Unsurprisingly, the NHL Prospect Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan held each summer has been cancelled.
Each summer the NHL Prospect Tournament is a chance for prospects to compete against other players also vying for a roster spot on their respective teams. Like many annual events, the tournament has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19.
The tournament has played a major role in the Blackhawks’ organization in recent years.
Last year’s tournament saw Adam Boqvist and Kirby Dach show flashes of what was to come before both being injured during the final game of the tournament.
While in 2017, the Blackhawks won the tournament for the first time as Alex DeBrincat’s performance catapulted him into his impressive rookie season. He scored five goals in four games, including the overtime winner in the tournament final. After a mediocre training camp, DeBrincat’s play in the tournament helped secure his spot in the Blackhawks’ lineup.
The cancellation is just another reminder of the daunting situation in front of the NHL right now as they work to finish the 2019-20 season and award the Stanley Cup.