Traverse City prospects tournament roster revealed (UPDATED)
Friday August 21st 2009, 8:01 am

UPDATE 08/24: The Rangers have confirmed the list below as the roster they’ll be taking to Traverse City.


Red Wings Central has posted the New York Rangers preliminary roster for next months Traverse City Prospects Tournament.  The roster — as it stands now — features 12 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders, including ten Rangers draft picks, a handful of post-junior and post-college free agent signings, and six unsigned (by the Rangers) invitees.

Five players will be returning to Traverse City for their second go-round: Evgeny Grachev, Justin Soryal, Dale Weise, Michael Del Zotto, and Tomas Kundratek.  Tournament rules allow up to four players with one year of professional experience to participate, but at the moment, the Rangers have only two — Soryal and Weise.  It’s possible, though unlikely, that additional “vets” will be added between now and the end of the month.  It’s more likely that additional try-out players could get an invite between now and the start of the tournament on Sunday, September 6th. A season ago, the Rangers released a preliminary list of 19 players before rounding out the final roster to 25 with free agent invitees.

Daniel Bartek*
Ryan Bourque
Chris Chappell
Paul Crowder
Craig Cunningham*
Evgeny Grachev
Roman Horak
Luke Pither*
Justin Soryal
Luke Walker*
Dale Weise
Ethan Werek

Mike Berube*
Michael Del Zotto
Tysen Dowzak
Mitch Gaulton
Trevor Glass*
Samuel Klassen
Tomas Kundratek
Daniel Maggio

Chad Johnson
Scott Stajcer

*Unsigned invitees

The Rangers will be joined in Traverse City by the prospect squads from the host Detroit Red Wings, the Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues.  For the full tournament schedule, see Red Wings Central.

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    I’d have thought that Stepan and Kreider would be included!

    Comment by Elliot 08.21.09 @ 8:39 am

    NCAA rules prohibit college players from participating in events like this and development camp unless they pay their own way (including hotels, meals, transportation, etc.) As a result, it’s rare for college kids to participate. The schedule’s not great either, as the tournament kicks off just as most universities are starting classes.

    Comment by laurie 08.21.09 @ 10:47 am

    Trevor Glass and Mike Berube have Hartford contracts; they are not ATOs

    Player to watch: 1) Mitch Gaulton who has dropped a ton of weight and is totally healthy for 1st time in 2 years.

    2) Luke Walker a 6′2 winger who is coming off 29 goal season and expected to have a monster season.

    Comment by Jess 08.26.09 @ 4:01 am

    Thanks Jess.

    Comment by laurie 08.26.09 @ 11:48 am

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