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Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Pietrangelo ready to junk rookie status

Sunday, 09.12.2010 / 12:13 PM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Is it really fair to still consider defenseman Alex Pietrangelo a St. Louis Blues' prospect?

Pietrangelo, after all, has been a part of two training camps and is no longer eligible for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year when he does settle in as a full-time player in St. Louis. Why? He played in eight games for the Blues in 2008-09 and nine last season before being sent back to junior … again. But, really, Calder talk is of no concern to Pietrangelo.

"You know what, at this point, I'm just trying to make the team and remain there all year," Pietrangelo told NHL.com. "You just have to shake that off, go out there and play hockey."

The thing is, since being selected fourth overall by the Blues in 2008, that's all he's ever done. And never once has he complained or questioned anyone -- despite playing for four different teams (Niagara IceDogs, Peoria Rivermen, Barrie Colts and St. Louis Blues) over two seasons.

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Ashton, Connolly see chance to show skills

Wednesday, 09.08.2010 / 11:11 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Teammates Carter Ashton and Brett Connolly have the same goal, but for different reasons.

The mission for the Tampa Bay Lightning prospects is to make a lasting impression at the 13th annual NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 11-15 at Center ICE Arena. That shouldn't be too difficult a task considering both forwards are regarded as the organization's top prospects.

Some media outlets have tabbed Ashton, the 29th pick in the 2009 Entry Draft, as the future star while others have tabbed Connolly, the sixth selection in the 2010 Draft, as the better alternative. Regardless, there will be plenty of incentive for Ashton and Connolly when they step on the ice to assist their fellow Lightning prospects at the five-day tournament.
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Yzerman's Bolts will be Wings' foe in Traverse City

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 1:11 PM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"It's going to be strange to see (Yzerman) working with another team, but he's done a great job; I've been watching his moves very closely and he's done a great job creating his own team. We recently talked over the phone about the buzz going on. It's going to be fun."
-- Detroit Assistant GM Jim Nill

Detroit Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill already can sense the buzz building throughout the resort community of Traverse City, Mich.

Traverse City is the site of the 13th annual NHL Prospects Tournament, which will take center stage on two ice surfaces beginning Sept. 11. But it's the final game during Day 2 of the tournament that has fans scurrying for any leftover tickets. That's when the host prospects for the Detroit Red Wings face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning -- a team now managed by Wings legend Steve Yzerman.

"It's going to be strange to see (Yzerman) working with another team, but he's done a great job; I've been watching his moves very closely and he's done a great job creating his own team," Nill said. "We recently talked over the phone about the buzz going on. It's going to be fun."

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