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Some surprising news. After terminating the contract of Robin Kovacs earlier this month, the Rangers are now in the process of terminating another prospect contract. This time it’s Malte Stromwall, per Chris Johnston.

Stromwall was an undrafted free agent signed by the Rangers before the 2016-2017 season. He spent the year in the AHL witha n unimpressive line of 2-4-6 in 44 games. This year Stromwall was sent to the ECHL, where he played a pair of games.

The 23-year-old Stromwall became a spare part in the AHL with some of the newer, more skilled kids coming in. If he’s in the ECHL, it makes sense he wants to go home.

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Oct
15

Chytil shines in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

Springfield, MA, October 14, 2017 – Filip Chytil had the game-winning goal and two assists, for his first North American pro points, Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Springfield Thunderbirds by a score of 4-3.

The game was the Wolf Pack’s first road outing of the season, after the club went 2-1-0-0 in three straight home games to begin the year.

Chytil, 18, the youngest player to suit up in the AHL since October of 1974, was playing in his second game since being assigned to the Wolf Pack by the parent New York Rangers on Tuesday.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Toronto Marlies 2

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Hartford, CT, October 13, 2017 – Boo Nieves had the game-winning goal and an assist, and Scott Kosmachuk added three assists, as the Hartford Wolf Pack downed the Toronto Marlies 5-2 Friday night at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack scored early, a developing trend for the team, thanks to Adam Tambellini and assists from Nieves and Kosmachuk. That goal occurred at 5:07 of the first period, and it was on the team’s first shot on goal of the game. After a series of penalties, the Wolf Pack was outshot in the first period 11-5.

The second period started uneventfully, but it did not stay that way for long. At 6:29, the Wolf Pack’s Matt Puempel changed the tone of the game by putting the rebound of his own shot past Toronto goaltender Garret Sparks (25 saves), making the score 2-0. Ryan Graves and Alexei Bereglazov were credited with the assists.

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Oct
09

Pack rights the ship, wins in shootout

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1 (SO)

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, October 8, 2017 – Adam Tambellini scored the only goal of the shootout, and the only Hartford Wolf Pack regulation goal, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Sunday at the XL Center, in a 2-1 Wolf Pack win.

The game featured a fine goaltending duel between the Wolf Pack’s Chris Nell, who made 28 saves and went 3-for-3 in the shootout, and Lehigh Valley’s Alex Lyon, who stopped 35 shots and was 2-for-3 on shootout attempts.

Just like Friday’s Wolf Pack opener, a 5-4 loss to the Charlotte Checkers, the Wolf Pack scored first in Sunday’s matchup. After Lehigh Valley racked up slashing penalties to T.J. Brennan and Phil Myers, the Pack was given a 5-on-3 opportunity. At the 9:40 mark, Joe Whitney snapped a pass to a wide-open Tambellini on the left back door. Defensemen Nick Pionk also assisted on the goal.

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Oct
07

Checkers’ three goal third stuns pack in season opener

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Charlotte Checkers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, October 6, 2017 – A three-goal Charlotte Checker comeback stunned the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, as the Wolf Pack saw a 4-2 third-period slip away in a 5-4 loss, in the 2017-18 season opener for both teams.

Warren Foegele’s second goal of the game with 59.8 seconds left gave the Checkers the win, after Valentin Zykov had tied the score on a power play at 13:06.

The Wolf Pack struck first just 54 seconds into the opening night action. Defenseman Ryan Graves received the puck from Dan Catenacci and let a shot go, and Cole Schneider was there to bang home the rebound.

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The Hartford Wolf Pack made some roster moves today, sending goalie Brandon Halverson to the ECHL and returning Sean Day to the OHL for his age-19 season. Day was in the mix for a Wolf Pack spot at 19 due to his “exceptional” status as an OHL draftee, but the Rangers opted to not rush him. There is nothing wrong with that.

As for Halverson, he was competing with Alex Georgiev and Chris Nell, and appears to be the odd-man out. If Georgiev is going to be the AHL starter, then it makes sense to get Halverson some work in the ECHL. That said, time is running out for the former second round pick.

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Oct
01

Robin Kovacs missing from Hartford camp?

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An interesting note, Robin Kovacs was not not he Hartford Wolf Pack training camp roster. There are some rumblings that he may be in Sweden based on his Instagram account, but it is strange that he’s not with the Pack.

Looking to rebound from a poor year last season, Kovacs was one of the first players cut from camp this year. It’s a little alarming that he’s not in camp this year, and with no official word on where he is, it makes you wonder.

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Time for the final addition of my prospect rankings this year. If you missed it, here are rankings 35-29rankings 28-21, and rankings 20-11. Without further ado:

10. Ryan Gropp, W – Ryan Gropp is a polarizing character on the Rangers prospect list. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of prospects more than I like Gropp, but given his physical traits and his quick release he may have a better chance at carving out an NHL career. It is hard for me to get excited about Gropp knowing the Rangers willingly passed on Daniel Sprong, Jeremy Bracco and Oliver Kylington and it is even worse when he hasn’t exactly made them look brilliant. While he is known to be a wonderful scorer with an NHL release, you would expect him to produce more as an overage guy in the WHL.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, he didn’t really get the offense going until halfway through the year when Islanders top prospect Matt Barzal returned to his pivot. His lack of offense was a major red flag, and coincidentally as it was becoming more profound we started getting prospect reports discussing Gropp’s drastically improved defensive play.

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Gropp (Photo: Seattle Thunderbids)

The Baby Rangers dropped another disappointing game, this time to the Red Wings by a score of 4-1. Ryan Gropp got the lone goal, with an assist from Brandon Crawley. Outside of that, there was nothing to write home about. Chris Nell made 32 saves on 35 shots.

The Rangers play the Stars today at 3pm in the 7th place game. A win would be super so they avoid last place.

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Sep
10

Baby Rangers blanked by Baby Canes

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Seven year old photo, for the win! (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

After their nice win over the Baby Hawks on Friday, the Rangers fell to the Baby Canes by a score of 4-0. The Canes have an impressive collection of prospects, so the blowout loss isn’t that surprising. Alex Georgiev stopped 29 of 32 shots.

The Rangers will take on the Red Wings on Monday to finish out round robin play. They will have one more game on Tuesday, opponent TBD.

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