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Rangers Prospect Report: 10.27.15

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Three Stars of the Week

No. 1: Adam Huska, G, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – Huska stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced to earn his third consecutive win on Oct. 24, as Green Bay defeated Chicago, 4-1. During his three-game winning streak, the Rangers’ seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 1.34 GAA and a .959 SV% (93 saves on 97 shots). In 2015-16, Huska is tied for sixth in the USHL in SV% (.924), and is tied for seventh in wins (three) and GAA (2.21).

No. 2: Adam Tambellini, C, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Tambellini posted his first career AHL/professional multi-goal/point game by registering two goals, and he recorded a game-high eight shots on goal on Oct. 23 at Syracuse. By tallying two goals in the contest, Tambellini extended his point streak to four games (four goals, one assist over the span). The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is tied for seventh in the AHL – and is tied for fourth among AHL rookies – in goals (four) this season. In addition, Tambellini leads Hartford in goals and power play goals (two), and ranks third in points (five).

No. 3: Ryan Graves, D, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Graves registered an assist/point in all three of Hartford’s games during the past week (one goal, three assists) and he posted a plus-four rating in the three contests. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (110th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft tallied his first career AHL/professional goal, assist, and point as part of a two-point effort on Oct. 23 at Syracuse. Graves is tied for third among AHL rookie defensemen in assists (three) and points (four) in 2015-16.

Emerging from the Pack

The Wolf Pack earned a point in each of their three games during the past week (2-0-1), and they currently have a six-game point streak (5-0-1).

Magnus Hellberg posted a 1-0-1 record in two appearances this past week, and he is tied for second in the AHL in wins (four) this season.

Brady Skjei notched an assist on Oct. 25 at Hershey. The 21-year-old is tied for third among Wolf Pack defensemen in assists (two) this season.

Quick Hits

Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal (KHL) – Buchnevich recorded one point in two games this past week, registering an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime in Severstal’s 5-4 victory over Metallurg Nk on Oct. 21.

The Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has registered an assist/point in four of his last five games (four assists over the span). In addition, Buchnevich has tallied a point in eight of his last 10 games (two goals, six assists) and in 12 of his last 15 contests (five goals, nine assists). Dating back to last season, Buchnevich has registered 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in his last 46 games in the KHL. In addition, Buchnevich has recorded 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in his last 36 KHL contests, including 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in his last 27 games in the KHL.

In 2015-16, Buchnevich leads Severstal in assists (10), game-winning goals (three), and even strength goals (five), is tied for the team lead in points (16), and ranks second in goals (six).

Steven Fogarty, C, University of Notre Dame (NCAA) – Fogarty tallied two assists (one power play assist and one shorthanded assist) on Oct. 23 against Minnesota-Duluth. Through four games this season, the Rangers’ third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has registered six points (three goals, three assists).

Fogarty leads Notre Dame in points and game-winning goals (one), and he is tied for the team lead in goals and assists thus far in 2015-16. Dating back to last season, Fogarty has registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his last 21 contests.

Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced and earned a win on Oct. 24 vs. Hamilton. The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has made at least 30 saves in each of his last three appearances and in four of five starts this season. Dating back to last season, Halverson has posted a 16-4-0 record, along with a 2.44 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 4 SO in his last 21 OHL appearances.

Keegan Iverson, RW, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) – Iverson registered two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, on Oct. 24 at Tri-City. The Rangers’ third round pick (85th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last eight games.

Robin Kovacs, RW, AIK (Allsvenskan) – Kovacs tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in AIK’s 3-0 win against IF Sundsvall on Oct. 24. In 15 games this season, the Rangers’ third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft ranks second on AIK in goals (seven) and points (12). In addition, the 18-year-old is tied for eighth in Allsvenskan in goals this season.

Ryan Mantha, D, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) – Mantha tallied a goal on Oct. 24 vs. Kingston. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft ranks second among Niagara defensemen in goals (two) and is tied for second among team defensemen in points (three) in 2015-16.

Brad Morrison, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL) – Morrison registered his fourth goal of the 2015-16 season on Oct. 20 vs. Calgary. He has tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in his last seven games. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (113th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is tied for second on Prince George in goals (four) and is tied for fifth in points (six) this season.

Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves recorded an assist on Oct. 23 against Union. The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in three games with Michigan this season, and he has notched 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) in his last 32 collegiate games.

Aleksi Saarela, C, Ässät (Liiga) – Saarela recorded an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating on Oct. 24 against the Pelicans. In 2015-16, the Rangers’ third round pick (89th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft leads Ässät in faceoff win percentage (50%; 110-for-220), ranks fifth in shots on goal (54), is tied for fifth in goals (two) and assists (four), and is tied for sixth in points (six).

Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA-Neva (VHL) – Shesterkin won both games he appeared in during the past week, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .938 SV% (45 saves on 48 shots) in the two contests. In 2015-16, the Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 9-1-1 record, along with a 1.26 GAA, a .953 SV%, and 3 SO. Shesterkin has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last nine appearances and has allowed one goal or fewer in six of those contests. He ranks fifth in the VHL in SV% and is tied for fifth in GAA this season.

Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina Pats (WHL) – Zborovskiy tied single-game WHL career-highs with two assists/points and posted a plus-one rating on Oct. 20 at Kootenay. After registering 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 71 games during his rookie season in the WHL in 2014-15, Zborovskiy has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) through 12 games this season. The Rangers’ third round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft ranks third on Regina – and leads team defensemen – in points in 2015-16.

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