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Prospect Watch

The Rangers prospects were in action again this past week and a certain key prospect finally found the net. Following a very quiet start to his season Boston College forward Chris Kreider broke out and scored his first two goals of the season against U-Mass leading his team to a 5-2 victory. Unfortunately Kreider doesn’t seem to have found his game yet as reports indicated the blue chip prospect was still quiet despite netting twice. Hopefully the two goals will ignite his season.

Regularly featuring in these prospect reports are the following prospects: Roman Horak and Ethan Werek. Both players figured offensively once again as Horak scored his 10th goal of the season as his Chilliwack Bruins whipped an in-form Kootenay Ice 6-2. Horak now has 21 points on the season while his Bruins side have improved to 9-5 on the year. Ethan Werek and his Kingston team played the Ottawa 67’s on Monday and like Horak, Werek got his 10th goal of the season. Kingston won the game 4-2 and Werek is on course for a huge year; on pace for over 40 goals. Kingston, like Chilliwack has a 9-5 record for the season.

Back out in the WHL, a reason for Rangers fans to be excited is the offense 1st round pick Dylan Mcilrath is starting to put up. The big defenseman recently scored his first 2 goals and has got 6 points for the year. Mcilrath had a strong showing recently, going 1+1 with a +4 rating against Prince Albert. Mcilrath, like his whole Moose Jaw Warriors side, has played much better of late and his even rating for the year looks much better than it did a few weeks ago when it sat as low as -10.  The Warriors have been on a good run of late (going 6-1) and have gotten themselves back to 7-8-0-1 for the season although they are still a long way behind their division’s leader, the Saskatoon Blades.

Another Rangers prospect maintaining his recent good form is Ryan Bourque. The diminutive Quebec Remparts forward has now scored 12 points in 9 games and is playing excellent hockey all-round while notching 5 goals to help his Remparts team to an insane 15-1-0-1 record. Playing on strong clubs and winning programs is a great way for prospects to develop as it certainly can’t hinder their progress being around a winning culture.

Key prospect stats:

Ryan Bourque 9GP 5G 7A 12PTS +5

Roman Horak 13GP 10G 11A 21PTS +2

Dylan Mcilrath 15GP 2G 4A 6PTS Even

Christian Thomas 13GP 11G 9A 20PTS +10

Ethan Werek 13GP 10G 9A 19PTS –1

Scott Stajcer 10GP 8W 1L 2.68GAA .913%

Chris Kreider 7GP 2G 1A 3PTS –3

Carl Hagelin 8GP 3G 5A 8PTS +4

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