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Lundqvist, Montoya, Jessiman Ranked in The Hockey News

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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In the December 28, 2004 issue of The Hockey News, three Rangers prospects were recently tabbed as being some of the top prospects in the world. Among the future NHLers listed were Henrik Lundqvist, Al Montoya and Hugh Jessiman.

TOP 10 EUROPEAN PROSPECTS
THN rated Lundqvist the sixth European prospect and the lone goaltender in their top 10 list. Here's a closer look at the list:

1 - Alexander Ovechkin (LW, Dynamo Moscow - Russia) / Washington
2 - Evgeni Malkin (C, Magnitogorsk - Russia) / Pittsburgh
3 - Igor Grigorenko (RW, Ufa Salavat - Russia) / Detroit
4 - Lauri Tukonen (RW, Espoo Blues - Finland) / Los Angeles
5 - Lukas Kaspar (RW, Ottawa - OHL) / San Jose
6 - Henrik Lundqvist (G, Frolunda - Sweden) / Rangers
7 - Alexander Steen (C, Modo - Sweden) / Toronto
8 - Sean Bergenheim (LW, Bridgeport - AHL) / Islanders
9 - Rostislav Olesz (C, Sparta Praha - Czech Republic) / Florida
10 - Alexei Kaigorodov (C, Magnitogorsk - Russia) / Ottawa

TOP 10 NCAA PROSPECTS
THN rated Montoya as the top NCAA prospect and Jessiman as the eighth top collegiate prospect in the United States. Here's a closer look at the list:

1 - Al Montoya (G, University of Michigan - CCHA) / Rangers
2 - Patrick Eaves (RW, Boston College - HE) / Ottawa
3 - Drew Stafford (RW, University of North Dakota - WCHA) / Buffalo
4 - Blake Wheeler (RW, Green Bay - USHL) / Phoenix
5 - Mark Stuart (D, Colorado College - WCHA) / Boston
6 - Jim Slater (C, Michigan State University - CCHA) / Atlanta
7 - Travis Zajac (C, University of North Dakota - WCHA) / New Jersey
8 - Hugh Jessiman (RW, Dartmouth College - ECAC) / Rangers
9 - Eric Nystrom (LW, University of Michigan - CCHA) / Calgary
10 - Kris Chucko (LW, University of Minnesota - WCHA) / Calgary
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