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Rangers Daily Prospect Update: May 13, 2007

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Two Rangers prospects competed in postseason games in the OHL and WHL on Sunday. Here is a summary of their performances:

StaalMarc Staal
Position/Team: Defense/Sudbury Wolves
League: OHL -- Playoffs
Staal's Final Regular-Season Scoring: 53 games, 5 goals, 29 assists, 92 PIM
Staal's Playoff Scoring to Date: 21 games, 5 goals, 15 assists, 22 PIM
May 13: Plymouth 3, Sudbury 2 (OT) (at Sudbury) (Plymouth wins series 4-2)

Staal, the Sudbury captain, saw his OHL season end as the Wolves fell to Plymouth on a goal at 3:22 of overtime, enabling the Whalers to claim the league championship in six games. Staal, the game's No. 2 star, did not score any points and took two minor penalties. With the loss, Sudbury, the league's Cinderella team, missed its opportunity to earn a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament later this month in Vancouver. It was a bittersweet ending for Staal, however, as he was presented the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the league's postseason MVP.

SauerMichael Sauer
Position/Team: Defense/Medicine Hat Tigers
League: WHL -- Playoffs
Sauer's Regular-Season Scoring: 65 games, 5 goals, 18 assists, 75 PIM
Sauer's Playoff Scoring to Date: 22 games, 1 goal, 5 assists, 34 PIM
May 13: Medicine Hat 4, Vancouver 3 (at Medicine Hat) (Series tied 3-3)

Sauer did not score any points and took a double-minor penalty for roughing in the third period of his team's victory. Medicine Hat forced a Game 7 at home to decide the WHL championship on Sunday, although both teams are assured of going to the Memorial Cup tournament.

Recent Prospect Updates:
May 6 -- Staal assists as Wolves tie series with Plymouth
May 8 -- Sauer scores first postseason goal in Tigers' win
May 9 -- OHL, WHL Finals drawn back into ties
May 11 -- Sudbury, Medicine Hat slip into 3-2 deficits

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