Five of the Blues' 2011 first round draft picks and a slew of other prospects are getting to show the team's scouts, coaches, and management - but most of all, their fans - what they're made of this September in the 2011 Traverse City Prospect Tournamet in Traverse City, Michigan. This year the annual tournament will be held from September 10th-14th in Traverse City, Michigan.
The Blues' roster is a mix of picks, AHL prospects, and some solid youth that the Blues will be building their future around. The 2011 picks invited are Ty Rattie (32nd overall), Joel Edmundson (46th overall), Jordan Binnington (88th overall), Yannick Veilleux (102nd overall) and Ryan Tesink (162nd overall). AHL goaltender Jake Allen will be the starter for the team. Defensive prospect Brock Beukeboom will be someone fans'll have their eyes on. The concussion-prone member of one of hockey's top families was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in the trade that sent former Blues captain Eric Brewer to the Bolts. That trade was viewed by some as a bit lopsided with a minimum of return for the Blues, so fans who were critical of the deal will be eagerly waiting to see Beukeboom play.
Philip McRae, son of former Blues player Basil McRae, played 15 games with the Blues last season and scored one goal with two assists. His NHL experience, especially considering how sharp he looked while playing with the Blues, might lead them to name him the captain of the squad.
The Blues are not the only team in the tournament, obviously. Here's the run-down of the other teams' prospects that are participating: