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RANGERS PROSPECT NOTES - November 23, 2004

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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PHOTO: JYP forward Jarkko Immonen leads the Finnish league with 25 points (10 goals and 15 assists) in 23 games.

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HARTFORD WOLF PACK:
Two losses for the Hartford Wolf Pack this week - both 3-2, outside of regulation. The Pack lost in overtime to the Portland Pirates in Maine on Friday, and in a shootout on Saturday to the Springfield Falcons. The Pack are now 10-3-1-1 and sit in second place in the AHL's Atlantic Division. They have allowed 26 goals against, which ranks second in the AHL. The team's penalty killing unit is currently third in the league with a 90.1% success rate. Jamie Lundmark returned from Italy and played in both games over the weekend, scoring in both outings.

Player Notes:
Dominic Moore leads Hartford with 10 assists, 12 points and a +7 rating in 15 games ... Alexandre Giroux, Bryce Lampman and Craig Weller are tied for the team lead with four goals in 15 games.

Injuries:
Garth Murray (broken right thumb) - day to day
Jeff Hamilton (sprained right ankle) - out 1-2 weeks
Martin Grenier (broken right thumb) - out 3-4 weeks


CHARLOTTE CHECKERS:
The Charlotte Checkers now own a 10-2-1 record and sit in first place overall in the ECHL with 21 points. They have won four straight games and rank #1 in the league with 48 goals for.

Player Notes:
Rory Rawlyk ranks second among team defensemen with seven points (three goals, four assists) and second among all Checkers with 33 penalty minutes in 13 games ... Lee Falardeau ranks third on the team with five goals and is tied for fifth with seven points in nine games ... Dwight Helminen has posted two goals and four assists for six points in nine games.


WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) ... Was held scoreless on 11/20 vs. Regina, snapping a five-game point scoring streak (5-2-7). The Kootenay sniper now ranks tied for 12th in the WHL scoring race with 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 25 games. He also ranks tied for third in the WHL in goals (17), tied for second in power play goals (8) and tied for third with game-winning goals (4). He leads the Ice with 14 goals and 26 points. He will participate in the ADT CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE which will be held December 1 in Red Deer.

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) ... Posted a goal and an assist vs. Saskatoon on Friday night in a 6-2 and then followed it up with an assist on Saturday in a 4-4 tie in Prince Albert. Now ranks in a tie for first among WHL freshmen with 19 points, second with eight goals and tied for third with 11 assists. Medicine Hat owns the Central Division's leading record at 16-4-2.
Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Bahensky has registered seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 33 penalty minutes in 24 games. He ranks fifth in scoring by WHL rookies (17) and tied for third among rookies with seven goals.

Marcus Jonasen (Tri-City) ... Leads Tri-City with six goals and 12 points, while ranking third on the club with six assists in 15 games. First European captain in the WHL (this is the second year he has served as the team's captain). Has been held scoreless in his last four games.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) ... Has missed the last five games with a concussion. Has skated in 21 matches so far this season, tallying 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and 58 PIM.

Rick Kozak (Kamloops) ... 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. Kozak came into the contest with 18 penalty minutes in nine games.

Ivan Baranka (Everett) ... The Silvertips blueliner collected an assist in the game vs. Tri-City on Saturday, increasing his point total to nine points (three goals and six assists). He has posted points in three of his last four contests (2-2-4).


ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Ryan Callahan (Guelph) ... Ranks 1st on his team with 22 points and 14 goals and ranks 12th in the OHL with 14 goals. He is the captain of the Storm was recently named to the United States World Junior team.

Jakub Petruzalek (Ottawa) ... Petruzalek leads all OHL rookies and 11th in the OHL with 28 points (12 goals and 16 assists) in OHL. He ranks 1st in his team with points (28), goals (12) and assists (16). Was named OHL's Rookie of the Month for October.


QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Bruce Graham (Moncton) ... Is tied for 1st in the QMJHL with 18 goals and ranks 1st on his team with 18 goals and is tied for 2nd with 29 points. He now leads all Rangers prospects with 29 points. Has points in 14 of last 17 games (15-9-24). Currently on a ten-game point streak since Oct. 29, registering 17 points (ten goals, seven assists) over the span. Posted a five-game goal streak from Nov. 6 to Nov. 21, registering seven goals over the span.

Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) ... Was suspended for two games for a knee-to-knee hit on Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward Francis Lemieux on Nov. 12. Paiement will begin serving the suspension immediately but will be able to take part in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge beginning Nov. 22. He ranks third among QMJHL defensemen with 26 points and second with 22 assists. He is also fourth on his team with 26 points and second on the team with 22 assists.


NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION:
Hugh Jessiman (Dartmouth) ... Suffered a severe ankle sprain on 11/6 vs. Princeton, and underwent successful surgery on 11/12 in New York. His rehabilitation will take place at Dartmouth with input from the Rangers medical staff.

Al Montoya (Michigan) ... Played a big role in two wins vs. Michigan State this past weekend. In the first game of the series on 11/18, Montoya was named first star after making 29 stops in a 4-2 victory. In the second tilt, on 11/20, he turned aside 20 MSU shots in a 5-4 win in Ann Arbor. Montoya has posted a 9-2-1 record, along with a 2.40 GAA and a .901 save percentage, and has lost just once in his last 11 outings (9-1-1). He ranks fifth in the CCHA with a 2.40 GAA, first with 725:09 minutes played, first with nine wins, sixth with 263 saves. Michigan is ranked #1 in the country.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) ... NMU was idle last weekend. Has posted three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 10 games and is tied for the team lead in assists (seven) and points (10). 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 and tied for ninth in Hockey East in goals (seven) and ranks tied for fourth on the team in points (10). Also ranks tied for first in Hockey East with 2 GWG's. Named the 1st star of the game vs. St. Lawrence on 10/23. Maine is currently ranked #8 in the country.

Billy Ryan (Maine) ... Has now registered two goals and seven assists for nine points in 12 games this season. Is currently tied for 11th in the league and is tied for the lead among all Hockey East freshman with seven assists. Ryan has posted points in four of his last five outings (0-5-5) dating back to Nov. 7. Scored game-winner and was named 2nd star of the game vs. Merrimack on 10/30. Maine is ranked #8 in the country.

Mike Walsh (Notre Dame) ... Currently ranks second on the team with four assists and tied for fourth on the club with four points. Recorded a 3-assist outing on 11/5 vs. Bowling Green.

Corey Potter (Michigan State) ... Recorded his first assist/point of the season on Saturday in a 5-4 loss to Michigan. Recently returned to action after missing the first eight games of the season with a shoulder injury.

Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) ... Was named 1st star of the game after making 39 saves and shutting out Ohio State, 4-0, on Nov. 18. 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 first in the league with 321 saves and second 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 58 penalty minutes on the season. The Buckeyes are currently ranked 9th in the USCHO polls and 11th in the USA Today rankings.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) ... 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. Contributed an assist in Saturday's win, and has now registered points in three of his last four games (1-4-5). He ranks third on the team in scoring with two goals and six assists for eight points in 10 games. Colorado College is ranked #5 in the country.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) ... Has posted three points (two goals, one assist) on the young season. Has registered points in three of the club's first six games (2-1-3). Scored his first goal of the season in Harvard's game vs Colgate on 11/6. Harvard plays Boston University tonight.

Rob Flynn (Harvard) ... Collected his first multi-assist/point game of the season on 11/13 vs. Princeton with 2 assists. Has posted three assists in six games this season, ranking tied for third on the club in assists (3). Harvard plays Boston University tonight.

Ken Roche (Boston University) ... Had his four-game point streak snapped on Nov. 20, collecting five points (two goals, three assists) over the stretch. He has collected five points (two goals, three assists), along with 25 penalty minutes in 10 games. BU has won four straight games. BU plays Harvard tonight and is ranked #10/#11 in the country.


EUROPEAN LEAGUES:
Henrik Lundqvist (Frolunda / Sweden) ... Made 28 stops in capturing his 14th victory of the season, beating second place Timra, 5-2 on Saturday. In addition to increasing his league-leading win total, Lundqvist also owns the league's top GAA (1.68) and save percentage (.939). He also leads the league with 1143 minutes played. He is now unbeaten in his last four outings (3-0-1). The win gives Frolunda a 14-3-3 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League.

Jarkko Immonen (JYP / Finland) ... Has recorded points in six straight contests (four goals, four assists) and has charted points in 11 off his last 12 outings (8-7-15). For the season, Immonen leads the league with 25 points (10 goals and 15 assists) in 23 games.

Lauri Korpikoski (TPS / Finland) - Returned to the lineup on 11/18 vs. Assat, after missing some action due to a mild right knee injury.
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