TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- There's no question this year's Traverse City Prospects Tournament featured some of finest rosters ever assembled in the history of the event.
The eight participating teams had multiple first- and second-round draft picks in their lineups as well as featuring a handful of talented free agents and tryout players looking to earn invitations to training camps.
The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 in the tournament final Monday to earn their first championship. The Red Wings had advanced to the finale one other time in tournament's 15-year history, but lost to the Minnesota Wild in 2010.
"We have a lot of kids who have a chance to play in the NHL out there," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told NHL.com. "There's a process that has to go on, but there's certainly a lot of optimism for our organization out there."