Summer vacation is almost over for many prospects around the hockey world. For a few, the new season will begin on Sept. 12 in Traverse City, Michigan for the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament.
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throughout the tournament. I'll be in Traverse City along with Sabres studio host Brian Duff and Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com
The rosters for all eight teams participating have been announced and Buffalo’s lineup boasts an impressive number of highly drafted players. Buffalo won the tournament in 2011 and finished second to Detroit last year. Ten players from last year's Sabres squad will return to Traverse City.
Who is each team sending? We'll take a look at the top players from Carolina, Dallas, the Rangers, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis here. But let's start with the Sabres.
TED LINDSAY DIVISION
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First-Round Picks: 4
Sam Reinhart (2014), Rasmus Ristolainen (2013), Nikita Zadorov (2013), Joel Armia (2011)
Second-Round Picks: 6
Eric Cornel (2014), Vaclav Karabacek (2014), Brendan Lemieux (2014), Justin Bailey (2013), William Carrier (STL 2013), Jake McCabe (2012)
Total Drafted Players: 19
Sam Reinhart’s hockey IQ and on-ice vision have been praised as some of his strongest assets. The second-overall pick in this year’s draft posted 105 points (36+69) with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League last season and will look to start the 2014-15 season off on the right foot. If he wants to Sabres roster out of training camp, having a strong showing in Traverse City will help him make his case.