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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - December 1, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: Jason LaBarbera recorded his second shutout of the season on Sunday, a 6-0 win over Providence.

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HARTFORD:
A two-and-two weekend for the Pack ... The club lost 3-1 decisions in both Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday and Bridgeport on Friday. However, the team bounced back with a decisive 4-2 score over those same Penguins on Saturday at home, then trounced the Providence Bruins 6-0 on Sunday. The shutout was goaltender Jason LaBarbera’s second of the year, and marked the first time this season the Pack had scored six goals. Blair Betts also tallied the club’s first three-point night, with a goal and two assists. Chad Wiseman extended his assist streak last night. He’s notched a helper in four straight games.

Starting the week, Steve Valiquette and Jason LaBarbera once again stand one and two atop the goaltender’s standings, with averages of 1.52 and 1.61 respectively. The team has the second-best penalty killing average in the league at 91.92%, just a hair behind Milwaukee, which has a 91.96% rating.

Injuries:
Garth Murray (broken right thumb) - day to day
Jeff Hamilton (sprained right ankle) - day to day
Jake Taylor (fractured cheek/orbital/nose) - day to day
Martin Grenier (broken right thumb) - out 4-5 weeks



CHARLOTTE:
Charlotte now owns an 11-4-1 record and sits in first place in the American Division with 23 points. They had their five-game winning streak was snapped on 11/26 vs. Columbia…Rank #2 in the league with 56 goals for.



WHL:
Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Has been held scoreless in his last three outings…Ranks tied for 8th in the WHL scoring race with 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 25 games…Also ranks tied for third in the WHL in goals (17), second in power play goals (8) and tied for second with game-winning goals (4)…Leads the Ice with 17 goals and 26 points…He will participate in the ADT CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE which will be held December 1 in Red Deer. His team is tied for first place in the BC Division and they are currently unbeaten in their last nine games (8-0-1 over the span).

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Has been held scoreless in four games…Now ranks second among WHL rookies with 19 points, tied for second with eight goals and tied for fourth with 11 assists…Also ranks fifth on the team with 19 points.

Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Has seven goals and ten assists for 17 points, along with 37 penalty minutes in 26 games…Ranks first on his team with short-handed goals (3) and is tied for first in the WHL for short-handed goals…Has gone scoreless in his last five games…Saskatoon enters this game with a 16-6-4 record, they are in first place in the East Division and tied for third in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Returned to the Raiders lineup on 11/24 after missing the previous five games with a concussion…Has skated in 23 matches so far this season, tallying 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and 58 PIM.

Rick Kozak (Kamloops) - Was traded by Kamloops to Prince Albert on November 30 ... Tallied his first multi-goal game vs. Prince George on 11/26 with two goals …Scored his first goal and point of the 2004-05 season, on the power play, in the Blazers 4-3 OT loss to Vancouver on Saturday…Has three goals and 33 penalty minutes in 12 games.

Ivan Baranka (Everett) - Silvertips blueliner has three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with 30 penalty minutes in 26 games…Baranka has registered points in four of his last six games, tallying two goals and three assists for five points, from Nov. 12 to Nov. 28.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Snapped a four-game scoring drought with a 3-point game (1 goal, 2 assists) on 11/26 vs. Tri-City…Has four multi-point games this season…Has recorded six goals and six assists and 12 points, along with 56 penalty minutes in 21 games…Ranks fourth on the team with 56 penalty minutes.



OHL:
Ryan Callahan (Guelph) - Snapped a four-game scoreless drought with a goal and an assist on 11/27 vs. Saginaw…Ranks 1st on his team with 24 points and 15 goals and ranks 7th in the OHL with 15 goals…Has posted four multi-point games this year…He is the captain of the Storm and will participate on the US World Junior team at the 2005 World Jr. Championships.

Jakub Petruzalek (Ottawa) - Leads all OHL rookies and 16th in the OHL with 32 points (13 goals and 19 assists)…Ranks 1st on his team with points (32), goals (13) and assists (19)…Was named OHL’s Rookie of the Month for October…Recorded his fifth multi-assist and ninth multi-point game on 11/28 with three assists vs. Oshawa.



QMJHL:
Bruce Graham (Moncton) - Ranks third in the QMJHL with 19 goals and ranks 1st on his team with 19 goals and is tied for 2nd on the team with 31 points…Had his 10-game point streak snapped on 11/24, posting 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) since October 29…Has points in 12 of his last 14 games (11 goals and eight assists) over the span.

Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) - Ranks second among QMJHL defensemen with 28 points and seventh in the league with 24 assists. He is also fourth on his team with 28 points, second on the team with 24 assists and his 94 penalty minutes rank third on the team…Collected his seventh multi-assist game of the season with two assists vs. Moncton on 11/28.



