Dylan McIlrath notched his first professional goal, scoring the eventual game winner in Hartford’s 4-3 win over the Albany Devils. McIlrath scored 4:36 into the third period, and the goal held up as the winner. J.T. Miller (2 goals, 1 assist), Chris Kreider (1 goal), and Danny Kristo (2 assists) also had strong games.
Up north, Anthony Duclair and MacKenzie Skapski were in action for their respective CHL teams. Overseas, Calle Andersson notched an assist in Malmo’s 4-2 victory. Be sure to check after the jump for all the scoring lines for the prospects in action today/tonight.
Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; OTL 3-2 ): 0 G, 1 A, 4 PIM, Even
Took a slashing penalty with 4 minutes left in the game that allowed Blainville-Boisbriand to tie the game.
The Hartford Wolfpack kicked off their 2013-2014 season tonight, losing in a shootout to the Norfolk Admirals. Danny Kristo and Darroll Powe had the goals for the Wolfpack, with Micheal Haley, Chris Kreider, Brandon Mashinter, and captain Aaron Johnson notching assists. It is worth noting that Johnson was the captain, with Haley and Powe serving as the alternates. They may not be the most important players in the system, but they are clearly the guys the coaching staff will lean on to teach the young kids. These are three veterans that have the NHL experience to show these kids what it takes to make it to the show.
Troy Donnay (Erie, OHL; W 8-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -2
Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL; W 4-2): 28 shots, 26 saves
Thomas Spelling continued his high scoring ways, notching a pair of assists in SønderjyskE’s 8-5 win in the Danish Hockeyligaen. Spelling now has a line of 2-5-7 in 5 games this season, which is tied for fourth on the team. MacKenzie Skapski and Ryan Graves were also in action tonight in the CHL.
Thomas Spelling (SønderjyskE, Hockeyligaen; W 8-5): 0 G, 2 A, 12 PIMs, +2
The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that forward Andrew Carroll has been demoted to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Carroll, a forward, was re-signed by the Pack in July after playing 24 games with the Whale/Pack on a PTO last season.
This move clears roster room for some additional moves. These moves could be clearing room for the eventual return of Jesper Fast, or signing of Brodie Dupont/Shawn O’Donnell, who are currently on PTOs. My gut instinct says that this is clearing room for Fast, who will likely be sent to the AHL once Ryan Callahan returns.
Pavel Buchnevich was the only Rangers prospect in action today, returning to the ice after a one game hiatus due to unknown reasons. Buchnevich was held scoreless in 9:39 of ice time over 11 shifts. Buchnevich also finished with a -1 rating. See below for the full scoring line for Buchnevich.
Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
The Hartford Wolfpack have announced that they have signed forwards Shawn O’Donnell and Brodie Dupont to PTOs. Both forwards were invited to camp as non-roster invitees, and outplayed some of the higher touted Ranger prospects. Both earned their PTOs, and will be with the team for a while longer.
Calle Andersson (4th, 2012) and Ryan Graves (4th, 2013) were both in action tonight. Both were held off the scoreboard in their games, but Graves did take two penalties in the second period. One was for checking from behind, the other for holding. Chatlottetown was able to kill off both calls. Be sure to check below for the scoring lines for both prospects in action.
Ryan Graves (Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL; W 4-3): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, Even
Calle Andersson (Malmo Redhawks, HockeyAllsvenskan; L 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) was a late scratch for Severstal of the KHL in their 3-1 loss this afternoon. It is still unknown why he was a late scratch, but it is likely due to some minor or lingering issue. It is something that will be monitored to check the severity. Two other prospects (Tomas Spelling, Anthony Duclair) were also in action tonight. Be sure to check below for their scoring lines for their games.
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Anthony Duclair (Quebec Ramparts, QMJHL; L 4-1): 0 G, 0 A 2 PIM, -2
Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 3-1): Did not play, was a late scratch
The Hartford Wolfpack have cut 14 players from AHL camp. They have assigned four players to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (these are guys that are signed to ELC’s by the Rangers), they loaned another four to Greenville (AHL contracts, sent to ECHL), released another three from tryouts (and joining Greenville), and outright released another three. From the press release:
Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Samuel Noreau
Forwards (3): Josh Nicholls, Chris St. Croix, Jason Wilson
Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Goaltenders (1): Jeff Malcolm
Defensemen (2): Charlie Dodero, Mike Marcou
Forwards (1): Andrew Rowe
Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (3): Sean Ambrosie, Brandon Hynes, Matt Kirzinger
Released from training camp tryouts:
Defensemen (2): Sam Klassen, Jason Lepine
Forwards (1): Scott Arnold
Could Hrivik be well placed to become a Ranger despite being in the AHL?
With the Rangers facing the reality of opening the year without Ryan Callahan for at least a game and Carl Hagelin for much longer – without even considering the lack of practice time for Derek Stepan – would the Rangers be best prepared leaning on the veterans to begin the year?
With Jesper Fast and JT Miller tentatively penciled in for the Coyotes game, the Rangers intend to employ two important pieces of their future, now. Neither player figures to be in the top six based on practices and the varied reports from the beat writers.
As we saw with Chris Kreider, if a prospect doesn’t deserve to be with the big club, he won’t be. Sometimes even when a prospect deserves to be (as could be argued with all of Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo, or Connor Allen) it’s in no ones interest to see those players marginalised for the sake of numbers.