There is a very small group of players that we should be looking at through these rookie camps and most 1st round picks should be thought to be in the conversation, which is why Sonny Milano, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, should get a mention in the blog today. Milano was held out of yesterday's Traverse City Prospects Tournament game after suffering a couple of facial fractures the day before, in a game against the Minnesota Wild. Milano isn't expected to make the big club out of training camp, but this injury does put a stamp on it a little, as he is expected to be out for 6-to-8 weeks with the injury. That is a early diagnosis and going back to junior may help him out, but it sounds like Milano will miss the big camp as well.
Another prospect having this Traverse City experience cut short is Dallas Stars forward Brett Ritchie, who reportedly suffered a finger injury against the Hurricanes on Saturday. The 2011 2nd round pick of the Stars has yet to see any NHL action in his career, but has a reasonable shot heading into camp, with a number of forward spots open in the team's projected roster. Ritchie has a big frame and should be getting close to being physically mature for a spot, it will then be a question of whether or not his talent level is up to par.