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The Traverse City Diaries: Day One- Puck Drop

The Traverse City Diaries: Day One- Puck Drop

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. –  737 days. To say that is a massive drought without hockey is an understatement. It’s been 737 days since the last Traverse City Prospects Tournament ended and left the confines of Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City.

That tournament concluded with the Detroit Red Wings emerging victorious over the Dallas Stars, 6-5. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won the tournament title on five occasions, capturing the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup in 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015, and 2018. While a champion will not be crowned this year, the energy around the tournament still resonates just as large.

For many, this is the official start of the hockey season. For others, it is a glimpse of the future of their favorite franchise. For teams, it is an opportunity to see what they have in their new draft picks and a chance to start forming their rosters for the season.

So, who all is participating? Which potential Cleveland Monsters should we be looking out for? Where can you watch the tournament? Keep reading and you’ll find out!

The Roster

A total of five teams will be participating in the 2021 Traverse City Propsects Tournament: the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the hosting Detroit Red Wings.

The Blue Jackets roster features several familiar faces to Monsters fans, new draftees, and high-level prospects making their way to North America for a shot at the NHL.

Forwards
Height
Weight
39 – Tyler Angle
56 – Ben Boyd
59 – Yegor Chinakhov
21 – Josh Dunne
49 – Cole Fonstad
63 – Jake Gaudet
83 – Kaleb Lawrence
73 – James Malatesta
55 – Carson Meyer
65 – Tristan Mullin
85 – Navrin Mutter
84 – Peter Reynolds
77 – Martin Rysavy
34 – Cole Sillinger
Defense
Height
Weight
75 – Tim Berni
94 – Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm
32 – Jake Christiansen
68 – Cole Clayton
82 – Gerard Keane
81 – Stanislav Svozil
88 – Mark Woolley
Goaltenders
Height
Weight
31 – Emerik Despatie
60 – Jet Greaves

Goaltender Daniil Tarasov may join the club towards the end of the tournament. He recently received his COVID-19 vaccination but is not yet cleared to participate.

The Schedule

TIME HOME VISITOR RINK
Thursday September 16
3:00pm Columbus Blue Jackets Toronto Maple Leafs CI – West Rink
7:00pm Detroit Red Wings Dallas Stars CI – West Rink
Friday September 17
3:00pm St. Louis Blues Toronto Maple Leafs CI – West Rink
7:00pm Dallas Stars Columbus Blue Jackets CI – West Rink
Saturday September 18
7:00pm St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings CI – West Rink
Sunday September 19
2:00pm Toronto Maple Leafs Dallas Stars CI – West Rink
6:00pm Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings CI – West Rink
Monday September 20
12:00pm Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues CI – West Rink
1:00pm Toronto Maple Leafs Columbus Blue Jackets CI – Davids Rink

The Chance

The players participating in this tournament are no strangers to the grind associated with hockey. However, this will be unlike anything some of these players have experienced before. Let’s look at the lineup as it stood at the last practice back in Columbus:

That top line will be the one to watch. Angle, a former seventh-round selection by the Blue Jackets, just six picks from the final selection, hit the ground running with the Monsters last season. In fact, his play was so good that he walked away with a three-year entry-level contract from the Blue Jackets.

Sillinger and Chinakhov, first-round selections for the Blue Jackets in the last two NHL Entry Drafts, are making their debut in their first pro seasons here in North America. The hype around these two players right now is, in some cases, unlike anything I’ve seen around this organization for quite a while. Putting all three of them together could be magic in the making.

Led by Monsters head coach Mike Eaves, you know he will be scouting potential lines and pairings out of this group. If the Blue Jackets decide to keep all of their top eligible prospects in Cleveland, you could definitely see the makings of a strong Monsters lineup in this tournament.

Keep an eye out on that second line too. Both Dunne and Meyer spent considerable time on the ice at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and had strong debuts to their pro career. So, is that another line in the making?

The Fans

We get it. Work/family/life calls. You can’t make it up to Traverse City. So, how can you catch the action live? Well, the Red Wings have your back! All games will be streamed on DetroitRedWings.com. Additional channel streaming updates will be provided on the social media platforms of the participating teams.

For those that can make it, tickets are available online and will also be sold first-come, first-served at the arena entrance on the day of each event.

The Coverage

I will be covering games live over on my Twitter account and also here at Field Pass Hockey. Please give me a follow and let me know which players you are most excited to see. Hockey is back, everyone!

 

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    Deana Weinheimer covers the Cleveland Monsters for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with her on Twitter @FPHMonsters.

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