Why the delay? Why the mystery? As Traverse City looms close the Rangers are yet to announce a roster despite clubs such as the Minnesota Wild doing so well in advance. While the Wild’s roster is headlined by top pick Matt Dumba, the Sabres, Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings have also all announced rosters for the annual prospect tourney. The Rangers are curiously quiet.
As the schedule shows, the Rangers play their first game of the tournament in just four days time against the Carolina Hurricanes who boast a few high profile prospects such as Elias Lindholm, Ryan Murphy, Victor Rask and – as standard procedure dictates – they also feature a guy named Sutter.
The Wings will feature prospects such as free agent signee and former Ranger target Danny DeKeyser while the Sabres – defending champs – boast at least 4 NHL first round draft picks including Mikhail Grigorenko.
The Rangers should be heading to Traverse with a strong, deep line-up with many players looking for spots with the Wolf Pack but a few perhaps trying to force their way into the NHL reckoning. You can find the schedule here. The Rangers head up against the ‘Canes, Sabres and now-new-rival Columbus Blue Jackets.