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Whale make six roster moves

Yesterday was a busy day for the Whale, as they made six moves to fill out the roster in time for their Calder Cup run. The Whale called up forwards Jason Wilson, Danny Hobbs, and Jordie Johnston, and goaltender Scott Stajcer from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. In addition, the Whale signed forward Michael Kantor and defenseman Charlie Dodero to ATOs from Sudbury in the OHL.

All six will be with the Whale for their next game on Friday.

Jason Wilson promoted to AHL

The Connecticut Whale have recalled forward Jason Wilson (2010 – 5th) from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Wilson was assigned to the ECHL on November 29 after missing the first 17 games of the AHL season with an injury. Wilson put together a scoring line of 1-4-5 with 53 PIMs in 20 games with Greenville.

Wilson played the entire 2011-2012 season with Greenville, putting together a line of 4-10-14 with 102 PIMs in 56 games.

Andrew Yogan and Jason Wilson sent to Greenville

If you’ve been following the Whale closely this season, then you’ve surely noticed that forwards Andrew Yogan (4th, 2010) and Jason Wilson (5th, 2010) have been healthy scratches injured for a good portion of the season. There are more forwards on the depth chart that are ahead of these two prospects, and it had been hurting their playing time.

Connecticut General Manager Jim Schoenfeld has decided to send them both to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. Considering Wilson has not played a game in the AHL all year, and Yogan hasn’t played since the 11th game of the year for Connecticut (netting one goal and a -4 rating in the process), this move isn’t that surprising.

In the ECHL, Yogan and Wilson will likely get more playing time, which should help their development. However, it’s worth noting that very few players who spend significant time in the ECHL make it to the pro level. Dan Girardi is the exception, not the rule.

HF: Rangers “Loaded” In Juniors

The Rangers upper management sure has been busy this month.  In all, the Rangers have signed six prospects out of the Canadian Juniors, with only one eligible player (Dan Maggio) remaining unsigned.  Leslie Treff at HockeysFuture took an in-depth look at the nine prospects that the Rangers had in juniors, which includes the six signed and three unsigned (including Maggio).  Treff predicts that only one player has a legitimate shot at making the club next year (Christian Thomas), while another top prospect (Dylan McIlrath) is likely headed back to Juniors.

It’s tough to disagree with Leslie here when it comes to where the prospects wind up.  Due to age restrictions, Thomas is either going to play for the Rangers or return to the OHL.  At the risk of repeating myself, I still think he makes the squad outright.  McIlrath is also a lock to be returned to the WHL.  As for the other players that signed (Ryan Bourque, Roman Horak, Scott Stajcer, Jason Wilson), all four will be spending at least one season with the CT Whale, as Leslie states in her article.

Where things get interesting are with Maggio, Randy McNaught, and Andrew Yogan. Treff states that Maggio likely will not be offered a contract, which means the Rangers rights to sign him will expire next week.  I am a little disappointed to hear that, because once Maggio was traded to Oshawa (Thomas’ club), he showed vast improvement in his game.  I was hoping he would be signed, and to be honest, I assumed he would be.  However, it appears that the Rangers are done signing their prospects, which leaves him out of the bigger picture.

McNaught, who was initially drafted to be a tough guy for the Rangers, he suffered a sever ankle injury that required surgery.  With last season being his over-age season in Canadian Juniors, he cannot return there next year.  Treff states that he likely will not be given an entry level deal because of this.

As for Yogan, the Rangers will retain his rights for at least another year, as he was a 2010 draftee who was not in his overage year in the CHL.  Yogan has talent, but his shoulder injury really hampered the Rangers decision making ability.  He played well in his ATO with the CT Whale this year, registering three points in two games.  With the Rangers approaching the 50 contract limit, there is no need to sign Yogan now, especially when there is a significant shoulder issue.

In regards to long-term development of these prospects, Thomas is the only one likely to be with the Rangers next season.  McIlrath is also going to be a Ranger at some point (barring a significant trade).  Stajcer’s path is blocked by Henrik Lundqvist, so the best case scenario is that he becomes either a viable backup for The King.  Bourque, Horak, and Wilson will likely be in CT for at least a season and a half, possibly longer.  None really project out to be top-six guys at the NHL level.  It doesn’t mean they aren’t useful pieces though.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of them packaged in a bigger deal.

A look At Jason Wilson; Draft Pick Signs

2010 draft pick Jason Wilson today signed with the Rangers. Wilson signed following a very successful season with the Niagara Ice Dogs in the OHL. Not just thanks to a deep playoff run but also personally (statistically), it was a successful year for Wilson. Wilson registered 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points, along with 94 penalty minutes and an excellent plus-20 rating.  He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating.

