Philip McRae Shines in
Philip McRae scored two goals to help lead the St. Louis Blues squad past the Columbus Blue Jackets to earn third place at the Traverse City Tournament. Over the course of four tournament games, McRae stood out, scoring four times while adding three assists for a total of seven points.
While the Blues didn’t win this year’s tournament, their third place showing was encouraging especially following their come from behind OT victory over Columbus in the third place game.
Last season, McRae appeared in 15 games for the Blues at the NHL level, scoring once while contributing two assists. His first taste of the NHL came earlier than planned due to the rash of injuries that plagued the team’s starting lineup.
McRae might have been the standout but several other players impressed at Traverse City.
Ty Rattie, the team’s first overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, tallied two goals and four assists in four tournament games. Anthony Nigro was the team’s hero, scoring the winning goal in OT to grant the Blues a third place finish.
While there was plenty of positive news in regards to the team’s offense, the team had numerous positives to point to between the pipes as well. Jake Allen appeared in three of the club’s four games, going 2-1-0 with a 2.97 GAA and a save percentage of .920%. Allen’s performance was actually much better than the numbers indicate as he allowed five goals in his first game against the New York Rangers in a game where the Blues defense failed to show up. In the third place game, Allen loomed in net, stopping 46 of 49 shots, as reported by Point Streak Stats.There are plenty of high expectations surrounding Allen and he didn’t succumb to the pressure during the tournament.
Other performers worth noting:
Tyler Shattock (RW): one goal, two assists (four games)
Cade Fairchild (D): three assists, +5 (four games)