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Rangers Announce 2017 Traverse City Roster

Annual prospect tournament begins September 8

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

The New York Rangers have announced their roster for the 2017 Traverse City Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. The Blueshirts are making their 11th consecutive appearance in the eight-team tournament, which is set to begin on Friday, September 8.

New York's roster features 23 prospects (14 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders), including both of the Rangers' first round selections in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. In addition to Andersson and Chytil, the Rangers' fourth round selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Brandon Crawley, will participate in the tournament. Ten of the 23 prospects on the Rangers' roster for the tournament were selected by the team in the NHL Entry Draft. In addition, eight of the players on the Blueshirts' roster for the tournament signed with the Rangers as free agents, including defensemen Alexei Bereglazov, Vince Pedrie, and Neal Pionk. Several of the prospects on this year's roster also represented the Rangers at the 2016 Traverse City Tournament, including 2016 draft picks Sean Day, Tim Gettinger, and Ty Ronning.

The Rangers are one of four teams that comprise the Gordie Howe Division, along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings. The Blueshirts begin the tournament with a contest against Chicago on Friday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. New York will face Carolina on Saturday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. and Detroit on Monday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. Following their three round-robin games, the Rangers will have a placement game against a team from the Ted Lindsay Division on Tuesday, September 12.

Over the 10 years the Rangers have previously participated in the Traverse City Tournament, they have reached the Championship Game twice and won the Tournament in 2007. Current Blueshirts such as Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, Pavel Buchnevich, Jesper Fast, and Marc Staal all represented the team at the tournament in recent years.

In every year since the team began participating in the Traverse City Tournament in 2006, at least one Rangers prospect who represented the team in the tournament also played in an NHL game with the Rangers during the same season.

2017 Traverse City Tournament Roster
Player Jersey No. Position Height Weight Shoots/Catches DOB 2016-17 Team Birthplace How Acquired
Andersson, Lias 50 Center 6-0 200 Left 10/13/98 HV71 (SHL) Smogen, Sweden Drafted (1st Round/7th overall in 2017)
Bereglazov, Alexei 41 Defenseman 6-4 205 Left 4/20/94 Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL) Magnitogorsk, Russia Signed as a free agent on April 21, 2017
Carbonara, Adrian 65 Right Wing 6-2 204 Right 3/12/97 London Knights (OHL) Mississauga, Ontario Amateur Tryout (ATO)
Chytil, Filip 72 Center 6-2 192 Left 9/5/99 PSG Zlin (Czech) Kromeriz, Czech Republic Drafted (1st Round/21st overall in 2017)
Crawley, Brandon 73 Defenseman 6-1 205 Left 2/2/97 London Knights (OHL) Glen Rock, New Jersey Drafted (4th Round/123rd overall in 2017)
Day, Sean 85 Defenseman 6-2 231 Left 1/9/98 Windsor Spitfires (OHL) Leuven, Belgium Drafted (3rd Round/81st overall in 2016)
Fontaine, Gabriel 54 Center 6-1 191 Left 4/30/97 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) Sherbrooke, Quebec Drafted (6th Round/171st overall in 2016)
Gettinger, Tim 97 Left Wing 6-6 217 Left 4/14/98 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) Cleveland, Ohio Drafted (5th Round/141st overall in 2016)
Georgiev, Alexandar 90 Goaltender 6-1 180 Left 2/10/96 TPS Turku (Liiga) Moscow, Russia Signed as a free agent on July 19, 2017
Gropp, Ryan 78 Left Wing 6-2 190 Left 9/16/96 Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) Kamloops, British Columbia Drafted (2nd Round/41st overall in 2015)
Kotyk, Brenden 87 Defenseman 6-6 240 Right 8/27/91 University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) Regina, Saskatchewan Signed to AHL contract with Hartford
Kovacs, Robin 96 Left Wing 6-0 186 Left 11/16/96 Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Stockholm, Sweden Drafted (3rd Round/62nd overall in 2015)
Leedahl, Dawson 92 Left Wing 6-1 195 Left 3/16/96 Regina Pats (WHL) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Signed as a free agent on May 8, 2017
Lettieri, Vinni 95 Center 5-11 195 Right 2/6/95 University of Minnesota (NCAA) Excelsior, Minnesota Signed as a free agent on March 27, 2017
Moore, Ryan 79 Right Wing 5-7 168 Left 4/9/97 Flint Firebirds (OHL) Troy, Michigan Professional Tryout (PTO)
Nell, Chris 80 Goaltender 6-1 190 Left 9/2/94 Bowling Green State University (NCAA) Green Bay, Wisconsin Signed as a free agent on March 23, 2017
Pedrie, Vince 74 Defenseman 6-0 195 Left 1/17/94 Penn State University (NCAA) Rochester, Minnesota Signed as a free agent on March 28, 2017
Pettit, Kyle 46 Center 6-4 200 Left 1/19/96 Erie Otters (OHL) Komoka, Ontario Amateur Tryout (ATO)
Pionk, Neal 44 Defenseman 6-0 190 Right 7/29/95 University of Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) Hermantown, Minnesota Signed as a free agent on May 1, 2017
Ronning, Ty 59 Right Wing 5-9 167 Right 10/20/97 Vancouver Giants (WHL) Burnaby, British Columbia Drafted (7th Round/201st overall in 2016)
Smith, Luc 57 Left Wing 6-5 205 Right 1/20/98 Kamloops Blazers (WHL) Stony Plain, Alberta Amateur Tryout (ATO)
Stromwall, Malte 84 Right Wing 6-0 191 Right 8/24/94 Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Lulea, Sweden Signed as a free agent on April 17, 2016
Zborovskiy, Sergey 64 Defenseman 6-4 200 Right 2/21/97 Regina Pats (WHL) Moscow, Russia Drafted (3rd Round/79th overall in 2015)
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