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Rangers Prospect Report: 01.28.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Three Stars of the Week

  1. Nils Lundkvist registered two points (one goal, one assist), including an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 26 against Rogle. The Rangers' first round pick (28th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) with Lulea this season. Lundkvist, who is 18 years old, leads all SHL defensemen younger than 20 years old in assists and points in 2018-19, and he is tied for first among SHL defensemen younger than 20 years old in goals this season (last season, only two SHL defensemen who were younger than 20 years old registered more than eight points - Rasmus Dahlin and Erik Brannstrom).
  2. Morgan Barron recorded two points (one goal, one assist), led all skaters with nine shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 26 against Colgate. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has posted a multi-point game in six of the last seven games (four goals, eight assists over the span), and he has also registered an assist/point in eight of the last nine games (four goals, 10 assists in the last nine contests). Barron has registered 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 19 games with Cornell this season. He leads Cornell in several categories this season, including points and shots on goal (88). In addition, Barron is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (three), ranks second in goals and assists, and ranks third in plus/minus rating (plus-10) in 2018-19. He is also tied for second in the NCAA in shots on goal per game this season (4.63). Barron is averaging 1.11 points per game in 2018-19, which ranks seventh among NCAA players who are either in their freshman or sophomore year (as well as seventh among NCAA players who are younger than 21 years old).
  3. K'Andre Miller tallied two assists on Jan. 25 against the University of Minnesota. The Rangers' first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has registered 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and has posted a plus-10 rating in 22 games this season. Miller leads Wisconsin in assists and points, and he ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating in 2018-19; in the 22 games he has played, he has been on the ice for 35 of Wisconsin's 71 goals (49.3%). Miller ranks second among NCAA freshmen defensemen in points and is tied for second among NCAA freshmen defensemen in assists in 2018-19; he leads NCAA freshmen defensemen in assists per game (0.68) and points per game (0.91) this season.

Through 22 games this season, here is how Miller compares to other defensemen selected in the first round through the first 22 games of their freshman year in the NCAA:

Quick Hits

  • Igor Shesterkin stopped 19 of 20 shots and earned his 20th win of the season on Jan. 22 against Dinamo Minsk. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 20-3-1 record, along with a 1.21 GAA, a .947 SV%, and 8 SO in 24 KHL appearances with SKA this season. Shesterkin has earned a win in each of his last six appearances, and he has posted a 0.67 GAA, a .967 SV% (119 saves on 123 shots), and 3 SO over the span. He ranks second in the KHL in GAA and SV%, and he is also tied for third in the KHL in shutouts this season. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Shesterkin has posted a 75-9-4 record, along with a 1.54 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 23 SO in 91 KHL appearances.
  • Joey Keane posted a plus-one rating or better in all three games he played during the week (plus-four rating over the span). He registered an assist on Jan. 24 at Windsor and led all skaters with seven shots on goal on Jan. 27 at Oshawa. The Rangers' third round pick (88th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has registered 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) and a plus-18 rating in 44 OHL games this season, including 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a plus-nine rating in 15 games with the London Knights. He is tied for 11th among OHL defensemen in assists and ranks 10th among OHL defensemen in shots on goal (125) in 2018-19.
  • Tyler Wall stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn a win on Jan. 25 against Boston College. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has earned a win in each of his last two appearances, and he has posted a 0.50 GAA, a .980 SV% (49 saves on 50 shots), and 1 SO in those two games. Wall has posted a 7-6-1 record, along with a 1.96 GAA, a .925 SV%, and 3 SO in 14 appearances with UMass-Lowell this season. Wall is tied for eighth in the NCAA in GAA, is tied for 12th in SV%, and is tied for seventh in shutouts in 2018-19.
  • Tarmo Reunanen skated in three games during the past week, and he logged at least 22:00 of ice time in each game. The Rangers' fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 14 of the last 16 games, as well as 25:00 or more of ice time in seven of the last 12 games and 26:00 or more of ice time in five of the last 10 contests. In addition, Reunanen has notched 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 17 games, including five assists/points in the last eight contests. He has registered 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and has posted a plus-three rating in 43 games with Lukko in Liiga (Finland's top league) this season. Among defensemen who are younger than 21 years old in Liiga, Reunanen ranks first in goals, is tied for first in points, and is tied for second in assists this season.
  • Jacob Ragnarsson registered two assists, both of which were primary assists, on Jan. 25 against IK Pantern. The Rangers' third round pick (70th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded six assists in 27 games with Almtuna IS in Allsvenskan (Sweden's second-highest pro league) this season. Among defensemen younger than 20 years old in Allsvenskan, Ragnarsson is tied for fourth in assists in 2018-19.
  • Patrik Virta registered a point in both games he played during the week, as he notched an assist on Jan. 23 against Vaxjo and registered a goal on Jan. 26 against Skelleftea. The Rangers' seventh round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in 21 SHL games with Orebro this season.
  • Adam Huska stopped 29 of 31 shots to help UConn earn a 2-2 tie against New Hampshire on Jan. 25. The Rangers' seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft had made at least 30 saves in eight of his 18 appearances with UConn this season.
  • Lauri Pajuniemi registered an assist in both games he played with TPS during the past week. The Rangers' fifth round pick (132nd overall) has recorded 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 31 games with TPS in Liiga this season. In addition, Pajuniemi has tallied a point in eight of his last 14 games (two goals, six assists over the span).
  • Calle Sjalin recorded the primary assist on a power play goal, which was the game-winning goal in overtime, on Jan. 21 against IK Pantern. The Rangers' fifth round pick (145th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered three assists and has posted a plus-five rating in 11 games with Leksands IF in Allsvenskan (Sweden's second-highest pro league) this season.

