TRAVERSE CITY BOUND
Sabres sending six first-round picks to Michigan rookie tourney
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will be participating in the 2013 NHL Prospect Tournament, which runs Thursday, Sept. 5 to Monday, Sept. 9, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich. The Sabres return to this picturesque Northern Michigan city as defending champions, after defeating the New York Rangers 5-2 in the championship game of the 2011 tournament.
Buffalo’s 24-man roster will be highlighted by the presence of six first-round draft picks: Mark Pysyk (2010, 23rd overall), Joel Armia (2011, 16th overall), Mikhail Grigorenko (2012, 12th overall), Zemgus Girgensons (2012, 14th overall), Rasmus Ristolainen (2013, 8th overall) and Nikita Zadorov (2013, 16th overall).
The eight-team tournament features the top prospects from the Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.
The 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament format divides the eight-team field into two separate four-team divisions. The Gordie Howe Division will feature Detroit, Dallas, Minnesota and St. Louis. The Ted Lindsay Division will be comprised of Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus and New York. Teams will play a round-robin format by facing-off against each team within their division before a crossover on the final day of the tournament that concludes with the Howe and Lindsay division winners battling in the championship game on Monday, September 9.
|round robin schedule|
|tHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5||SABRES||BLUE JACKETS||4 P.M.|
|FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6||SABRES||RANGERS||4 P.M.|
|SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8||HURRICANES||SABRES||4 P.M.|
|MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9||4TH HOWE||4TH LINDSAY||3:30 P.M.|
|3RD HOWE||3RD LINDSAY||4 P.M.|
|2ND HOWE||2ND LINDSAY||7 P.M.|
|1ST HOWE||1ST LINDSAY||7:30 P.M.|
Tickets for the tournament are $10 per day (four games each day) and are currently on sale exclusively at Centre ICE Arena. For more information on tickets, visit www.centreice.org.