Archive for Prospects
There aren’t many bright spots on the blue line for the Rangers this year, nor are there NHL ready prospects in the system that can offer much of an improvement without significant development cost. The only prospect that is really worth mentioning in terms of being ready for the NHL is Ryan Graves.
Graves, by most accounts, is having a solid year in Hartford. Playing on the top pair and in all situations, Graves has a line of 5-14-19 in 42 games. That leaves him two points shy of last year’s full season totals. The 6’4″, 220 lb left handed defenseman is a smooth skater and puck mover, and has been defensively sound and one of the few bright spots on a pretty bad Hartford Wolf Pack team.
St. John’s IceCaps 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 14, 2017 – Late third-period goals for the St. John’s IceCaps 1:29 apart, by David Broll and Anthony Camara, sent the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-2 defeat Saturday night at Mile One Centre, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.
The Wolf Pack had defeated the IceCaps the night before, winning 2-1 in overtime.
Steven Kampfer and Nicklas Jensen scored power-play goals for the Wolf Pack Saturday, and Brandon Halverson made 30 saves. Max Friberg and Alexandre Ranger had the other St. John’s goals, and Tom Parisi added two assists. Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis was the winner in net, with 24 stops.
Hartford Wolf Pack 2, St. John’s IceCaps 1 (OT)
St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 13, 2017 – Chris Brown’s goal at 2:07 of overtime gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at Mile One Centre, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams in St. John’s.
On the winning play, Brown, who had been denied on a chance moments earlier by IceCap goaltender Charlie Lindgren, re-gathered the puck, cut across the middle of the zone and down the slot, and fired a hard snap shot cleanly past Lindgren on the stick side.
“It’s just, get pucks on net and hopefully they go in,” Brown said. “The first one, I had a couple of rebounds and they just didn’t go in. But [Mat Bodie] made a great read, setting a nice little pick for me, and I kind of walked down and just shot it. And fortunately it went in.”
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 1
Rochester, NY, January 11, 2017 – Nicklas Jensen scored twice, and Brandon Halverson made 31 saves Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 3-1.
Matt Carey also scored for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a two-game losing streak, and John Gilmour had two assists. Cole Schneider scored the only Rochester goal.
“Great team effort for the win,” Jensen said. “I think we controlled most of the game. They had 10, 15 minutes in the second period when they had some chances and had some [offensive] zone time, but in the long run I think we played a really solid game, solid defense. We boxed out really well, stuff we talked about before the game, and even if they had o-zone time, it was on the outside. We’re really happy about how we played defensively, and that’s what transferred into our offense tonight.”
Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
Providence, RI, January 8, 2017 – Anton Khudobin made 21 saves for the Providence Bruins Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, to hand the Hartford Wolf Pack their second shutout-against of the season in a 3-0 Providence win.
Ben Marshall’s first career AHL goal was the game-winner, and Alex Grant and Sean Kuraly scored in the third period for the Bruins. Danton Heinen had two assists. Magnus Hellberg made 24 saves for the Wolf Pack, who were playing their third game in three days and fourth in six days.
“We had our bright spots in the game, we had our chances,” Wolf Pack defenseman Ryan Graves said. “The shots were fairly even. Hellberg gave us a chance to win, it’s just kind of one of those nights. Three in three is tough, but that’s not really an excuse. We could have had a better game, and we kind of left the points out there.”
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
By Chris Kohler
Hartford, CT, January 7, 2017 – Bracken Kearns’ second-period goal held up as the game-winner for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, in a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center.
Ryan Graves had the only Wolf Pack goal of the game, and Michael Dal Colle also scored for Bridgeport. Jaroslav Halak started the game in the Sound Tiger net and stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced, before having to leave the game due to an injury. Stephon Williams was forced to stop only two shots in relief. Brandon Halverson made 28 saves for the Wolf Pack.
Dal Colle opened the scoring at the 14:42 mark of the first period, moving down the left side in the Wolf Pack zone and using defenseman Steven Kampfer as a screen, to fire a shot past Halverson’s catching glove.
Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1
By Chris Kohler
Hartford, CT, January 6, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg made 31 saves, and Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Brown scored goals 1:23 apart in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, to carry the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The victory snapped a season-high streak of four straight regulation losses for the Wolf Pack.
The Phantoms got off to an early lead just a little more than a quarter into the first period, after the Wolf Pack tested Phantom goalie Anthony Stolarz with several shots. Jordan Weal netted the game’s first goal for the Phantoms at 5:43, assisted by Danick Martel and T.J. Brennan.
Springfield Thunderbirds 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Springfield, December 30, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack battled back from a 2-0 deficit against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the MassMutual Center, but could not counter an early third-period goal by Jared McCann in a 3-2 loss.
The defeat was the Wolf Pack’s second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak. The Thunderbirds’ win snapped an 0-3-1-0 drought.
Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, December 27, 2016 – The Providence Bruins’ Jordan Szwarz notched the third period winner Tuesday night, as the Bruins skated past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, at the XL Center.
Hartford dominated the majority of game’s opening frame, but with just one minute to play, the scoreboard remained unblemished. After failing to convert on a number of promising chances, the Wolf Pack’s up-tempo offense was finally able to break through at the 19:25 mark, when Adam Tambellini sent a gorgeous snap-shot into the top-right corner of Malcolm Subban’s net. The goal, Tambellini’s sixth of the year, was assisted by Nicklas Jensen and Robin Kovacs.
On the opposite end of the ice, Hartford net-minder Jeff Malcolm, playing his first AHL game of the year, denied all seven of the attempts that came his way, sending the Pack into the dressing room with a 1-0 advantage.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
Bridgeport, CT, December 26, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen scored a natural hat trick, the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first hat trick of the season, Monday night at Webster Bank Arena, to lead the Wolf Pack to a 5-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The victory extended the Wolf Pack’s longest winning streak of the season to four games, and brought Hartford (11-14-3-1, 26 pts., .448) to within one point of sixth-place Springfield in the Atlantic Division.
“We started off okay, but definitely as the game went on, it was better and better,” Jensen said. “Our whole team played a strong defensive game, and at the end we took over. I think we’re playing as a team right now, and we’re having fun together and enjoying going to the rink. Everything’s obviously a lot more fun when we’re winning, and we have a good streak going, so we’ve got to keep it going.”