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Development Camp begins on Monday

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will hold the 2012 Prospect Development Camp, Monday, June 25th to Friday, June 29th, at Madison Square Garden Training Center. The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas, Jesper Fast, and Dylan McIlrath. In addition, players selected at the NHL Entry Draft on Friday and Saturday in Pittsburgh, including first round selection Brady Skjei, will participate in the camp.

Skjei, 18, was selected as the Rangers’ first round choice, 28th overall, in the NHL Entry Draft on Friday in Pittsburgh. The Lakeville, Minnesota native skated in 60 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) last season, registering four goals and 19 assists for 23 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. He established USHL career-highs in games played, assists, points, and penalty minutes. Skjei tied for seventh on the team in assists, tied for third among team defensemen in points and ranked fourth in assists. He helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the Under-18 World Championship, recording one assist, 10 shots on goal and a tournament-best, plus-10 rating in six contests.

Miller, 19, skated in 61 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season, registering 25 goals and 37 assists for 62 points, along with 61 penalty minutes. He ranked fifth on the team in goals, fourth in assists and tied for fourth in points. Miller recorded 15 multi-point performances, including three, three-point efforts and two, four-point efforts. In addition, Miller registered 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 18 penalty minutes in 13 playoff contests. He notched the series-clinching goal in overtime against the Guelph Storm in Game 6 of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series.

Defenseman Dylan McIlrath, the Rangers' first-round draft pick in 2010, will be attending his third Prospects Development Camp along with 2010 draftees Christian Thomas and Andrew Yogan and Jesper Fast, who made his camp debut last year.

The East Palestine, Ohio native represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship, registering four points (two goals, two assists) in six tournament contests. Following his OHL season, Miller skated in eight playoff contests with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), tallying one assist and two penalty minutes. He made his professional debut on Apr. 21 at Bridgeport, and recorded his first professional point with an assist on May 2 at Norfolk. Miller was originally the Rangers’ first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Thomas, 20, skated in 55 games with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) last season, registering 34 goals and 33 assists for 67 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. He led Oshawa in points and power play goals (11), tied for first in goals and tied for fourth in assists. Thomas posted 17 multi-point performances, including a career-high, five points (three goals, two assists) on December 2 vs. Sarnia. He made his professional debut with Connecticut on April 7 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and registered his first professional points with a goal and an assist on April 13 vs. Manchester.

The Toronto, Ontario native was originally the Rangers’ second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Fast, 20, skated in 21 games with HV71 of the Swedish Elite League (SEL) last season, registering five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with four penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. He established career-highs in assists and plus/minus rating, and tied his career-high in points despite missing three months with a fractured ankle suffered on November 29 vs. Brynas IF. Fast registered a career-high four assists and five points on October 4 at AIK, and tallied 10 points in six games from October 4 at AIK to October 20 at Frolunda (one goal, nine assists over the span). He also recorded two goals and one assist in five playoff games with HV71.

The Nassjo, Sweden native was originally the Rangers’ sixth round choice, 157th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

McIlrath, 20, skated in 52 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering three goals and 20 assist for 23 points, along with 127 penalty minutes. He tied for second among team defensemen in points, and ranked second with a career-high in assists. McIlrath recorded four assists in a five-game span from December 9 vs. Regina to December 28 vs. Edmonton. He also tallied six assists, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in 14 playoff contests. McIlrath established playoff career-highs in games played, assists, points, and plus/minus rating.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers’ first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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