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Training Camp Buzz: Rookie tournaments get underway

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Welcome to the 2017 preseason! Several rookie camps opened across North America on Friday. Veterans report next week, for the most part hitting the ice Sept. 15.

This is a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the training camp news for Friday:


Rookie tournaments getting started

Friday marked the first day of four rookie tournaments, including 19 teams.

The 2017 Rookie Tournament, at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, runs through Sunday, featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Among the featured prospects to watch are Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren, the 17th pick of the 2017 NHL Draft; Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot and forward Colin White, who each made his NHL debut last season; and Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen, the 26th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft.

The Prospects Challenge, at HarborCenter in Buffalo, goes through Monday, and includes the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils.

It will be the first time Devils center Nico Hischier, the first pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, plays a game in an NHL uniform

The Vancouver Canucks host the 2017 Young Stars Classic at South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia, which also includes the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets. The tournament goes through Monday.

Prospects to watch include Flames defenseman Juuso Valimaki, the 16th pick of the 2017 Draft; Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto, selected No. 22 at the 2017 Draft; and Jets defenseman Logan Stanley, the No. 18 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, features the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues playing at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan, through Tuesday.

Blackhawks forward prospect Alexandre Fortin, an undrafted free agent, last year used the Traverse City Tournament to propel him to a strong training camp with the Blackhawks and an entry-level contract.


Flyers' Stolarz out indefinitely

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz is out indefinitely after surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Stolarz, 23, made his NHL debut last season and went 2-1-1 with a 2.07 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in seven games. He was 18-9-0 with a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage in 29 games with Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League.

Goaltender Mark Dekanich, 31, was signed to an AHL contract with Lehigh Valley on Friday; he played one game for them last season. Goalie Leland Irving, 29, had signed an AHL contract with Lehigh Valley on  Aug. 31.


Upshall to be in Canucks camp on PTO

Forward Scottie Upshall will attend training camp with the Vancouver Canucks on a professional tryout.

Upshall, 33, a restricted free agent, had 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 73 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. Taken by the Nashville Predators with the No. 6 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, he has 266 points (131 goals, 135 assists) in 696 games in the League over 14 seasons with six different teams.

He had an NHL career-high 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 76 games with the Florida Panthers in 2013-14, and scored an NHL career-high 22 goals in 82 games with the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11.


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