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Traverse City Prospects Tournament starts Sunday

The NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan is all set to start on Sunday, September 6th. There are eight teams competing, with the Stars set to defend their win from last year. The Stars have a pretty impressive group of forwards competing this year, led by top Dallas prospect Jamie Benn. Conversely, the Stars will have a relatively unknown and inexperienced group of defensemen with the lone exception being Ivan Vishnevskiy.

From the Dallas Stars:

Frisco, Tex. - The Dallas Stars will be one of eight NHL clubs to participate in the annual NHL Prospects Tournament and rookie camp at the Center Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan, from Sept. 6-10.

The tournament runs from Sunday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 10. In addition to the Stars, the tournament features rookie squads from the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. Practice sessions and tournament games will be held on the Center Ice Arena's two sheets of ice - David's Rink and Huntington Rink.


The Stars rookies will be coached in Traverse City by Glen Gulutzan, recently named head coach of the AHL Texas Stars, Dallas' new development affiliate set to start its inaugural season in Cedar Park, Texas, this fall. Texas Stars Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard will also be on Dallas' rookie camp coaching staff. Dallas General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk will be in attendance for the tournament, along with Director of Scouting & Player Development Les Jackson and the club's scouting staff.

Since the Stars did not have a prospect camp this summer, this will be our first chance to see some of the young prospects in action. Top draft pick Scott Glennie will be playing along with Tomas Vincour, a late-round pick who is raw but has incredible talent. This will also be a good test for Richard Bachman, who is currently the Stars' top goaltender prospect in the minors (although some would say Matt Climie has taken that spot). Bachman struggled a bit last year in college, but hopefully he shows that his down season was just a fluke.

The NHL Network will not be airing any of the games this season, although there are some rumors that FSN Detroit will be showing a few of the games.

We'll also have a contact in attendance (via Matthew Gunning at Bird Watcher's Anonymous), and we'll be getting plenty of updates from them as well, including video interviews.

After the jump, the full schedule for the tournament and the Stars roster.

14 Jamie Benn LW 6.02 203 DAL-07 (5-129) Kelowna (WHL)
61 * Kevin DeVergilio C 6.00 185 St. Lawrence (NCAA)
52 Luke Gazdic LW 6.03 228 DAL-07 (6-172) Erie (OHL)
46 Scott Glennie RW 6.01 177 DAL-09 (1-8) Brandon (OHL)
62 * Tristin King C 6.00 183 Medicine Hat (WHL)
32 Sergei Korostin RW 5.11 192 DAL-07 (3-64) Peterborough (OHL)
70 * Scott McCulloch LW 6.01 198 CHI-04 (6-165) Colorado College (NCAA)
51 Michael Neal LW 6.03 205 DAL-07 (5-149) Sarnia (OHL)
57 Colton Sceviour RW 5.11 201 DAL-07 (4-112) Lethbridge (WHL)
34 Tyler Shelast W 6.01 202 Idaho (ECHL)
67 * Kyle St. Denis RW 5.07 160 Kelowna (WHL)
53 Mathieu Tousignant C 5.11 185 Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
64 Tomas Vincour C 6.02 203 DAL-09 (5-129) Edmonton (WHL)
54 * Hubert Labrie D 5.10 158 Gatineau (QMJHL)
24 Trevor Ludwig D 6.01 210 DAL-04 (6-183) Idaho (ECHL)
45 Guillaume Monast D 6.02 205 Quebec (QMJHL)
65 * Brad Miller D 5.10 170 North Dakota (NCAA)
48 Zak Stebner D 6.03 190 Kamloops (WHL)
42 Matt Stephenson D 6.02 204 Idaho (ECHL)
59 Ivan Vishnevskiy D 6.00 180 DAL-06 (1-27) Peoria (AHL)
30 Richard Backman G 5.10 172 DAL-06 (4-120) Colorado College (NCAA)
01 Tyler Beskorowany G 6.05 199 DAL-08 (2-59) Owen Sound (OHL)

* denotes free agent tryout

You can view the rest of the team rosters here.


The full schedule, via Red Wings Central:

Sunday, Sept. 6

At David's Rink At Huntington Rink


8:30 a.m. Columbus Minnesota
9:30 a.m. N.Y. Rangers Carolina
10:30 a.m. St. Louis Dallas
11:30 a.m. Detroit Atlanta


2:30 p.m. Columbus vs. Minnesota
3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina
6 p.m. St. Louis vs. Dallas
6:30 p.m. Detroit vs. Atlanta


Monday, Sept. 7

At David's Rink At Huntington Rink


8:30 a.m. Minnesota Dallas
9:30 a.m. N.Y. Rangers Atlanta
10:30 a.m. St. Louis Columbus
11:30 a.m. Detroit Carolina


2:30 p.m. Minnesota vs. Dallas
3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers vs. Atlanta
6 p.m. St. Louis vs. Columbus
6:30 p.m. Detroit vs. Carolina


Tuesday, Sept. 8

At David's Rink At Huntington Rink


9:30 a.m. Minnesota Dallas
10:45 a.m. N.Y. Rangers Detroit
Noon Atlanta St. Louis
1:15 p.m. Columbus Carolina


Wednesday, Sept. 9
At David's Rink At Huntington Rink


8:30 a.m. Dallas Columbus
9:30 a.m. Atlanta Carolina
10:30 a.m. St. Louis Minnesota
11:30 a.m. Detroit N.Y. Rangers


3 p.m. Dallas vs. Columbus
3:30 p.m. Atlanta vs. Carolina
6:30 p.m. St. Louis vs. Minnesota
7 p.m. Detroit vs. N.Y. Rangers


Thursday, Sept. 10
At David's Rink At Huntington Rink


9:45 a.m. 2nd West 2nd East
10:45 1st West 1st East


2:30 p.m. Seventh-place game (4E vs. 4W)
3 p.m. Fifth-place game (3E vs. 3W)
6 p.m. Third-place game (2E vs. 2W)
6:30 p.m. Championship (1E vs. 1W)