Traverse City Roster & Schedule Released

That's right, kid. You're the top rated prospect in the tourney for the Wild. Let's see what you've got.

Each year, the Wild participate in the Traverse City prospect tournament along with a handful of other NHL teams. It's much like the Grapefruit League of hockey. Send the kids, let then stretch their legs against their fellow prospects, and possibly bring home some hardware and build some winning ways.

If you remember, last year the Wild prospects won the tourney for the first time, and three prospects were inked. Josh Caron, Colton Jobke, and Jared Spurgeon. While Jobke and Caron were sent back to their junior squads, Spurgeon went on to fast success with the Aeros and then the Wild.

Are there any further diamonds in the rough? Will there be another Jared Spurgeon among the tryouts signed for the tournament? Will this tournament EVER be broadcast for hockey fans to watch?

Make the jump for the roster, the schedule, and some discussion.

Full Roster, via Glen Andresen at Wild.com:
Minnesota Wild 2011 PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT ROSTER
# Position / Player Birthday 2010-2011 Team Hometown
73 F - Joel Broda Nov. 24, 1989 Houston (AHL)/Bakersfield (ECHL) Prince Albert, SK
54 F - Brett Bulmer Apr. 26, 1992 Kelowna (WHL) Prince George, BC
38 F - Nathan Burns Jul. 15, 1993 Vancouver (whl) Edmonton, AB
52 F - Justin Fontaine Nov. 26, 1987 UMD (wcha) Bonnyville,AB
72 F - Kristopher Foucalt Dec. 12, 1990 Calgary (WHL) Calgary, AB
53 F - Tyler Graovac Apr. 27, 1993 Ottawa (OHL) Brampton,ON
81 F - Mike Kramer Aug. 28, 1987 Princeton (ECAC) St. Paul,MN
75 F - Alex Belzile Aug. 31, 1991 Rimouski (QMJHL) St-Eloi,QC
57 F - Tyler Maxwell Apr. 13, 1991 Everett (WHL) Manhattan Beach,CA
34 F - David McIntyre Feb. 4, 1987 Albany (AHL) Pefferlaw, ON
83 F- Taylor Peters Jan. 24, 1992 Portland (WHL) Delta,BC
61 F - Zack Phillips Oct. 28, 1992 Saint John (QMJHL) Fredericton, NB
80 F - Carter Sandlak May 18, 1993 Belleville (OHL) London, ON
82 F - Dylan Willick Oct. 19, 1992 Kamloops (WHL) Prince George, BC
56 D - Dylan Busenius Jan. 30, 1993 Medicine Hat (WHL) Sherwood Park, AB
68 D - Josh Caron Feb. 10, 1991 Kamloops (WHL) Campbell River,BC
26 D - Tyler Cuma Jan. 19, 1990 Houston (AHL) Toronto, ON
59 D - Kris Fredheim Feb. 23, 1987 Houston (AHL) Campbell River,BC
65 D - Chay Genoway Dec. 20, 1986 North Dakota (WCHA) Morden,MB
74 D - COLTON JOBKE Apr. 20, 1992 Kelowna (WHL) Delta, BC
62 D - Sam Lofquist Mar. 15, 1990 Guelph (OHL) Somerset,WI
67 D - Kyle Medvec Jun. 16, 1988 Vermont (HE) Burnsville,MN
31 G - Matthew Hackett Mar. 7, 1990 Houston (AHL) London,ON
35 G - Darcy Kuemper May 5, 1990 Red Deer (WHL) Saskatoon,SK

 

Tryout players are in bold type.

Schedule:


Saturday, September 10

Time Home Visitor
2:30 PM Minnesota Wild
Buffalo Sabres
3:00 PM Dallas Stars
Carolina Hurricanes
6:00 PM NY Rangers
St. Louis Blues
7:00 PM Detroit Red Wings
Columbus Blue Jackets


Sunday, September 11

Time Home Visitor
1:30 PM Columbus Buffalo
2:00 PM St. Louis
Carolina
5:00 PM NY Rangers
Dallas
5:30 PM Minnesota Detroit


Tuesday, September 13

Time Home Visitor
2:00 PM Dallas St. Louis
2:30 PM NY Rangers
Carolina
5:30 PM Minnesota Columbus
6:00 PM Detroit
Buffalo


Wednesday, September 14

Time Home Visitor
2:00 PM 4th Gretzky
4th Howe
2:30 PM 3rd Gretzky
3rd Howe
5:30 PM 2nd Gretzky
2nd Howe
6:00 PM 1st Gretzky
1st Howe

 

 

So What?

The Traverse City tournament is something 99% of hockey fans could not care less about. It ranks up there with development camp in the importance to the average hockey fan. Caring about Traverse City is generally left for the hard core fans, those who care deeply about the prospects and understand what they mean to the future of the franchise. For that reason, we truly wish there was a way to get this tourney broadcast in the markets playing in the tournament.

Alas, the money must not make sense, for it has yet to grace my TV screen.

Looking at the roster, you will hopefully notice that most of the top tier prospects are not involved. Mikael Granlund, Jonas Brodin and others have already begun their seasons in Europe, and players like Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker are prepping for their college programs. Thus, the influx of the tryouts.

The names of guys like Sam Lofquist, Kris Fredheim, Dylan Busenius, Dylan Willick, Carter Sandlack, Taylor Peters, Tyler Maxwell, Alex Belzile, Mike Kramer, and Nathan Burns may not mean anything to you right now, how many of you knew who Jared Spurgeon was at this point last year?

According to our contract page, the Wild have 45 contracts on the books. That leaves them five contracts to work with, should they find a player worthy of a deal. No GM wants to pin themselves in by hitting the cap, so don't expect a windfall, but if one of these players shines, maybe they get a chance. You may also see some of them sign deals to play in Houston.

While the tournament will take place mostly out of sight and out of mind, keep an eye out for signings, and hope for further success from the kids. The more success they have at the lower levels, the more success they will want to have at the top levels.

Stay tuned here for details as we get closer, and for updates as the tourney progresses.

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