Entries with the tag: traverse city prospects tournament
The New York Rangers’ prospects have been rewarded for their excellent play this week by earning the right to play in the championship against the Buffalo Sabres.
The team has gotten a ton of offense, has played well on both sides of the puck and has receieved consistent goaltending. Basically put, the team has played winning hockey and that has allowed them to get to the final.
Despite losing in double overtime today to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Rangers’ prospects have shown a lot of promise and potential. Players like Ryan Bourque, Tim Erixon, Christian Thomas, Dylan McIlrath, and a slew of others have shown the Rangers’ organization that their future is in good hands.
Believe it or not, GM Glen Sather has a lot to do with the success of these prospects. Sather has the right staff members that allow him to make intelligent picks while also having a coach in John Tortorella who wants to see homegrown kids get chances in the lineup.
Isn’t it nice to have the cupboard fully stocked? Isn’t nice to know that the Rangers’ future looks bright?
That has been the case for the New York Rangers through five periods at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.
After beating the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2 last night, the Rangers are currently up 3-2 over the Dallas Stars heading into the third period. Through 40 minutes, the team has done extremely well on special teams and is once again doing a great job of putting the pressure on their opponent.
The team has especially been impressive with puck possession. The Blueshirts have taken plenty of shots on goal, have been good at cycling the puck and have made a lot of crisp passes in each of three zones.
The Rangers have also received consistent goaltending from both Jason Missiaen and Scott Stajcer. They have not allowed any soft goals (so far) and have also made the big saves when counted upon to do so.
Obviously, the level of play is nowhere near that of the NHL. With that said, however, it is still competitive hockey that is played with lots of speed and physicality, two things that the young Blueshirts are excelling in at this tournament.
The future certainly looks bright for the Blueshirts, doesn’t it?
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.
Fear not, Rangers’ fans, there will be live Rangers’ hockey on MSG Network in the near future as MSG is travelling to Traverse City to cover the Blueshirts in the Traverse City Prospects tournament.
This will be a great opportunity for the team’s fans to see what their future looks like while also providing a fans a chance to watch some great hockey. Over at NewYorkRangers.com, Dan David says MSG plans on going all out for their coverage of this tournament.
MSG won’t just make history by covering Rangers games at Traverse City. The network is fully prepared to make these four broadcasts unlike anything Rangers fans have seen in the past, and the Rangers organization is working closely with all involved to ensure unfettered access to the players, coaches and Blueshirts executives who will be on hand. Indeed, some of the biggest supporters and advocates for the network’s efforts at Traverse City can be found within the Rangers management team.
Former Rangers player Ken Gernander, head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale, is the prospects team’s head coach for a fifth straight year. MSG will go into the locker room to capture Gernander’s pregame remarks to the players and his interaction with them between periods.
The network will also have Maloney and a camera stationed at the Rangers bench for much of the game, and players will be able to talk to the broadcasters during the action. Some Rangers prospects will wear wireless microphones during the games, enabling fans to hear what is being said on the ice and on the bench.
Click here to read more about the great things that MSG will be doing at this terrific prospects tournament.
Michael Morreale of NHL.com wrote a piece on NHL.com today about three New York Rangers who are performing well and turning heads at the Tarverse City Prospects Tournament: Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque.
For the team and its fans, this is certainly welcome news. If you look at the teams who have had the most success recently, you will see that they have done it from within. They have grown their prospects, kept lines together and relied on what they had in the organization to get the job done.
Rangers’ GM Glen Sather needs to think this way because these kids are the team’s future, for better or worse. Done should be the days of signing over-price free agents and instead, Sather should look inside the organization for the tools that he needs for this team to be successful.
In the article, Morreale reports that Stepan, Bourque and Grachev have combined for 4 goals, 4 assists and a + 3 rating in two games while also pounding the net with 15 shots.