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New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, will be one of many young players participating in prospect tournament games through Tuesday.

His first game, against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. Friday as part of the Prospects Challenge at HarborCenter in Buffalo, and all prospect tournament games will be available to stream on NHL.com (see schedule below).

The Prospects Challenge features the Devils, Sabres, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins and runs through Monday.

The 2017 Rookie Tournament, at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, runs through Sunday and includes the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

The Vancouver Canucks host the 2017 Young Stars Classic at South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. That event also includes the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets and goes through Monday.

The Traverse City Prospects Tournament features the Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues. They will play at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Michigan, through the championship game Tuesday.

The San Jose Sharks will host the 2017 Prospect Showcase at Solar4America Ice in San Jose starting Saturday. The event includes the Arizona Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks and Avalanche and runs through Tuesday.

Below is the schedule of games by tournament:

The Prospects Challenge

Penguins vs. Bruins, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sabres vs. Devils, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. ET
Devils vs. Penguins, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sabres vs. Bruins, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. ET
Bruins vs. Devils, Sept. 11, 12 p.m. ET
Sabres vs. Penguins, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. ET

Traverse City Prospects Tournament

Blue Jackets vs. Stars, Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m. ET
Blues vs. Wild, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. ET
Red Wings vs. Hurricanes, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. ET
Hurricanes vs. Rangers, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. ET
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Sept. 9, 4 p.m. ET
Stars vs. Blues, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. ET
Wild vs. Blue Jackets, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. ET
Blues vs. Blue Jackets, Sept. 11, 3 p.m. ET
Stars vs. Wild, Sept. 11, 3:30 p.m. ET
Hurricanes vs. Blackhawks, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. ET
Rangers vs. Red Wings, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. ET
7th Place game, Sept. 12, 3 p.m. ET
5th Place game, Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m. ET
3rd Place game, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET
Championship game, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. ET

2017 Young Stars Classic

Oilers vs. Flames, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. ET
Canucks vs. Jets, Sept. 8, 10:30 p.m. ET
Jets vs. Oilers, Sept. 9, 10:30 p.m. ET
Flames vs. Canucks, Sept. 10, 5 p.m. ET
Jets vs. Flames, Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m. ET
Canucks vs. Oilers, Sept. 11, 5 p.m. ET

2017 Rookie Tournament

Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. ET
Maple Leafs vs. Senators, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. ET

2017 Prospect Showcase

Sharks vs. Avalanche, Sept. 9, 7 p.m. ET
Ducks vs. Coyotes, Sept. 9, 10 p.m. ET
Sharks vs. Ducks, Sept. 10, 6 p.m. ET
Coyotes vs. Avalanche, Sept. 11, 10 p.m. ET
Avalanche vs. Ducks, Sept. 12, 3 p.m. ET
Sharks vs. Coyotes, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. ET

Cheap Brandon Dubinsky Jersey Sale

(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)

Brandon Dubinsky had a little bit to say on Friday about the free agency process for four-year college players.

Specifically, he is against it.
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It’s tough to figure out exactly what his beef is here; he wasn’t more forthcoming than these two tweets. However, there are a few points worth addressing here.

First and foremost: This is a union member saying that the exercising of collectively bargained rights by other union members is “a joke.” Which is troubling in and of itself, but it really highlights a long-standing tendency on the part of NHLPA members to close the door behind them and not express much interest in boosting the rights of players younger than them, such as rookies who are forced to comply to entry-level contract (ELC) rules and have their free-agent rights controlled by the teams that drafted and/or signed them for pretty much the entirety of their prime performing years.

Second, Dubinsky is one of those aforementioned “guys that play[ed] major junior.” Perhaps the beef here is that major junior players who don’t sign after their eligibility runs out are forced to re-enter the draft rather than go through free agency, which doesn’t strike one as being totally fair on its surface. Except to say that most guys who become college free agents after forcing their way to UFA status by refusing to sign with the teams that drafted them (Will Butcher, Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, recent Columbus signee Doyle Somerby, etc.) are something like 22 or 23, versus being forced to re-enter the draft when junior eligibility runs out at age 20.

No one, of course, forces players to choose major junior over college, but you can see where these decisions are made; and when players make them, they presumably do so with a full understanding of what that means for their future career prospects. Especially in the case of a Dubinsky, who was a relatively high pick and fairly regular WHL player at age 16, the prospects of an NHL career had to be very real, and if he wasn’t prepared for what that would have meant for his future free agency status, that’s on his agent.

(Not that it mattered, since he signed with the Rangers after his draft-year-plus-1 season.)

Third, Dubinsky has been a member of the NHLPA for about a decade at this point, and while he wasn’t in the league when players lost an entire season to a lockout driven by owner greed (and, to some extent, union incompetence) he certainly saw what happened in 2012 first-hand; he was the Rangers’ player representative in the NHLPA the year before the most recent lockout. So he should know full well how difficult it is for the players, who basically got their asses kicked in two straight lockouts — and oh yeah, seem destined for a third one — to wring any kind of rights out of the league in the first place.