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mike vecchione

Earlier this week I looked at a pair of NCAA free agents that the Rangers would be smart to target. Today, let’s take a look at five more.

Mike Vecchione The first player on the list is Vecchione. Vecchione would be a really interesting add for the Rangers/Wolf Pack. The captain of Union College has been one of the more dynamic centers in the NCAA. Considering the Rangers center depth is certainly lacking at the AHL level, the Hobey Baker finalist can help that out a lot.

Tyler Sheehy – If the Rangers do not sign Vecchione, which is possible seeing how much the Flyers love him, the Rangers should and hopefully will target Tyler Sheehy. Similar to Vecchione, Sheehy is smallish but a dynamic center that has lit the NCAA up while with Minnesota. His 53 points in 31 games are speaking for themselves. At 21 years old, there are rumblings he would like to turn pro. Getting him on an ELC would be a great low-risk move.

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Ty Ronning joins Wolf Pack on ATO

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Ty Ronning

Ty Ronning, the Rangers’ 7th round pick in 2016, will be joining the Hartford Wolf Pack on an ATO for the rest of the season. Ronning wrapped up his fourth season in the WHL, finishing with a line of 25-28-53 in 68 games. That’s six goals off his totals from the prior year.

The 5’9″, 170 lb winger is Cliff Ronning’s son, and has been one of the more intriguing picks by the Rangers over the past years. Clearly skilled and fast, Ronning has the tools to make it to the NHL. The only issue is going to be his size, however that seems to be less of a barrier lately.

The Pack desperately needs an injection of youth, and it wouldn’t shock me to see Ronning sign an ELC this summer and join the Pack full time next year.

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neal pionk

Although the Rangers finally have a first round pick, they will need some more prospects to fill out the organization. They are already linked to KHL defenseman Alexei Bereglazov, but given their history of signing NCAA free agents, we should expect that again this year.

Undrafted NCAA prospects are interesting assets. A majority of them don’t make it to the NHL, most likely because of age. The older you are in the NCAA, the higher the expectations to succeed, since you are in your prime years. Over at Canucks Army have numerous methods in predicting prospect success. One major find is that undrafted NCAA players seem to have a higher chance at making an NHL impact if they leave during their sophomore year, junior the latest.

That said, an organization is run from top to bottom so if certain NCAA guys can become solid AHL contributors, then it is just as beneficial for the Rangers.

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Pack loses again to Baby Pens

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 21, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack’s frustrations against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Wolf Pack fell to 0-7-0-0 on the year against the Penguins with a 5-2 loss.

Chris Brown and Marek Hrivik had goals for the Wolf Pack Tuesday, but former Wolf Pack Ryan Haggerty scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon had two assists apiece.

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Bridgeport hands Pack fifth straight loss

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Bridgeport, CT, March 12, 2017 – Taylor Beck and Marek Hrivik had a goal and an assist each for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at Webster Bank Arena, but three Bridgeport Sound Tiger power-play goals were too much for the Wolf Pack to overcome in a 5-2 loss

John Landry, Michael Dal Colle and Andrew Rowe all scored on Bridgeport man advantages, and Devon Toews and Josh Winquist had two assists apiece for the Sound Tigers. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves.

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Pack allow five straight in loss to Springfield

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Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Springfield, MA, March 11, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack built 2-0 lead Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, but the Springfield Thunderbirds stormed back to score the final five goals of the game, for a 5-2 victory.

Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Michael Joly assisted on both Hartford goals, and Jeff Malcolm made 40 saves in only his second AHL game of the year. Paul Thompson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, for Springfield, and defenseman Ian McCoshen had a goal and an assist.


The first period was scoreless until there were only 53.6 seconds left in the frame. That is when the Wolf Pack’s Fogarty took a pass from the left-wing boards from Joly, got behind defenseman Matt MacKenzie and beat Thunderbird goaltender Sam Brittain (13 saves) between the pads with a backhand-to-forehand deke.

That goal gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, despite a 16-9 shots disadvantage in the first period.

That same line would score again 5:38 into the second to double Hartford’s lead. Joly blocked a McCoshen pass behind the net and handed the puck to Fogarty on the left side. He fed to Adam Tambellini in slot, and his quick snap shot found the top corner on Brittain’s glove side.

The lead would evaporate in a span of 1:47 later in the period, however.

Thompson got Springfield on the board at 14:10 of the second, on a shot from the right-wing side, after Dryden Hunt got a cross-slot pass through from the left boards.

