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."

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 7:46 PM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to / - Ryan Murray prospect blog

Columbus prospect Murray happy to get game action

Defenseman Ryan Murray was chosen by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the second pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. He missed most of last season after sustaining a shoulder injury in November playing for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Murray had two goals and 17 points in 23 games for the Silvertips prior to his injury that sidelined him for nine months. The 6-foot, 201-pound left-hander has offered to maintain a blog for during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this week in Michigan.

Hi everyone!

I'm here in Traverse City and two games are in the books; we're currently 1-1.

We took the seven-hour bus drive from Columbus, Ohio, and had dinner when we arrived on Wednesday night and then went straight into Game 1 on Thursday [against the Buffalo Sabres]. It just feels good to be travelling and be on the road again with the guys.

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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.

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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.

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Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 12:34 AM

By Justin Bailey -  Special to / - Justin Bailey prospect blog

Bailey excited to play in Traverse City

Justin Bailey was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (No. 52) of the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center. In his first season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last season, Bailey struck for 17 goals, 36 points and a plus-22 rating. The Williamsville, N.Y., native has offered to maintain a blog and provide added insight for this week during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan.

Hi everyone!

The guys met up in Buffalo on Tuesday and got a good night's sleep there and got to Traverse City on [Wednesday], had a good practice and you could tell right from the practice that the tempo is definitely high and fast-paced.

There are a couple of things I want to prove. There's some other teams here that didn't pick me in the Draft and it's always good when you see a ton of guys watching the games. It's good to maybe put some doubt in their head on why they didn't take me. But, besides that, when given the opportunity from Buffalo, I think it's just to show I'm the player they wanted and to show my offensive and physical side and being able to use all the tools I have. I want to show them my best game and keep progressing as the year goes on.

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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.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 8:17 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Crawford adds contract extension to day with Cup

It has been such a great summer for Corey Crawford that he could hardly be blamed if he didn't want it to end.

Crawford began the day he earned celebrating with the Stanley Cup in his hometown by agreeing to a six-year contract extension Monday with the Chicago Blackhawks. The deal, which begins when his current pact expires after the 2013-14 season, is reportedly worth $36 million.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.01.2013 / 2:39 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Keith brings Cup back to Penticton

For the second time in 36 months, Duncan Keith brought the Stanley Cup back to Penticton, B.C.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman shared part of his day with the Cup with the community, just as he did during the summer of 2010 after he and his teammates ended a 49-year championship drought.

He spent part of his day smiling his way through hundreds of photos with local fans.

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Posted On Friday, 08.30.2013 / 7:02 PM

By Staff -  / - 2013 Summer with Stanley blog

Seabrook shares day with Cup with newborn son

Carter Seabrook waited his whole life -- 14 days -- for his first visit with the Stanley Cup.

Carter's dad, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, spent his day with the trophy Friday, and Carter, born Aug. 16, was front and center in several pictures.

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Posted On Friday, 08.30.2013 / 12:10 PM

By Seamus Malone -  Special to / - Seamus Malone draft blog

Malone happy to have shot at a medal

Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left wing was part of NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a player to watch for the 2014 NHL Draft from the USHL. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone had six goals, 27 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games for the Fighting Saints in 2012-13. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015, Malone has offered to maintain a blog during his team's stay in Omsk, Russia, while competing in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup that runs Aug. 25-31.

Hello all!

Friday was an off-day for us after an exciting last few days of hockey. Saturday afternoon we will be playing in the bronze-medal game, and today we got on the ice for a skate, went souvenir shopping and enjoyed a nice meal. While we wish we were playing for the gold medal on Saturday, our goal coming to Russia was to take home a medal and we have a shot to do that. While we are not guaranteed that, we know the task at hand and are going to do all we can to make that happen.

My last blog was right before the game against the hometown Omsk Hawks. That game was one of the craziest games I have ever been a part of. We found out earlier in the day that all we needed was a regulation win over Omsk and we would move on to the semifinals, and our team really stepped up.

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