The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that they have signed forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brodie Dupont to PTOs. Both forwards were invited to camp as non-roster invitees, and outplayed some of the higher touted Ranger prospects. Both earned their PTOs, and will be with the team for a while longer.
Calle Andersson (4th, 2012) and Ryan Graves (4th, 2013) were both in action tonight. Both were held off the scoreboard in their games, but Graves did take two penalties in the second period. One was for checking from behind, the other for holding. Chatlottetown was able to kill off both calls. Be sure to check below for the scoring lines for both prospects in action.
- Ryan Graves (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL; W 4-3): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, Even
- Calle Andersson (Malmo Redhawks, HockeyAllsvenskan; L 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) was a late scratch for Severstal of the KHL in their 3-1 loss this afternoon. It is still unknown why he was a late scratch, but it is likely due to some minor or lingering issue. It is something that will be monitored to check the severity. Two other prospects (Tomas Spelling, Anthony Duclair) were also in action tonight. Be sure to check below for their scoring lines for their games.
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- Anthony Duclair (Quebec Ramparts, QMJHL; L 4-1): 0 G, 0 A 2 PIM, -2
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 3-1): Did not play, was a late scratch
The Hartford Wolfpack have cut 14 players from AHL camp. They have assigned four players to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (these are guys that are signed to ELC’s by the Rangers), they loaned another four to Greenville (AHL contracts, sent to ECHL), released another three from tryouts (and joining Greenville), and outright released another three. From the press release:
Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Samuel Noreau
Forwards (3): Josh Nicholls, Chris St. Croix, Jason Wilson
Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Goaltenders (1): Jeff Malcolm
Defensemen (2): Charlie Dodero, Mike Marcou
Forwards (1): Andrew Rowe
Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (3): Sean Ambrosie, Brandon Hynes, Matt Kirzinger
Released from training camp tryouts:
Defensemen (2): Sam Klassen, Jason Lepine
Forwards (1): Scott Arnold
The Pack now have 24 players remaining in camp:
With the Rangers facing the reality of opening the year without Ryan Callahan for at least a game and Carl Hagelin for much longer – without even considering the lack of practice time for Derek Stepan – would the Rangers be best prepared leaning on the veterans to begin the year?
With Jesper Fast and JT Miller tentatively penciled in for the Coyotes game, the Rangers intend to employ two important pieces of their future, now. Neither player figures to be in the top six based on practices and the varied reports from the beat writers.
As we saw with Chris Kreider, if a prospect doesn’t deserve to be with the big club, he won’t be. Sometimes even when a prospect deserves to be (as could be argued with all of Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, or Connor Allen) it’s in no ones interest to see those players marginalised for the sake of numbers.
Depending on who you ask, Chris Kreider getting sent down to the AHL to begin the year is either the right thing to do or a terrible setback for both player and organisation. Everyone has an opinion on Kreider, indicating just how important his development is still deemed to be. Yes, the Rangers would prefer to have one of their prized assets ready for the regular season but if he’s not there it isn’t a disaster.
Given the way Kreider has been mismanaged in the recent past and given the relative depth the Rangers have with NHL veterans – for the short term – Kreider would be best served playing big minutes in an offensive role in the AHL rather than scrapping it out for unproductive ice time with the likes of Powe and Asham at the NHL level.
If Kreider starts the year in Hartford, he would surely be playing with the likes of Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast or Marek Hrivik, all offensive players at that level and all likely to produce offense for the Wolf pack. Confidence and momentum are key considerations for a prospect and Kreider would be far better served being placed in a position to succeed and built up slowly.
Calle Andersson was back in action for Malmo in the HockeyAllsvenskan (2nd tier Swedish league) today, and his Redhawks lost 5-1 to Karlskrona. Andersson was held off the scoreboard today after notching a goal in his Malmo return. Unfortunately I cannot read Swedish, and the game box score only includes goals, assists, and PIMs. That means we won’t have any +/- stats available until someone can point me in a different direction for the box score. (Update: Alex Nunn let me know that Andersson was a -1 this game)
- Calle Andersson (Malmo, HockeyAllsvenskan; L 5-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
Over the past few weeks, the guys over at Copper n Blue (Oilers blog) have put together a voting contest where their fans vote on the best young core in the league. The guys at CNB have annually put together their list of top 25 guys under the age of 25, and many others have taken that idea and ran with it for their own teams. It is a great idea, and CNB took those posts and put together their tournament. The problem was that no Rangers blogger put together a list, leading them to call us a lazy blogging community. Well Mr. Zona and Mr. Reynolds, challenge accepted.
The ground rules for this are simple: To qualify for this list, a player must be under 25 years old. It doesn’t matter if this player is in the NHL, AHL, or in any of the leagues around the world. If they are Ranger property and under 25, they were considered. This is my own personal opinion of these players, so if you disagree, feel free to let me know in the comments.
1. Ryan McDonagh
Anthony Duclair added to his hot start with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, notching another pair of goals and tacking on an assist in Quebec’s 6-2 win over Rimouski. Across town, fellow 2013 draftee Ryan Graves was held scoreless with four PIMs in a 3-2 shootout win for Charlottetown. Over in the KHL, Pavel Buchnevich was a +1 with 16 shifts for 12:16 TOI in Severstal’s 5-4 overtime loss to Spartak Moscow. See below for full line scores for the two prospects in action today.
- Ryan Graves (Charlottetown, QMJHL; SOW 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, -1
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; W 6-2) 2 G, 1 A 0 PIM, +2
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; OTL 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1
One of the more intriguing prospects in the Rangers system is Calle Andersson, an offensive defenseman currently playing in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan (second tier league). The 19-year-old defenseman is good enough to play in the SHL (top tier Swedish league), but is better served getting the ice time needed for his development in HockeyAllsvenskan. That said, he was suffering from a nagging injury (wrist?) and did not make his 2013 debut until yesterday, notching a powerplay goal in his return. Two other prospects were in action last night as well. See below for their scoring lines from last night.
- Calle Andersson (Malmö, HockeyAllsvenskan; W 4-3): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, OHL; W 2-1): 0 G, 0 A, 7 PIM, Even
- MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL: L 6-3): 40 Shots faced, 35 Saves, 5 GA