Three Stars of the Week
Vitali Kravtsov tallied three assists/points over two games he played with Traktor during the week, including two assists on Nov. 1 against Barys Astana. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft extended his assist/point streak to three games (four assists over the span). Kravtsov has recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 24 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) games with Traktor this season; he is tied for the team lead in assists, is tied for third in points, and ranks second in shots on goal (55) in 2018-19. Among KHL players younger than 20 years old, the 18-year-old Kravtsov (who turns 19 years old on Dec. 23) ranks first in the league in assists and points this season.
Kravtsov will represent Russia at the U20 Four Nations Tournament this week. The tournament begins on November 9, and Russia will play against Finland, Sweden (whose team includes Nils Lundkvist), and the Czech Republic in the tournament. Russia and Sweden play against each other on the final day of the tournament (November 11).
K'Andre Miller was selected as the NCAA's Rookie of the Month for the month of October. The Rangers' first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft tallied an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 3 at North Dakota. Miller has registered eight points (two goals, six assists), a plus-nine rating, and 20 shots on goal through his first eight career collegiate games, and he has also recorded a point in five of those eight contests. He has registered a point in each of Wisconsin's four wins thus far this season, and he has also been on the ice for 13 of Wisconsin's 21 goals at either even strength or while shorthanded this season. In addition, Miller has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) and has posted a plus-six rating in the last five games. Thus far this season, Miller is tied for fifth among all players in the NCAA in plus/minus rating. In addition, among freshman defensemen in the NCAA, Miller ranks first in assists and points, is tied for second in goals, and is tied for third in shots on goal thus far in 2018-19.
Nils Lundkvist posted the first multi-assist/point game of his Swedish Hockey League (SHL) by tallying two assists, which he tallied in a span of 28 seconds, on Nov. 1 against Timra. The Rangers' first round pick (28th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games and six points (one goal, five assists) in 16 SHL games with Lulea thus far this season. Lundkvist registered his sixth point of the 2018-19 season in his 15th game of the season, eclipsing his 2017-18 points total in the SHL in 13 fewer games (he notched five points (two goals, three assists) in 28 SHL games with Lulea last season). Of the 19 defensemen younger than 20 years old who have skated in at least one SHL game this season, the 18-year-old Lundkvist is one of only two who have recorded at least one goal and is one of only four who have tallied at least one point. Lundkvist leads all SHL defensemen younger than 20 years old in assists and points thus far in 2018-19.
Lundkvist will represent Sweden at the U20 Four Nations Tournament this week. The tournament begins on November 9, and Sweden will play against Finland, Russia (whose team includes Vitali Kravtsov), and the Czech Republic in the tournament. Sweden and Russia play against each other on the final day of the tournament (November 11).
Emerging From the Pack
- Lias Andersson tied an AHL single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) on Nov. 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 14 games with the Wolf Pack this season, and he has tallied at least one point in eight of the 14 contests. Andersson ranks second on Hartford in assists, points, and shots on goal (35), and is tied for second in goals this season. Among all AHL players younger than 21 years old, the 20-year-old Andersson is tied for first in assists and is tied for second in points this season. He has registered 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 39 career AHL games (0.67 points per game).
- Steven Fogarty tallied a point in each of Hartford's first two games during the week (two goals, one assist), and he recorded two goals on Nov. 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to five games (four goals, three assists in the five contests), and he has registered 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 14 games with Hartford this season. Fogarty leads Hartford in goals and points in 2018-19.
- Brandon Crawley recorded two assists, including an assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 3 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rangers' fourth round pick (123rd overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has posted a multi-point game in three of the last five contests, and he has registered six points (one goal, five assists) over the span. Crawley ranks fourth on the Wolf Pack - and leads team defensemen - in points per game this season (0.67; six points in nine games).
- John Gilmour tallied a power play goal on Nov. 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and he has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in 14 games with Hartford this season. He is tied for fifth among AHL defensemen - and leads Wolf Pack defensemen - in goals in 2018-19.
- Morgan Barron tallied three goals/points in two games with Cornell over the past week and registered the game-winning goal in both contests. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft posted his first career collegiate multi-goal game by recording two goals on Nov. 2 vs. Yale. Thus far in Barron's collegiate career, Cornell has posted a 16-2-0 record in games which he has tallied a point, including a 7-0-0 record in games which he has recorded a goal. He is tied for fourth in the NCAA in game-winning goals thus far this season (two), and he also leads the NCAA in shots on goal per game thus far in 2018-19 (6.25; 25 shots on goal in four games).
- Adam Huska stopped all 39 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout, and he was selected as the game's First Star in UConn's 1-0 win against the University of Vermont on Nov. 2. The Rangers' seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 2-0-1 record, along with a 1.30 GAA, a .959 SV%, and 1 SO in his last three appearances, and he has allowed four goals over the three contests. Huska has posted a 3-2-1 record, along with a 2.49 GAA, a .924 SV%, and 1 SO in six appearances with UConn this season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his six appearances thus far this season, and he has also made 30 or more saves in four of his six appearances in 2018-19.
- Igor Shesterkin made 21 saves and tallied an assist in SKA's win against Amur on Nov. 2. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 10-1-0 record, along with a 1.09 GAA, a .953 SV% (245 saves on 257 shots), and four shutouts in 11 KHL appearances in 2018-19. He ranks second in the KHL in GAA, and he is tied for second in the KHL in SV% and shutouts this season. In 78 KHL regular season appearances since the start of the 2016-17 season, Shesterkin has posted a 65-7-3 record, along with a 1.58 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 19 shutouts.
- Riley Hughes tallied three goals/points in two games during the week, and he registered his first multi-goal game of the season (and of his BCHL career) by recording two goals on Nov. 2 vs. Trail Smoke. The Rangers' seventh round pick (216th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 22 games with Victoria this season. Hughes is tied for third on Victoria in goals and is tied for fifth on Victoria in points in 2018-19. In addition, he is tied for third among BCHL rookies in goals, is tied for fourth among BCHL rookies in points, and is tied for seventh among BCHL rookies in assists this season.
- Joey Keane registered two assists in Barrie's 3-2 win on Nov. 1 at Sarnia; he recorded an assist on the game-tying goal with 2:32 remaining in regulation and an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime. The Rangers' third round pick (88th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has tallied 12 points (three goals, nine assists) and has posted a plus-seven rating in 15 OHL games with Barrie this season.
- Yegor Rykov registered a goal, which was the game-winning goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a game-high 21:57 of ice time on Oct. 29 against Lokomotiv. The 21-year-old, who was acquired by the Rangers from New Jersey on Feb. 22, 2018, has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in 12 games with HC Sochi in the KHL this season, and he has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in five of his last seven contests.
- Nico Gross tallied a power play assist in Oshawa's 4-0 win on Nov. 4 against Barrie. The Rangers' fourth round pick (101st overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has notched six points (one goal, five assists) and has posted a plus-seven rating in 17 OHL games with Oshawa this season, and he has registered an assist/point in four of the last seven games (four assists over the span). Gross ranks third on Oshawa in plus/minus rating in 2018-19.
"He's still learning the position but he's way far ahead of most people at 18 years old at that position. He thinks the game well, he's a student of the game, he's one of those kids who's coachable where you tell him something once and he gets it. You can't ask any more of a player - when you're a coach you look for certain characteristics and qualities in a kid as a person, and if you look at K'Andre you've got about as coachable a kid as you could ever have. He's only been on campus for a couple months, but he's made a huge impact on our program and on our university in a very short period of time. He's been sensational. The kid has been everything you could ever ask for." - University of Wisconsin Head Coach Tony Granato on K'Andre Miller