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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.05.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

ZAC JONES

Defenseman
5-11 / 175
October 18, 2000 (20 years old)
Richmond, Virginia
Acquired - Third round, 68th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - UMass (NCAA)

Season Stats - 27 GP, 8-15-23, +16, 8 PIM

  • UMass will play the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four Semifinals on Apr. 8
  • Has tallied a point in 13 of the last 20 games (6-14-20)
  • Has notched at least one point in 16 of 27 games this season; UMass has posted a 12-3-1 record in those 16 contests
  • Since the start of his collegiate career in 2019-20: ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points (46), ranks fourth among NCAA defensemen in assists (35), and is tied for ninth among NCAA defensemen in goals (11)
    • Among defensemen who have been in their U21 season or younger over the span, ranks first in assists and points
  • Ranks second on UMass in shots on goal (81), ranks third in assists (15), ranks fourth in points (23), and is tied for fifth in goals (eight) in 2020-21
    • Leads team defensemen in assists, points, and shots on goal
  • Is tied for second among NCAA defensemen in goals, ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points and shots on goal, and is tied for seventh among NCAA defensemen in assists this season
    • Among NCAA defensemen who are either in their freshman or sophomore year in 2020-21: ranks first in points and shots on goal, is tied for second in goals, and is tied for third in assists
  • "Zac is an NHL player, it's just a matter of time. … He's a high, high-end offensive player, he'll be a similar player to Adam Fox. … His growth without the puck the last two years has been outstanding." - UMass Head Coach Greg Carvel (credit - NHL Network)

NILS LUNDKVIST

Defenseman
5-11 / 187
July 27, 2000 (20 years old)
Pitea, Sweden
Acquired - First round, 28th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Lulea (SHL)

Season Stats - 52 GP, 14-18-32, -1, 30 PIM

  • Concluded the 2020-21 regular season during the past week; Lulea will play Skelleftea in the SHL Quarterfinals, beginning on Apr. 11
  • Ranked fifth in the SHL (ranked second among SHL defensemen) in shots on goal in 2020-21 (156); was one shot on goal shy of tying the leader among SHL defensemen for the season
  • Tallied 14 goals and 32 points this season, establishing an SHL career-high in each category; led SHL defensemen in goals and power play goals (eight) this season
    • His 14 goals are the most by a defenseman in one season as a U21 player or younger in SHL history
  • Ranked 12th in the SHL in average ice time in 2020-21 (21:24)
  • Led Lulea in shots on goal, tied for the team lead in goals and power play goals, ranked second in average ice time, tied for second in game-winning goals (two), tied for third in points, and tied for fifth in assists (18) this season
  • Has skated in 166 career SHL games, registering 30 goals and 48 assists for 78 points
    • His 78 career points are the most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
    • His 166 career games are tied for the most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
    • His 30 career goals and 48 career assists are each the second-most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
  • Over the last two seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21): leads SHL defensemen in goals (25), ranks second among SHL defensemen in points (63), and ranks sixth among SHL defensemen in assists (38); skated in 97 games over the span
  • Lulea's SHL Quarterfinals Schedule against Skelleftea (*If Necessary):
    • Game 1 - Apr. 11
    • Game 2 - Apr. 12
    • Game 3 - Apr. 14
    • Game 4 - Apr. 15
    • Game 5* - Apr. 17
    • Game 6* - Apr. 19
    • Game 7* - Apr. 20


MATTHEW ROBERTSON

Defenseman
6-4 / 201
March 9, 2001 (20 years old)
Edmonton, Alberta
Acquired - Second round, 49th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)

