December is a busy month for Rangers Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Don Maloney, who is currently on an early December scouting trail through Western Canada. Maloney recently checked in on a few Blueshirt prospects currently playing in the Canadian Hockey League:
Marcus Jonasen / Tri-City Americans - WHL (Nov. 30)
"Marcus had two goals in this game. On the first, he jumped into a hole in the offensive zone and one-timed a shot while the second was in overtime where he was strong at the net. Marcus is a very honest player and rarely takes a shift off."Ivan Baranka
/ Everett Silvertips - WHL (Dec. 1)
"I watched Ivan play last night in a 1-0 win over Kootenay. He played a smart, sound, steady game. He is very poised and confident with the puck, making excellent outlet passes. He can carry the puck at will and, if he did not see what he liked in front of him, he often regrouped with possession and found a better option. Ivan plays in all situations and flashed a big shot from the point on the power play. This was not a physical game and Ivan did a decent job in his defensive coverage. If anything, he has the ability to take charge of a game and perhaps play with a little more passion. His game continues to mature and, with his skating ability and instincts, he continues to be a strong prospect."
Bruce Graham / Moncton Wildcats - QMJHL (Nov. 28)
"Moncton got down 3-0 in the first five minutes of this game and the whole team looked tired, including Bruce. In the second period, however, Bruce came out with much more energy and hunger, showing some of the things he can do. He has terrific hands and passing skills. He made a great pass on the first Moncton goal with a Lewiston player on his back to set up the first goal. His long reach and confidence with the puck in the offensive zone were impressive. He hit the post splitting the defenseman in the second as well showing some speed and a quick release. He is a dangerous player with possession and has the ability to control the game with the puck. Bruce is an important player on a top junior team and we need to continue to push him to be a leader on the ice."