Bourque Injured, Out Indefinitely

The Quebec Ramparts of the QMJHL suffered a big loss to their team when forward Ryan Bourque (3rd round, 2009) suffered his second concussion of the season. Bourque was averaging just under a point per game in the QMJHL, and will be out indefinitely. Concussions are a tricky thing, and you have to be cautious when dealing with them. The…

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Stepan Leads USA to Gold

Team USA ended Team Canada’s five-year championship run at the World Junior Championships last night, beating les Canadians 6-5 in an overtime thriller. Captain, and Rangers second-round pick in 2008, Derek Stepan contributed a goal and an assist in the third period, and was a part of the three-on-one rush that generated the OT winner. Stepan also led the tournament…

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USA Loses in Shootout

Team USA lost its first game at the World Junior Championships last night, falling to Canada 5-4 in a shootout. Rangers prospects Derek Stepan (one assist) and Chris Kreider showed tremendous skill and skating ability during the game. I have been very high on Stepan since the Rangers drafted him, but Kreider is the one that is starting to turn…

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Rangers Prospects Dominate, USA 3-0

The USA U20 World Junior Team, sporting Rangers prospects Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Bourque, absolutely dominated Latvia last night, winning 12-1. The three Rangers prospects combined for eight points in the rout. Stepan, captain of Team USA, chipped in two goals and two assists, Kreider had a hat trick, and Bourque added an assist. It is great to…

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Kreider Scores Winner, USA 2-0

The U20 Team USA increased their record to 2-0 last night, beating the Swiss 3-0. Two Ranger prospects again impressed during the victory, as Chris Kreider netted the eventual game winner, with Derek Stepan picking up an assist on the goal. Ryan Bourque picked up his first point of the tournament, an assist, on the second goal of the game….

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USA Wins Opener, Stepan Collects Three Points

Team USA got off to a great start in the World Junior Championships yesterday, downing Slovakia 7-3 in the opener. Team USA was down 2-0 early, but tallied four goals in a row en route to the rout. Rangers 2008 second round draft pick Derek Stepan had a big game, netting a goal, two assists, and a plus-4 rating. Chris…

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Three Prospects On Team USA

The Rangers will be heavily represented on Team USA for the IIHF World Junior Championships in December / January. Three prospects will be joining Team USA: Chris Kreider (1st, 2009), Ryan Bourque (3rd, 2009) and Derek Stepan (2nd, 2008). Although Kreider is struggling a little bit in college, it is a great sign that he was selected to be on…

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Prospects Make Preliminary US Junior Team

The Rangers have a very deep farm system, filled with great talent with great potential. USA Hockey has recognized this talent, and several Ranger prospects have been selected to the preliminary 29 player roster. The roster will be reduced in size prior to the IIHF World Junior Championship from December 26-Jan 5. The notable Ranger prospects included on the roster:…

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Ranger Prospects Make Cut, Contribute in Win

I’m still in LA, and still with limited access to the internet. Luckily, there hasn’t been much going on in Ranger land other than the Zherdev to the KHL rumors. In promising news, all three Ranger prospects made the cut for the US National Team (Chris Kreider, Ryan Bourque, Derek Stepan). Both Bourque and Stepan contributed points (1 G and…

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U-20 Rosters Set

The guys at Beyond the Blueshirts have the inside scoop on the rosters for the USA/Russia U-20 four-game series to be played in Lake Placid this year. The US roster has three Ranger prospects participating: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Bourque. Kreider, the Rangers 1st round pick in 2009, and Stepan, the Rangers 2nd round pick in 2008, will…

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