by Patrick Hoffman on 09/10/11 at 01:41 PM ET
Tonight marks the start of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, where the New York Rangers will take on John Davidson’s St. Louis Blues.
For the prospects participating in this tournament, it is a chance for them to give the organization a glimpse of what is to come. It is also a chance for the organization to see what exactly they have stocked in the cupboard.
The following prospects are ones that I will be watching throughout the tourney:
- RW, Christian Thomas: Steve Thomas’s son was very, very good at the Team Canada Junior Evaluation camp and also had 99 points (54 goals and 45 assists) with the Oshawa Generals last season.
- LW, Carl Hagelin: Hagelin is set to begin his first professional season this fall. With that in mind, if he can have a strong showing at this tournament, he may get a real serious look at the team’s training camp in a few weeks.
- D, Tim Erixon: Recently acquired from the Calgary Flames, many believe that Tim Erixon is NHL-ready. If he can impress at this tournament, he may just prove his critics right come October.
- D, Dylan McIlrath: It is time for the team’s first round pick of 2010 to show what he is made of and show that he can take that next step to professional hockey.
Who will you folks be watching this week?
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