Marek Hrivik has an NHL-ready body
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.
The Baby Rangers dropped to 0-3 in this year’s Traverse City Tournament, losing to the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 4-2. Goals were scored by Oscar Lindberg (5th of the tournament) and Josh Nicholls. Assists came from Danny Kristo and Connor Allen. Lindberg (5 G) and Kristo (1 , 4 A) are tied for 5th in the tournament in scoring. With the loss, it appears the Rangers are eliminated from competition, but I may have read the schedule incorrectly. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for tomorrow, but with their 0-2-1 record, it seems likely that the Rangers will not be participating.
For full team stats, check out PointStreak.com and their listings here.
Pavel Buchnevich (3rd, 2013) and the rest of the Severstal club got absolutely destroyed by Barys in the second game of the season, losing 10-1. Buchnevich played approximately 14 minutes, down from his 17 last game, and finished with a -3 rating. Eight different forwards (including former NHLers Dustin Boyd and Brandon Bochenski) scored for Barys, as they just ran over Sverstal.
The KHL is currently the only league playing its regular season games. The CHL and Euro leagues start later this month, and the AHL starts in October.
Around the Farm is back for another full season, and although only one prospect was in action last night, there was some good news. Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd) was initially thought to be headed to the MHL in Russia (essentially the KHL’s AHL), Buchnevich landed a roster spot with the KHL’s Severstal Cherepovets for the season opener last night. Buchnevich played 17 minutes –which is rare for a youngster in the KHL, usually the veterans log the most minutes– and did not factor in the 2-1 shootout win.
This info was courtesy of Alex Nunn, who you should all be following for your Ranger prospect news.
The Rangers prospects need more seasoning
Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo are clearly ready for more demanding challenges. With four goals in two games, Lindberg has continued his offensive production from Sweden and at this stage is well beyond the average prospect considering his experience in the SEL. Kristo too – being older, physically ready and with a senior world championship under his belt – is clearly a hot candidate to make the Rangers while key players such as Ryan Callahan continue their injury recoveries.
However, Traverse City is also useful to point out deficiencies in the prospect pipeline and while not as exciting to fans it’s just as important. The Rangers have shipped ten goals in two games. They were clearly outdueled in net against the Hurricanes and the defense has come up short in both games.
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