Photo: Former New York Rangers draftee and UMass-Amherst grad Danny Hobbs (#23) is looking to catch on with the hometown Ottawa Senators organization after spending a season playing in the ECHL (Justine Hunt/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Rookie tournaments are generally a place for firsts, from first-rounders to a variety of young players getting their initial taste of professional-level competition. But for some, including 24-year-old Danny Hobbs, they can also represent second chances.
Photo: Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Scott Harrington (C) appeard in two consecutive Memorial Cup tournaments as a member of the OHL’s London Knights (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
For a pair of Pittsburgh Penguins’ products, their participation in the Toronto Maple Leafs’-sponsored rookie tournament took place right in their own backyard. And while Olli Maatta looks to have more games wearing the London Knights’ green and gold, for Scott Harrington, it’s a bittersweet ending to his time in the Forest City.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly got his first taste of the pro game in 2012-13 with a stint in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan may not be the end of the world, but it’s certainly a long distance away from where Morgan Rielly wants to be this season. And while he professes to be okay should he find himself back in the CHL, the 19-year-old former first-round draft pick isn’t going to become a Warrior without putting up a fight.
Photo: Former NHL forward Gary Roberts (left) coaches ECHL forward Michael Neal (right). The Gary Roberts High Performance Centre in North York, Ontario has become an increasingly popular destination for hockey players in the off-season (courtesy of David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Following his first season as a pro hockey player, Pittsburgh Penguins defensive prospect Reid McNeill came into the 2013 off-season with the goal of putting himself in as good of a position to succeed as humanly possible. So he took an off-season training route that is increasingly popular among NHL players, namely training with former NHL forward Gary Roberts.
Photo: London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith capped off his OHL career with a second consecutive appearance in the Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
After going undrafted in his first year of eligibility, Seth Griffith locked in.
“When you’re drafted right away you might want to sit back a little bit,” Griffith said. “I got in the right mindset that I had to keep working and that good things would happen.”