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Rangers Prospect Review No. 10

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Daily Prospect Updates

Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4

David Kveton -- Since returning to the Olympiques from the Czech Republic, Kveton has been a solid contributor for Gatineau. He entered this past week with an assist rate of just over one assist per game. Over the weekend, he put the puck in the net as well. On Saturday, Kveton played an important part in the Olympiques win over Rouyn-Noranda. He scored at 11:54 of the second period to give Gatineau a 4-2 lead. He then assisted on Paul Byron's game winning score at 18:10 of the second period as Gatineau defeated Rouyn-Noranda 7-4. The next day, Kveton had another standout performance. He assisted on two goals, including the game-winner in the second period. Kveton then added his second goal in as many days to give Gatineau a 5-2 lead as they went on to defeat Victoriaville. In just 14 games for the Olympiques, Kveton has 3 goals and an excellent 16 assists.

Tom Pyatt -- It was a very eventful week for Pyatt, capped off by a tremendous performance on Saturday night. On Wednesday, he played in the OHL All-Star Game, serving as captain of the Western Conference. It was also a special evening for Pyatt, as the game was held in Saginaw, where he plays hockey for the Spirit. None of this compared to what he accomplished on Saturday, however. He started the game against the Erie Otters by assisting on Ryan O'Marra's goal at 4:39 of the first period. The assist gave Pyatt 54 points on the season, breaking his old mark set last season. He then blew the game open by completing a natural hat trick. All three goals came in the second period, and gave the Spirit a 4-0 lead. He finished the period by assisting on the next Spirit goal to give him 5 consecutive points in the game. Pyatt now has 29 goals and 29 assists in 42 games.

Ryan Hillier Another Rangers draft pick playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Hillier had an impressive week. Forward Ryan Hillier made many contributions for the Halifax Mooseheads. On Tuesday, Hillier scored in the first period against Rimouski to tie the game at one. Halifax went on to win the game 4-1. The next night, Hillier scored his 25th goal of the season, giving Halifax a 2-0 lead over Acadie-Bathurst, as the Mooseheads went on to a 5-3 road victory. On Saturday, Hillier assisted on Halifax's opening goal as the Mooseheads shut-out Drummondville 4-0. The next day, he scored his 26th goal of the season; giving him 7 more then he had all of last season.

Ryan Russell -- Despite missing part of the season with a hand injury, Russell has put up some impressive numbers this season in the WHL. This past week saw Russell get 5 points in 3 games. He assisted on Kootenay's only goal on Wednesday against Calgary. On Friday, playing against his twin brother Kris and the Medicine Hat Tigers, Ryan had a pair of assists and finished the game with a plus-1 rating. The next night, Russell assisted on Kootenay's first goal. He later added a short-handed goal to give the Ice the lead and help them past Calgary 4-3. Russell now has 48 points in just 40 games this season, and would be among the league leaders if not for missing time.

Dylan Reese -- Harvard Defenseman Reese had his biggest week of the season. In Friday's 5-2 home win over Union, Reese was named the game's second star with 3 assists. The assists came on Harvard's first two goals and the goal to give the Crimson a 4-0 lead. Reese finished the game with a plus-2 rating. The next day, against RPI, Reese assisted on Harvard's opening goal as they went on to win 3-1. With just this two game stretch, Reese doubled his assist total for the season.

Brodie Dupont -- Dupont has already matched his career high in assists this season in the WHL. This week saw him reach another benchmark as well. On Wednesday, he helped lead the Calgary Hitmen over the Kootenay Ice by a score of 3-1. He had tallied his 25th goal of the season at 8:15 of the second period. Dupont later assisted on Calgary's final goal in the third period. This gave him 53 points on the season, equaling his best mark, which was set last season. Dupont then bested that number by scoring his 26th goal on Saturday. He is now just 4 goals shy of his career high of 30 goals.
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