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Rangers Prospect Report: 03.04.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Three Stars of the Week

  • Yegor Rykov recorded three assists/points, posted a plus-one rating, and averaged 22:52 of ice time per game over four playoff games with HC Sochi during the week. Rykov led HC Sochi in ice time in each of the final three games during the week, logging more than 23:00 of ice time in each game, and he ranks ninth among KHL defensemen in average ice time thus far in the playoffs. In addition, Rykov leads all KHL defensemen younger than 22 years old in average ice time thus far during the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. Among all KHL players younger than 22 years old (forwards and defensemen), Rykov is tied for first in assists and points in the playoffs this year, and he leads KHL defensemen younger than 22 years old in both categories. He is tied for second among all KHL defensemen in assists and is tied for fourth among all KHL defensemen in points in the playoffs this year.
  • Vitali Kravtsov registered an assist in Game 2 of Traktor's playoff series against Avtomobilist on Feb. 28, and he has recorded eight shots on goal through the first three games of the series. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, who led all KHL players younger than 20 years old in goals (eight), assists (13), and points (21) during the regular season in 2018-19, is one of six KHL players who are in their U20 season or younger who have tallied a point in the 2019 Gagarin Cup Playoffs. Kravtsov has registered 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 25 career Gagarin Cup Playoff games; last year, Kravtsov registered six goals and five assists for 11 points in the playoffs, and his 11 points were the most a KHL junior player (younger than 20 years old) registered in one playoff year in the league's history, eclipsing the previous record of nine held by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Valeri Nichushkin.
  • Joey Keane agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Mar. 4. The Rangers' third round pick (88th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft also recorded a goal and posted a plus-three rating on Mar. 2 at Hamilton. Keane has skated in 61 games in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season with the Barrie Colts and London Knights, registering eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-14 rating and 91 penalty minutes. He is one of 11 OHL defensemen who have registered 37 or more points and have posted a plus-14 rating or better thus far this season. Keane ranks third among OHL defensemen in penalty minutes, ranks 10th among OHL defensemen in shots on goal (167), is tied for 11th among OHL defensemen in power play assists (13), is tied for 13th among OHL defensemen in power play goals (four), and is tied for 17th among OHL defensemen in assists and points this season.

Quick Hits

  • Morgan Barron tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Mar. 1 at St. Lawrence. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point 15 of the last 19 games, and he has recorded 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) over the span. Barron has registered 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 29 games with Cornell this season, and he has tallied a point in 20 of those 29 games (Cornell has posted a 14-4-2 record in games which he has recorded a point this season). He leads Cornell in several categories this season, including goals, points, power play goals (six), and shots on goal (131). Barron also ranks second on Cornell in assists and ranks third in plus/minus rating (plus-10) in 2018-19. He ranks third in the NCAA in shots on goal per game this season (4.52). Barron is averaging 1.03 points per game in 2018-19, which is tied for 10th in points per game among NCAA players who are either in their freshman or sophomore year. He has already established collegiate career-highs in goals, assists, and points this season.
  • Tarmo Reunanen tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating on Mar. 2 against Assat. The Rangers' fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has notched 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in the last 28 games, including 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in the last 19 contests. Reunanen has recorded 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 54 games with Lukko in Liiga (Finland's top league) this season, and he has established Liiga career-highs in goals, assists, and points. Reunanen, who turned 21 years old on Mar. 1, ranks first among Liiga defensemen who are in their U21 season or younger in goals and points, and he ranks second among Liiga defensemen who are in their U21 season or younger in assists this season. He ranks 13th in Liiga in average ice time in 2018-19 (21:14), and he also ranks second among players who are in their U21 season or younger in the league in average ice time this season. Reunanen has logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 17 of the last 27 games, as well as 25:00 or more of ice time in 10 of the last 23 games and 26:00 or more of ice time in seven of the last 21 contests.
  • Riley Hughes recorded three assists/points in his first two BCHL playoff games during the week. The Rangers' seventh round pick (216th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 53 BCHL regular season games with Victoria in 2018-19. Hughes finished the season ranked fourth among BCHL rookies in goals and assists, and he was tied for fourth in points in 2018-19.
  • Patrik Virta recorded a point in two of three games during the week (one goal, one assist), and he registered the game-winning goal on Mar. 2 against Vaxjo. The Rangers' seventh round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in nine of the last 13 games (five goals, four assists), including six of the last nine contests (three goals, three assists). Virta has registered 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 32 SHL games with Orebro in 2018-19.
  • Tyler Nanne recorded an assist/point in each of the University of Minnesota's games during the week (one goal, two assists in the two contests). In addition, he tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including an assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-one rating on Mar. 1 against Arizona State. Nanne extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists over the span), and he has registered a point in four of the last five games (two goals, three assists, plus-three rating over the span). He has tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 35 games this season.
  • Olof Lindbom stopped 27 of 28 shots and earned a win on Mar. 2 against HV71. The Rangers' second round pick (39th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 2.68 GAA and a .905 SV% in seven appearances with Djurgardens' U20 team in SuperElit this season.
  • Tyler Wall stopped 30 of 32 shots as UMass-Lowell tied New Hampshire, 2-2, on Mar. 2. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 10-7-2 record, along with a 2.07 GAA, a .922 SV%, and 4 SO in 19 appearances this season.

Emerging From The Pack

  • Gabriel Fontaine tallied a point in all of Hartford's three games during the week (two goals, one assist), and he recorded an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) with the Wolf Pack in 2018-19. Fontaine has established AHL career-highs in assists and points this season.
  • Ryan Gropp registered two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) over the last 13 games.
  • Vinni Lettieri tallied an assist and recorded five shots on goal on Feb. 27 vs. Hershey, and he recorded 14 shots on goal over Hartford's three games during the week. Lettieri has registered a point in seven of the nine games he has played with the Wolf Pack since he was assigned to Hartford on Feb. 13 (five goals, five assists). He has recorded 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) and 140 shots on goal (3.68 shots on goal per game) in 38 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. Lettieri leads the Wolf Pack in points per game (0.97), is tied for second in goals, ranks third in shots on goal, and ranks fourth in points in 2018-19. In addition, he has established AHL career-highs in assists and points this season.
  • Ty Ronning tallied a goal on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, who was reassigned to Hartford from Maine (ECHL) on Feb. 13, has registered three goals/points over the last six games and has recorded four goals/points in 14 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. 
  • Darren Raddysh registered his first assist/point with the Wolf Pack on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Raddysh, who was acquired by the Rangers from Chicago on Feb. 18, has tallied 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 60 AHL games in 2018-19, and he has established AHL career-highs in goals, assists, and points this season. Raddysh, who turned 23 years old on Feb. 28, is tied for 12th among AHL defensemen who are in their U23 season or younger in points in 2018-19.
  • Brandon Crawley notched an assist and posted a plus-one rating on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' fourth round pick (123rd overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered two assists/points and has posted a plus-three rating over his last three games. Crawley ranks third among Wolf Pack defensemen in points this season (14; three goals, 11 assists in 34 games). 
  • Julius Bergman recorded his first assist/point with the Wolf Pack on Mar. 2 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Bergman, who was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus on Feb. 25, has recorded seven assists/points in 36 AHL games in 2018-19.

Quotebook

"He skates backwards as well as anybody (skates) forwards." - Barrie Colts Head Coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk on Joey Keane (Credit: The Athletic)

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