Thursday, September 16, 2010

2010 All-Prospects Tournament Team

Every year, there are always players people look forward to seeing at the NHL Prospects Tournament, and this year was no exception.  A total of 15 first round draft choices appeared in the 2010 edition of the tournament, yet so many more players brought their best game to display for the eyes of the hockey world to see (including TSN's Bob MacKenzie).

My selections for the best players overall were influenced by the games I saw, and unfortunately not every team received equal viewing time due to my schedule of games I was due to work.  As a result, Carolina may be a bit under-represented (since I didn't get to see a single full game featuring the Canes, only brief snippets between periods of the games I did work).  Columbus and Tampa Bay were only seen once for a full game, but I got to watch every other team in the tourney at least twice.  But as previously mentioned, I made it a point to head next door to catch brief look-ins of the games I was not working, in the hopes of being impressed. 

For those of you looking for some additional info on the tournament's statistics, standings, and box scores, feel free to visit Pointstreak.

So, without further ado, here are my picks.... 

1st TEAM
C - Derek Stepan, New York Rangers (co-tourney leader with 7 points)
W - Casey Wellman, Minnesota Wild
W - Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings
D - Marco Scandella, Minnesota Wild (tourney leader in plus/minus at +6)
D - Brendan Smith, Detroit Red Wings
G - Matt Hackett, Minnesota Wild

2nd TEAM
C - James Wright, Tampa Bay Lightning
W - Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes (tied with Stepan in points with 2-5-7)
W - Evgeny Grachev, New York Rangers (a tourney leading 4 goals)
D - Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
D - Nate Prosser, Minnesota Wild
G - Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues and Mike Murphy, Carolina Hurricanes (tie)

Carolina - Matt Kennedy, Zac Dalpe
Columbus - Tomas Kubalik
Dallas - Tomas Vincour, Jack Campbell
Detroit - Willie Coetzee, Brent Raedeke, Mitchell Callahan, Travis Ehrhardt, Jordan Pearce
Minnesota - Cody Almond, Joel Broda, Jarod Palmer, Jared Spurgeon
New York - Ryan Bourque, Brandon Manning, Ryan McDonagh
St. Louis - Brett Sonne, Stefan Della Rovere
Tampa Bay - Brett Connolly, Carter Ashton, Mark Barberio, Brock Beukeboom, Jaroslav Janus

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