Free Agent Jason Missiaen Works Towards Pro Contract at Traverse City Tournament

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Free Agent Jason Missiaen Works Towards Pro Contract at Traverse City Tournament
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We all know that things happen life.

Ever since we can all remember, our parents would tell us that, well "things happen" and life moves on.

For Jason Missiaen life has certainly moved on, but not the way the 20 year old goaltender thought it would.

After playing playing two seasons as Trevor Cann's back-up for the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League, Jason was poised to take over as the number one goalie for the Petes entering the 2008-09 season. It was Jason's early season play that allowed the Petes to trade Cann to London.

While earlier that summer, the Montreal Canadiens seen something in the 6'8" goalie to select him in the 4th round, 116 overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. For Missiaen it was like most young players, a dream come true.

Missiaen would go on to play 38 games in the 2008-09 season complying a 12-21-2 record for the rebuilding Petes.

During his next season in Peterborough, Missiaen complied a 17-29-3 record as well as a save % of .904

With the Petes headed in a new direction and with young players like 2010 NHL draft choices Austin Watson (1st round by Nashville) and Ryan Spooner (2nd round Boston) this season could be good one in Peterborough.

While things in Peterborough were changing for the better, things in Montreal were simply changing.

Bob Gainey had resigned earlier in the season and Pierre Gauthier was the new GM and with that change was in the air in Montreal.

Missiaen didn't come to terms on a pro contract by the June 1st deadline and was allowed to re-enter the draft. After not being selected in this season's draft, Missiaen became a free agent.

Enter the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Jackets offered the Petes goalie a chance to play in this season's Traverse City Prospects tournament.

This annual Tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings every September in Traverse City Michigan comprised of rookie/prospects from these NHL teams; Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

Although the Columbus squad didn't win a game in it's three game round robin format, Missiaen was able to give the brass in Columbus, and the other clubs as well, a look at what he can provide.

New Petes GM Dave Reid has made it clear to Missiaen that their is an overage spot for him on this season's edition of the Peterborough Petes.

Maybe a strong season of Junior A hockey with the Petes will help Missiaen get that pro contract, maybe his play in Traverse City will at least give him more exposure.

Only time will tell.

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