Rangers Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Don Maloney recently made his way to Europe, where he spent time evaluating some of the top prospects in the Blueshirt organization. Maloney checked in with newyorkrangers.com to give an update on Henrik Lundqvist
(right), Fedor Tyutin and Maxim Kondratiev following their recent national team play at the Sweden Hockey Games in Stockholm.February 12, 2005
Russian National Team 2, Sweden National Team 3Henrik Lundqvist
... Henrik did not get much help early in this game as sloppy defensive play led to an early 2-0 lead for Russia. However, Henrik came back strong and shut the door the rest of the way. He was very good in the third, stoning Ilya Kovalchuk twice. He was aggressive in the net yet with patience and in control on several point-blank shots. Russia has a lot of skill yet, in this game, Henrik was better. There is lots to like with this player.
Fedor Tyutin ... I thought Fedor played well in this game. He played in the top defensive pairing with Dany Markov and mostly with the forward group of Ilya Kovalchuk/Alexei Kaigorodov/Alex Kovalev and he got a ton of ice time in all situations (power play, penalty kill and a regular shift). He is smart with the puck and made heady passes all night. Fedor has the strength to play against a bigger, stronger opponent physically and handle himself. For a young player in this game, he played strong and smart.
Maxim Kondratiev ... Max played this game with a nice degree of quickness and competitiveness. He is a proactive player who steps up to hit people and can close a gap on a opponent in a hurry. I like the pace and flow to his game as well as his competitive approach.February 13, 2005
Finland National Team 1, Sweden National Team 5Henrik Lundqvist
... Henrik was very strong once again, only giving up one third period goal on a good shot that beat him over the blocker. He has terrific feet with excellent lateral ability. He was especially good in the second period where Finland had several point-blank scoring chances and he stood his ground. He is aggressive in the net yet patient with the shooter, waiting for the opponent to make the first move. Against NHL-level competition, Henrik was excellent and had other scouts talking about him. He is a real asset for our organization.