The kids have set the tempo. Like way more than he should be at this level. The ECHL hasaffiliationswith 28 of the 32 NHL teams in 2022-23, marking the 26th consecutive season that the league has affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. C Mikhail Abramov (No. Jiricek spent all three games on a pair with fellow first-round draft pick (No. Perfetti (No. Sept. 18 vs. Detroit: 5-2 W He was probably No. C Dakota Joshua (signed): Joshua looked like a 25-year-old playing against kids. He made is way onto everybodys radar with an exceptional performance for Czechia in last years World Cup. WebFirst-round draft picks Jake Neighbours and Zack Bolduc will lead a group of St. Louis Blues prospects competing in the 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan 23 pick in the 2021 draft won the Red Tilson Trophy as the Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding player with 124 points (46 goals, 78 assists) in 68 regular-season games and 41 points (14 goals, 27 assists) in 25 playoff games for Windsor last season. 3 Blues Takeaways From the Traverse City Tournament September 19, 2022 by Mike Meyer The St. Louis Blues ended their prospect tournament in true feast or 5, 2021 draft), who can play wing or center, scored a goal in the 2022 Olympics, four in the 2022 World Championship, and had nine points (three goals, six assists) in seven games to help Canada win the 2022 World Juniors. Sept. 16 vs. Columbus: 4-3 OTL He created from his very first shift and didnt let up (until he was given a five-minute major on his very last shift). Hes going to endear himself quickly to the Stars. 11 in the 2020 draft, is expected to make his North American debut with Milwaukee of the AHL this season. Enter Search Term. And when there isnt a play to make that involves hanging onto it, he anticipates the play so well that when he gets the puck he can make a quick play. He hustled to create a turnover and set up their third goal in the opener but he remains a kid who you notice out there without being one who is actually particularly effective. Practice is free and open to the public. You can see it. There are 41 former ECHL officials who are scheduled to work as part of the NHL officiating team in 2022-23 with referees Reid Anderson, Jake Brenk, Francis Charron, Tom Chmielewski, Mitch Dunning, Trevor Hanson, Beau Halkidis, Ghislain Hebert, Jean Hebert, Marc Joannette, Pierre Lambert, T.J. Luxmore, Peter MacDougall, Morgan MacPhee, Michael Markovic, Wes McCauley, Jon McIsaac, Dan ORourke, Brian Pochmara, Kevin Pollock, Kyle Rehman, Chris Rooney, Carter Sandlak, Graham Skilliter, Furman South, Justin St. Pierre and Ian Walsh and linesmen Steve Barton, Ryan Daisy, Julien Fournier, Brandon Gawryletz, Mitchell Hunt, Trent Knorr, Matt MacPherson, Jesse Marquis, Kilian McNamara, Bevin Mills, C.J. Here are my notes on dozens of the players, some quotes from sources I spoke with and my standouts from each team as well as full statistics for the event. Sept. 19 vs. Columbus: 7-3 L His head was always up, he was patient and he stretched the ice sideways beautifully. See more. More importantly, hes a bona fide prospect now. The Red Wings, of course, will remain in Traverse City as they officially begin their training camp for the 2022-23 season. The tournament will feature five prospect teams: the Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. NHL.com is the official web site of the National Hockey League. LW Nick Robertson (No. Another year, another Traverse City Prospect Tournament in the books. After spending the first chapter of his career playing in his native Denmark, he made the switch to the OHL for the 2021-22 season and impressed with 43 points in 57 games. I am a Western Michigan University alum whose passion for hockey knows no limits. TravelSports.com. Then, Maple Leafs prospects will face the youth of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Sept. 16, Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Sept. 18, and Detroit Red Wings Monday, Sept. 19. Alex Turcotte, C, Los Angeles Kings: Los Angeles has plenty of interesting participants in the tournament, including center Quinton Byfield and defenseman Brandt Clarke, but Turcotte (No. The winger displayed adept playmaking and scoring skills throughout the tournament. Cross Hanas, drafted 55th overall in the 2020 draft, definitely put his name on the map for Red Wings fans who werent already familiar with him. Copyright 1999-2020 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. RW Lucas Raymond (No. Johnson tries to make something happen every time he has the puck. Hes used to playing on NHL-sized ice, but he is not used to the NHL style of play. Thats exactly what you set out to do when youre a free agent-invitee at a tournament like this. He hit it off so well with goaltending coach Manny Legace and other coaches that they stayed in touch when he went back to OHL Barrie the following season. Pretty good numbers, considering he was making a major adjustment all the while. Ill be watching Barteaux, who has a few years under his belt between the Texas Stars and Idaho Steelheads. 