Currently there is no word as to whether the NHL Network will pick up some of the games like they did last year. Hopefully they do so we can get a sneak peak of the flash and speed of Ray Bourque's boy Ryan, Gino (mind if I call you Gino?) Grachev and MDZ. I certainly would love to see how guys like Dale Weise, Ethan Werek and Justin Soryal fare as all three are hard working, tough kids who have a lot to prove.
The official tournament page says:
The prospects tournament breakdown has the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in the "Western Conference" and the Red Wings, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes in the "Eastern Conference."Interesting that Detroit put themselves back in the East seeing as they have been trying to get there ever since 1993 when the NHL (wrongly) got rid of the Wales/Campbell Conferences, reorganized and dumbed things down to the current geographical incarnation.
The Rangers are scheduled to play three 'pool' games before a final placement match:
Sunday, Sept. 6
3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina
Carolina will feature former first rounders Zach Boychuk and Brandon Sutter as well as Ryan McDonagh's former Wisconsin teammate Jamie McBain. McDonagh won't be playing for the Rangers as he is headed back to school; McBain turned pro.
Monday, Sept. 7
3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers vs. Atlanta
Atlanta will have their top pick from this year, Evander Kane, trying to prove he deserves an immediate spot back in the NHL. Jeremy Morin, their second rounder, played alongside the Rangers' Ryan Bourque with the U.S. under-18s. They also have Paul Postma, who posted 84 points in 70 games last season for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Would be unremarkable if it wasn't for the fact that Postma is a defenseman...
Wednesday, Sept. 9
7 p.m. Detroit vs. N.Y. Rangers
Detroit will be tough with 2008 top pick Thomas McCollum in net. Other names that stand out to me are Landon Ferraro (Chicken Parm's son) and Tomas Tatar, who turned a lot of heads at the World Juniors.
I am sure that more storylines and more info will come out when the tournament gets closer but I had to get this out - it feels good to be writing about actual games again. As always, keep an eye on Prospect Park for info as Jess will cover this closely I'm sure. Just a few more weeks to go!