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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.27.21

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 - 21 GP, 5-22-27, +21, 12 PIM

  • Recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime and an assist on the game-tying goal in the third period, on Apr. 24 vs. Prince Albert; established single-game WHL career-highs with four assists and four points on Apr. 25 vs. Regina (tallied three power play assists and one shorthanded assist in the contest)
  • Helped Brandon win the East Division championship
  • Leads the WHL in power play assists (15), ranks fourth in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-21), is tied for fourth in the WHL in assists (22), and is tied for 10th in the WHL in points (27) this season
  • Ranks second among WHL defensemen in assists, points, and plus/minus rating (only trails Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson in plus/minus rating), and is tied for fourth among WHL defensemen in goals (five) this season
  • Leads Brandon in plus/minus rating, ranks second in assists, and ranks third in points this season
  • Is serving as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season
  • Prior to this season, the last three WHL defensemen who registered at least 1.00 points per game and a plus-20 rating or better in the season following their draft year were Cal Foote (2017-18), Henri Jokiharju (2017-18), and Ivan Provorov (2015-16)
    • Schneider is averaging 1.29 points per game and has posted a plus-21 rating thus far in 2020-21

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 - 18 GP, 3-15-18, +23, 18 PIM

  • Recorded an assist/point in each of Edmonton's three games during the week (three assists, plus-three rating, 16 shots on goal over the span)
    • Tallied an assist, registered seven shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 22 vs. Medicine Hat
    • Notched an assist, registered five shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating on Apr. 24 at Medicine Hat
    • Tallied an assist and recorded four shots on goal on Apr. 25 vs. Medicine Hat
  • Helped Edmonton win the Central Division championship for the third consecutive season
  • Ranks second in the WHL in shots on goal (95) and plus/minus rating (plus-23) this season
    • Leads WHL defensemen in shots on goal and plus/minus rating, ranks fifth among WHL defensemen in points (18), and is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in assists (15) in 2020-21
  • Is serving as an alternate captain with Edmonton for the third consecutive season


DYLAN GARAND

Goaltender
6-1 / 175
June 7, 2002 (18 years old)
Victoria, British Columbia
Acquired - Fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Kamloops Blazers (WHL)

Season Stats - 11 GP, 9-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .911 SV%, 2 SO

  • Posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .969 SV% (93 saves on 96 shots), and 1 SO in three appearances during the week
    • stopped 32 of 34 shots and earned a win on Apr. 20 vs. Kelowna
    • Stopped 43 of 44 shots and earned a win on Apr. 22 at Prince George (selected as the game's First Star)
    • Stopped all 18 shots, and earned a win and a shutout on Apr. 25 at Vancouver (selected as the game's First Star
  • Ranks fifth in the WHL in wins (nine), is tied for fourth in the WHL in shutouts (two), ranks fifth in the WHL (min. 10 appearances) in GAA (2.27), and ranks seventh in the WHL (min. 10 appearances) in SV% (.911) this 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 - 7 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 4 PIM

  • His SHL season ended on Apr. 20, as Lulea was eliminated by Skelleftea in Game 7 of the Quarterfinals the SHL Playoffs
  • Averaged 24:37 of ice time in the playoffs
  • 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


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
Playoff Stats - 5 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM

  • Registered four points (one goal, three assists) in five games to help TPS defeat Pelicans, three-games-to-two, in the best-of-five Quarterfinals
    • Tied for the team lead in points in the series
    • TPS will play HIFK in the Semifinals beginning on Apr. 29
  • 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

 
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 - 6 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 4 PIM 

  • Tallied a point in each of Rogle's first two games of its Semifinals series against Skelleftea in the SHL Playoffs; helped Rogle win each game
    • Registered the game-winning goal in Game 1 of the series on Apr. 23
  • Has recorded a point in each of the last five games (three goals, three assists); posted a three-game goal streak from Game 3 against Frolunda to Game 1 against Skelleftea
  • Is tied for the team lead in goals (three), is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-six), is tied for third in points (six), and is tied for fourth in assists (three) in the playoffs thus far


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 - 20 GP, 10-9-19, +7, 20 PIM

  • Tallied a point and posted a plus-one rating in each of Hartford's two games during the week (one goal, one assist)
  • Has recorded a point in 16 of the Wolf Pack's 20 games this season, including a goal in nine of the 20 contests
  • Is tied for third among AHL rookies in goals (10) and is tied for ninth among AHL rookies in points (19) this season
  • Is tied for second in the AHL in power play goals in 2020-21 (six)
  • Leads Hartford in goals, points, power play goals, and plus/minus rating (plus-seven), ranks second in shots on goal (54), and is tied for fourth in assists (nine) 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 - 20 GP, 3-12-15, -2, 4 PIM

  • Tallied an assist on Apr. 22 at Providence
  • Has recorded a point in seven of the last 10 games (one goal, nine assists)
  • Is tied for the team lead in assists (12) and ranks fourth on Hartford in points (15) this season
  • Is tied for sixth among AHL defensemen in assists and is tied for eighth among AHL defensemen in points in 2020-21

 
TIM GETTINGER

Left Wing
6-6 / 218
April 14, 1998 (23 years old)
Cleveland, Ohio
Acquired - Fifth round, 141st overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats - 20 GP, 7-9-16, +3, 16 PIM

  • Tallied three assists/points in two games during the week, including two assists on Apr. 24 vs. Bridgeport
  • Has registered a point in eight of the last 10 games and has recorded 12 points (six goals, six assists) over the span
  • Ranks second on Hartford in power play goals (five), is tied for second in points (16), ranks third in goals (seven) and shots on goal (43), and is tied for fourth in assists (nine) and plus/minus rating (plus-three) this season

 

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 - 14 GP, 9-7-16, +6, 4 PIM

  • Registered the game-winning goal on Apr. 22 at Providence; posted a plus-one rating in each of Hartford's two games during the week
  • Has tallied a point in eight of the last 10 games (six goals, seven assists)
  • Ranks second on Hartford in goals (nine), points per game (1.14), and plus/minus rating (plus-six), is tied for second in points (16), 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 - 17 GP, 4-6-10, +5, 10 PIM

  • Recorded a goal on Apr. 24 vs. Bridgeport
  • Has registered a point in six of the last nine games (four goals, three assists), including a goal/point in three of the last five games (three goals) 
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