Season Stats - 11 GP, 2-10-12, +16, 12 PIM

  • Established single-game WHL career-highs with three assists and four points, and tied a single-game WHL career-high with a plus-four rating on Apr. 2 at Red Deer; selected as the game's Second Star
    • Tied for the game-high with five shots on goal and posted a plus-one rating in Edmonton's win on Apr. 3 vs. Red Deer
  • Leads the WHL in shots on goal (56), is tied for the WHL lead in plus/minus rating (plus-16), and is tied for 12th in the WHL in assists (10) this season
    • Leads WHL defensemen in shots on goal and plus/minus rating, is tied for second among WHL defensemen in points, and is tied for third among WHL defensemen in assists in 2020-21
  • Is serving as an alternate captain with Edmonton for the third consecutive season

 
BRADEN SCHNEIDER

Defenseman
6-2 / 210
September 20, 2001 (19 years old)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Acquired - First round, 19th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Season Stats - 10 GP, 3-7-10, +13, 4 PIM

  • Tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Mar. 30 vs. Prince Albert, and registered a shorthanded goal and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 1 vs. Regina
  • Is tied for fifth in the WHL in plus/minus rating this season (plus-13)
  • Is tied for second among WHL defensemen in plus/minus rating (only trails Matthew Robertson), is tied for third among WHL defensemen in goals (three), ranks seventh among WHL defensemen in points (10), and is tied for ninth among WHL defensemen in assists (seven) this season; is the only WHL defenseman who has tallied a shorthanded goal in 2020-21
  • Is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating and power play assists (five), and ranks fifth in assists
  • Is serving as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season

LAURI PAJUNIEMI

Right Wing
6-0 / 196
September 12, 1999 (21 years old)
Tampere, Finland
Acquired - Fifth round, 132nd overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - TPS (Liiga)

Season Stats - 44 GP, 21-14-35, +10, 36 PIM 

  • Registered a goal and recorded six shot attempts on Mar. 30 against HPK
  • Has tallied a point in 27 of his last 37 games (20-13-33)
    • Has recorded a goal in five of the last eight games (5-0-5) and in seven of the last 11 games (8-1-9)
  • Is tied for fourth in Liiga in goals (21) and power play goals (nine), and is tied for 14th in shot attempts (214) this season
    • Among players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21: is tied for first in goals, ranks fifth in points (35), and is tied for fifth in plus/minus rating (plus-10)
  • Since the start of last season, has recorded 75 points (47 goals, 28 assists) in 93 games in Liiga; leads the league in goals and ranks 10th in points over the span
    • Among players who have been in their U22 season or younger over the last two seasons in Liiga: ranks first in goals, ranks second in points, and is tied for 11th in assists

 

MORGAN BARRON

Center
6-4 / 220
December 2, 1998 (22 years old)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Acquired - Sixth round, 174th overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 13 GP, 8-4-12, +5, 10 PIM

  • Tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including a power play goal, on Apr. 2 at Bridgeport
  • Has recorded a point in 10 of the Wolf Pack's 13 games this season, including a goal in seven of the 13 contests
  • Has posted a multi-point game in two of the last three contests (three goals, one assist)
  • Is tied for first among AHL rookies in goals this season (eight)
  • Is tied for second in the AHL in power play goals in 2020-21 (five)
  • Leads Hartford in goals, points (12), power play goals, and plus/minus rating (plus-five), and ranks second on the team in shots on goal (37) this season


TARMO REUNANEN

Defenseman
6-0 / 185
March 1, 1998 (23 years old)
Aanekoski, Finland
Acquired - Fourth round, 98th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 13 GP, 3-6-9, -6, 0 PIM

  • Tallied an assist on Apr. 2 at Bridgeport
  • Extended his point streak to three games (1-3-4)
  • Is tied for the team lead in assists (six) and is tied for third on Hartford in points (nine) this season; leads Wolf Pack defensemen in goals (three) and points


HUNTER SKINNER

Defenseman
6-2 / 182
April 29, 2001 (19 years old)
Wyandotte, Michigan
Acquired - Fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

  • Tallied his first career AHL assist/point while making his AHL debut on Apr. 2 at Bridgeport
  • Agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Mar. 29
    • Will play the remainder of the 2020-21 season with Hartford on an AHL contract; his entry-level contract begins at the start of the 2021-22 season

 

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