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Rookie tournaments have always been must-see events for NHL teams’ personnel. The league’s most famous rookie tournament in Traverse City, Michigan has featured as many as eight teams in past years, making it a destination for staff both north and south of the border. The tournaments present an opportunity for executives, coaches and scouts to hobnob with their peers, to scout the competition, and if the opportunity presents itself, to flex their drafting muscles in front of those same peers. “Players can make a name for themselves when they dominate a tournament like this,” Coyotes GM Bill Armstrong said. “It can also let the organization know that, “Hey, we got a good one.’” For most of their existence, the Coyotes…

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