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Rangers Prospect Review No. 11

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Week of Feb. 5-11

Dupont
Brodie Dupont -- It was a huge week for Dupont, the Calgary Hitmen's leading goal-scorer, who continued his outstanding play during a busy five-game stretch. His efforts helped Calgary earn an important seven points in the WHL standings. On Tuesday, Dupont started his week by scoring two power-play goals in Calgary's overtime loss to Red Deer. The next night, in a 7-1 rout of Chilliwack, Dupont had his second straight two-goal game and was named the game's No. 2 star. His second goal of the game gave him 30 for the season, matching his career high set last season. These two games alone would have made for an impressive week, but they were just the beginning for Dupont. Friday saw him notch another goal as Calgary shut out Regina 3-0 on the road. Dupont was held without a goal on Saturday against Brandon, but he was able to tally an assist. He still had something left in the tank for Sunday, as he had his biggest game of the week, scoring two goals and assisting on Keegan Densereau's game-winner. Dupont was named the No. 1 star as Calgary skated by Swift Current 4-3. Over the five games, Dupont had seven goals and nine points, moving up to sixth in the WHL in goals and 12th in points. Dupont has already broken his career best marks in both goals and assists, and still has plenty of the season left to add to it.

Russell
Ryan Russell -- Russell continued to dominate his WHL competition since returning from an injury. The Kootenay Ice earned at least a point in all four of their games over past week, thanks in part to Russell. Against Lethbridge on Tuesday, he assisted on Steve DaSilva's goal in a5-1 victory. On Thursday, Russell had a multi-point night, as the Ice wrapped up a two-game set with Lethbridge -- scoring his 20th goal of the season and adding an assist as the Ice crushed the Hurricanes 8-1. Saturday saw a similar result for Russell, as he again scored a goal and had an assist for the Ice in their overtime loss to Chilliwack. On, Sunday, he had his third straight multi-point game, with three assists in Kootenay's 4-1 win over Moose Jaw. Russell was named the game's No. 2 star, and concluded his week with six assists and eight points. He now has 56 points in just 44 games played, and is on a seven-game point streak, helping Kootenay surge to second overall in the WHL.

Ryan Hillier -- The Halifax Mooseheads have been struggling this season, and now find themselves two games below .500. Despite the losses, Hillier has been giving his team hope. On Friday, he had two assists against Prince Edward Island. The second assist helped tie the game at 3-3 in the third period before PEI scored two late goals to win 5-3. The next night, Halifax again lost to PEI, but received a tremendous effort from Hillier. He scored two goals as the Mooseheads fell 8-6 to PEI and now has 28 goals on the season.

Tomas Zaborsky -- The Saginaw Spirit continued their winning ways over the weekend with two wins and a shootout loss, and Zaborsky was a big part of that success. On Friday, he scored a goal as the Spirit squashed the Guelph Storm 7-2. The next night was even bigger, as Zaborsky scored two goals in Saginaw's 7-0 win over Belleville. That victory clinched an early playoff spot for the Spirit. Zaborsky now has seven goals in his last nine games. The recent hot streak has nearly doubled his goal total for the season, and is a big reason for the Spirit's success.

Tom Pyatt -- Zaborsky's Saginaw teammate also made important contributions this weekend. Pyatt made quite an impression when he had a five-point night on Feb. 3, which included a natural hat trick. This past weekend saw him continue to make an impact. On Friday, he scored yet another goal and add two assists in Saginaw's win over Guelph. The goal was his 30th of the season and helped him earn the game's first star. Pyatt also earned an assist the next night in the Spirit's playoff clinching win at Belleville, and finished the game with a plus-3 rating. Pyatt now has 30 goals and 32 assists in 44 games this season.

Bobby Sanguinetti -- Sanguinetti had a habit of finding the net for Owen Sound this season, and his 20 goals are second among defensemen in the OHL. This past week, Sanguinetti instead added to his assist total. On Thursday, Sanguinetti assisted on Ryan Lewis' goal in the third period in Owen Sound's 8-4 win over Windsor. The next night, he again had an assist on a Lewis goal as Owen Sound fell to Plymouth 6-3. Saturday saw a second straight loss for Owen Sound, but also saw Sanguinetti get an assist for his third straight game. He led all Attack players with a plus-2 rating.

Marc Staal -- Like fellow Rangers first-round pick Sanguinetti, Staal also had an assist in each game he played last week. On Thursday, against the Barrie Colts, Stall assisted on Jonathan D'Aversa's power play goal, as the division leading Colts defeated Sudbury 8-2. Staal again had an assist the next night in Sudbury's 3-1 win over Oshawa. Staal finished the game with a plus-1 rating and was the game's third star. On Saturday, Staal assisted on Justin Donati's goal, but Sudbury was edged out by Mississauga 3-2.

Ken Roche -- In college hockey, the 55th annual Beanpot Tournament kicked off in Boston. In the opening round, Boston University shut out Northeastern 4-0. Boston University's Ken Roche scored the Terrier' 'second goal at 9:47 of the first period. Boston University advanced to the title game of the Beanpot Tournament and will face-off against Boston College. Boston University then took a trip to UMass on Friday, and won 3-2. In that game, Roche opened the scoring at 19:02 of the first period.
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