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Rangers Prospect Report 11.16.15

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Three Stars of the Week

Keegan Iverson, RW, Portland Winterhawks (WHL) – Iverson registered a goal/point in each of Portland’s three games during the past week, tallying four goals over the span. The Rangers’ third round pick (85th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft tied a single-game WHL career-high with two goals and recorded the game-winning goal on Nov. 13 vs. Swift Current. By tallying a goal/point in all three games during the past week, Iverson extended his WHL career-high point streak to eight games (five goals, four assists over the span). Iverson’s streak is tied for the longest active point streak in the WHL and is tied for the sixth-longest point streak in the league this season. Iverson ranks third on Portland in goals (seven), ranks fourth in points (15), and is tied for fifth in assists (eight) this season.

Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA-Neva (VHL) – Shesterkin earned a win in both of his appearances this past week, registering a 0.50 GAA, a .980 SV% (49 saves on 50 shots), and 1 SO in the two games. In his last 15 appearances, the Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted an 11-1-3 record, along with a 0.92 GAA, a .964 SV%, and 4 SO. Shesterkin has also posted a 13-1-3 record, along with a 1.10 GAA, a .956 SV%, and 4 SO this season. He is tied for the VHL lead in wins and SO, ranks second in GAA, and is tied for third in SV% this season.

Adam Huska, G, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – Huska stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn a win/shutout on Nov. 14 vs. Bloomington. In his last seven appearances, the Rangers’ seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 1.69 GAA, a .944 SV%, and 1 SO, and he allowed two goals or fewer in each of his six wins. Huska is tied for second in the USHL in shutouts (one), ranks fourth in GAA (2.12), and is tied for fourth in wins (six) and SV% (.926) this season.

Emerging From the Pack

Brady Skjei notched an assist/point in two of the Wolf Pack’s three games during the past week. The Rangers’ first round pick (28th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has registered three assists/points in the last seven games. Skjei ranks fourth on Hartford in assists (five) this season. In addition, he leads Wolf Pack defensemen in assists and is tied for first among Wolf Pack defensemen in points (five) in 2015-16.

Ryan Bourque tallied a goal in each of Hartford’s final two games during this past week (three goals over the span). The Wolf Pack captain recorded two goals and posted a plus-three rating on Nov. 15 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is tied for second on Hartford in goals (four) this season.

Adam Tambellini registered his team-leading fifth goal of the season on Nov. 13 at Portland. He also ranks fourth on the team in points (seven) thus far in 2015-16.

Mackenzie Skapski made his season debut with the Wolf Pack on Nov. 13 at Portland. Skapski made 25 saves in the contest.

Quick Hits

Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich tallied a goal in 19:48 of ice time during regulation and recorded the shootout-deciding goal on Nov. 10 vs. Lokomotiv. The Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point in seven of his last 11 games (one goal, six assists over the span). In addition, Buchnevich has tallied a point in 11 of his last 16 games (three goals, eight assists) and in 15 of his last 21 contests (six goals, 11 assists). Dating back to last season, Buchnevich has registered 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) in his last 52 games in the KHL. In addition, Buchnevich has recorded 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in his last 42 KHL contests, including 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in his last 33 games in the KHL. In 2015-16, Buchnevich leads Severstal in assists (12), game-winning goals (three), and shootout-deciding goals (two), and ranks second in goals (seven), points (19), eve strength goals (five), and shots on goal (66).

Steven Fogarty, C, University of Notre Dame (NCAA) – Fogarty recorded an assist in Notre Dame’s 3-2 win against Northeastern on Nov. 12. The Rangers’ third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in five of Notre Dame’s 10 games this season. The Notre Dame captain is tied for third on the team in goals (four) and is tied for fourth in assists (five) and points (nine) in 2015-16.

Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – In addition to skating in two games with Seattle this past week, Gropp also represented Team WHL in the CHL Canada-Russia Series. In two games with Team WHL against Russia, the Rangers’ second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft notched one assist. With Seattle, Gropp recorded a goal and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 13 at Victoria, extending his goal streak to a WHL career-high four games. He leads Seattle in plus/minus rating (plus-nine), is tied for second in goals (nine), and ranks fifth in points (14) this season.

Robin Kovacs, RW, Rögle BK (SHL) – Kovacs registered a goal and tallied two shootout goals, including the game-deciding goal, to help AIK defeat Leksands IF in on Nov. 12. The Rangers’ third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft ranks second on AIK in Allsvenskan in goals (nine) and is tied for third in points (14) this season. Kovacs, who celebrates his 19th birthday today (born on Nov. 16, 1996), was called up to Rögle BK in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) on Nov. 15.

Brad Morrison, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL) – Morrison posted his third three-point game of the season – and second in a five-game span – on Nov. 14 vs. Edmonton. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (113th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games. Morrison ranks third on Prince George in points (13), and is tied for third in goals (six) and assists (seven) this season.

Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves recorded two assists as Michigan defeated Niagara, 7-3, on Nov. 13. The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in four games this season. Dating back to last season, Nieves has tallied 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in his last 27 games.

Aleksi Saarela, C, Ässät (Liiga) – Saarela registered two goals and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 14 vs. Sport. The Rangers’ third round pick (89th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in the last six games, and he ranks fourth on Ässät in goals (four) this season.

Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina Pats (WHL) – In addition to skating in two games with Regina this past week, Zborovskiy represented Russia at the CHL Canada-Russia Series. In two games with Russia, the Rangers’ third round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft registered one goal. He also recorded one goal in two games with Regina this past week. After recording three goals and 16 assists for 19 points during his rookie season in the WHL last year, the 18-year-old has registered four goals and five assists for nine points thus far in 2015-16.

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