International Hockey

2014 WJC: Skjei, Buchnevich continue strong play

Aside from three straight USA wins, one thing that has been very nice to watch over the past few days is the impressive play of the Rangers prospects in action in the 2014 World Junior Championship. Both Brady Skjei (USA, 2012 1st) and Pavel Buchnevich (Russia, 2013 3rd) have had strong tournaments thus far, and have been key cogs as both teams look towards the elimination round.

Skjei notched an assist, his first point of the tournament, in USA’s 8-0 win over Germany yesterday. Skjei may not be a noted scorer, but his solid defensive play has made it easier on his defensive partners to join the offensive rush. USA is 3-0-0-0 with a game against Canada coming tomorrow.

Buchnevich added another assist, his fourth assist in three games , in Russia’s 4-1 loss to Finland this morning. Buchnevich is third on the team with his four points. Russia is now 2-0-0-1 with Sweden up next.

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  • Yeah they are promising but I yearn for the good ole days when Rangers had prospects like Dougie Weight and Brian Leetch that led the world juniors in scoring.

    • Players like Leetch at least come around once a generation. Maybe less. I would like to know how Nieves is doing in his Sophmore season at michigan. Has he continued to surprise people or has he reverted back to a 3rd rounder no one knew much about. He seemed very promising last year. He played like a kid only 2-3 years away from playing pro hockey. Also, what do the Rangers plan to do with Borque. He’s small and had underwhelmed to this point. Is he going to be let go at seasons end to sign elsewhere? Or is there hope for the small kid yet. I see his name on the scoresheet now and again. Is he getting back to the kid that dominated the CHL?

      • Kevin and I have had that discussion about Bourque, we think he’s trade bait. Too many kids have passed him on the depth chart (Lindberg, Kristo, Fast, Kreider, Miller).

      • Read “The Prospect Park” web site for updates on all our prospects. Jess does a nice job there, taking nothing away from the BSB!!!!!!!

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