Category: Prospects

Around the Farm: Spelling with two assists

Thomas Spelling continued his high scoring ways, notching a pair of assists in SønderjyskE’s 8-5 win in the Danish Hockeyligaen. Spelling now has a line of 2-5-7 in 5 games this season, which is tied for fourth on the team. MacKenzie Skapski and Ryan Graves were also in action tonight in the CHL.

  • Thomas Spelling (SønderjyskE, Hockeyligaen; W 8-5): 0 G, 2 A, 12 PIMs, +2
  • MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL; OTL 4-3): 32 shots, 28 saves
  • Ryan Graves (Charlottetown, QMJHL; L 9-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2

Andrew Carroll sent to ECHL; More AHL moves coming?

The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that forward Andrew Carroll has been demoted to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Carroll, a forward, was re-signed by the Pack in July after playing 24 games with the Whale/Pack on a PTO last season.

This move clears roster room for some additional moves. These moves could be clearing room for the eventual return of Jesper Fast, or signing of Brodie Dupont/Shawn O’Donnell, who are currently on PTOs. My gut instinct says that this is clearing room for Fast, who will likely be sent to the AHL once Ryan Callahan returns.

Around the Farm: Buchnevich returns after one game absence

Pavel Buchnevich was the only Rangers prospect in action today, returning to the ice after a one game hiatus due to unknown reasons. Buchnevich was held scoreless in 9:39 of ice time over 11 shifts. Buchnevich also finished with a -1 rating. See below for the full scoring line for Buchnevich.

  • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1

Wolfpack sign O’Donnell, Dupont to PTOs

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.

Around the Farm: Andersson and Graves in action tonight

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

Around the Farm: Buchnevich a late scratch for Severstal

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.

  • Tomas Spelling (
  • 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

St. Croix among 14 cut from Wolfpack camp

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:

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Balancing a prospects best interests against team results

Could Hrivik be well placed to become a Ranger despite being in the AHL?

Could Hrivik be well placed to become a Ranger despite being in the AHL?

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.

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Chris Kreider needs more seasoning

Kreider would be best served with big minutes in the AHL

Kreider would be best served with big minutes in the AHL

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.

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Around the Farm: Andersson continues comeback from injury in loss

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