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Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 11:02 PM

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

Red Wings win first Traverse City title

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings have won six Presidents' Trophies and 11 Stanley Cup titles in their storied history, but never before has the organization fielded the best team of prospects at its traditional Traverse City Tournament here at Center ICE Arena.

That missing piece was realized Monday before a capacity crowd when left wing Anthony Mantha, a 2013 first-round pick (No. 20), connected for two goals and one assist, and goalie Jared Coreau, a free-agent signee from Northern Michigan University, made 23 saves to lead the Red Wings' prospects to a 4-2 victory against the defending champion Buffalo Sabres in the 15th annual Traverse City championship game.

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Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 9:53 PM

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

Campbell leads Stars to third-place finish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Dallas Stars prospect Jack Campbell, a 2010 first-round pick (No. 11), made 24 saves and forward Alex Chiasson, a 2009 second-round choice (No. 38), scored two goals to lead their team to a 7-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third-place game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Monday at Center ICE Arena.

Campbell, who struggled at this tournament in his previous two appearances, proved to be solid this year. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound goalie won both starts and sported a 1.50 goals-against average and .938 save percentage for the Stars.

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Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 6:54 PM

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

Tesink's hat trick lifts Blues in fifth-place game

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Ryan Tesink connected for the hat trick and Sebastian Wannstrom scored twice as the St. Louis Blues earned an 8-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in the fifth-place game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Center ICE Arena.

The Hurricanes opened up a 3-0 lead on goals by Brent Pedersen (2013, No. 126), Brody Sutter (2011, No. 193) and Sergey Tolchinsky (free agent signee) in the second period before the Blues erupted for eight straight.

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Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 6:20 PM

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

Rangers beat Wild in seventh-place game

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Jesper Fast and Andrew Yogan each scored a pair of goals and Danny Kristo had a goal and an assist when the New York Rangers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 in the seventh-place game of the Traverse City Tournament on Monday at Center Ice Arena.

Forwards Carter Sandlak and Miles Koules, both of whom are at camp on tryouts, scored first-period goals in the opening 5:25 to give Minnesota a 2-0 lead before the Rangers scored five unanswered goals. Fast, a 2010 sixth-round pick (No. 157), converted back-to-back feeds from Oscar Lindberg (2010, No. 57) in a span of 14 seconds to pull the Rangers into a 2-2 tie, before Kristo (2008, No. 56) gave the Blueshirts their first lead at 16:36 of the second.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 11:00 PM

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

Red Wings advance to Traverse City championship

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Zach Nastasiuk, a 2013 second-round pick (No. 48), had a goal and one assist and goalie Jake Paterson, a 2012 third-round choice (No. 80), made 22 saves to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on the final day of round-robin action on Sunday in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

The Red Wings (3-0-0) will now face the defending tournament champion Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0) in the tournament final on Monday here at Center ICE Arena (7:30 p.m. ET). The host Red Wings have never celebrated a tournament title.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 9:17 PM

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

Bjorkstrand, Dansk lead Blue Jackets past Rangers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, a 2013 third-round pick (No. 89), had a goal and an assist and goalie Oscar Dansk turned aside 21 shots to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 victory against the New York Rangers during round-robin action Sunday at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Dansk, a 2012 second-round pick (No. 31), earned his first victory of the tournament for the Blue Jackets (2-1-0). Defenseman Ryan Murray (2012, No. 2) scored his second goal of the tournament and center Boone Jenner (2011, No. 37) chipped in with two assists. The Kerby Rychel (2013, No. 19)-Jenner-Bjorkstrand line combined for one goal and three assists.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 7:11 PM

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

Chiasson, Lagace lead Stars past Wild in shootout

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Dallas Stars prospect Alex Chiasson, a 2009 second-round pick (No. 38), scored the only goal in a shootout to lead his team to a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on the third day of round-robin action at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Sunday at Center ICE Arena.

Dallas goalie Maxime Lagace (free agent signee), who made 27 saves in regulation/overtime, denied Oliver Archambault (2011, No. 108), Mathew Dumba (2012, No. 7) and Zack Phillips (2011, No. 28) in the tie-breaker to secure the victory. After playing four skaters aside for five minutes, the teams then played an exciting three skaters aside for five minutes to the delight of the fans in attendance.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 6:47 PM

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

Girgensons, Baptiste lead Sabres into championship

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Nicholas Baptiste and Zemgus Girgensons each had a goal and two assists to lead the Buffalo Sabres' prospects to a 7-4 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday during the third day of round-robin action at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

The Sabres (3-0-0), the defending tournament champion, now advance to the championship against the host Detroit Red Wings on Monday at Center ICE Arena (7:30 p.m. ET).

Despite the loss, the Hurricanes brass received their first good look at 2013 first-round pick (No. 5) Elias Lindholm, who shook off some early rust before settling in nicely. Lindholm hasn't played in a competitive hockey game since last March. He sustained a shoulder injury in July during Carolina's rookie camp and had been limited to practices.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 2:11 PM

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

Carolina top prospect Lindholm set for Traverse debut

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Elias Lindholm, a 2013 first-round pick of the Carolina Hurricanes, will be in the lineup on Sunday when the team plays the unbeaten Buffalo Sabres on the third day of round-robin action in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Lindholm, selected fifth in June at Prudential Center, had been limited to practice sessions since sustaining a shoulder injury during Carolina's development camp in July at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. He sat out games in Traverse City against the New York Rangers on Thursday and Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Hurricanes enter the game with a 1-1-0 mark, while the Sabres stand 2-0-0.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 11:08 AM

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

Undrafted Tolchinsky making his mark with Hurricanes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- One of the biggest surprises at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this week has been the play of undrafted right wing Sergey Tolchinksky of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Despite his 5-8, 165-pound frame, the native of Moscow, Russia, has showcased plenty of speed and generated several chances. Tolchinsky played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League in 2012-13, finishing with 26 goals and 51 points in 62 regular-season games as a rookie.

He was ranked No. 118 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, but never did hear his name or receive a call. That day has motivated him to do whatever it takes to prove everyone wrong and he's doing just that.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 3:33 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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).

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 10:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 8:49 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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.

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 8:20 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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."

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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.


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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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.


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.04.2013 / 8:00 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - 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 www.CenterIce.org 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.

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