The NHL Prospect Tournament at Traverse City is just two weeks away. The Carolina Hurricanes have been fielding a team at the NHL Prospects Tournament for years, but many fans are unfamiliar with the tournament.
Even when searching for the tournament it is hard to find anything about the tournament. The Prospects Tournament was renamed the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup in 2015 to honor the founder of the site www.capgeek.com who passed away from cancer in 2015.
This year’s tournament is the 17th edition of the competition The tournament is put on every year by the Detroit Red Wings who hold their training camp in Traverse City, Michigan every year. The eight team tournament splits the teams up into two groups of four with the winners of each group meeting up for the championship.
The Wuest Memorial Tournament is a great opportunity for young players to be able to play with and against each other. The tournament provides an extra opportunity for prospects to separate themselves from the pack and make an impression with coaches.
New AHL head coach, Ulf Samuelsson will be coaching 16 Carolina Hurricanes prospects including first round picks Julien Gauthier, Jake Bean, and Haydn Fleury. These players will take on the prospects of the Wild, Stars, and Rangers in group play. The other half of the tournament consists of prospects from the Blackhawks, Blues, Red Wings, and and Blue Jackets.
The Carolina Hurricanes kick off competition Friday, September 16 at 4:00pm. They will play one game per day with the final game coming on Tuesday, September 20, playing which ever team finishes in the same position in the other group.
The next step for the young Canes will be training camp and preseason, except for Sebastion Aho and Teuvo Teravainen who will be playing for team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey. The lucky few may crack the Carolina Hurricanes roster, for everyone else it will be back to the juniors and college.