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.
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.
- 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
- Adam Tambellini (Calgary Hitmen, trailing 3-2 at time of posting): 1 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, Even
- Keegan Iverson – game ended too late
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, L 3-1 on Thursday): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
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 »
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 »
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.
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, W 4-3/W 5-2): 2 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +3
- NLA (Swiss-A)
- Calle Andersson (EV Zug): 2 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2
Quick note about the NLA, I can’t find an English translation for their site, so I go based on HockeyDB’s stats.
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.
Mackenzie Skapski in net.
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:
Brandon Halverson in net.
Richard Nejezchleb was a scratch for the second straight game. Check after the jump for the stat line.
Adam Tambellini netted the overtime winner last night against the Baby Sabres in Traverse City, as the Baby Rangers got their first win of the tournament. The Rangers tied the game on a shorthanded goal by Sam Noreau (his second of the tournament) in the second period before winning it in overtime. Mackenzie Skapski was phenomenal in net, turning aside 36 shots.
The lines for last night’s game were:
Stats after the jump.
The Baby Rangers kicked off the Traverse City tournament by taking on the Baby Stars, falling 4-3 in overtime on a goal by Brett Ritchie. The Rangers were up 3-1 heading into the third period with a five minute powerplay, but could not keep the Stars from tying the game. Here’s the stat line for the kids:
- Ryan Haggerty: 1 G
- Josh Nicholls: -1, 2 PIM
- Paxton Leroux: 1 A, +1, 7 PIM
- Troy Donnay: 2 PIM
- Bryan Moore: -1
- Kevin Hayes: -2
- Anthony Duclair: -1
- Chris McCarthy: -1
- Ryan Mantha: -2
- Keegan Iverson: -1, 2 PIM
- Daniel Walcott: 1 A
- Sam Noreau: 1 G, +1
- Adam Tambellini: -1, 2 PIM
- Nathan Burns: +1
- Richard Nejezchleb: 1 G
- Mat Bodie: 1 A
- Petr Zamorsky: -2
- Brandon Halverson: 30 shots, 26 saves
The Rangers prospects kick off the Traverse City Tournament tonight, taking on the Baby Starts tonight at 7pm EST. The Rangers have the following lines for the game, with more lines expected to come before the game:
Brandon Halverson will get the start
As more information becomes available, we will update this post. Blueshirts United will have highlights from the games, but they won’t be televised. However, the Rangers-Sabres game on Saturday will be live-streamed on Sabres.com, per Steve Zipay.