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Category: Prospects

Around the Farm: Buchnevich with four points over last two games

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.

  • KHL
    • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, W 4-3/W 5-2): 2 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +3
  • NLA (Swiss-A)

Quick note about the NLA, I can’t find an English translation for their site, so I go based on HockeyDB’s stats.

ATF: Baby Rangers finish 6th at Traverse City

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.

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Michael Kantor
Josh Nicholls-Nickolas Latta-Logan Nelson
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Petr Zamorsky-Troy Donnay
Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Mackenzie Skapski in net.

Stats from the game after the jump. Pavel Buchnevich was also in action last night in the KHL. You can also view all of the stats from the tournament and all prospects on our Prospects Stats page.

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Around the Farm: Baby Rangers drop another in OT

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:

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Chris McCarthy-Adam Tambellini-Josh Nicholls
Logan Nelson-Nickolas Latta-Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson

Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Ryan Mantha-Petr Zamorsky
Daniel Walcott-Dallas Valentine

Brandon Halverson in net.

Richard Nejezchleb was a scratch for the second straight game. Check after the jump for the stat line.

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Around the Farm: Tambellini nets OT winner at Traverse City

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:

Anthony Duclair-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Logan Nelson-Adam Tambellini-Chris McCarthy
Josh Nicholls-Bryan Moore-Michael Kantor
Paxton Leroux-Nickolas Latta-Keegan Iverson

Mat Bodie-Sam Noreau
Ryan Mantha-Dallas Valentine
Daniel Walcott-Troy Donnay

Stats after the jump.

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Around the Farm: Baby Rangers fall to Stars at Traverse City

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:

Rangers Traverse City lines

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:

Richard Nejezchleb-Kevin Hayes-Ryan Haggerty
Anthony Duclair-Adam Tambellini-Josh Nicholls
Chris McCarthy-Bryan Moore-Keegan Iverson
Paxton Leroux-Nathan Burns-Michael Kantor

Mat Bodie-Ryan Mantha
Petr Zamorsky-Sam Noreau
Daniel Walcott-Troy Donnay

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.

Around the Farm: Buchnevich with assist, 18 minutes of ice time

While Pavel Bucnhnevich may not dazzle you with point totals in the KHL (although he does have 1-2-3 in 4 GP so far), it should be noted that he is getting 15-18 minutes per game as a 19 year old in a league that has a seniority factor. Corey Pronman noted that very few players in the KHL have racked up that much ice time at such a young age.

Quick notes: NHL top-60 prospects; AHL signings

Some quick notes on this Thursday morning:

  • NHL.com released their top-60 prospects, and only one Ranger (Kevin Hayes) cracked the list at #49. That may seem a bit alarming, but it’s on par with what we’ve seen from other rankings. Although, it appears NHL.com’s list is heavy on who is closest to NHL ready, as top-end skill guys like Anthony Duclair and Pavel Buchnevich were noted as receiving votes. Brady Skjei also fell into that category.
  • The Hartford Wolf Pack are rounding out their roster adding forward Vinny Saponari and defenseman Steve Spinell to AHL deals. Saponari spent the majority of last season with Cleveland in the AHL, putting up 15-18-33 in 58 games. Spinell spent last year primarily with the South Carolina in the ECHL after four years at Miami of Ohio, putting up 1-8-9 in 58 games. Both will be depth players, and do not count towards the 50 contract limit.

Did Gordie Clark and Glen Sather out-draft a potato?

I’ve been on the record many, many, many times stating that we like where the team stands and the direction the front office has taken to get here. That said, I thought this would be a fun exercise, and it doesn’t change my opinion of the front office moves or draft choices. This post is meant to be satirical, don’t take it seriously.


During my normal internet time-sucks, I stumbled upon this post from Canucks Army, talking about the Canucks drafting problem, which is pretty rough following the 1999 draft. So they performed an exercise by taking the Vancouver draft history and pitting it against a potato. The idea was piggy-backed from Pension Plan Puppets and their running “Can the Leafs out-GM a potato” gag. So basically I’m piggy-backing off the piggy-backed post.

The phrase out-GM a potato made me laugh uncontrollably. I still giggle like a little school girl when I hear the phrase. You can imagine how long it took me to write these first two paragraphs.

Anyway, since the potato is a non-sentient starch product incapable of progressive thinking, there are set rules for said potato. The potato does not have access to game video, analytics, has never seen a game, and has never spoken to a scout, ever. After all, it’s a potato (or the Isles front office from 1995-2001, either one). It will draft following this set of rules (1-6 are the same rules followed at Canucks Army):

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Around the Farm: KHL season kicks off

The KHL season has kicked off, which means Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal) and Igor Shesterkin (SKA) have started their respective seasons. Here’s how each performed in their games so far this season (I will try to update on a game by game basis, but this update will have a few games lumped together):

  • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal,KHL)
    • vs. Torpedo (L. 2-0)
      • 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • vs.Traktor (W 3-2)
      • 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +2
    • vs. Dynamo
      • 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
  • Igor Shesterkin (SKA,KHL)
    • DNP in any game (served as backup in 3-2 win over HC Sochi, not dressed for other two games)
  • Calle Andersson (EV Zug, Champions League)
    • vs. ERC Ingolstadt (W 3-2)
      • 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • vs.Vitkovice Ostrava(W 3-2)
      • 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1