Anthony Greco then tied the game for the Thunderbirds at 15:57. Jared McCann set the play up from the left side, backhanding the puck towards the net, and Greco perfectly re-directed the feed, one-handed, high into the cage behind Malcolm.

Springfield carried that momentum into the third period and built on it, outshooting the Wolf Pack 15-1 in the third and scoring twice in the first 2:02.

Thompson gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the game, with what would turn out to be the game-winning goal, just 36 into the final session. Chase Balisy got his second assist of the game with a pass from behind the net to Thompson at the left side of the slot, and Thompson flicked the puck in from close range.

Just 1:26 thereafter, at 2:02, on a very similar play, Zack Lynch made it a two-goal Springfield lead with his second goal in ten AHL games on the season. This time it was Kyle Rau feeding the puck from below the goal line to Lynch, who connected from in tight to Malcolm’s right.

McCoshen completed the scoring at the 8:17 mark, on a long slap shot from the middle of the blue line that went past Malcolm’s catching glove.

The Wolf Pack wrap up a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon, with a 3:00 PM visit to Bridgeport to battle the Sound Tigers. All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at

The next Wolf Pack home game is Friday, March 24 vs. the Providence Bruins. That is a 7:15 PM game, and, as at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

Hartford Wolf Pack 2 at Springfield Thunderbirds 5
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – MassMutual Center

Hartford 1 1 0 – 2
Springfield 0 2 3 – 5

1st Period-1, Hartford, Fogarty 7 (Joly, Graves), 19:06. Penalties-Noonan Hfd (interference), 12:05; Weegar Spr (interference), 12:30.

2nd Period-2, Hartford, Tambellini 12 (Fogarty, Joly), 5:38. 3, Springfield, Thompson 13 (Hunt, Balisy), 14:10. 4, Springfield, Greco 10 (McCann, McCoshen), 15:57. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period-5, Springfield, Thompson 14 (Balisy, Weegar), 0:36. 6, Springfield, Lynch 2 (Rau, Acolatse), 2:02. 7, Springfield, McCoshen 4 (Hawryluk, McCann), 8:17. Penalties-Thompson Spr (high-sticking), 9:44; Graves Hfd (boarding), 10:26; Turgeon Spr (interference), 12:40; Jensen Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:06.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-5-1-15. Springfield 16-14-15-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 3; Springfield 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hartford, Malcolm 0-2-0 (45 shots-40 saves). Springfield, Brittain 2-1-0 (15 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Frank Murphy (29).

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Pack allow 8, blown out by Baby Pens

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 8, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 10, 2017 – Taylor Beck scored his first Hartford Wolf Pack goal Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but that was the only bright spot for the Wolf Pack in an 8-1 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot led the way for the winning side with a goal and three assists, and Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers had a goal and two assists apiece.

The Penguins took control of the game in the first period, building a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes.

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cale fleury

There is a lot of talk that this coming draft lacks guys who can be the face of the franchise, and while that is true, I think the dearth of it is vastly overblown. This draft has a lot of depth on defense and guys that could be had late. I would really like for the Rangers to perhaps make the most of the perceived bad draft and stock up on some mid round picks.

A month or so ago, I talked about a few OHLers on offense that I am interested in. Jonah Gadjovich was probably the most well liked guy and he just scored his 40th, so he will likely shoot up the rankings. I have two defensemen that I’d really like to look at, as well as a Russian forward. I’ll only be approximating draft pick position but I haven’t personally made a mock draft and won’t until a month or so before the draft.

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Scranton scores three in third, downs Wolf Pack

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 5, 2017 – A three-goal second period for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was too much for the Hartford Wolf Pack to overcome, as they fell 6-3 to the Penguins Sunday at the XL Center.

Nicklas Jensen had two goals for Hartford, and Matt Carey scored his fourth goal in the last four games. David Warsofsky and Jean-Sebastien Dea, though, had two goals and an assist each for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

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Halverson stops 30 in Wolf Pack loss

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 4, 2017 – Matt Carey scored for a third straight game for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the XL Center, and Brandon Halverson made 30 saves, but Wethersfield, CT native Colin McDonald’s goal with 1:56 left in the third period was the game-winner in a 3-1 Lehigh Valley Phantoms victory.

Chris Conner also scored for the Phantoms and Scott Laughton added an empty-netter with 1.9 seconds remaining. Alex Lyon got the win in net with 32 stops.

Although neither team could find the back of the net in the first frame, the Wolf Pack came out firing early in the contest, peppering Lyon with shots, including an Adam Tambellini deflection off of the post.

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