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sergey zborovskiy

Confession: I just wanted to save this title for when it happens in the NHL.

One of the more interesting prospects for the Rangers this season has been Sergey Zborovskiy. When he was drafted he immediately became a somewhat polarizing player due to the Rangers taking him in the third round. While he was certainly shooting up the draft rankings, the Rangers’ definitely reached for him. Low and behold, last season Zborovskiy began to slowly add some more offense to his game. That is a natural progression that comes with being more comfortable in a new country and growing older.

Not all things were peachy last year though. While his point production and skating improved, he was still having difficulty breaking out of his own zone, costing him the spot on the Russian World Junior team. The Rangers still must’ve seen some potential and rewarded Zborovskiy’s improvement with an entry level contract. From the current look of things, he is beginning to reimburse the Rangers. So let’s break down the prospect that can potentially give the Rangers a nice defenseman with size.

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Dec
18

Wolf Pack win second in a row

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4

Hershey, PA, December 17, 2016 – Philip McRae’s third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner Saturday night at Giant Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won their second straight game, defeating the Hershey Bears by a score of 5-4.

Leading 3-1 going into the third period, the Wolf Pack held on through a wild third in which the two teams combined for five goals.

The loss was only Hershey’s second in regulation on home ice all season (10-2-3-1), and only the Bears’ second in regulation in their last 14 overall (9-2-2-1).

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Syracuse Crunch 1 (SO)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 16, 2016 – Adam Tambellini and Nicklas Jensen scored shootout goals, and Brandon Halverson made 26 saves and went 2-for-2 in the shootout, Friday night at the XL Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack broke an 0-4-0-1 streak with a 2-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch.

Brian Hart scored for Syracuse and Adam Wilcox made 28 saves.

“I thought we were tight defensively, they put a little bit of pressure on us in the third, and Halverson made some big saves,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “We had some great individual efforts in the shootout, and overall lots of good signs.”

All the offense in regulation came in a 15-second span early in the first period.

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Dec
15

Wolf Pack give up six in loss to SWB

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 14, 2016 – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito had a goal and an assist apiece, and Dominik Simon had four assists Wednesday night at the XL Center, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 6-2.

Nicklas Jensen and Chris Summers scored the Wolf Pack goals.

Despite a strong start, the Wolf Pack once again found themselves trailing after the first period.

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Dec
12

Wolf Pack lose in shootout, snap 10-game SO win streak

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Providence Bruins 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1 (SO)

Providence, RI, December 11, 2016 – A Hartford Wolf Pack streak of ten straight wins in shootouts came to an end Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins.

It was the first Wolf Pack shootout defeat since March 21, 2015, a 2-1 loss at Springfield.

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Dec
11

Second period dooms Pack against Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2016 – A four-goal second period propelled the Toronto Marlies past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-3, Saturday night at the XL Center.

The Marlies were quick to capitalize on the Pack’s early struggles, taking the game’s first lead at the 5:55 mark of the first period. Toronto’s Colin Greening was responsible for the score, depositing the rebound created by Brooks Laich shot past a diving Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (30 saves).

With tensions still running high from last weekend’s hotly contested series in Toronto, Tanner Glass and Richard Clune dropped the gloves at 16:13. The fight, largely won by Glass, not only brought the home crowd to their feet, but also ignited Hartford coach Ken Gernander’s squad.

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Dec
08

Gilmour scores as Pack lose again

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Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 7, 2016 – The Springfield Thunderbirds’ Joe Diamond and Tim Bozon both scored second period goals to propel the visiting Thunderbirds to a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford.

Despite taking just over four minutes to record their first shot on goal, the Wolf Pack managed to land several threatening attempts on Mike McKenna’s net in the game’s opening frame. Hartford’s best opportunity came when Matt Carey feed a cross-ice pass to an unmarked Boo Nieves, but like he did nine other times, McKenna came up with the save.

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Dec
08

Guest Post: Rangers future looks bright

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igor shestyorkin

The below is a guest post by Jake Weingarten (@TheJakeWeinz). He’s also got a good idea going, called Blueshirt Faithful, where anyone who wants to write a post about the Rangers is welcome to write on what they want, as often as they want. It gives a voice to people who don’t have/want a blog, but want to write here and there. His post below is a reminder that despite the slide, there is a bright future in New York.

 

The New York Rangers have become one of the NHL’s youngest forward corps. Most of the core group is under the age of 30, with the majority under the age of 25. They have also grown their minor league teams and have players from all around the world, which will help keep the youth infusion coming for years to come.

The Rangers have one of the oldest goalies in the league in Henrik Lundqvist, but they have some outstanding goalie prospects. Over the past few months, Rangers fans have gotten the attention of Russian goalie prospect Igor Shestyorkin. Shestyorkin, 20, has been playing for SKA of the KHL and has played some outstanding hockey. He was named KHL player of the month in October, he recorded 13 wins, 6 shutouts, and had a .950 SV%, and is the heir-apparent to The King. With college goalie prospects Tyler Wall (UMass-Howell) and Adam Huska (UConn) to add to Brandon Halverson and Mackenzie Skapski, goaltending is a major source of strength.

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Dec
05

Wolf Pack give up three in third, fall to Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a 3-2 lead after two periods against the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum, but Toronto scored three times in the third for a 5-3 win, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had taken the opener of the two-game set Saturday, winning 3-2.

Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Sunday, and John Gilmour and Chris Brown also scored, but Kerby Rychel and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists each for the Marlies, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist.

Milan Michalek tied the score at three for Toronto 2:33 into the third period, poking the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (32 saves), after he stopped a Colin Smith shot.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2

Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2016 – Marek Hrivik had a shorthanded goal and an assist, and Boo Nieves scored the third period game-winner Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams at Ricoh Coliseum.

Magnus Hellberg made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Justin Fontaine also scored for Hartford. William Wrenn and Kasperi Kapanen had the Marlies’ goals, and Garret Sparks made 27 stops.

The win gave the Wolf Pack their first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of Hartford’s 3-1 victory last Saturday at Lehigh Valley.

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