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.
The battle for forward positions has been the talk of training camp thus far, and several of New York’s youngsters have made strong cases to be on the opening night roster. Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik have all impressed, while 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller hasn’t gotten the opportunity due to injuries. With Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan out for the first chunk of the season, one or more of these players will likely be thrust into significant roles come October 3rd.
Chris Kreider has been skating with Brad Richards and Rick Nash for much of camp and it seems like a foregone conclusion that he’ll be locked into a top-six role at the start of the season. But after Kreider, the roster battle is still ongoing. Read more »
Pavel Buchnevich finally broke through today, scoring a pair of goals in Severstal Cherepovet’s 4-2 victory. Buchnevich’s goals were scored on the powerplay, and were his first two goals and points of the season. Buchnevich finished the game with the 2 goals, 2 PIMs, 6 SOG, and 18 shifts for 12:21 in ice time.
On the season, Buchnevich has a line of 2-0-2 with 2 PIMs and a -3 rating through 5 games. He also averages about 4 SOG per game.
Defense prospect Calle Andersson (4th, 2012) missed the opener for his Malmo Redhawks of the Swedish second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan today with an undisclosed injury. It is unknown how long he will be out of action.
Meanwhile in Russia, Pavel Buchnevich played 20 shifts for 11:42 of ice time while being held scoreless in Severstal’s 3-1 loss to Yugra. It appears the Severstal coaching staff is taking it easy on the youngster, easing him into the faster paced game with bottom-six, even strength minutes. Buchnevich is still pointless on the season, but does take a lot of shots on net. He had 3 this game for a total of 14 through the first 4 games.
The Pack added another depth forward today, signing Andrew Rowe to an AHL contract. Rowe went undrafted out of Michigan State, and landed with the Flyers organization (Philadelphia Phantoms) in 2010. Rowe bounced around the AHL and ECHL for two years while with the Flyers organization, with the ECHL time spent with the Greenville Road Warriors (Rangers ECHL affiliate). Rowe has 94 AHL games (15-9-24) and 78 ECHL games (35-45-80) under his belt.
Rowe will be a depth player for the Wolfpack. Since this is an AHL deal, he does not count towards the 50-contract limit for the Rangers.
Pavel Buchnevich (3rd, 2013) saw his ice time slashed again, as his Severstal Cherepovets lost to Avangard Omsk in a shootout, 4-3. Buchnevich did not factor in the scoring, and played just 11:30 of ice time. That is down from his 14 minutes last game and 17 minutes in the Severstal season opener. It is worth noting that Buchnevich has averaged a little less than three SOG per game, so he is at least attempting to create offensive chances for a Severstal club that doesn’t figure to be that competitive this season.
Through three games, Buchnevich has zero points, a -3 rating, and 11 SOG.
The baby Rangers ended their Traverse City tournament on a high note, beating the baby Wild by a score of 5-2. Jesper Fast and Andrew Yogan notched a pair of goals a piece, with Danny Kristo also chipping in with a goal. Kristo also recorded an assist, along with Oscar Lindberg (2), Josh Nicholls, Anthony Duclair, and Connor Allen. Jeff Malcolm made 15 saves in the dominating win. You can check the full game box score here.
Lindberg and Kristo led the team in scoring, each notching seven points (Lindberg: 5-2-7; Kristo: 2-5-7). Yogan (3-0-3), Fast (2-1-3), and Nicholls (2-1-3) were tied for third on the team in scoring. Allen (0-2-2), Graves (1-0-1), St. Croix (0-1-1), Oligny (0-1-1, and Duclair (0-1-1) also recorded points for the Rangers.
Both goaltenders were pretty bad in the tournament, as Malcolm (1-0-1, 3.85 GAA, .857 SV%) and MacKenzie Skapski (0-2-0, 4.00 GAA, .867 SV%) struggled mightily.
I’m not big on +/-, but it’s worth noting that forwards Klarc Wilson (-7) and JT Barnett (-6) appeared to have some issues containing the opposition. On the physical end of things, Allen (once), Wilson (once), Paxton Leroux (thrice), and Troy Donnay (twice) all dropped the gloves during the tournament. You can check full team stats here.