15, 2021): Cossa only played one of the three games, so its not worth a ton of attention, but he wasnt at his best, got beat five-hole on one goal (which is a minor concern for me at this point) and high glove on the rest, stopping 25 of 30 shots for a .833 save percentage, though a couple of the goals were point-blank. He played with more confidence than he did in Calgary for Canadas camp earlier this summer, for sure. His skating looked good, he took a defender inside-out and he was noticeable on most shifts. He just always seems to avoid sticks and maintain possession. Among other players to watch include junior prospects Ty Voit and Brandon Lisowsky, and AHL goaltending hopeful Keith Petruzzelli. Up front, this is the strongest forward group that the Stars have brought to Traverse City in quite some time. 47, 2021): Stankoven didnt find the scoresheet like he probably hoped he would (until he scored in the finale) but I dont think that took away from a really good showing. I played in Europe so I understand the language barrier and were going to be very patient with him in terms of the understanding of how to play over here, our team game, our systems, all of that stuff. Baseball, Write or check out a review on your favorite local. He keeps earning respect every time he steps on the ice, and its because of the way he works. Try a week on us. The right-handed shot, acquired in a trade with San Jose for forward Jonathan Dahlen on Feb. 25, 2019, is expected to begin his first season in North America with Abbotsford of the AHL. Lets go from there, get to know each other and get to know each others game. This years Traverse City Tourney features five teams the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Toronto Maple Leafs and runs from September 15-19. C Cole Sillinger (No. While there was no official winner of the tournament this time around, the Detroit Red Wings showed well for themselves, finishing with a 2-1 record with 13 goals-for and just eight against. Thats something. He should be feeling good about his play heading into training camp, and thats a very positive thing for one of the games top goalie prospects. He had seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 games for the Jets last season and six points (one goals, five assists) in two games for Canada at the 2022 WJC in December before the tournament was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. His gaps looked good and crossovers looked smooth through neutral ice (though his reads were still iffy and his decision-making still needs a little tightening). He wreaked havoc on the power play, and he even showed well for himself on the penalty kill as well. I wouldnt say he was one of the best players in the tournament but he was in the second tier. Andrew Pek 4, 2020): Raymond was as advertised. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. LW Jake Neighbours (No. At midseason, the Blue Jackets awarded him with a two-way NHL contract. In last years takeaways piece, I wrote this: If theres a goaltending prospect that will have the right outlook on a performance like that,it is Cossa. Heres what he said: In his midget draft year, we liked him a lot and we thought he was one of the top players in that draft but he wanted to keep his options open so we decided to draft Nathan Gaucher instead. / St. Louis Blues. Im not sure whether hes got NHL upside, but hes a much better player than his numbers last year and it showed. He covers the Toronto Maple Leafs, World Juniors, and the NHL Entry Draft, and is also part of the Sticks in the 6ix Podcast, presented by THW. Im still not sure he isgood. Final record: 1-3. RW Braedan Kressler (free-agent invite): Kressler was involved in everything. Use arrows to navigate between autocomplete results. He showed good instincts on the PK. When Greaves started getting AHL / ECHL contract offers, the relationship with the Blue Jackets helped make his decision to sign with Columbus, he said. I actually liked his defensive game more than the four points in four games. Zach is exactly all of the things we were looking for and so far I have been very impressed with him because hes very eager to learn the game, the details of the game and hes very receptive. With the Red Wings, he not only showed the ability to put the puck in the net, but he also showed that he wont back down from the physical side of the game. All Rights Reserved. Hes been the first to admit it, that the first couple of periods he was just processing. His curl-and-drag wrister popped. HAT TRICK. It looked reallygood. Mason McTavish , C, Anaheim Ducks: The 19-year-old, selected No. Fans can also visit stlouisblues.com/traversecity for game summaries. Heres hoping hes back at it in short order because he has been through enough for a career at this point. Credit where credits due though: He was good in the finale and it showed up in a nice assist to set up Arcuri. At even strength, he played on the left side of the top pair with Jiricek. 212, 2019): Angle was the third-best player on Columbus top line but he fit in perfectly and made a lot of little plays through sticks and into space. Even under pressure inside the defensive zone with guys all over him and leaning on him, he found ways to spin off and create exits with his feet that I thought werent there. All rights reserved. The NHL Prospects Showcase, with players from the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, will be held at Invisalign Arena in Morrisville, North Carolina, and PNC Arena in Raleigh from Friday through Monday. Everythings new for me. He had an assist, four penalty minutes and no shots on goal in this tournament. Mar 20, 2022 Columbus Blue Jackets. 