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Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Campbell, McCollum to get all the time they need

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 10:20 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"We don't put anybody in there we don't think is ready to get it done at the NHL level. We don't choose a certain time and say, 'Bang, he's got to be ready.' We just stress to them to have a good day today and tomorrow, and hopefully these days lead to something good."
-- Red Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. --  The chances that goalies Jack Campbell of the Dallas Stars and Thomas McCollum of the Detroit Red Wings earn NHL roster spots with their respective teams this season are slim to none.
 
Not that the two U.S.-born goalies aren't good, but patience long has been the virtue when it comes to grooming goalies.
 
Campbell, of Port Huron, Mich., was taken by the Stars with the 11th pick at the 2010 Entry Draft, while McCollum, a native Amherst, N.Y., was taken by the Red Wings at No. 30 in 2008. The two faced each other in the opening game of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament on Sept. 11 and McCollum, the more poised of the two at this stage in their careers, earned a 6-1 victory behind 17 saves.
 
After allowing three goals in the opening six minutes of the game, Campbell settled down to finish with 32 saves, including 14 in the second period. 
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Jack Campbell Traverse City Tournament blog

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 12:30 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

NHL.com

Jack Campbell, a goalie who was chosen No. 11 in the first round of the 2010 Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, is one of 25 players within the organization attending the NHL Prospects Tournament this week in Traverse City, Mich. Campbell has agreed to give an inside look at the tournament both on and off the ice. Return to NHL.com for more of Jack Campbell's Traverse City blog throughout the week.

Off-day in Traverse City; practice, mini-golf and great meals
09.14.2010 / 12:30 a.m. (ET)

Today may have been a day off playing games, but the competition definitely did not stop.

In fact, the competition level within our team only got stronger. We started the day with a full hour, long team practice that consisted of tons of shooting drills, some team system work, and most of all a couple of competition drills.

Once practice was over, the boys all gathered up in the locker room for the 2010 Dallas Stars Mini-Golf Tournament Draft. All the rounds on the course over the course of the past few days each player took part in was instrumental towards who got picked where. Pick by pick the fire inside the dressing room rose to new levels.
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Babcock set to show Wings still among elite

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 10:42 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"He's still thinking like a player, but seven years from now he's not going to be thinking like a player. Look at (Lightning GM Steve) Yzerman now, he's management. I'm a big believer in surrounding yourself with the best people and asking them questions. In the end, you have to make your decisions. He'll be a wealth of knowledge for us, if we tap that wealth."
-- Mike Babcock on Chris Chelios

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock never is at a loss for words, but he somehow managed to sum up his thoughts on the upcoming season to just two.

"We're back."

That was his message to Red Wings fans and the rest of the NHL. The reason for Babcock's optimism are both the new and familiar faces in and around the Red Wings' dressing room these days.

The veteran coach recently took the time to sit down with NHL.com at the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament to discuss the 2010-11 season.
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Strong play can put Moore, Skinner in NHL mix

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 9:53 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- It was only last season that forward Jeff Skinner and defenseman John Moore were heating up the ice as teammates for the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.
 
Skinner was in his second season with the Rangers while Moore, a steady influence for the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League in 2008-09, was a first-year force along the blue line.
 
Together, they helped lead the Rangers to the Western Conference finals against the Windsor Spitfires, where they lost a dramatic seven-game series to the eventual OHL champion. In 20 playoff games, Moore had 4 goals and 12 assists, while Skinner erupted for 20 goals and 13 assists.

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Yzerman downplaying shootout win versus Wings

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 9:39 AM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I really didn't think about facing the Red Wings much. I was hoping our kids would play better than last game (a 4-2 loss) and I was focusing on watching our players and trying to get a good feel for them because, by the end of this tournament, we have to decide where these kids are going and what we're doing with them." -- Steve Yzerman

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Steve Yzerman can downplay the victory all he wants. But many of the 21 players who participated in the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect team's 4-3 shootout win against Detroit will never forget it.
 
In one of the more thrilling finishes to any game in the 13-year history of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, Yzerman's band of youngsters got the win via a 16-round shootout before a loud and boisterous capacity crowd at Center Ice Arena.
 
It was one of the most anticipated contests on the docket this week since it pitted Yzerman, the former Red Wings legend and current Tampa Bay General Manager, against his former employer. The battle lines were drawn, too, as Yzerman sat with his director of pro scouting, Pat Verbeek, in one corner of the rink, while the Red Wings' brass, including GM Ken Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill, were perched in their usual suite directly opposite.
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Brind'Amour settles into Chapter 2 of career

Sunday, 09.12.2010 / 12:28 PM / Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.  -- Life after hockey officially began for Rod Brind'Amour Saturday on the opening day of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.

It was indeed strange seeing Brind'Amour in civilian clothes, watching from the stands, but he appears to be settling into his new role as the Carolina Hurricanes' Director of Forward Development. In all honesty, however, Brind'Amour still looks to be in peak physical condition, capable of going hard for three periods. But in his new role with the team, Brind'Amour will instead serve up his offensive expertise and, perhaps, some workout tips, to those promising prospects within the Carolina organization.

"I guess (Saturday) was my first official day (on the job) because everything else I've been doing has almost been the same. I was training with the young kids back in Raleigh and that's almost like working out like I used to do," Brind'Amour told NHL.com. "Now, it's like I'm up in the stands. Not being out there is different, but I'm going to enjoy it. My role with this team right now is working with the younger players, so I'm looking forward to that. It's life after hockey and it's something I've been thinking about for a while. I'm looking forward to this next stage of my life."

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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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