Kreider would be best served with big minutes in the AHL
Depending on who you ask, Chris Kreider getting sent down to the AHL to begin the year is either the right thing to do or a terrible setback for both player and organisation. Everyone has an opinion on Kreider, indicating just how important his development is still deemed to be. Yes, the Rangers would prefer to have one of their prized assets ready for the regular season but if he’s not there it isn’t a disaster.
Given the way Kreider has been mismanaged in the recent past and given the relative depth the Rangers have with NHL veterans – for the short term – Kreider would be best served playing big minutes in an offensive role in the AHL rather than scrapping it out for unproductive ice time with the likes of Powe and Asham at the NHL level.
If Kreider starts the year in Hartford, he would surely be playing with the likes of Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast or Marek Hrivik, all offensive players at that level and all likely to produce offense for the Wolf pack. Confidence and momentum are key considerations for a prospect and Kreider would be far better served being placed in a position to succeed and built up slowly.
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Calle Andersson was back in action for Malmo in the HockeyAllsvenskan (2nd tier Swedish league) today, and his Redhawks lost 5-1 to Karlskrona. Andersson was held off the scoreboard today after notching a goal in his Malmo return. Unfortunately I cannot read Swedish, and the game box score only includes goals, assists, and PIMs. That means we won’t have any +/- stats available until someone can point me in a different direction for the box score. (Update: Alex Nunn let me know that Andersson was a -1 this game)
- Calle Andersson (Malmo, HockeyAllsvenskan; L 5-1): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, -1
Ryan McDonagh is the Rangers top player under 25 years of age.
Over the past few weeks, the guys over at Copper n Blue (Oilers blog) have put together a voting contest where their fans vote on the best young core in the league. The guys at CNB have annually put together their list of top 25 guys under the age of 25, and many others have taken that idea and ran with it for their own teams. It is a great idea, and CNB took those posts and put together their tournament. The problem was that no Rangers blogger put together a list, leading them to call us a lazy blogging community. Well Mr. Zona and Mr. Reynolds, challenge accepted.
The ground rules for this are simple: To qualify for this list, a player must be under 25 years old. It doesn’t matter if this player is in the NHL, AHL, or in any of the leagues around the world. If they are Ranger property and under 25, they were considered. This is my own personal opinion of these players, so if you disagree, feel free to let me know in the comments.
1. Ryan McDonagh
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Anthony Duclair added to his hot start with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, notching another pair of goals and tacking on an assist in Quebec’s 6-2 win over Rimouski. Across town, fellow 2013 draftee Ryan Graves was held scoreless with four PIMs in a 3-2 shootout win for Charlottetown. Over in the KHL, Pavel Buchnevich was a +1 with 16 shifts for 12:16 TOI in Severstal’s 5-4 overtime loss to Spartak Moscow. See below for full line scores for the two prospects in action today.
- Ryan Graves (Charlottetown, QMJHL; SOW 3-2): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, -1
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec, QMJHL; W 6-2) 2 G, 1 A 0 PIM, +2
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; OTL 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, +1
One of the more intriguing prospects in the Rangers system is Calle Andersson, an offensive defenseman currently playing in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan (second tier league). The 19-year-old defenseman is good enough to play in the SHL (top tier Swedish league), but is better served getting the ice time needed for his development in HockeyAllsvenskan. That said, he was suffering from a nagging injury (wrist?) and did not make his 2013 debut until yesterday, notching a powerplay goal in his return. Two other prospects were in action last night as well. See below for their scoring lines from last night.
- Calle Andersson (Malmö, HockeyAllsvenskan; W 4-3): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Troy Donnay (Erie Otters, OHL; W 2-1): 0 G, 0 A, 7 PIM, Even
- MacKenzie Skapski (Kootenay, WHL: L 6-3): 40 Shots faced, 35 Saves, 5 GA
In an Insider only piece at ESPN, Corey Pronman listed his top 100 NHL prospects, and three Rangers made the list. The top prospect is Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay, and the rest of the prospects are behind the pay wall. Chris Kreider (41), Danny Kristo (54) and Pavel Buchnevich (69) made the list. Pronman also noted the organizational ranks in a separate Insider piece, with Colorado being the top team. The Rangers were ranked lower, but this is mostly because most of their prospects are in the NHL already.
Both pieces are worth the read if you have access.
Four Ranger prospects began their respective CHL seasons last night, all with varying success. Troy Donnay is playing for Erie in the OHL (serves as alternate captain), Makenzie Skapski is playing for Kootenay in the WHL, and Anthony Duclair (Quebec, alternate captain) and Ryan Graves (Charlottetown, alternate captain) are in the QMJHL. Also kicking off their season yesterday was Thomas Spelling, who is playing in the Danish league this year. See below for their line scores from last night’s games:
- Pavel Buchnevich (Severstal, KHL; L 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Thomas Spelling(SønderjyskE; Danish League, W 4-1): 1 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Troy Donnay (Erie; OHL, OTL 4-3): 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, -1
- Mackenzie Skapski (Kootenay; WHL, L 4-2): 1 GS, 42 Shots, 38 Saves
- Anthony Duclair (Quebec; QMJHL, L 7-4): 2 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
- Ryan Graves (Charlottetown; QMJHL, W 5-4): 0 G, 0 A, 2 PIM, -1
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Since the emergence of Henrik Lundqvist during the 2005-2006 season, many Ranger fans haven’t put much thought into the future between the pipes. Fast forward eight years later, Hank is still only 31 years-old and likely to sign a 7-8 year extension within the next 12 months. The stability The King provides has masked (no pun intended?) a rather glaring organization weakness: depth in goal.
Although its only been two preseason games, Cam Talbot has been impressive the first long-look of his career. Although the numbers are nothing to write home about (3.21 GAA, .875 Sv%), he has looked closer to NHL-ready than anything we’ve seen from the Rangers’ goaltending prospects in some time. This has prompted a discussion about Marty Biron’s future and contemplating a world where we can off-set some of Hank’s raise with a cheap backup. In this spirit of this curiosity, I thought I’d take a closer look at Mr. Talbot’s background and overall game.
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Pavel Buchnevich (3rd, 2013), fresh off his two goal performance last game, earned top-six time with Severstal in their 6-2 win over Medvescak today. Buchnevich played 13:21 over 14 shifts, finishing with a -1 rating and 1 SOG.
On the season, Buchnevich has a pair of goals, a -4 rating, and 21 SOG in 6 games.
The Hartford Wolfpack have announced their training camp roster, with camp set to begin tomorrow (on-ice on Friday). There are currently 30 players (18 forwards, 9 defensemen, 3 goalies) in camp for the Pack, but that number will change as players get cut by the Rangers and cut by the Pack. The training camp roster as of today:
Forwards: Sean Ambrosie, Scott Arnold, J.T. Barnett, Ryan Bourque, Andrew Carroll, Jean-Philipp Chabot, Brodie Dupont, Angelo Esposito, Tyler Gjurich, Brandon Hynes, Kyle Jean, Matt Kirzinger, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Andrew Rowe, Michael St. Croix, Matt Thurber, Jason Wilson
Defense: Brad Cole, Jace Coyle, Charlie Dodero, Sam Klassen, Jason Lepine, Mike Marcou, Brendon Nash, Samuel Noreau, Bretton Stamler
Goal: Jeff Malcolm, Jason Missiaen, Scott Stajcer
Most of these names should look familiar, but it’s nice to see Brodie Dupont back with the Rangers organization. Also interesting to see Angelo Esposito –famous for being the top prospect sent to Atlanta from Pittsburgh for Marian Hossa– in camp as well.