Several rookie tournaments set to begin throughout North America this week are a further indication the start of the 2013-14 NHL season is right around the corner.
In addition to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Michigan, which includes eight teams, there are three rookie events taking place.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins will participate in the Florida Rookie Tournament, which is set to begin Friday. Many eyes will be squarely on a trio of highly regarded first-round picks from the 2013 NHL Draft: center Aleksander Barkov (No. 2) of the Panthers, left wing Jonathan Drouin (No. 3) of the Lightning, and defenseman Seth Jones (No. 4) of the Predators.