Baby Rangers Fall In OT; Advance To Traverse City Finals

September 14, 2011, by

Looks like the Baby Rangers won’t be going undefeated in the tournament after all, dropping the last game of round-robin play to the Baby ‘Canes 4-3 in overtime.  It stinks to see them lose, but they will advance to the finals of the TC tournament anyway.  Some notes:

  • Christian Thomas’ giveaway led to the winning goal, but the kid has had a strong tournament regardless.  He also added a goal and an assist this game.  He’s young and small, but he has the elusiveness and the offensive skill to make it in this league.
  • Tim Erixon is going to make the Rangers.
  • Shane McColgan is looking more and more like a steal every second he plays.  Sure, he has flaws and needs to refine some aspects of his game, but in a few years, he could be scary good.
  • I’m making Jon Audy-Marchessault’s nickname JAM.  Not because he goes and hits everyone, but because they are his initials.  I’m creative.
  • Speaking of JAM, the kid sure does have some hands, doesn’t he?
  • Most of the Rangers prospects getting the top minutes are showcasing speed, skill, character, and grit.  That’s a quality combination there.
  • Jason Missiaen rebounded nicely from what I thought to be a mediocre performance in the first game.  They weren’t all pretty, but he made 38 saves, which is a nice accomplishment.
  • Tommy Grant is one of the oldest players at the tournament, but he looks lost, doesn’t he?
  • J.T. Miller didn’t have an offensive touch this game, but he still plays the part of the grinder pretty well. In a weak 2011 draft, at least he gives you the effort you want from a player.
  • Has anyone seen Michael St. Croix?
  • Or Sam Noreau?
  • Let’s end this on a positive.  Tim Erixon.  Period.
Categories : Game Wrap-ups, Prospects


  1. Matt J says:

    I think I really underestimated Ryan Bourque. I think if he outplays Avery, Christensen, Feds he could find himself a roster spot. Same with Hagelin.

    • Dave says:

      I definitely underestimated him. I don’t think they put him on the roster unless he makes the top-nine though. Avery’s spot may be in jeopardy, and EC may wind up in CT if he’s not careful.

  2. wwpd says:

    we all heart the erixon kid and can’t wait to see how he performs in training camp. i can’t remember a ranger prospect who generated such universal anticipation among the fans since the ferraro twins, or maaaybe manny “The Next mark Messier” malhotra.

  3. KC says:

    I saw St. Croix, on the puck, forechecking and creating chances for his linemates, what games were you watching???