Three Stars of the Week
Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) - Shesterkin was named the Best Goaltender of the KHL Conference Finals, as he helped SKA complete a four-game sweep against Lokomotiv and advance to the Gagarin Cup Finals. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 0.55 GAA and a .985 SV% (65 saves on 66 shots) in three appearances in the series. Shesterkin led all goaltenders in the Conference Finals in GAA and SV%.
Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) - Gettinger registered three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and was selected as the game's First Star, as he helped Sault Ste. Marie conclude its first round series in Game 5 against Flint on Mar. 31. The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft recorded five points (three goals, two assists), 14 shots on goal, and a plus-five rating in the series. Gettinger tied for second on Sault Ste. Marie in goals and points, and ranked fourth in shots on goal in the series. Gettinger has already established OHL playoff career-highs in goals and points this year.
Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - Fontaine registered his second overtime goal of Rouyn-Noranda's first round series against Halifax, as he recorded the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period in Game 5 on Mar. 31 to give the Huskies a three-games-to-two lead in the series. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in five games thus far in the series, and he leads the QMJHL in overtime goals this year.
Emerging from the Pack
Nicklas Jensen recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in three games last week, and he posted a multi-point game in two of the three contests. Jensen has established AHL career-highs in goals (28), assists (22), and points (50) this season, and he ranks fourth in the AHL in goals in 2016-17.
Vince Pedrie agreed to terms on a contract with the Rangers on Mar. 28. He skated in three games with Hartford last week, registering 12 shots on goal, and the three contests were the first professional games of his career. The 23-year-old defenseman skated in 39 games with the Penn State University Nittany Lions this season, registering eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-27 rating and 24 penalty minutes. He was selected to the Big Ten First All-Star Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, as he helped Penn State win the Big Ten Championship. Pedrie's 30 points in 2016-17 were the most a defenseman recorded in one season in Penn State's history. Pedrie ranked third in the NCAA in shots on goal (167) and tied for fifth in the NCAA in plus/minus rating in 2016-17.
Vinni Lettieri made his AHL/professional debut on Mar. 31 vs. Hershey, and he recorded four shots on goal in three games with the Wolf Pack last week.
Magnus Hellberg stopped all 20 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout on Mar. 31 vs. Hershey.
Sean Day, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) - Day tallied three assists/points in four games last week. The Rangers' third round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered four assists/points, a plus-four rating, and 19 shots on goal through six playoff games this year, and Windsor will play Game 7 of its first round series against London on Apr. 4. Through the first six games of the series, Day is tied for the team lead in assists, ranks second in plus/minus rating, and is tied for third in points and shots on goal.
Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina Pats (WHL) - Zborovskiy helped Regina complete a four-game sweep of Calgary in the first round of the WHL Playoffs. The Rangers' third round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft registered two assists and a plus-five rating during the series, and he has registered eight assists/points and a plus-16 rating in 22 career WHL playoff games.