Blue Jackets Release 2019 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament Roster

By Rob Mixer on August 28, 2019 at 11:59 am
Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins looks on during a game with HC Lugano.

The Blue Jackets are making their 18th consecutive appearance at the NHL Prospects Tournament, which begins Sept. 6 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.

Their victory last year set a tournament record with their fifth title, going with wins in 2005, 2006, 2014 and 2015. This year, the Blue Jackets prospects will be coached by Mike Eaves, who was named head coach of the Cleveland Monsters earlier this summer. They'll play in the Ted Lindsay Division with the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and a loaded-up New York Rangers team. 

Elvis Merzlikins, Liam Foudy and Alexandre Texier are among the big names traveling to Traverse City – and at least two of them (Texier and Merzlikins) are near-locks to be on the Blue Jackets' opening night roster. The Blue Jackets are bringing 11 free-agent invites to the prospects tournament.

Here's the full Blue Jackets roster:

2019 TC Roster

According to Jeff Svoboda of, forward Emil Bemstrom is still recovering from a facial injury suffered in Sweden and won't be going to Traverse City–but is expected ready for the start of training camp, which opens with medicals and fitness testing on Sept. 12.

The first on-ice session of camp is set for Sept. 13, with preseason action beginning Sept. 17 against the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena. Hockey's coming, folks.