Thomas Spelling was the only prospect in action today, notching a goal, two assists, and a +4 rating in SønderjyskE’s 7-1 victory. It is worth noting that Hockeyligaen isn’t exactly top competition, but it’s good to see Spelling excelling.
- Thomas Spelling (SønderjyskE, Hockeyligaen; W 7-1): 1 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +4
One or both of Miller and Kreider are expected to be recalled today.
After Arron Asham and Martin Biron were placed on waivers yesterday, there was a lot of discussion about what moves the Rangers would be making. I heard everything from a trade (no specifics, just “they are going to make a trade”) to a much more rational call up. In my humble opinion, the Rangers aren’t going to make a trade and blow things up after five games, two of which they weren’t really outplayed. Waiving a backup goaltender and a fourth line player qualifies as minor moves, and minor moves will be made to replace them.
The first move is the easiest to assume: Cam Talbot will be called up from the Hartford Wolfpack. Talbot was one of the second round of cuts in preseason, and really surprised everyone with his strong play. People tossed around the idea of having Johan Hedberg come back, since he was brought in on a PTO during camp, but he would be contract #50 of the 50-contract limit. That move doesn’t really make sense.
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With the Rangers off to a 1-4 start, any attention not focused on the Blueshirts has been on the Hartford Wolfpack. Specifically, attention has been on Danny Kristo, J.T. Miller, and Chris Kreider. Some other attention has been on Oscar Lindberg and Brandon Mashinter as well.
The attention isn’t unwarranted. Kristo (2-3-5), Kreider (2-1-3), and Miller (4-0-4) are all making waves with fans with their offensive performances. Mashinter (0-3-3) and Lindberg (0-3-3) also have some pretty nice point totals through four games. But points only tell half of the story. Since #fancystats aren’t available for the AHL, we need to focus on stats that are available.
Focusing on Kristo/Kreider/Miller, let’s focus on shooting percentage and +/- (I know…). Both stats add a little more to the discussion about rushing kids based on point production.
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McIlrath is one of several prospects that may be considered soon
The Rangers entered the regular season with multiple inconveniences behind them, so the horrid start to the regular season does come with some sort of asterisk attached to the team record. With a long road trip, multiple key injuries, a bloated (but necessary) preseason roster, and a new system all to deal with it is clear to see that the Rangers are well behind the eight ball four games in.
Despite all the issues Alain Vigneault and his team has had to deal with, and despite it being four games in, there has been no sign of progress and many of the same players are making repeated mistakes. Is it too early for Alain Vigneault to make an example out of a player or two?
It just so happens that while the Rangers struggle so horribly at both ends of the rink, many Ranger prospects (deemed not ready for the NHL) are off to terrific starts to the season down in the AHL. Danny Kristo has five points in three games, seven shots, and two powerplay goals already.
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Boo Nieves and the Michigan Wolverines kicked off the 2013-2014 season with a win, beating the #4 Boston College Golden Eagles by a score of 3-1. Nieves was held scoreless in the opener as he looks to build upon his strong rookie campaign. Nieves was the only prospect in action tonight.
- Boo Nieves (Michigan Wolverines, W 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Anthony Duclair had a three point night for the Quebec Remparts tonight, notching a pair of goals and an assist –all on the powerplay– in Quebec’s 4-2 victory. Duclair has had a hot start to the season, with a line of 7-4-11 in 8 games.
- Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, OHL; W 3-2): 0 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, Even
- MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice, WHL; In progress): 18 shots, 17 saves
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL; W 4-2): 2 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; W 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- 15 shifts, 13:47 TOI, 3rd line as 18 year old
Thomas Spelling continues his solid start for SønderjyskE in the Danish league Hockeyligaen, notching a powerplay goal and a -1 rating in the 3-1 victory this afternoon. In six games this season, Spelling has a line of 3-5-8. However it is worth noting that the league is not of the greatest competition, so take his stats with a grain of salt until he can play against some better opponents.
Calle Andersson was the only other prospect in action last night. See below for the scoring lines.
- Thomas Spelling (SønderjyskE, Hockeyligaen; W 3-1): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- Calle Andersson (Malmo, HockeyAllsvenskan; W 3-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
In a bit of a rare move, Pavel Buchnevich played just 5 shifts for 3:19 TOI in Severstal’s 3-2 loss Sibir in the KHL. Buchnevich, who had been averaging around 12 minutes of ice time per game, did not play a shift after the first period. Alex Nunn noted that Severstal’s coach said he was “giving Buchnevich a break.” Bucnevich was the only prospect in action tonight.
Dylan McIlrath notched his first professional goal, scoring the eventual game winner in Hartford’s 4-3 win over the Albany Devils. McIlrath scored 4:36 into the third period, and the goal held up as the winner. J.T. Miller (2 goals, 1 assist), Chris Kreider (1 goal), and Danny Kristo (2 assists) also had strong games.
Up north, Anthony Duclair and MacKenzie Skapski were in action for their respective CHL teams. Overseas, Calle Andersson notched an assist in Malmo’s 4-2 victory. Be sure to check after the jump for all the scoring lines for the prospects in action today/tonight.
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; OTL 3-2 ): 0 G, 1 A, 4 PIM, Even
- Took a slashing penalty with 4 minutes left in the game that allowed Blainville-Boisbriand to tie the game.
- MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL): Did not play
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The Hartford Wolfpack kicked off their 2013-2014 season tonight, losing in a shootout to the Norfolk Admirals. Danny Kristo and Darroll Powe had the goals for the Wolfpack, with Micheal Haley, Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter, and captain Aaron Johnson notching assists. It is worth noting that Johnson was the captain, with Haley and Powe serving as the alternates. They may not be the most important players in the system, but they are clearly the guys the coaching staff will lean on to teach the young kids. These are three veterans that have the NHL experience to show these kids what it takes to make it to the show.
- Troy Donnay (Erie, OHL; W 8-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
- MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL; W 4-2): 28 shots, 26 saves
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