Monday, September 12, 2011

Few Teams In Action Today

It’s a fairly quiet day on the National Hockey League rookie tournament schedule.

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament and the Oshawa Rookie Tournament both have blank schedules today. Both tournaments will continue on Tuesday.

The Florida Panthers opened up their mini-tournament yesterday but have the day off today as well.

Tonight features two games at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC as the Vancouver Canucks take on the Calgary Flames at 8:00pm AST and the Winnipeg Jets play the San Jose Sharks in a historic contest at 11:30pm.

None of the teams have posted lineups for tonight’s games. Michael Kirkpatrick is on the Jets roster while Yann Sauve, Steven Anthony, Ian Saab, and Karel St. Laurent are with the Canucks.

Tonight will be the first Jets game of the tournament. The Canucks were blown-out by the Edmonton Oilers last night. Anthony, Sauve, and St. Laurent all played while Saab was scratched.

The Canucks play Kirkpatrick’s Jets on Thursday, something Anthony is looking forward to.

“He’s one of my good buddies for four years in Saint John so it’ll be cool to finally play against him,” Anthony told the Canucks Hockey Blog.

On Long Island, the New York Islanders host the Boston Bruins tonight at 8pm AST. will be streaming it.

The Islanders have posted rosters for tonight’s game on their website and Brett Gallant is listed. Gallant played on a line with Tony Romano and Mitchell Theoret at practice on Sunday.

Lastly, Montreal Canadiens rookie camp begins today in Brossard, Quebec at the team’s practice facility.

Hockey’s Future named Nathan Beaulieu Montreal’s top prospect last week.

“A mobile, puck-moving defenseman, Beaulieu rounded out his play during his draft year,” writes Ian Bross. “In addition to his array of skills and awareness on the ice, namely an ability to quarterback the powerplay and make things happen offensively, Beaulieu is a sound risk-taker. His talent is part of a greater, more complete package. Scouts have considered Beaulieu to be developing a ‘special’ skillset.”

Along with Beaulieu, former Sea Dogs goaltender Robert Mayer will also be among the 31 players at camp.

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