Prospect Tournament Kicks off this Afternoon

Will Brandon Sutter make it difficult for the Carolina Hurricanes to assign him to Albany this season? (photo via LTD's site)

The Carolina Hurricanes will kick off the Traverse City Prospects Tournament at 3 this afternoon with a match up against the prospects of the New York Rangers.  There is a lot of anticipation in Carolina this year regarding these youngsters, so much so that Jim Rutherford, Ron Francis, and Jason Karmanos are all attending.  River Rats coach, Jeff Daniels, will be behind the bench for the Canes.

Mike Morreale from NHL.com has a great preview about the Canes and is in Traverse City to cover the tournament.  Morreale calls the Canes one of the favorites.  I asked him if any games would be broadcast on radio, television, or otherwise and he responded that due to budget restrictions, there would not be any.  But the Canes seem to be Twittering from the event and there will be write-ups after the fact.

We will be watching for any information from a variety of sources and will leave updates if we see anything of value to report.  The Hurricanes are the only franchise present with three first round picks playing, so they should fare pretty well.  We posted this previously, but once again the expected roster is as follows:

Forwards

Sutter, Boychuk, Bowman

Kennedy, Pistilli, Paradis

Terry, Chaput, Reed

Morneau, McCrae, Dodge

Defense

McBain, Jordan

Rissanen, Bellemore

Day, Schmitz

Goalies

Murphy, Valiquette

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Puck Daddy posted his season preview for the Canes this afternoon.  This Don Draper quote says it all:

"Go ahead and keep insulting the Carolina Hurricanes. You'll grin like a fool for a moment, but in the end you'll die alone, sitting in your cheap seats; the partial season-ticket holder with Lucky Strike burns on his sweater, the one who women go home with out of pity."

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Ryan Bayda has gotten a try-out with the St. Louis Blues.  The forward is still trying to earn a one-way contract this fall.

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