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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.19.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

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 - 18 GP, 4-17-21, +20, 8 PIM

  • Tallied an assist/point in each of Brandon's four games during the week (one goal, six assists, plus-eight rating in the four contests)
    • Tied single-game WHL career-highs with three assists and three points on Apr. 13 at Moose Jaw
    • Registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 18 at Winnipeg
  • Is tied for second in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-20), ranks fifth in the WHL in power play assists (11), and is tied for seventh in the WHL in assists (17) this season
  • Is tied for first among WHL defensemen in plus/minus rating (tied with Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson), ranks second among WHL defensemen in power play assists, is tied for second among WHL defensemen in assists, ranks third among WHL defensemen in points (21), and is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in goals (four) this season
  • Leads Brandon in plus/minus rating and power play assists, ranks third in assists, and ranks fourth in points this season
  • Is serving as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season

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 - 15 GP, 3-11-14, +20, 14 PIM

  • Tallied a goal and led Edmonton with six shots on goal on Apr. 15 at Lethbridge, tied for the game-high with nine shots on goal on Apr. 17 vs. Lethbridge, and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 18 at Lethbridge
  • Ranks second in the WHL in shots on goal (79) and is tied for second in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-20) this season
    • Leads WHL defensemen in shots on goal, is tied for first among WHL defensemen in plus/minus rating (tied with Rangers prospect Braden Schneider), is tied for sixth among WHL defensemen in points (14), and is tied for 10th among WHL defensemen assists (11) in 2020-21
  • Is serving as an alternate captain with Edmonton for the third consecutive season 


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

Playoff Stats - 5 GP, 2-0-2, E, 4 PIM

  • Tallied two goals in Game 5 of Lulea's Quarterfinals series against Skelleftea on Apr. 17; helped Lulea take a three-games-to-two lead in the series
  • Has averaged 25:11 of ice time through the first five games of the series
  • 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 6 - Apr. 19
    • Game 7* - Apr. 20

 
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 - 48 GP, 22-16-38, +12, 38 PIM

  • Completed the Liiga regular season during the week; begins the Quarterfinals of the Liiga Playoffs with TPS on Apr. 19 against Pelicans in a best-of-five series
  • Established Liiga career-highs in assists (16) and plus/minus rating (plus-12) this season
  • Tied for sixth in Liiga in goals (22) and power play goals (nine), and ranked 16th in shot attempts (226) this season
    • Among players who were in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21: ranked first in goals, and tied for fourth in points (38) and plus/minus rating
  • Tallied a point in 30 of his final 41 games in the regular season (21 goals and 15 assists for 36 points over the span)
  • Over the last two seasons (2019-20 and 2020-21), recorded 78 points (48 goals, 30 assists) in 97 games in Liiga; led Liiga in goals and is tied for 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 ranks 10th 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 - 18 GP, 9-8-17, +5, 18 PIM

  • Tallied a point in two of Hartford's three games during the week (one goal, one assist)
  • Has recorded a point in 14 of the Wolf Pack's 18 games this season, including a goal in eight of the 18 contests
  • Ranks third among AHL rookies in goals this season (nine)
  • Is tied for third in the AHL in power play goals in 2020-21 (five)
  • Leads Hartford in goals, points (17), and plus/minus rating (plus-five), is tied for the team lead in power play goals, ranks second in shots on goal (49), and ranks fourth in assists (eight) 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 - 18 GP, 3-11-14, -2, 4 PIM

  • Tallied two assists and posted a plus-four rating on Apr. 13 at Bridgeport
  • Has recorded a point in six of the last eight games (one goal, eight assists)
  • Ranks second on the Wolf Pack in assists (11) and is tied for third on Hartford in points (14) this season
  • Is tied for sixth among AHL defensemen in assists and is tied for seventh among AHL defensemen in points in 2020-21


PATRICK KHODORENKO

Center
6-0 / 200
October 13, 1998 (22 years old)
Walnut Creek, California
Acquired - Signed as an undrafted free agent on March 10, 2020
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 16 GP, 3-4-7, +2, 4 PIM

  • Recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in three games during the week; posted his first multi-goal/point game in the AHL by registering two goals, including the game-winning goal, on Apr. 13 at Bridgeport
  • Has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in his last eight games

 
TY RONNING

Right Wing
5-9 / 170
October 20, 1997 (23 years old)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Acquired - Seventh round, 201st overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 12 GP, 8-7-15, +4, 4 PIM

  • Tallied an assist/point in each of Hartford's two games during the week, extending his point streak to seven games (five goals, seven assists over the span)
  • Leads Hartford in points per game (1.25), ranks second in goals (eight), points (15), and plus/minus rating (plus-four), and ranks third in power play goals (three) this season

 

JUSTIN RICHARDS

Center
5-11 / 190
March 17, 1998 (23 years old)
Orlando, Florida
Acquired - Signed as an undrafted free agent on April 2, 2020
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 15 GP, 3-6-9, +3, 10 PIM

  • Recorded a goal/point in two of Hartford's three games during the week (two goals)
  • Has registered a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, three assists)

 

ADAM EDSTROM

Center
6-6 / 210
October 12, 2000 (20 years old)
Hammaro, Sweden
Acquired - Sixth round, 161st overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Rogle (SHL)

Season Stats - 43 GP, 3-7-10, +6, 33 PIM
Playoff Stats - 4 GP, 2-2-4, +5, 4 PIM

  • Tallied a goal/point in each of Rogle's two playoff games during the week (two goals, one assist, plus-four rating); helped Rogle sweep Frolunda in the Quarterfinals of the SHL Playoffs
  • Tied for third on the team in goals (two) and plus/minus rating (plus-five), and tied for fourth in points (four) in the Quarterfinals
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