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Traverse City rookie tournament roster

Posted Aug 16, 2007 by Erik Erlendsson

Updated Aug 16, 2007 at 10:43 AM

Once again Tampa Bay will field a team at the Detroit Red Wings annual rookie/prospect tournament starting Sept. 7 through Sept. 11in Traverse City, Mich. Other teams competing include Atlanta, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, New York Rangers and St. Louis.

Here is Tampa Bay’s roster for the tournament:
* - denotes tryout invitee

FORWARDS - 2006-07 club
Dustin Collins - Northern Michigan (former fifth round pick in 2004)*
Ian Duval - Calgary (WHL)*
Mitch Fadden - Lethbridge (2007 fourth round pick)
Rob Klinkhammer - Lethbridge (WHL)*
John Kurtz - Windsor (OHL)*
Stanislav Lascek - Springfield
Chris Lawrence - Mississauga
Colby Pridham - Halifax (QMJHL)*
Dean Ouellet - Cape Breton (QMJHL)*
Jason Reese - Moose Jaw (WHL)*
Radek Smolenak - Johnstown
Daine Todd - Medicine Hat (WHL)*
Colton Yellow Horn - Tri-City (WHL)*

Dane Crowley - Everett (WHL)
Art Femenella - University of Vermont (former 6th round pick in 2001)*
Mike Lundin - University of Maine
Vladimir Mihalik - Prince George (WHL)
Andy Rogers - Springfield
Michael Ward - Lewiston (QMJHL) 7th round pick in 2007

Riku Helenius - Ilves (Finland)
Torrie Jung - Kelowna (WHL) 6th round pick in 2007

Reader Comments

Por (Mike Moulton) on August 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I am not sure why Matt Smaby and Mike Egener are not on the roster for TC, but Andy Rogers is.  Feaster brought in so many tweener defense men (Schneider, Jancevski and Lampman) and yet it seems he had the talent already, as far as Smaby, Rogers and Egener are concerned.  Any idea what the deal is here?  Are Rogers, Smaby and Egener all history?

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Por (Randy Carter) on August 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I don’t think this means Smaby, Egener are history.  Most people have Smaby penciled in as being the #6 or #7 dman in Tampa this year.

I think who’s going and who’s not going is more indicative of the depth chart.  Rogers has had injury problems which have held him back in his development.  The Bolts will want to give him a long look this year.

It will be interesting to follow this tournament, especially for the invitees.  Norfolk is about at its limit for veterans, so it seems likely a number of these young players are having an audition of sorts to see if they could be signed to AHL only contracts and be sent to Norfolk or Mississippi this year.  I have read some of the invitee’s profiles, and there seems to be some potential there.

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Por (Bill Davis) on August 17, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Does anyone know anything about the D-1 kid from Northern Michigan?  Big kid but not great numbers.

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