Sabres announce Traverse City roster

Written By Kris Baker on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | 8/31/2011

The Sabres today announced their roster for the Traverse City Prospects Tourney that will take place September 10-14 in Traverse City, Michigan. The Sabres will pit their group of hopefuls against sqauds representing the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.

The 25-man roster, which includes 20 former draft picks, is comprised mainly of CHL and AHL hopefuls. Players competing in the NCAA ranks will not participate as NHL training camps occur during fall semester (and the fact that the players would have to pay their own way to avoid violation of NCAA rules).

The Sabres will be bringing a full boat of 15 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies. There aren't many surprises on the list (other than the omission of Colin Jacobs, who was suffered an undisclosed injury at d-camp).


The Sabres will continue their looks at three free agents who skated in Development Camp this past July (Beyers, Parker, Varone), while former Yale goaltender Ryan Rondeau rounds out the list of unattached properties skating in blue and gold. As of now, Jonathan Parker is the only known invite to Rochester's training camp. He along with Varone will be age eligible to skate in the AHL this season while Beyers is still a year away.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kris, what are the chances Tropp is a call-up before Kassian, in the event that Pommers is still hurt at the start of the season?

Anonymous said...

Kris, Who acts as the coaches for the tournament?

Kris Baker said...

1:02 - Rolston and his staff will run the bench in TC.

Kris Baker said...

12:38 - Tropp is a gamer. Probably the top forweard in the playoffs last year for Portland. I like his all-around level and think he is ready to compete, but you can't deny the physical impact that a hungry Kassian can have on a game. Their bodies just don't compare. Kass is an ox. If Zack looks prepared (phys + mentally) then it's going to be tough to keep him down for long.

Anonymous said...

Tropp reminds me of Gerbe, but with a better height advantage of course. I watched a few of Tropp's games in college around the time he was tops in the nation in goals, and he really seemed to get under the skin of the opposition and attracted a lot of attention with his abilities and antagonism, like Gerbe when he was getting shoved in the faceoff circle in the Frozen Four. The announcer during one of his fights on Youtube referred to him as a bully. He plays with the edge I think we all hope Pommers would have.

Kris Baker said...

Yes, Tropp is similar to Gerbe in that both are effort guys and have a fearless edge. They go hard and don't worry about who's in their way. There's definitely some attitude there. You have to love that in a player regardless of size.

boos said...

nice to have you back, kris...great that uncle terry is dishing out the cash on prospect development...before the july camp, there was the draft combine...now traverse city...*thumbs up*

Anonymous said...

Tropp will suprise many as stated he was the best Pirate forward at the end of last year. I feel he will be called up before Kassian. Zach is getting to much press for my liking as he has not proved anything yet.

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