were the standouts for the Penguins, but both were unable to solve Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner.



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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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