Emerging From The Pack

  • Vinni Lettieri registered a point in three of Hartford's four games during the week, and he tallied three points (two goals, one assist) over the span. Lettieri has recorded 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) and 89 shots on goal in 26 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season, and he ranks second on the Wolf Pack in points per game in 2018-19 (0.96). He has notched a point in 11 of the last 16 games and has recorded 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) over the span.
  • Lias Andersson tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in four games during the week, and he recorded a goal and led all skaters with seven shots on goal on Jan. 23 vs. Springfield. The Rangers' first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 27 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season.
  • Steven Fogarty registered a point in three of Hartford's four games during the week and recorded four points (two goals, two assists) over the four contests. He has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last 13 games and has registered 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) in 35 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. Fogarty has established AHL career-highs in goals, assists, and points in 2018-19, and he is also tied for third on Hartford in points this season.
  • Gabriel Fontaine posted a three-game assist/point streak over Hartford's final three games during the past week. The Rangers' sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games, nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 13 games, and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 17 contests. He is tied for second on the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating this season (plus-eight). Fontaine, who is playing in his second AHL season in 2018-19, has already eclipsed his assists and points totals from his rookie year (13 assists and 19 points in 42 games this season; nine assists and 18 points in 68 games in 2017-18).
  • Ville Meskanen tallied an assist on Jan. 23 vs. Springfield. He has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) over the last 12 games and 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 45 games with Hartford in his first season in the AHL in 2018-19. Meskanen, who has skated in all of the Wolf Pack's games thus far this season, ranks third on Hartford in assists and is tied for third in points in 2018-19.
  • Tim Gettinger recorded an assist on Jan. 21 at Providence. The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Wolf Pack during his rookie season in the AHL in 2018-19.

Quotebook

"The skill part - the size, the mobility, and the skill set - you can see. What you don't see as a fan is the work ethic, the competitiveness, and the kid himself, and why he is so special for an 18-year-old and a freshman. As a coach, when you recruit, you're looking for character to go along with the skill, and when you think you find one of those guys, you get real excited. Well, he's lived up to it and gone beyond on what he has meant to us in the locker room and in our group as far as what he brings to the table. He's special. His growth, and (his) development, has been progressive as the year has gone along. The time at the World Juniors was special for him and helped him from a confidence standpoint of being able to play for Team USA as an underage player in that tournament. He's on his way to being the player that the Rangers expected when they drafted him and what we expected when we recruited him; to be an elite player that can dominate right out of the gate, and he's been able to do that." - University of Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato on K'Andre Miller

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