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For many in the hockey world, the Traverse City Prospect Tournament marks the start of each new season. With NHL training camp proceeding the tournament, the long awaited return of hockey is nearly over. This year’s tournament will feature five teams: the Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, and the host team Detroit Red Wings. The Blue Jackets will play four games over the course of five days and highly anticipated prospects Cole Sillinger and Yegor Chinakhov will play their first games in Union Blue.
|Thursday, September 16||3:00pm||Columbus Blue Jackets||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|Friday, September 17||7:00pm||Dallas Stars||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Sunday, September 19||6:00pm||Columbus Blue Jackets||Detroit Red Wings|
|Monday, September 20||1:00pm||Toronto Maple Leafs||Columbus Blue Jackets|
The Blue Jackets roster features several draft picks from recent years as well as some invites that will look to prove they deserve an entry level contract. Unfortunately, prospects currently playing in the NCAA were unable to attend the tournament this season. That means no Kent Johnson, Guillaume Richard, or Corson Ceulemans.
|39 - Tyler Angle||75 - Tim Berni||31 - Emerik Despatie|
|56 - Ben Boyd||94 - Ole Julian Bjorgvik-Holm||60 - Jet Greaves|
|59 - Yegor Chinakhov||32 - Jake Christiansen|
|21 - Josh Dunne||68 - Cole Clayton|
|49 - Cole Fonstad||82 - Gerard Keane|
|63 - Jake Gaudet||81 - Stanislav Svozil|
|83 - Kaleb Lawrence||88 - Mark Woolley|
|73 - James Malatesta|
|55 - Carson Meyer|
|65 - Tristan Mullin|
|85 - Navrin Mutter|
|84 - Peter Reynolds|
|77 - Martin Rysavy|
|34 - Cole Sillinger|
Among the invites is center Peter Reynolds. The 18 year old went undrafted over the summer, but was ranked as high as 71st overall by Scott Wheeler of The Athletic. Reynolds went 15-16-31 in 33 games last season for Saint John of the QMJHL. Goalie Daniil Tarasov may be able to make the trip to Traverse City, but is not currently on the roster.
Former seventh round pick Tyler Angle impressed in Cleveland last season. He’ll get an opportunity to play with Sillinger and Chinakhov, two players that could end up being his teammates this season for the Monsters. That top line will certainly be one to watch.
If you’re @CBJProspects, this tweet is for you. First #CBJ lines ahead of the trip to Traverse.— Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) September 15, 2021
Enjoy your first taste of hockey prior to the 2021-2022 season. It’s all downhill from here as the Blue Jackets open up the preseason against the Pittsburgh Penguins on September 27th.