Chicago Blackhawks Prospects Will Compete In Rookie Tournament

Kyle WahlgrenCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

For those unwilling to wait for the regular season puck to drop, the young prospects will be headed to Toronto for a rookie-only tournament.

The tournament will include the host, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Players officially announced on the Blackhawks' roster are Kyle Beach, Shawn LaLonde, Jeremy Morin, Chris DiDomenico, and Phillipe Paradis.

All players announced will be possibly competing for a spot on the Blackhawks' opening day roster.

Notably, Paradis and DiDomenico will be returning to play the same team that traded them a few weeks back.

On June 30, the Maple Leafs shipped the pair to Chicago in return for a highly sought-after forward, Kris Versteeg. The same trade also brought Viktor Stalberg to the organization.

Other key Blackhawks' prospects that will appear will be announced at a later time.

Notable players the Hawks will face:

-Nazem Kadri (Tor), 7th overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

-Eric Tangradi (Pit), Acquired via 2009 trade with Anaheim and is ranked as the #1 overall prospect in the organization.

-Robert Bortuzzo (Pit), A four year prospect, Bortuzzo is looking to continue building his stock within the organization.

-Erik Karlsson (Ott), In a talent pool of defenseman, Karlsson will try and solidify the expectancy to make the Senators in October.

2010 Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament Schedule
Date Game Time Venue
Sat., Sept. 11Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa1:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre
Sat., Sept. 11CHICAGO vs. Toronto6:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre
Sun., Sept. 12CHICAGO vs. Ottawa1:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre
Sun., Sept. 12Toronto vs. Pittsburgh6:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre
Mon., Sept. 13Practice (All Teams)TBAJohn Labatt Centre
Tues., Sept. 14CHICAGO vs. Pittsburgh1:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre
Tues., Sept. 14Toronto vs. Ottawa6:00 pmJohn Labatt Centre