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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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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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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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The Baby Rangers topped the Baby Blackhawks by a score of 3-2 in the Traverse City Tournament opener this year. Malte Stromwall had a goal and an assist. Gabriel Fontaine had a pair of assists. Ryan Gropp and Sean Day  each had a goal, while Ty Running added an assist. Chris Nell made 28 saves.

The Rangers are up against Carolina next, with puck drop at 3:30 today. Here’s the lineup for that game:


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Ty Ronning

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

20 – Ty Ronning (RW) – Ronning is admittedly one of my favorite prospects in the system. I am drawn to the small pests who can also chip in on offense, it is why players like Brad Marchand and Brendan Gallagher are among my favorite players. Ronning has been cursed with two things that have diminished his value as a prospect, his size at 5’8″ and the absolutely horrible Vancouver Giants team that he plays on.

The story with Ronning is simple, he is a buzz saw. Great on the forecheck, knows how to get to the front of the net and also has the quick hands that actually make him effective there too. Unfortunately for him, being part of a poor Vancouver Giants team hasn’t exactly allowed him to display his skills at that level consistently.

Here is the kicker. Just like his dad who was absolutely fearless on the ice, during Ronning’s brief stint with the Hartford Wolfpack, we not only saw his game transfer against bigger pros, but also saw it being used successfully. Ronning was still forechecking like a mad dog forcing turnovers from players who may be five inches taller than him simply because of his speed and smarts. He was a big component of his line actually being able to cycle the puck for an extended period of time which Hartford hasn’t been able to do much that season.

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In some not-so-good news, it looks like Filip Chytil’s chances of making the Rangers out of camp took a severe and potentially crippling blow. Per Alex Nunn, citing a Czech report, Chytil suffered the injury during the U20 Four Nations Tournament.

Chytil had an outside shot of making the roster this year, but it appears that he will remain in the Czech leagues this year instead. Hopefully the injury isn’t that serious, and he did play the next two games, so perhaps just some rest is needed. Either way, it’s something worth monitoring.

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I’m a little delayed on this, but here is the roster for the 2017 Traverse City Tournament. The Rangers have participated in the event for the past 11 years. In each of those tournaments, at least one player in the tournament has played with the Rangers. This year appears to be no different, with a few kids fighting for roster spots on the TC roster.

The tournament kicks off on September 8, with the round robin portion ending on September 11. There will be at least one additional placement game on September 12.

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