Titan’s Simpson headed to Traverse City Tournament with Rangers


20-year-old centre Mark Simpson of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan is heading to the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament after receiving an invitation by the New York Rangers.

The eight-team tournament is set to emanate from the Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI from the 11th to the 15th of September.

The six-foot-five Simpson went undrafted for the second straight year in the NHL after being ranked by the NHL Central Scouting Service and suffering two injuries that kept him out of the lineup for 14 games.

The news came late-last Thursday from Titan general manager Sylvain Couturier and head coach Mario Pouliot.

As a result of the invitation, Simpson will miss the opening weekend of the Titan’s 2015-16 regular season.

Simpson was drafted in the ninth round of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Moncton Wildcats and played parts of two seasons with the Hub City team before being traded to the Titan at the 2014 Draft as part of a three-team deal that would eventually see the Wildcats wind up with American forward Cameron Askew.

In 102 regular season games to date, Simpson has 25 goals and 40 assists with a plus-two rating.