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Cloudy futures for Kristo, Bourque following cuts



The two big names that were cut yesterday were Danny Kristo and Ryan Bourque. Both likely aren’t pleased with being part of the second round of cuts, but neither stood out over the other competition. I’m not even talking about veteran competition, I’m talking about prospects: Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, Kevin Hayes, Anthony Duclair, Ryan Haggerty, and Marek Hrivik all played their way ahead of Kristo and Bourque in the prospect pipeline.

Both have their own unique situations that make their future with New York cloudy at best. Bourque, as we mentioned yesterday, is no longer waiver exempt. He will need to clear each time the Rangers send him down. Passing through now may not be a surprise, as teams are still evaluating their own prospects. Any team claiming him would need to give him an NHL roster spot or waive him again. Few teams are in a position to do that during camp evaluations.

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Around the Farm: Buchnevich held off the score board in win

After a string of multi-point games, Super Prospect Pavel Buchnevich for the fourth straight game. Clearly he’s a bust. Buchnevich now has a line of 5-4-9 in 12 games to start the KHL season. Buchnevich was the only prospect in action last night. CHL games resume tomorrow though.

  • KHL
    • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, W 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even

Wolf Pack camp opens, roster announced

The Hartford Wolf Pack opened training camp over the weekend, with their first preseason game coming on October 1 against the Albany Devils. There are 30 players in camp at the moment, with more to come as the Rangers trim their roster:

Goal (2): Jeff Malcolm, Mackenzie Skapski

Defense (9): Nick Crawford, Troy Donnay, Sean Escobedo, Andrew Himelson, Dallas Jackson, Brandon Martell, Sam Noreau, Steve Spinell, Mikael Tam

Forwards (19): Tyler Brown, Mike Catenacci, Emerson Clark, Kyle Jean, Michael Kantor, Nick Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Pat Mullane, Chad Nehring, Logan Nelson, Richard Nejezchleb, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Trevor Parkes, Michael St. Croix, Vinny Saponari, Justin Vaive, Andrew Yogan

Some of the names should sound familiar, as a good number of these guys were a part of the first round of cuts made by the Rangers last week. It’s worth noting that Troy Donnay is eligible to return to the OHL for an overage season, but it’s likely the Rangers would prefer he make the AHL club.

Around the Farm: Halverson stellar again in win

Brandon Halverson continued his great start to the season, lifting the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL to a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Halverson made 35 saves in the contest on 37 shots after making 37 saves on 40 shots in his season debut. Keegan Iverson and Adam Tambellini are in action tonight, but I’m sick and may not last for the finish of those games.

  •  OHL
    • Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyhounds, W 3-2): 37 shots, 35 saves
  • WHL
    • Keegan Iverson (Portland, L 5-1): 0 G, 0 A, 10 PIM, -3
  • USHL
    • Tyler Nanne (Siuox Falls, OTL 2-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
  •  KHL

Around the Farm: CHL prospects return to action

Several Rangers prospects returned to action tonight following Wednesday’s cuts. Brandon Halverson was the stand out, stopping 37 shots in Soo’s 7-3 win. Ryan Mantha, Adam Tambellini, and Keegan Iverson also returned to action. With prospects returning to action, I’ll do my best to keep the ATF’s coming on a nightly basis.

  •  OHL
    • Ryan Mantha (Niagra Ice Dogs, L 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 5 PIM, -2
    • Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyhounds, W 7-3): 40 shots, 37 saves
  • WHL
    • Adam Tambellini (Calgary Hitmen, trailing 3-2 at time of posting): 1 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, Even
    • Keegan Iverson – game ended too late
  • KHL

Keep an eye on Cedrick Desjardins

While we all know that the Rangers success lives and dies with Henrik Lundqvist’s health and performance (as it should), there has always been an undercurrent of concern from the Rangers fan base about a lack of overall goaltending depth in the system. With Martin Biron retiring and Cam Talbot graduating to the NHL, the problem has become more pronounced, especially with Talbot likely to depart after this season in pursuit of more playing time.

Slats & Co. addressed this issue to an extent by drafting Brandon Halverson and Igor Shestyorkin this past June. As exciting as those two prospects are, Halverson will continue to ply his trade in the CHL for the foreseeable future while Shestyorkin will be firmly planted in the KHL. This creates a serious gap in viable options in Hartford in the event of injury. Read more »

Rise of Duclair and Buchnevich clouds the future of other forward prospects

Speedster Anthony Duclair put up 99 points for the Quebec Remparts last year

Entering training camp last fall, there was an intense battle for the final forward spots between youngsters Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo. Fast actually won the job out of camp, but an early injury combined with Kreider’s emergence put an end to the competition.

Miller, Fast, Lindberg and Kristo are all clearly on the fringe, and with a strong second-half, Ryan Bourque joined the fray. Free agent signings Kevin Hayes and Ryan Haggerty are also in the mix for NHL jobs in the near future.

Miller looks all but assured of a spot out of camp this year, but that means there are still as many as five more near-NHL ready forwards knocking on the door. Read more »

Around the Farm: Buchnevich with four points over last two games

Pavel Buchnevich continued his torrid start in the KHL this season, notching two goals and two assists over two games (both wins). Buchnevich garnered attention last season as an 18-year-old playing significant minutes in a seniority-based league. This year, Buchnevich is showing that he not only belongs, but he can be an offensive juggernaut. Buchnevich has a line of 5-4-9 in 8 games thus far.

  • KHL
    • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, W 4-3/W 5-2): 2 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +3
  • NLA (Swiss-A)

Quick note about the NLA, I can’t find an English translation for their site, so I go based on HockeyDB’s stats.

ATF: Baby Rangers finish 6th at Traverse City

The Baby Rangers fell to the Minnesota Wild 6-3 in the 5th place game at the Traverse City tournament yesterday, solidifying a sixth place finish after going 1-1-2 in the four games. The scoring for the Rangers was provided by their top line, as each player scored a goal. Mat Bodie had two assists as well.

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Michael Kantor
Josh Nicholls-Nickolas Latta-Logan Nelson
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Petr Zamorsky-Troy Donnay
Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Mackenzie Skapski in net.

Stats from the game after the jump. Pavel Buchnevich was also in action last night in the KHL. You can also view all of the stats from the tournament and all prospects on our Prospects Stats page.

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Around the Farm: Baby Rangers drop another in OT

The Rangers lost their second game in overtime last night, falling to the Hurricanes by a score of 3-2. The Rangers were able to tie the game late on a goal by the top line (Haggerty from Hayes and Duclair), but the Canes were able to win it on Trevor Carrick’s OT winner. The lines for tonight’s game were shaken up a bit, but that top line did remain in tact:

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Josh Nicholls
Logan Nelson-Nickolas Latta-Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Ryan Mantha-Petr Zamorsky
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Brandon Halverson in net.

Richard Nejezchleb was a scratch for the second straight game. Check after the jump for the stat line.

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