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Posted On Sunday, 09.08.2013 / 11:08 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

Posted On Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 3:33 PM

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

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 11:57 PM

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

Bailey excited that Sabres remain unbeaten

Two games in the books here in Traverse City and two victories.

On Friday, we beat the New York Rangers in overtime. I think we played well; we were up pretty much the whole game actually so I think we just need to find a way to hold on to the lead in the future, but we all played well [in a 6-5 victory].

I thought [Nick] Baptiste played a very good game [scoring two goals]. He's a good, fast player and he's executing his chances.

On Thursday night, we went across the street from our hotel for a team dinner and I ended up ordering a chicken parm dinner, much like everyone else. We have a practice on Saturday morning but then I think we're doing some rope climbing, so it'll be nice to regroup and take the rest of the day and get ready for Sunday's game [against the Carolina Hurricanes].

I'll file another blog following Monday's game.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 10:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

Posted On Friday, 09.06.2013 / 8:49 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

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."

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.

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.

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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