The Detroit Red Wings announced Tuesday the schedule and division groupings of the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament. Buffalo will once again be a participant and will look to make the championship game for the third tournament in a row.
The tournament will be held from Sept. 12-16 at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Michigan.
Last year, 2013 first-round picks Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov played significant roles for the Sabres. Forwards Zemgus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Joel Armia and Justin Bailey, defensemen Jerome Gauthier-Leduc and Chad Ruhwedel and goaltenders Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov were part of Rochester Americans coach Chadd Cassidy’s squad as well.
Nicholas Baptiste led Buffalo in scoring with seven points (4+3) in four games.
Detroit defeated Buffalo in the title game.
Teams will play each of the three opponents within their division during the round-robin before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the championship on Sept. 16.
The Ted Lindsay Division will feature Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas and the New York Rangers. Detroit, Columbus, Minnesota and St. Louis will play in the Gordie Howe Division.
Buffalo’s roster will be announced at a later date.
Friday, Sept. 12
Buffalo v. Carolina, 4 p.m. (West Rink)
Saturday, Sept. 13
Buffalo v. NY Rangers, 7 p.m. (David’s Rink)
Monday, Sept. 15
Dallas v. Buffalo, 3 p.m. (David’s Rink)
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Seventh-Place Game: 4th Lindsay v. 4th Howe, 3 p.m. (David’s Rink)
Fifth-Place Game: 3rd Howe v. 3rd Lindsay, 3:30 p.m. (West Rink)
Third-Place Game: 2nd Lindsay v. 2nd Howe, 6:30 p.m. (David’s Rink)
Championship Game: 1st Howe v. 1st Lindsay, 7 p.m. (West Rink)
The full schedule and ticket information can be found here.
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