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Rangers Prospect Report: 11.23.15

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Three Stars of the Week

No. 1: Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich registered four points (three goals, one assist) in three games this past week. The Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft notched an assist on Nov. 16 against HC Slovan Bratislava, and tallied his first career KHL hat trick on Nov. 19 against Medvescak Zagreb. Buchnevich also recorded five shots on goal and logged 21:53 of ice time on Nov. 21 against HC Slovan Bratislava.

Buchnevich has registered a point in nine of his last 14 games (four goals, seven assists over the span). In addition, Buchnevich has tallied a point in 13 of his last 19 games (six goals, nine assists) and in 17 of his last 24 contests (nine goals, 12 assists). Dating back to last season, Buchnevich has registered 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in his last 55 games in the KHL. Buchnevich has recorded 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in his last 45 KHL contests, including 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in his last 36 games in the KHL. Over the last two seasons, he has registered 21 of his 23 goals at even strength. In 2015-16, Buchnevich leads Severstal in even strength goals (eight), game-winning goals (three), and shootout-deciding goals (two), is tied for the team lead in assists (13), and ranks second in goals (10), points (23), and shots on goal (81).

In his first 131 KHL regular season games, Buchnevich has tallied 31 goals and 42 assists for 73 points. Here is where Buchnevich ranks compared to current NHL players Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov through their first 131 KHL games:

PAVEL BUCHNEVICH, VLADIMIR TARASENKO, AND EVGENY KUZNETSOV THROUGH THEIR FIRST 131 KHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES

 

 

 

 

PLAYER

G

A

PTS

Pavel Buchnevich

31

42

73

Vladimir Tarasenko

31

28

59

Evgeny Kuznetsov

41

44

85

No. 2: Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in three games with Seattle this past week. The Rangers’ second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft posted two consecutive three-point games during the week. He registered three points (one goal, two assists) on Nov. 17 vs. Swift Current, and he tallied a natural hat trick against his hometown team, the Kamloops Blazers, on Nov. 20.

Gropp has recorded a goal/point in six of the last eight games, tallying 11 points (eight goals, three assists) over the span. In addition, Gropp has registered a goal/point in eight of the last 12 contests, notching 16 points (11 points, five assists) over the span. In his last 21 WHL regular season games (dating back to last season), Gropp has registered 19 goals and eight assists for 27 points. Including last year’s playoffs, Gropp has tallied 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in his last 27 contests.

In 2015-16, Gropp ranks second on Seattle in goals (13), ranks third in plus/minus rating (plus-10), and ranks fourth in points (20).

No. 3: Adam Huska, G, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – Huska appeared in three games this past week, posting a 2-1-0 record, along with a 1.34 GAA and a .957 SV% (88 saves on 92 shots). The Rangers’ seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft stopped 37 of 38 shots he faced and earned the win on Nov. 17 vs. Madison, and he stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced and earned the win on Nov. 20 at Sioux City.

Huska has allowed one goal or fewer in six of his 11 starts this season, and he helped Green Bay move into sole possession of first place for the first time in the last two seasons. In his last 10 appearances, Huska has posted an 8-2-0 record, along with a 1.58 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO. He has allowed 15 goals in his last 10 appearances.

Huska leads the USHL in GAA (1.92) and SV% (.934), is tied for second in wins (eight), is tied for third in SO (one), ranks fifth in saves (313), and ranks eighth in time on ice (688:19) this season.

Emerging From the Pack

Brady Skjei registered two points (one goal, one assist) in Hartford’s three games during the past week, including his first career professional regular season goal on Nov. 21 vs. Lehigh Valley. The Rangers’ first round pick (28th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in four of the last six games (one goal, three assists over the span) and has notched five points (one goal, four assists) in the last 10 games. Skjei is tied for third on Hartford in assists (six) and is tied for fifth in points (seven) this season, and he leads Wolf Pack defensemen in both categories.

Mackenzie Skapski appeared in all three of the Wolf Pack’s games this past week (two starts), posting a 1-1-0 record, along with a 2.05 GAA and a .931 SV%. Skapski stopped 23 of 24 shots he faced and earned his first win of the season on Nov. 21 vs. Lehigh Valley, and he made a season-high 34 saves on Nov. 22 vs. Utica.

Quick Hits

Steven Fogarty, C, University of Notre Dame (NCAA) – Fogarty registered an assist against UMass Lowell on Nov. 20. The Rangers’ third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in six of Notre Dame’s 12 games this season. Fogarty ranks fourth on the team in goals (four) and points (10), and is tied for fourth in assists (six) this season.

Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson appeared in back-to-back games during this past week, posting a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA and a .950 SV% (57 saves on 60 shots). The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced to earn the win on Nov. 20 vs. Kingston, and he made 32 saves on Nov. 21 vs. Peterborough. Halverson has made 30 or more saves in seven of 14 appearances in 2015-16.

Robin Kovacs, RW, Rögle BK (SHL) – Kovacs skated in his first two games with Rögle BK during the past week. The Rangers’ third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft notched his first career SHL assist/point and registered three shots on goal in 13:54 of ice time on Nov. 21 against Frolunda. As of the conclusion of this past week, Kovacs, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Nov. 16, is the youngest player on Rögle BK’s active roster.

Ryan Mantha, D, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) – Mantha notched an assist on Nov. 19 vs. Erie. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has registered four assists/points in the last seven games. Mantha ranks third among Niagara defensemen in assists (five) and points (seven) in 2015-16.

Brad Morrison, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL) – Morrison tallied an assist on Nov. 21 at Medicine Hat. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (113th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games and eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last nine contests. Morrison ranks third on Prince George in assists (eight), ranks fourth in points (14), and ranks fifth in goals (six) this season.

 Aleksi Saarela, C, Ässät (Liiga) – Saarela tallied a goal/point in three consecutive games during the past week, extending his goal/point streak to four games (five goals over the span). In the one contest in which he didn’t notch a goal or point during the past week, the Rangers’ third round pick (89th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft recorded eight shots on goal and won 15 of 25 faceoffs (60%) in 18:58 of ice time. Saarela ranks third on Ässät in goals (seven), and ranks fourth in points (11), shots on goal (85), and plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season. In addition, Saarela leads all skaters on Ässät (min. 30 faceoffs taken) in faceoff win percentage (50.7%; 183-for-361) in 2015-16.

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