Between the four teams competing for the 2012 Memorial Cup are prospects representing 20 NHL teams.
The Montreal Canadiens have the most players to watch, among them their last two first-round draft picks -- London Knights defenseman Jarred Tinordi, their top pick in 2010, and Saint John Sea Dogs defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, their first pick in 2011.
Also in the tournament are Shawinigan Cataractes defenseman Morgan Ellis, a fourth-round pick in 2010, and Shawinigan forward Michael Bournival, a 2010 draft pick who the Canadiens acquired in a trade with Colorado.
The Edmonton Oilers are one of two teams with three prospects in tournament, and all play for the Edmonton Oil Kings -- forwards Travis Ewanyk (third round, 2011) and Kristians Pells (seventh round, 2010), and defenseman Martin Gernat (fifth round, 2011).
The St. Louis Blues also have three players taking part in the event -- Saint John forwards Stephen MacAulay (sixth round, 2010) and Ryan Tesink (sixth round, 2011), and Shawinigan forward Yannick Veilleux (fourth round, 2011).
The Minnesota Wild will be keeping a close eye on Saint John in their quest to become just the ninth team in 94 years to repeat as Memorial Cup champion. Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips was selected No. 28 at last year's draft, a pick they acquired from the San Jose Sharks as part of the Brent Burns trade. In that same deal they also acquired 2010 first-round pick Charlie Coyle, who left Boston University in January to join Saint John after playing for the U.S. at the 2012 World Junior Championship. Coyle tied teammate and Washington Capitals prospect Stanislav Galiev for the QMJHL playoff scoring lead with 34 points in 17 games; Phillips was second, two points behind them.
In all there will be nine first-round picks playing in the tournament, which starts Friday and runs through May 27 -- London's Tinordi, Austin Watson (Nashville, 2010) and Vladislav Namestnikov (Tampa Bay, 2011); Saint John's Beaulieu, Coyle, Phillips and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida, 2011); Shawinigan's Brandon Gormley (Phoenix, 2010); and Edmonton's Mark Pysyk (Buffalo, 2010).
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NHL PROSPECTS AT MEMORIAL CUP
Boston: Jared Knight, London, 2nd round, 2010. Buffalo: Mark Pysyk, Edmonton, 1st round, 2010. Calgary: Laurent Brossoit, Edmonton, 6th round, 2011. Carolina: Keegan Lowe, Edmonton, 3rd round, 2011. Colorado: Dillon Donnelly, Shawinigan, 7th round, 2011. Columbus: Mathieu Corbeil, Saint John, 4th round, 2010; Michael Chaput*, Shawinigan, 3rd round, 2010. Detroit: Tomas Jurco, Saint John, 2nd round, 2011. Edmonton: Travis Ewanyk, Edmonton, 3rd round, 2011; Kristians Pells, Edmonton, 7th round, 2010; Martin Gernat, Edmonton, 5th round, 2011. Florida: Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John, 1st round, 2011; Jonathan Racine, Shawinigan, 3rd round, 2011. Minnesota: Charlie Coyle*, Saint John, 1st round, 2010; Zack Phillips, Saint John, 1st round, 2011. Montreal: Jarred Tinordi, London, 1st round, 2010; Nathan Beaulieu, Saint John, 1st round, 2011; Michael Bournival*, Shawinigan, 3rd round, 2010; Morgan Ellis, Shawinigan, 4th round, 2010. Nashville: Austin Watson, London, 1st round, 2010; Charles-Olivier Roussel, Saint John, 2nd round, 2009; N.Y. Islanders: Kirill Kabanov, Shawinigan, 3rd round, 2010; N.Y. Rangers: Michael St. Croix, Edmonton, 4th round, 2011; Phoenix: Brandon Gormley, Shawinigan, 1st round, 2010. Pittsburgh: Scott Harrington, London, 2nd round, 2011. St. Louis: Stephen MacAulay, Saint John, 6th round, 2010; Ryan Tesink, Saint John, 6th round, 2011; Yannick Veilleux, Shawinigan, 4th round, 2011. Tampa Bay: Vladislav Namestnikov, London, 1st round, 2011; Danick Gauthier, Saint John, free agent, 2012. Toronto: Greg McKegg, London, 3rd round, 2010. Washington: Stanislav Galiev, Saint John, 3rd round, 2010.
*- not drafted by team, acquired in trade