COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets were defeated 5-1 by the New York Rangers in the championship game of the Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.
Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll, the club's fourth pick, 101st overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft, scored a short-handed goal 1:10 into the contest. For Boll it was his second goal at the tournament, giving him 2-1-3 in four games. Derick Brassard (1st pick, 6th overall, 2006) had the only assist, his fifth of the tournament, and finished tied for second on the team with five points (0-5-5).
Columbus' first pick, seventh overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft, Jakub Voracek led all Blue Jackets scorers with four goals and two assists. Forwards Adam Pineault (4-1-5) and Philippe Dupuis (2-3-5) both tied for second on the team with five points each. Goaltender Dan LaCosta earned both wins for Columbus at the tournament with 46 saves, a .920 save percentage, and 2.00 goals against average.
"It was a great opportunity for the scouting staff to see our players and how they measure up against other teams prospects," Director of Amateur Scouting Paul Castron said. "For the players it was another chance to compete against their peers."
The Rangers tied the game in the first period and then scored twice in each of the remaining periods. Columbus was 0-for-3 on the power play and had 18 shots on goal.
NHL clubs that participated in this year's tournament included the Atlanta Thrashers, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning.
Individual tickets for Blue Jackets 2007-08 regular season home games go on sale Saturday, September 15, at 9 a.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The Blueline Team Stores at The Chiller Ice Rinks and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Season and group tickets, as well as preseason individual game tickets, are on sale now. For information, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.