10, 2020 draft) had 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) in 49 games through two seasons for Manitoba of the AHL. Sept. 17 vs. St. Louis: 4-3 OTW I also spoke to his offseason strength and conditioning coach, Justin Griffin, this week. He played between Marchenko and Mikael Pyyhtia, so youd expect production, but he was dazzling almost too dazzling at times for coaches. All Rights Reserved. Your experience on this site will be improved by allowing cookies. By Max Bultman. My only nitpicks were that he pulled the trigger whenever there was an opportunity a little too eagerly and he tried too often to force things or be cute with his hands. This is a hard tournament, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. Turcotte (5-11, 185) had 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 27 games with Ontario in the AHL and is expected to play a big role there this season. Some of these players include the aforementioned Robertson, Steeves, and Abruzzese, as well as Swedish 2018 sixth-round pick Pontus Holmberg. This is seen as highly unlikely. Theres no panic. He also looked good defensively, stripping several pucks. Thats to be expected out of a 6-foot-4 kid who has already played NHL games. RW Yegor Chinakov (No. He also showed some early chemistry with fellow prospect Amadeus Lombardi, and the two connected on a two-on-one against the Stars, with Sderblom getting the goal. He was extremely active and flowed around the ice like only he can when hes at his best. 155, 2021): Plandowski wasnt a standout per se, but his skating was. 54 - Francesco Arcuri37 - Oskar Back22 - Matej Blumel45 - Mavrik Bourque13 - Riley Damiani62 - Justin Ertel53 - Wyatt Johnston51 - Fredrik Karlstrom73 - Logan Morrison52 - Conner Roulette58 - Matthew Seminoff57 - Logan Stankoven71 - Antonio Stranges, 65 - Dawson Barteaux59 - Artem Grushnikov60 - Jacob Holmes81 - Michael Karow61 - Christian Kyrou67 - Jacob Murray74 - Gavin White. Christian was drafted by the Stars in 2022. It was awesome, Mateychuk said. Then, Maple Leafs prospects will face the youth of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Sept. 16, Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, Sept. 18, and Detroit Red Wings Monday, Sept. 19. Training camp and preseason will soon follow the tournament, and before anybody knows it, the 2022-23 NHL season will be in full swing. He created around the slot with a silky first touch into a quick shooting stance. The Red Wings selected the Czech goaltender 107th overall in the 2020 draft, and since then hes done nothing but impress. 21, 2020): Well we know he can sling it! Murray, Kory Nagy, Ben OQuinn and Bryan Pancich. It wasnt always for good reasons but he was very involved. 5 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is coming off two surgeries on his hand and was unable to take part in on-ice sessions during development camp July 11-14 but still managed 26 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 23 games for North Dakota. Defense: Michael Buchinger (62), Tyson Galloway (71), Marc-Andre Gaudet (87), Matt Kessel (51), Griffin Luce (64), Brady Lyle (33), Roberto Mancini (73)*, Tyler Tucker (75). As previously stated, the tournament begins at 6:30 PM EST tonight against the Dallas Stars prospects. Though not overly aggressive offensively, Nemec has a high hockey IQ and is strong in transition. He made plays through seams on most shifts. 6 draft pick this summer, youd expected Jiricek to step right into this tournament and be a standout. There is something to be said about whether or not Edvinsson was going full-throttle during the tournament given the low stakes at play, but it was somewhat surprising to not see him stand-out as one of the most-talented players at the tournament. Prior to leaving for Traverse City, the prospects will participate in a practice at Centene Community Ice Center on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. 166 2021): Zito was a borderline standout. He scored three goals on good shots, covered a lot of ground with his balanced, wide stride and excelled going backward through his edges to play tight gaps. Kekalainen was asked if there was a skater outside the top forward line or top defensive pair who he thought deserved mention. He finished with two goals, four assists, and a plus-4 rating in the three games and was, simply put, one of the top handful of players in the entire tournament. Sept. 20 vs. Dallas: 7-3 L And while his forward skating stride still looks a little awkward on the pick-up, he had no trouble getting around out there to get his looks. Subscribe to The Athletic for in-depth coverage of your favorite players, teams, leagues and clubs. Here is their schedule: 6:30pm Fri Sep 16 vs. St. Louis. He was their best player on the whole. He transported a lot of pucks through neutral ice with his feet where he took off and created entries himself. Will Cranley started in net and delivered, stopping 28 out of 31 shots faced. Obviously, his career turned out all pretty good. About the ECHLBegan in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and two Canadian provinces for its 35th season in 2022-23. Thomson will be responsible for the selection and scheduling of the officials for each game of the tournament and will assist any playing or rule situation that takes place during the tournament. LW Brayden Guy (free-agent invite): Guy was involved in absolutely everything. LHD Noel Hoefenmayer (AHL deal): Hoefenmayer did a good jobmanning the point and created a pair of goals with his shot (one which he slid off the line to scorehimself and another sneaking a shot through). Fans can watch each game live at stlouisblues.com and on the Blues App. 111, 2021): Roulette sat out the opener but I thought he was good the rest of the way, especially in his debut in the second game when he and Johnston looked like the Stars best duo offensively. For most of the Red Wings, training camp is still more After a taste of NHL training camp, hes likely headed back to Regina, where he could be one of the leagues top