The NHL announced today that the Traverse City Prospects Tournament will be held from September 12 through 16 in Michigan, and once again, Sabres prospects will be on the ice.
This year’s tournament will feature prospects from eight NHL clubs, including the Sabres, Rangers and Red Wings. The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues also send some of their top prospects to the tournament. These players include recent first- and second-round draft picks, free agent signings (if eligible), and tryout players.
The Traverse City (Mich) Prospects Tourney, Sept. 12-16, will again feature prospects from BUF, CAR, CBJ, DAL, DET, MIN, NYR and STL.
— Mike Morreale (@mikemorrealeNHL) June 23, 2014
Last season, the Sabres placed second in the Traverse City tournament. They fell to the Detroit Red Wings prospects in the final game by a score of 4-2.
The full schedule and roster information for the Traverse City Prospects tournament will be released at a later date. The teams are usually split into two groups; the tournament features four games each day, with each team facing its standings counterpart on the final day.
Players permitted to participate in the tournament are typically recent draft picks and rookies who don’t have much NHL experience. Last season, Mikhail Grigorenko was deemed ineligible for the tournament after having played 25 NHL games the prior season.
Last year’s Traverse City roster included several players who ended up spending time with the Sabres, including defensemen Mark Pysyk, Chad Ruhwedel, Nikita Zadorov and Rasmus Ristolainen. Joel Armia, Zemgus Girgensons and Nathan Lieuwen were among others on the 2nd-place team.
Armia and Ristolainen were recognized by NHL.com as part of the top 11 performers of last year’s tournament. Nicholas Baptiste also made an impact, finishing second among all scorers with seven points.
The Buffalo Sabres prospects won the tournament in 2011. The 2012 tournament was cancelled due to the CBA negotation issues.
This year’s NHL Prospects Tournament at Traverse City is the 16th in history. Over the tournament’s history, 440 players have gone on to skate in at least one NHL game.