The Hartford Wolf Pack announced their first set of roster moves during camp and preseason, trimming the roster of ten players. These moves are in conjunction with the Rangers second round of cuts, made on Wednesday:
Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Goaltenders (1): Mackenzie Skapski
Forwards (1): Josh Nicholls
Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (4): Mike Catenacci, Emerson Clark, Chad Nehring, Trevor Parkes
Released from training camp tryouts:
Defensemen (1): Nick Crawford
Forwards (3): Nick Latta, Paxton Leroux, Logan Nelson
There are now 29 players in camp:
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Pavel Buchnevich was held off the score sheet for a fifth straight game. There’s not much to really fear here, especially after he rattled off six points in three games prior to this scoreless streak. He’s still a top prospect in the system, and all hopes are that he comes across the pond next year.
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, SOL 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Brandon Halverson, this year’s second round pick, has been solid for the Soo Greyhounds since his return from the Rangers. After two straight wins in which he posted a .935 SV%, Halverson led the Greyhounds to a 6-4 win over Sagniaw, stopping 29 of 33 shots last night.
Sorry about not getting this up last night, but hopefully this morning is a solid substitute.
- Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyhounds, W 6-4): 33 shots, 29 saves
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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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.
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, W 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
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.
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.
- Brandon Halverson (Soo Greyhounds, W 3-2): 37 shots, 35 saves
- Keegan Iverson (Portland, L 5-1): 0 G, 0 A, 10 PIM, -3
- Tyler Nanne (Siuox Falls, OTL 2-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
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
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 »
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 »