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Blueshirts' roster set for Traverse City

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today the preliminary roster for the 2010 Traverse City Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

Defensemen Dylan McIlrath, left, and Ryan McDonagh will be teammates on the Rangers' 2010 Traverse City (Mich.) Prospects Tournament squad.
The annual prospect tournament is scheduled to begin on Sept. 11, when the Rangers’ prospects face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospects. This marks the fifth consecutive year that a team of Rangers prospects will be going to Traverse City for the eight-team tournament.

A group of 23 prospects will represent the Rangers next month at the annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament, which the Blueshirts won in 2007.

Nineteen of the 22 members of the 2010 roster are players whose NHL rights are currently owned by the Rangers. Eleven players are Rangers draftees from the past two years, while eight others have already signed their first NHL contracts with the team.

Seventeen of the 22 players participated in the Rangers’ annual Prospect Development Camp earlier this summer. This includes 2010 draft picks Dylan McIlrath, Christian Thomas, Andrew Yogan, Jason Wilson and Randy McNaught.

Forward Evgeny Grachev, the Rangers’ 2008 third round selection, will be returning to the tournament for the third straight season. He will be joined by fellow 2008 third round draft pick, defenseman Tomas Kundratek, who was a member of the Rangers’ Traverse City team last summer.

Five players from the 2009 draft class – forwards Ryan Bourque, Ethan Werek and Roman Horak, defenseman Daniel Maggio and goaltender Scott Stajcer – are also back from the 2009 team, as is defenseman Sam Klassen.

Competing in the tournament’s “Gretzky Division”, the Rangers will play round-robin games against Carolina, Columbus and Minnesota, beginning with the Sept. 11 tilt against Columbus’ prospects. Their placement in the round-robin will determine who they face in the championship round that concludes the tournament.

No. Player POS. HT WT Age 2008-09 Team (League)
83 Jason Bast C 5-10 188 21 Moose Jaw (WHL)
60 Ryan Bourque LW 5-9 171 19 Quebec (QMJHL)
59 Evgeny Grachev RW 6-4 222 20 Hartford (AHL)
64 Roman Horak C 6-0 175 19 Chilliwack (WHL)
53 Chris McKelvie RW 6-1 195 25 Bemidji State (CHA); Hartford (AHL)
76 Randy McNaught RW 6-4 220 20 Saskatoon (WHL)
56 Brendan Shinnimin C 5-10 176 19 Tri-City (WHL)
57 Derek Stepan C 6-0 187 20 Wisconsin (WCHA)
67 Kelsey Tessier C 5-9 168 20 Moncton (QMJHL)
58 Christian Thomas RW 5-9 164 18 Oshawa (OHL)
61 Ethan Werek C 6-1 195 19 Kingston (OHL)
48 Jason Wilson LW 6-2 206 20 Owen Sound (OHL)
49 Andrew Yogan LW 6-3 203 18 Erie (OHL)
63 Lee Baldwin D 6-4 203 22 Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA); Hartford (AHL)
72 Sam Klassen D 6-2 199 21 Saskatoon (WHL)
65 Tomas Kundratek D 6-2 200 20 Medicine Hat (WHL)
52 Dan Maggio D 6-3 202 19 Sudbury (OHL)
70 Brandon Manning D 6-1 195 20 Chilliwack (WHL)
73 Dylan McIlrath D 6-4 218 18 Moose Jaw (WHL)
51 Ryan McDonagh D 6-1 222 21 Wisconsin (WCHA)
75 Jyri Niemi D 6-2 208 20 Saskatoon (WHL)
96 Scott Stajcer G 6-3 200 19 Owen Sound (OHL)
81 Cam Talbot G 6-3 205 23 Alabama-Huntsville (CHA); Hartford (AHL)

Day Date Opponent Time
Saturday Sept. 11 Columbus Blue Jackets 3:30 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 12
Carolina Hurricanes 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Sept. 14
Minnesota Wild 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 15
Placement Game (opponent TBD) TBD

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