The Buffalo Sabres opened up their first game of the tournament with a big win on Saturday, taking the Minnesota Wild‘s prospects to a 6-3 beating.
For those of you unfamiliar with the tournament, it is a rookie/prospect only tournament. This year the Buffalo Sabres are playing in the Howe Division, the only Eastern Conference Team present in that division. They join Detroit, Columbus, and Minnesota. The tournament is a round robin tournament, in which you play each of the teams in your division. At the conclusion of round robin play, the teams are ranked in their division, and play their mirror from the Gretzky Division (represented by St. Louis, Carolina, Dallas, and the New York Rangers).
At the conclusion of round robin play, the first place teams in each division will play for first place overall, the second place teams play for second, and so on.
While it might be entertaining for those who can watch or attend the games, its a reason to get the hockey blood flowing in the veins, knowing that somewhere, meaningful hockey is being played.
Stay tuned for more Traverse City updates. The tournament started today and continues through the 14th of September, in time for the start of most training camps.
So far the trio of Luke Adam, Zach Kassian, and Marcus Foligno are leading the Blue and Gold. Adam is centering a line of probably the three most NHL ready forward prospects in the Sabres system eligible for the tournament. The line combined for three points in the Sabres win on Saturday.
Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Luke Adam, Marcus Foligno, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Prospects, Rookies, St. Louis Blues, Traverse City Tournament, Zach Kassion