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Rangers Prospect Report: 04.08.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Three Stars of the Week

  • Igor Shesterkin appeared in four playoff games during the past week as SKA faced CSKA in the Western Conference Finals of the Gagarin Cup Playoffs. Shesterkin earned a win in three of the four games during the week, allowing two goals or fewer in each contest, and he made 27 saves to earn a win in Game 6 of the series on Apr. 7 and force a Game 7. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 1.94 GAA in nine playoff appearances with SKA this year. Shesterkin appeared in 28 games during the regular season in 2018-19 and posted a 24-3-1 record, along with a 1.11 GAA, a .953 SV%, and 10 SO. He led the KHL in both GAA and SV%, and he was tied for first in the KHL in shutouts this season. In addition, Shesterkin's 1.11 GAA during the regular season in 2018-19 is the second-best GAA a goaltender has posted in one season in KHL history, and his .953 SV% in 2018-19 is tied for the second-best a goaltender has posted in one season in league history. He also became the fourth different goaltender to earn at least 10 shutouts in one season in KHL history.
  • Nils Lundkvist recorded a goal, which was his first career SHL playoff goal/point, registered three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in Game 1 of Lulea's series in the SHL Semifinals against Frolunda on Apr. 7. The Rangers' first round pick (28th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is the only SHL defenseman younger than 19 years old who has registered a goal/point thus far in the playoffs this year. In addition, Lundkvist is one of only two defensemen younger than 19 years old who have recorded a goal in the SHL Playoffs over the last four years (dating back to the 2016 Playoffs), along with Rasmus Dahlin. Lundkvist registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and posted a plus-seven rating in 41 SHL regular season games with Lulea in 2018-19. Over the last 30 seasons in the SHL (since 1989-90), Lundkvist is one of 14 defensemen younger than 19 years old who have recorded at least 10 points in a regular season, and his 10 points during the regular season in 2018-19 were tied for the 10th-most by an SHL defenseman younger than 19 years old over the span.
  • Riley Hughes registered a point in both of Victoria's playoff games during the week (one goal, one assist). Victoria was eliminated in the third round of the BCH Playoffs. The Rangers' seventh round pick (216th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft registered 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 15 games in the playoffs this year. Hughes leads the BCHL in assists and ranks third in the BCHL in points in the playoffs this year; he also leads BCHL rookies in points. He registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 53 regular season BCHL games in 2018-19; he ranked fourth among BCHL rookies in goals and assists, and tied for fourth among BCHL rookies in points during the regular season. Hughes is committed to play at Northeastern University for the 2019-20 season.

Quick Hits

  • Olof Lindbom stopped 24 of 26 shots (.923 SV%) and recorded a win on Apr. 7 to help Djurgardens' junior team earn a bronze medal in the playoffs in SuperElit.
  • Jacob Ragnarsson registered two assists and posted a plus-seven rating over two games during the past week with Almtuna IS as part of the Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan round-robin tournament. The Rangers' third round pick (70th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft registered is tied for fifth among all players in Kvalserien till HockeyAllsvenskan in plus/minus rating. Ragnarsson registered six assists in 37 games with Almtuna this season. In December, he was named to the preliminary roster for Sweden's team at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Dominik Lakatos skated in three playoff games with Liberec in Czech Extraliga during the past week, and he tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in Game 3 of Liberec's series against HC Kometa Brno on Apr. 7. The Rangers' sixth round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft registered 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 50 games in Czech Extraliga during the regular season in 2018-19, and he ranked fourth among players younger than 22 years old in the league in points during the regular season.
  • Nico Gross tallied an assist and posted a plus-one rating in Oshawa's playoff game against Niagara on Apr. 7.
  • Yegor Rykov continues to lead all KHL defensemen 22 years old or younger in assists (three) and points (three) in the 2019 Gagarin Cup Playoffs despite not playing in a game since Mar. 7. Rykov registered three assists/points in six playoff games with HC Sochi this year and averaged 21:36 of ice time per game in the playoffs. He also recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) during the regular season with HC Sochi; Rykov tied for second among KHL defensemen younger than 22 years old in points during the regular season in 2018-19.

Emerging From the Pack

  • Ryan Gropp registered three points (one goal, two assists) and posted a plus-two rating in Hartford's 6-2 win on Apr. 7 vs. Binghamton. He has recorded a point in seven of the last 11 games (three goals, seven assists) and in nine of the last 14 games (six goals, seven assists), and he has also registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) over the last 26 games.
  • Jake Elmer made his AHL/professional hockey debut on Apr. 6 vs. Utica and he tallied his first career AHL assist/point while skating in his second career AHL game on Apr. 7 vs. Binghamton. Elmer, who was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Mar. 15, joined the Wolf Pack after completing his junior season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Elmer recorded 81 points (39 goals, 42 assists) in 68 regular season games with Lethbridge this season, and he notched six points (one goal, five assists) in seven WHL playoff contests with the Hurricanes.
  • Patrick Newell skated in three games with the Wolf Pack during the past week and he made his AHL/professional hockey debut on Apr. 3 at Springfield. Newell, who was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Mar. 30, is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in 2018-19. He registered 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) and posted a plus-35 rating in 39 games with St. Cloud State University this season, and he was a unanimous selection as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Forward of the Year.

Quotebook

"He has an internal fire, the engine that burns really bright, and it shows whether you meet him or you watch him on the ice." - Rangers Director of European Scouting Nickolai Bobrov on Nils Lundkvist

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