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Prospect Weekend Watch

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

What to watch for this weekend:

Joey Crabb and Colorado College host the University of Minnesota Duluth twice this weekend. Both teams have yet to meet in the season; however, last season, Minnesota Duluth took the two game series last year winning one and tying the other. In those two games, Crabb tallied two goals and an assist.

Brandon Dubinsky, Michael Sauer and the Portland Winter Hawks will play three games this weekend, at Tri-City, home vs. Vancouver and at Spokane. Sauer notched two goals and five assists in three games vs. Tri-City while Dubinsky registered two goals and three assists in three games. Both have also been successful against Spokane, with Dubinsky notching five goals and nine assists in five games and Sauer posting two assists in two games. The team has yet to face Vancouver this year. Look for both guys to contribute this weekend.

Rangers Scout Ray Clearwater returned from his latest scouting trip raving about Darin Olver, the Rangers second round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft out of Northern Michigan University. "Darin has great speed which he uses well both offensively and defensively," Clearwater said. "He won almost every face-off, and looks very sharp." Olver and NMU face off against Ferris State this weekend, a team he has lit up in the past. Last year, he scored two goals in a 5-2 victory, and was named the 3rd star of the game. Look for Olver to have the type of weekend that backs up Clearwater's strong praise.

Tom Pyatt looks to extend his four game point scoring streak this weekend as the Western Division leading Saginaw Spirit take on the Midwest Division leading London Knights and Central Division Leading Barrie Colts. Pyatt is playing with all the confidence in the world right now after being named a candidate for Team Canada in the World Junior Championships. On the season, he has 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points, and Saginaw will need their star to pad those numbers as they face two formidable opponents.

Ryan Russell and the Kootenay Ice will play two away games this weekend, at Red Deer on Friday and Lethbridge on Saturday. In three meeting this season with Red Deer, Russell notched one goal and one assist. Against Lethbridge, he registered two goals and one assist leading the Ice to two wins. Look for Russell to continue to score and try to move up from third in the rankings for the WHL top scorers.

Note: The Finnish league is set to take a big break for the holidays with most games ending by December 10.
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