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Buchnevich invited to Russia WJC camp; Skjei to USA camp

Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) was invited to Russia’s World Junior Championship tryout camp. Buchnevich was one of 29 players invited to Russia’s camp. The 18-year-old forward sustained a concussion last month, but was in the lineup today for Severstal, indicating he is good to go.

Brady Skjei was invited to the USA WJC camp, one of eight defensemen to be invited. Skjei is expected to make the club.

The Rangers do not have any prospects that were selected for Canada’s WJC camp. As far as I know, Sweden has not released their camp roster yet.

HF: Rangers have #27 farm system

HockeysFuture has released this year’s organization farm system rankings, and the Rangers have slipped from #17 last year to #27 this year. They note that strengths are prospects with intriguing NHL potential at forward and defense, and some high-risk, high-reward prospects (Anthony Duclair, Pavel Buchnevich). Weaknesses are mostly depth related, since the club has graduated a large number of prospects to the NHL level, especially at defense. The note goaltending as an issue, but it should be made clear that Cam Talbot does not qualify as a prospect anymore (by HF standards) due to his age.

I tend to agree with what HF has said, especially since we all have a habit of overvaluing prospects for the teams we root for. That said, the biggest weakness (aside from blue line depth) is the lack of “star” power. Chris Kreider’s stock has taken a hit, but it doesn’t matter since he will graduate this year anyway. Kristo is the only bonafide top-six forward prospect. Others are all bottom-six material. Of course, many teams would kill to have this problem, since the Rangers have a very young team at the NHL level, and have the time to restock the farm.

Around the farm: Struggling Pack routed by Providence

* Just a note: I know that I’ve said I will get these out daily. Had a bit of a rough start to the month. Luckily the Euro prospects are all on break. Will continue to try to get these out as much as possible.

The Hartford Wolf Pack are certainly struggling. After starting the season with five straight wins, the Pack have dropping to 7-5-0-2, including a 0-3-0-1 run. While this can be expected, since the team lost two top players (Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller) and its starting goalie (Cam Talbot), the past two games against Providence have been downright embarrassing. Two nights ago, the Pack lost 8-5, and last night they lost 6-0. This is a team that needs to take a step back and re-find its identity.

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Around the Farm: Fast injured in Pack loss

Jesper Fast left last night’s game with the Hartford Wolf Pack unable to put pressure on his right leg after falling in the corner in the first period. Fast did not return to the game (Pat Leonard later tweeted that the injury was a sprained ankle) as the Pack lost their second straight to Springfield by a score of 3-2. Danny Kristo and Stu Bickel scored for the Wolf Pack, with Aaron Johnson, Marek Hrivik, and Oscar Lindberg contributing assists.

  • Hartford Wolfpack (L 3-2)

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Around the Farm: McIlrath notches another goal in Pack shootout loss

Dylan McIlrath is starting to show why the Rangers drafted him in the first round of the 2010 draft, as he notched his third goal of the season in Hartford’s 3-2 shootout loss to Springfield. McIlrath was never known for his scoring, but he is starting to put up points at an average of slightly below a point every other game. The Undertaker, as he is called, has also made significant strides in his defensive play while remaining a physical force on the blue line.

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Around the Farm: Allen, Kristo, Fast with multi-point nights in Wolfpack win

Danny Kristo (1 G, 2 A), Jesper Fast (2 A) and Connor Allen (1 G, 1 A) led the way for the Hartford Wolfpack tonight en route to a 5-3 win over Bridgeport. Marek Hrivik, Oscar Lindberg, and Micheal Haley also contributed with goals as the Pack improved to 7-2-0-1, tops in the Eastern Conference.

I apologize for the week hiatus with these. I’m trying to get them out daily, but sometimes life does get in the way.

  • Hartford Wolfpack (W 5-3)
    • Danny Kristo: 1 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +2
    • Oscar Lindberg: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1
    • Jesper Fast: 0 G, 2 A, 0 PIM, +1
    • Andrew Yogan: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Kyle Jean: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +2
    • Ryan Bourque: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
    • Marek Hrivik: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Michael St. Croix: 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, Even
    • Dylan McIlrath: 0 G, 1 A, 4 PIM, +1
    • Connor Allen: 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Tommy Hughes: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Jason Missiaen: 21 shots, 18 saves

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Patience the key for Danny Kristo

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Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Given the current lack of offense and the injuries to key players, the Rangers may be very tempted to promote Danny Kristo from the AHL for a short term fix. Kristo is off to a very exciting start with six goals and nine points in his first nine games as a member of the Wolf Pack who, despite routinely losing players to the needy Rangers, have started out very well with a six wins in their first nine games.

Kristo has already grabbed four powerplay goals and has proven to be an offensive weapon for the ‘Pack. Kristo however is likely to be allowed to build on his fast start and deliver some extended consistency. Given what Kristo offers to a team there simply isn’t room in New York despite the injuries. With the progression Kreider and Miller have begun to show, and their extra familiarity with the organisation, they are in the box seat in terms of staying in New York and Kristo would be wasted as a bottom six guy in New York.

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Around the Farm: Shorthanded Wolfpack drop first game of season

The Hartford Wolfpack, missing J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter, and Cam Talbot, lost their first regulation game of the season to the Portland Pirates by a score of 4-2. Danny Kristo and Kyle Jean scored for the Pack, while Michael St. Croix was held off the score sheet in his AHL debut. See below for the scoring lines for all prospects in action in the AHL, OHL, and QMJHL.

  • Hartford Wolfpack (L 4-2)
    • Danny Kristo: 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
    • Oscar Lindberg: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
    • Andrew Yogan: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Kyle Jean: 1 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, +1
    • Ryan Bourque: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Marek Hrivik: 0 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, -1
    • Michael St. Croix: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Dylan McIlrath: 0 G, 1 A, 7 PIM, +1
    • Connor Allen: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
    • Tommy Hughes: 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Jason Missiaen: 30 shots, 26 saves

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Around the Farm: Spelling, Buchnevich held scoreless

Thomas Spelling (5th, 2012) and Pavel Buchnevich (3rd, 2013) were both held scoreless tonight in their games in Hockeyligaen and the KHL, respectively. Shift time was not available for Spelling, but Buchnevich played a shade under 15 minutes as a rookie on a poor Severstal squad. Buchnevich’s team may be bad, but the kid has looked good and is getting invaluable experience as a third line player in the KHL as an 18-year-old.

  • Thomas Spelling (SønderjyskE, Hockeyligaen; W 3-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
  • Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; SOL 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even

Around the Farm: Conor Allen nets first pro goal as Pack stays unbeaten

Connor Allen, the last defenseman cut from the roster during preseason, notched his first professional goal last night in Hartford’s 3-2 win over Portland. Danny Kristo also scored in the contest, with his goal holding up as the game winner. The scoring lines from all prospects from the AHL, CHL, NCAA, and international play are below.

  • International
  • CHL
    • Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, OHL; W 6-2): 0 G, 1 A, 6 PIM, +3
    • Mackenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice, WHL; W 4-3): 31 shots, 28 saves
    • Anthony Duclair (Quebec Remparts, QMJHL; W 5-2): 1 G, 1 A, 0 PIM, +1
    • Ryan Graves (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL; W 3-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +2
  • Hartford Wolfpack (SOW 4-3)
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