Johan Mattsson, Aug 9, 2011, Lake Placid, NY – Yahoo.ca
In ten days, about 24 of the Blackhawks top prospects will arrive in Oshawa, Ontario to compete in the annual Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Invitational Tournament.
The Leafs, Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will participate in the four-day, round-robin points-based tournament. The same four competed against one another last September when the exhibition was staged in London, Ontario. Chicago has been invited for the second consecutive year, having replaced the Boston Bruins, the only change in the foursome since 2009.
Toronto announced its roster way back on August 9. Ottawa and Pittsburgh did so on Tuesday. Click the links to preview their squads….
Chicago has not yet announced its participants. Last year, the Blackhawks released their 24-man roster three days prior to the first game.
The Blackhawks will play games Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11. After a practice day, they’ll finish up on Tuesday September 13th.
Sat Sept 10 – 7pm vs Maple Leafs
Sun Sept 11 – 2pm vs Senators
Tue Sept 13 – 2pm vs Penguins
-all times Eastern. There is no playoff round, nor championship game.
College-bound or current collegiate players are not eligible to compete due to NCAA athletic eligibility restrictions. So don’t look for Adam Clendening (BU), Braden Birch (Cornell), Joe Gleason (North Dakota), Justin Holl (Minnesota), Kevin Hayes (BC), Michael Paliotta (Vermont), Nick Mattson (North Dakota) or Stephen Johns (Notre Dame).
While not official, the Hawks roster will look a lot like this…
G- Johan Mattsson (Sudbury-OHL), Kent Simpson (Everett-WHL), Mac Carruth (Portland-WHL)
D- Dylan Olsen (Rockford), Joe Lavin (Rockford), Shawn Lalonde (Rockford), Ryan Stanton (Rockford), Ben Youds (AHL deal-RFD)
C- Brandon Pirri (Rockford), David Gilbert (Rockford), Byron Froese (Rockford), Andrew Shaw (AHL deal-RFD)
W-Jeremy Morin (Rockford), Jimmy Hayes (Rockford), Kyle Beach (Rockford), Rob Flick (AHL deal-RFD), Philippe Paradis (Rockford), Ludvig Rensfeldt (Sarnia-OHL), Mirko Hoefflin (Acadie-Bathurst-QMJHL), Phillip Danault (Victoriaville-QMJHL), Brandon Saad (Saginaw-OHL), Mark McNeil (Prince Albert-WHL)
That’s 22 players there. Marcus Kruger is likely and Joakim Nordstrom (Sweden) is another possibility. Players who’ve had a limited amount of NHL games can partake. Nordstrom, Johan Mattsson and Ludvig Rensfeldt were all in Lake Placid earlier this month representing Sweden at U20 WJC Evaluation camp. There are likely to be one or two outside invites, probably on the defense, from the pool who attended July’s prospect camp at Johnny’s Ice House. Youds was at July’s camp and earned himself an AHL deal with Rockford.
Klas Dahlbeck, the third defenseman taken by the Hawks in the 2011 draft and second in the 3rd round, won’t be attending. According to a report in Sweden’s Aftonbladet, the Blackhawks requested permission from Dahlbeck’s Swedish Elite League team, Linkoping, but were denied.
The prospects will return to Chicago the Tuesday night following their final game against the Penguins’ team. Main camp is tentatively scheduled to open Thursday Sept 15, when players officially report for preseason medicals and physical evaluations. The public “Training Camp Festival” is Saturday September 17 at United Center. The 18th and 27th are the only days the UC won’t be available due to arena being rented for other events.