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Around the Farm: A lot of nothing in busy day for NY Rangers prospects

Seven prospects were in action for the NY Rangers yesterday, and all seven were held in check. Some notable ice times include Vitali Kravtsov, Nils Lundkvist, and Libor Hajek. Also worth noting that Adam Huska does appear to be the backup in Slovakia, but that could just be because he’s headed back to North America at some point.

KHL

  • Vitali Kravtsov (Traktor, L 2-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1, 20:27 TOI
    • Season stats: 25 GP, 8 G, 4 A, 6 PIM, +7
  • Yegor Rykov (CSKA, W 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1, 14:23 TOI
    • Season stats: 29 GP, 0 G, 7 A, 8 PIM, +7

SHL

  • Nils Lundkvist (Lulea, W 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even, 18:53 TOI
    • Season stats: 16 GP, 5 G, 3 A, 8 PIM, +2
  • Adam Edstrom (Rogle, W, 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1, 12:56 TOI
    • Season stats: 11 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 27 PIM, +4
  • Karl Henriksson (Frolunda, L 8-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1, 15:51 TOI
    • Season stats: 19 GP, 0 G, 4 A, 10 PIM, -4

Liiga

  • Leevi Aaltonen (IPK)
    • Mestis (IPK loan) Stats: 5 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Liiga Stats: 10 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 4 PIM, Even
  • Lauri Pajuniemi (TPS)
    • Season Stats: 11 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 2 PIM, +2
  • Tarmo Reunanen (HPK)
    • Liiga Stats: 7 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 4 PIM, -1
    • Tuto/Mestis Stats: 7 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 12 PIM, +7

Allsvenskan

  • Olof Lindbom (Mora)
    • Season Stats: 9 GP, 2.98 GAA, .902 SV%
  • Jakob Ragnarsson (Timra)
    • Season Stats: 14 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 12 PIM, +8
  • Oliver Tarnstrom (Hanvikens [HockeyEttan])
    • Season Stats (Hanvikens, HockeyEttan): DNP yet
    • Season Stats (Allsvenskan): 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2
    • Season Stats (SuperElit J20): 12 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 4 PIM, +6

Extraliga (Czech)

  • Libor Hajek (Kometa Brno, L 6-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -4, 17:39 TOI
    • Season Stats: 8 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 PIM, -3

Extraliga (Slovakia)

  • Adam Huska (HKM Zvolen, W 4-3): DNP
    • Season Stats: 2 GP, 1.50 GAA, .948 SV%

HC J20 (Sweden)

  • Hugo Ollas (Linkoping)
    • Season Stats: 9 GP, 2.20 GAA, .906 SV%

NCAA

  • Zac Jones (UMass Amherst)
    • Season Stats: 4 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 2 PIM, -1
  • Eric Ciccolini (Michigan)
    • Season Stats: 4 GP, 2 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +2
  • Brett Berard (Providence): Postponed, COVID
    • Season Stats:
  • Riley Hughes (Northeastern)
    • Season Stats:

Stats per EliteProspects.com.

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  • Thanks for all this – and especially for the TOI. What a contrast between Kravtsov and Rykov. Both playing for good teams, Kravtsov played over 20 minutes as a forward while Rykov was under 15 as a defenseman. Looks like a KHL star and a marginal KHL player to me.

    Poor Hajek had a nightmare game —- -4, ouch!

    • Yeah, not looking good for Hajek. +/- is not the greatest of stats but -4 with his team giving up 6 is not a good sign.

  • Our prospects are really not dominating anywhere. They all will need time in the AHL to better their game. Expect only 25% of these guys ever to lace up NHL skates. This is not a knock, just reality for every team.

  • All prospects are not equal.

    Rykov is 23 ½ already; barely still a “prospect”.

    Hajek has not shown any improvement since the trade here. Adam Herman just did a scathing analysis of Libor; of 21 year old dmen over the last 10 years he concluded that only 2 were worse than him. He added: “Hájek wasn’t just bad last season. He was bad at a virtually unprecedented level.”

    On the other hand Kravtsov & Lundkvist are killing it overseas and on track to be impact NHLers.

    You win some and you lose some. It’s somewhat of a numbers game with prospects and the Rangers are loaded with talented prospects.

    • This is why all picks are important, even 5th – 7th rounders. Sometimes the under age prospect turns out to have legit skills. Let’s keep acquiring picks so that 2023 will be a stocked team.

  • I just read this article dealing with how it may be difficult to make deals during the season, due to covid restrictions. Much talk has been made on these pages as to who may be traded at the dead line, and what we can expect in return. I thought many of you would fine these quotes interesting. Here goes!

    “Get your trades in early

    One NHL GM is unsure of what the implications will be next season. In his mind he sees very little activity during the season, at least during the early going.

    “It may mean as the season goes along these restrictions get eased off a bit, and maybe you can start to do stuff, but these are some of the things I’ve started to think about,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford told the Athletic. “Like, you better get as many guys in place as you can because it may not be easy for somebody when the season starts.”

    So another unintended consequence of COVID-19 on the NHL is a slow trade market. It certainly poses another challenge for GMs to deal with, but that might mean less little deals and more bigs ones than in years past.

    I mean if you are limited, you might as well go for the gusto.”

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