NCAA:
Hugh Jessiman (Dartmouth) - Suffered a severe ankle sprain on Saturday vs. Princeton, and underwent surgery on 11/12 in New York ... The procedure was conducted by team physician and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Feldman, along with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Steve Sheskier at St. Vincent’s Hospital ... The Dartmouth College junior will be sidelined indefinitely with the injury.

Al Montoya (Michigan) - Suffered two losses to Minnesota and Wisconsin over the weekend, by scores of 5- In the first game of the series on 11/18, Montoya was named first star after making 29 stops in a 4-2 victory. Montoya has posted a 9-4-1 record, along with a 2.69 GAA and a .893 save percentage. He ranks tenth in the CCHA with a 2.69 GAA, first with 825:06 minutes played, first with nine wins, fifth with 309 saves. Michigan is ranked #5 in the country.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 10 games, is tied for the team lead in assists (seven) and ranks tied for second in points (10)…Is scoreless in his last four games…Scored three goals, along with an assist, for Northern Michigan in a 6-3 victory over Michigan Tech on 11/6. Northern Michigan is currently ranked 13th in the country.

Greg Moore (Maine) - Ranks second on the team in goals (seven), ranks fourth on the team in points (10), and first in power play goals (5)…Is scoreless in three games…Maine is unbeaten in four games (3-0-1) Named #1 star vs. St. Lawrence on 10/23. Maine is ranked #10 in the country.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Has now registered two goals and seven assists for nine points in 13 games this season…Ranks tied for second on Maine with seven assists…He is tied for the lead among all Hockey East freshman in assists (7)…He has assists/points in four of his last six outings (0-5-5) dating back to Nov. 7. Scored game-winner and named 2nd star vs. Merrimack on 10/30. Maine is ranked #10 in the country.

Corey Potter (Michigan State) - Recorded his first assist/point of the season on 11/20 in a 5-4 loss to Michigan…Returned to action this weekend after missing eight games with a shoulder injury.

Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) - Was named CCHA Goaltender of the week for the period of Nov. 15 through 21, after posting 39 saves and shutting out Ohio State, 4-0, on Nov. 18, then tying the Buckeyes 4-4 on 11/20…Holt has now registered a 7-4-1 mark, along with a 2.90 goals against average and a .902 save percentage in 12 games this season…He ranks fourth in the league with 321 saves and third in the league with 723:59 minutes played.

Nate Guenin (Ohio State) - Has registered one goal and two assists for three points in 14 games. He leads the Buckeyes with along with 58 penalty minutes. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 9th in the USCHO polls.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Posted an assist vs. BU on 11/27 in Colorado’s 7-3 win…Recorded his first multiple-point/assist game of the season on 11/19 vs. Michigan Tech, recording a goal and two assists, including a helper on the game-winning tally…Ranks third on the team with nine points (three goals, six assists)…Colorado College is ranked #3 in the country.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Recorded an assist in Harvard’s 3-2 win over Clarkson on 11/27…Reese has four points (two goals, two assists) in nine games…Scored his first goal of the season in Harvard's game vs. Colgate on 11/6…Harvard has won five of their last six outings.

Rob Flynn (Harvard) - Scoreless in his last four games…Collected his first multi-assist/point game of the season on 11/13 vs. Princeton with 2 assists…Has posted three assists in nine games this season, ranking tied for third on the club in assists (3). Harvard has won five of their last six outings.

Ken Roche (BU) - Posted his first point, an assist, in his last four games on 11/27 vs. Colorado College…Had his four-game point streak snapped on Nov. 20, after collecting five points (two goals, three assists) over the stretch…Has six points (two goals, four assists), along with 25 penalty minutes in 12 games…BU has lost three straight games, including their last two against nationally ranked clubs Denver and Colorado College.

EUROPE:
Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) - Has won three straight contests and leads the Swedish Elite League with 17 wins…Also owns the league's top GAA (1.77) and save percentage (.935) and 1386 minutes played…Ten of his victories have come while allowing one goal or less…Has 30-or-more saves in six games…Frolunda has an 18-5-1 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League.

Jarkko Immonen (JYP) - Had his six game point streak (four goals and four assists) snapped on 11/23…Recorded his third multi-assist and eighth multi-point game on 11/25 with two assists vs. Ilves…Has charted points in seven of his last 9 (4-6-10) and 12 off his last 15 outings (8-9-17)…Immonen continues to lead the Finnish League with 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 26 games this season.

Lauri Korpikoski (TPS) - Returned to the lineup on 11/18 vs. Assat, after missing several games due to a mild right knee injury ... Has not registered any points since his return.
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