blue-liners. The tournament will feature five prospect teams: the Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The St. Louis Blues will be featured on national television and/or streaming 14 times during the upcoming 2022-23 regular season. Here are three top prospects to watch in each of the six tournaments: Simon Nemec, D, New Jersey Devils: Nemec (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) stood out in the top professional league in Slovakia and for Slovakia at the 2022 Beijing Olympics and the 2022 IIHF World Championship. They all worked cohesively and effectively as a group to make life as easy as possible for Detroits goaltenders, and they all performed well despite a few minor hiccups along the way. Given the logjam in Cedar Park, Poirier will likely head to Idaho to get his professional career going, but it will be interesting to get a look at him against professional level competition. When training camp starts this week in Nationwide Arena, however, hell be gunning to make the NHL club. LHD Tyler Tucker (No. 17, 2021): Bolduc travelled with the team to Traverse City but didnt play due to injury. He had the puck a lot. He was all over it on the forecheck applying pressure and forcing defenders into difficult choices. Sept. 19 vs. Detroit: 7-3 W You can feel yourself getting closer (to the NHL dream) as a man and as a goalie. 122, 2020): I noticed Villeneuvea lot. The 159th pick of the 2019 draft, the towering Swede was hard to miss out on the ice, and not just because of his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame. Bourque, Johnston and Stankoven are the big name prospects. Last years tournament was filled with standouts, including goaltender Jan Bedn. WebSeptember 15, 2022 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings are hosting the 2022 NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City beginning Thursday, He looked comfortable in his skin as a polished two-way guy who plays a mature game. You cannot talk about the Red Wings in this tournament without bringing up Riley Piercey, a forward who joined the team as an undrafted free agent looking to make a name for himself. The prospects get things started in Traverse City on the 15th. RW Navrin Mutter (free-agent invite): Mutters not particularly talented but hell strike fear into you, I thought he looked strong over pucks and his skating looked lighter than I remember. Follow Aaron on Twitter @Aportzline. He did a little bit of everything for the Red Wings during the tournament, and he never really looked overwhelmed or out of place. By the looks of his play during this tournament, the Texas-native is ready to go pro and get started in the AHL. The pace is high, theres a lot of traffic, its a little bit scrambly and its kind of chaos sometimes because everybody is trying so hard.. C/LW Zach Bolduc (No. Ask Cole Sillinger. Defense:Michael Buchinger (62), Tyson Galloway (71), Marc-Andre Gaudet (87), Matt Kessel (51), Griffin Luce (64), Brady Lyle (33), Roberto Mancini (73)*, Tyler Tucker (75). In addition, Aaron has been a frequent contributor to the NHL Network and The Hockey News, among other outlets. 155, 2019): Washkurak surprised me with his inventiveness and anticipation. 7 Reasons Connor McDavid Is the Worlds Best Hockey Player, Avalanche Must Fix Attitude and Power Play Problems, NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Kraken, Bruins, Canucks, 3 Devils Who Can Join Jack Hughes at the All-Star Game, Red Wings Jake Walman Is Proving His Worth. 25, 2016): Tufte was one of the Stars most consistent shift-to-shift players throughout, but its hard to give him too much credit for that given his age, experience and size. Traverse City bound Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) Hisheel-to-heel looks great and opens him up but there was the usual lack of positive outcomes out of it. The Buffalo Sabres will host the Prospects Challenge with players from the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators at LECOM HarborCenter in Buffalo from Thursday through Monday. 115, 2019): Abramov finished tied for second in the tournament in scoring with six points in four games and his east-west vision really distinguished him in the group (though I would have liked to see him get off the perimeter a little more with the puck). Im just going to play like I can play, my 100 percent, day after day.. Zack Bolduc produced with three points, and Jake Neighbours deflected in a power-play goal. The 2022 Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase will include two games featuring top prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild on Friday and Sunday in Chicago. 90, 2016): Karlstrm was noticeable on the puck, staying on it and creating chances early in the tournament, but he left me wanting more in his last of the three games. Kent Johnson , F, Columbus Blue Jackets: The 19-year-old (No. I always say to my staff that I remember (Red Wings legend Henrik) Zetterberg coming to this tournament when he was already a great player when he arrived in North America. The Red Wingssaid McIsaac was awake and alert and was transported to hospital as a precautionary measure. He was their best player after Damiani. 143, 2021): Ive heard really good things from OHL folks about Holmes and he didnt look out of place as an 18-year-old fifth-round pick who hasnt played hockey in a year. RHD Joseph Duszak (signed):Duszak looked like an offensive defenceman whod won AHA player of the year and had been named to the ECHL all-rookie team, but he also defended like one too!
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