So what do we know about Wilson and what does it mean? Firstly winger Wilson turned a lot of heads in the Rangers training camp to begin this season. That may have been where the physical Wilson really became a legitimate prospect for the first time. Many wouldn’t have taken the 2010 5th rounder very seriously prior to camp given that he was an overage draft pick to begin with.

Wilson plays a physical style and best resembles Brandon Prust from the current crop of Rangers. Barring a spectacular pre season Wilson will begin next season with the CT Whale where he will have every chance to succeed, especially if several current Whale players (such as Brodie Dupont and Dale Weise) were to leave. Wilson, being slightly older than your average draftee turning pro, will provide the Whale with energy, physicality, a willingness to fight and also an ability to add offense. This season Wilson surprised many with what many people saw as unexpected offense. Perhaps most intriguingly, Wilson played some of his best hockey this year at the most important time of year – the playoffs. During Niagara’s extended playoff run Wilson grabbed 12 points in 14 games, helping to knock out – among others – Christian Thomas’s Oshawa Generals.

With the trade of Ethan Werek for Oscar Lindberg, the signing of Roman Horak and now the Jason Wilson signing, the Rangers have already made a few moves with an eye on the future. Horak, Lindberg and Wilson may all be suiting up next season in Connecticut, although Lindberg may well stay in the SEL. Either way, Glen Sather and the Rangers are keeping busy ahead of the draft. Wilson, at this stage looks to be another nice late draft addition.

 Update 5:30 (Dave): Just got the press release, you can read it after the jump.

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Two Rangers Prospects Make OHL Plays of the Week

This week in the OHL, two Rangers prospects made the cut for the plays of the week. Jason Wilson (2010, 5th round) came in at #4, where he used his speed to break down the left wing past the defense and slide a nice backhand past the goaltender. Christian Thomas (2010, 2nd round) had the #1 play of the week, when he was knocked down from behind while in front of the net, slid to a rebound, and from his knees roofed a shot past the netminder. Thomas’ goal looks to be a microcosm of his season thus far, where he has eight goals in four games. Thomas looks like the real deal, and another in the line of strong second round picks by the Rangers in recent years.

Stick-tap to BSBer Brian for the heads up on this one.

Draft Day Two Coverage (Rangers Trade Bobby Sanguinetti)

Well, yesterday was interesting. The Rangers surprised everyone by picking Dylan McIlrath, but that was a solid pick, and many will realize this soon. As we enter Day Two of the draft, the Rangers hold picks in the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th rounds. The draft will be covered on the NHL network. For you Twitter bugs, @NHL will be tweeting the picks as well. I will be posting any big NHL moves, and all Rangers moves and picks.

Rangers 2nd Round Pick: The Rangers have taken RW Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals with the 40th overall selection. Thomas is the son of former NHL player Steve Thomas. Christian put up 41 goals and 25 assists in 64 games in the OHL this year. He seems to have his dads scoring touch.

Update 1:55pm: The Kings used the 70th overall pick, acquired from the Rangers for Brian Boyle, to select Jordan Weal. Good pick for the Kings, bad deal for the Rangers.

Update 2:30pm: As per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have traded Bobby Sanguinetti to the Carolina Hurricanes. Picks are coming back. No word on what picks yet. Update: Rangers get 6th round pick this year and 2nd round pick next year. The 6th round pick this year is #157 overall.

Rangers 4th Round Pick: The Rangers have taken C Andrew Yogan of the Erie Otters of the OHL with their 4th round pick, #100 overall. Yogan put up a line of 25-30-55 with 97 PIMs in 63 GP. Yogan is 6’3, 202 lbs.

Rangers 5th Round Pick: The Rangers have taken Jason Wilson of the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL with their 5th round, #130 overall. Wilson put up a line of 17-18-35 with 101 PIMs in 46 GP. Wilson is 6’2, 205 lbs.

Rangers 6th Round Pick: As mentioned above, the Rangers have acquired a 6th round pick, #157 overall, as part of the deal for Bobby Sanguinetti. The Rangers used this pick to select RW Jesper Fasth of the Swedish Juniors. He put up a line of 23-26-49 in 37 GP. The 6’0 176 lb winger could be a real sleeper.

Rangers 7th Round Pick: The Rangers have taken RW Randy McNaught of the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL with their 7th round pick, #190 overall. McNaught is huge, at 6’4, 222 lbs, and put up a line of 6-6-12, with 131 PIMs in 59 GP.

That’s it for the Rangers. I will post a draft wrap up of my feelings on the draft later this week, as will the rest of the guys, as we prep for July 1 and free agency.