Just a quick note: 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei, currently on the top defense pairing at Minnesota, is week-to-week following a lower body injury. Skjei had put up 1-2-3 in 6 games with the top-ranked Golden Gophers prior to the injury.
Skeji is likely to turn pro following this season with Minnesota.
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When the Rangers get healthy in a couple of weeks their line-up will be set – barring a fresh injury or a dramatic loss of form. The Rangers will be dressing a veteran heavy line-up even though several regulars are still in the young category.
Meanwhile down in the AHL, the Hartford WolfPack has started the season strongly (7-2-1 as of Wednesday) and are being led offensively by a handful of prospects. Among others, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty, Danny Kristo, J.T. Miller, Mat Bodie and Jesper Fast are all having productive seasons offensively. Including Haggerty (in his rookie pro season but still with six points in ten games) all of the above are playing consistent hockey and are close to a point per game.
This kind of collective form offers an organisation exactly the kind of problems they want. On the one hand the Rangers don’t have any space for prospects in New York – certainly not in positions where enough ice time is available – but on the other hand they want a steady stream of players knocking on the door putting pressure on the established core. However, a problem starting to develop in the Rangers organization is that several prospects may see their paths blocked in both the short and long term.
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The Hartford Wolf Pack made two roster moves today, recalling goalie MacKenzie Skapski from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warrios, and assigning
defenseman forward Chris McCarthy to the ECHL. Skapski, a first year pro out of the WHL, played one game with Greenville, posting a .906 SV% and 3.17 GAA. McCarthy , also a first year pro out of UVM, did not play in any of the first four games for the Pack.
Update: Hartford has released forward Richard Nejezchleb from his PTO. He will rejoin the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL for his over-age season.
Mat Bodie notched the game winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack with 18 seconds remaining in the third, propelling the Pack to a 5-4 win over Worcester. Conor Allen, Ryan Bourque, Oscar Lindberg, and Danny Kristo –so basically 95% of the big prospect names– also scored for the Pack, who remain undefeated in regulation.
Below are the lines from the rest of the kids in action. Note that WHL games are late, and don’t finish when these post. The line for Keegan Iverson is through a point in the game.
- Wolf Pack (W 5-4):
- Jesper Fast: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- J.T. Miller: 0 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, -1
- Mat Bodie: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Conor Allen: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Sam Noreau: 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, Even
- Dylan McIlrath: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Ryan Bourque: 1 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, -1
- Marek Hrivik: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Oscar Lindberg: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Danny Kristo: 1 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +2
- Ryan Haggerty: 0 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Keegan Iverson (Portland Winterhawks Up 2-1 in 2nd): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Almost every prospect was in action over the weekend. The Hartford Wolf Pack went 1-0-1 to stay unbeaten in regulation to start the season. The Pack beat Portland 2-1 and lost in overtime to Hersey 1-0. The Pack have allowed five goals over three games to start the season, but have scored just six. The defense appears to be improved from last year, and the offense should come around. See below for the full stat lines from the weekend.
In the NCAA ranks, Steven Fogarty racked up five points in two games, including a four point performance as he captained Notre Dame to a combined 10-4 pair of victories.
- Hartford Wolf Pack (W 2-1, OTL 1-0):
- Jesper Fast: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- J.T. Miller: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Mat Bodie: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Conor Allen: 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, Even
- Sam Noreau: 0 G, 0 A, 5 PIM, Even
- Dylan McIlrath: 0 G, 0 A, 13 PIM, Even
- Ryan Bourque: 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, Even
- Marek Hrivik: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Oscar Lindberg: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Danny Kristo: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Ryan Haggerty: 1 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, Even
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Brandon Halverson was the only prospect in action last night, as Ryan Mantha was scratched for Niagra. Halverson and the 7-0-0 Soo Greyhounds made it 8-0-0 as they squeaked by North Bay by a score of 5-4. Halverson stopped 29 of 33 shots.
- Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyhounds, W 5-4): 33 shots, 29 saves
Pavel Buchnevich was the only prospect in action tonight, as Severstal lost 5-3 to Lokomotiv. Buchnevich was held off the score sheet in the contest.
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, L 5-3): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
The Hartford Wolf Pack won their opener tonight, winning in overtime to beat Syracuse 4-3. Oscar Lindberg had a pair of goals, including the OT winner, and Mat Bodie had two assists in the victory. Chris Mueller had a goal and an assist and Marek Hrivik added another goal. Lots of prospects were in action tonight too.
- Wolf Pack (OTW 4-3):
- Mat Bodie: 0 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Conor Allen: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Sam Noreau: 0 G, 0 A, 6 PIM, -1
- Dylan McIlrath: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Ryan Bourque: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Marek Hrivik: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Oscar Lindberg: 2 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Danny Kristo: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +1
- Ryan Haggerty: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2
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Brandon Halverson remains perfect this season at 6-0-0, stopping 34 of 38 shots en route to a 7-4 victory for the Soo Greyhounds. The Greyhounds and the Erie Otters (Troy Donnay’s team) are the only two teams with undefeated records in the OHL through six games.
At the time this posted, the Portland Winterhawks game did not finish.
- Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, SOW 5-4): 0 G, 1 A, 5 PIM, +2
- Ryan Mantha (Niagra Ice Dogs): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyounds, W 7-4): 38 shots, 34 saves
- Daniel Walcott (Blainsville-Boisbriand Armada, W 4-1): 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +2
- Keegan Iverson (Portland Winterhawks, trailing 2-1 in 2nd): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM -1
- Tyler Nanne (Sioux Falls Stampede, L 6-4): 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, -2
Troy Donnay, recently re-assigned by the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Erie Otters of the OHL for his over-age season, notched a goal and an assist while serving as alternate captain in an 8-3 win over the Kitchener Rangers last night. A lot of prospects were in action last night as well.
- Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, W 8-3): 1 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, +4
- Ryan Mantha (Niagra Icedogs, L 4-3): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Daniel Walcott (Blainsville-Boisbriand Armada, SOL 6-5): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Tyler Nanne (Sioux Falls Stampede, L 4-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Brady Skjei (Minnesota Golden Gophers, W 4-3): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Steven Fogarty (Notre Dame Fighting Irish, L 3-2): Game stats unavailable