Following a busy first day at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft at Carolina's RBC Center, the Rangers closed the two-day event by selecting five players in the final six rounds of the event on Sunday.
newyorkrangers.com takes a look at the Blueshirt prospects selected on Day Two (R. Psurny - right):RYAN CALLAHAN
: (RW) 4TH ROUND / 127TH OVERALL
Callahan appeared in 68 games with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2003-04, ranking fourth on the team with 68 points (36 goals, 32 assists), along with 86 penalty minutes. The Rochester, New York native is a very good skater with tremendous drive and determination. This gritty style of play led to a terrific 2004 post-season for Callahan as he tied for the club lead with 13 goals and tied for second on the Storm with 21 points in 22 games. Despite his 5-10, 175-pound stature, the right winger is not intimidated when confronted in a tough, physical game.
R. Callahan Profile >>ROMAN PSURNY
: (LW) 5TH ROUND / 135TH OVERALL
Psurny is coming off a strong first full season in the Czech Republic Junior League in 2003-04, posting 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points, along with 104 penalty minutes in 52 games with Zlin. The 6-1, 176-pound native of Zlin has also made himself visible among NHL scouts by representing the Czech Republic in the 2004 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship, where he tied for third on the team with five points (two goals, three assists) and led the club with 16 penalty minutes in seven games. The left winger helped lead the Czech squad to a bronze medal finish in the tournament.
R. Psurny Profile >>JORDAN FOOTE
: (LW) 6TH ROUND / 169TH OVERALL
In his first season with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Foote tallied 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points, along with 73 penalty minutes in 58 matches. The Edmonton, Alberta native is an exceptionally gifted skater who uses his 6-4, 195-pound frame well. As the 2003-04 season progressed, Foote elevated his game to another level, helping to guide his club to the BCHL Championship. The left winger is a terrific skater and a player who truly wears his heart on his sleeve on every shift.
J. Foote Profile >>JONATHAN PAIEMENT
: (D) 8TH ROUND / 247TH OVERALL
Paiement recently completed his third season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and first with the Lewiston MAINEiacs, where he led the club with 52 assists and ranked third on the team with 65 points. The Pierrefonds, Quebec native also placed third on the team with 247 shots and 140 penalty minutes. At 6-1, 201 pounds, Paiement is a offensive threat from the blueline, while also providing his club with a tough, physical presence as well.
J. Paiement Profile >>JAKUB PETRUZALEK
: (RW) 9TH ROUND / 266TH OVERALL
Petruzalek skated with Litvinov of the Czech Republic Junior League in 2003-04, posting 38 goals and 51 assists for 89 points, along with 110 penalty minutes in 53 games. The 5-9, 167-pound right winger is a tremendous skater, utilizing his speed to make up for his lack of physical size. The Most, Czech Republic native possesses good hockey sense and talented offensive skills. Petruzalek appeared in six games with the Czech Republic at the 2003 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championship in Yaroslavl, Russia, recording one goal.
J. Petruzalek Profile >>