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Rangers Prospect Review No. 13

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Feb. 26-March 4 Prospect Watch
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Week of Feb. 19-25

Bobby Sanguinetti -- It didn't look like it was going to be an easy week for the Owen Sound Attack. They had a home-and-home series with the best team in their conference in the middle of the week. Following that, they had a meeting with the best team in the entire league. Despite this daunting stretch, Owen Sound won all three games, thanks in part to the efforts of defenseman Sanguinetti. On Wednesday's game against the Barrie Colts, Sanguinetti had three assists as Owen Sound defeated Barrie 5-1. The next night, in Barrie, Owen Sound again put up five goals, again beating the Colts and clinching a playoff spot in the process. Sanguinetti recorded an assist in that game as well. Rather then have a letdown against the London Knights on Saturday, Owen Sound played well and won 6-3. Sanguinetti played a big part in this game, scoring a goal and later adding an assist. Against the best teams in the OHL, Sanguinetti tallied a goal and five assists this week.

Eric Hunter -- Hunter, the Cougars captain, has been a solid offensive contributor for Prince George this season. This past week, he was more then just another contributor -- he was one of their top guns. Prince George played four games this week, and Hunter had at least one point in each of them. Tuesday, against the Everett Silvertips, he scored his 20th goal of the season, as Prince George lost in a shootout. The next night, against Spokane, he scored a goal and added an assist. On Friday, the Cougars took on Spokane again, and the result was the same for Hunter. He assisted on the game's first goal, and added an empty-net goal in the final minute, giving him a three-game goal streak. The next night, Hunter added an assist as the Cougars defeated the Kamloops Blazers by a score of 6-3. For the week, Hunter scored three goals and tallied three assists as Prince George earned five points in the standings.

David Kveton -- Kveton returned to the Gatineau Olympiques and the QMJHL from the Czech Republic after last month's World Junior Championshiops. With the way he has played, the Olympiques are certainly happy he made the decision to return. On Friday against Saint John, Kveton had the primary assist on Martin Frechette's goal at 8:04 of the second period. He later assisted on another Frechette goal in the third period as Gatineau went on to win 6-3. The next night, Gatineau traveled to Quebec City to face the Remparts, and Kveton had an even better performance. He assisted on the first two goals of the game and helping Gatineau jump out to an early 2-0 lead. Kveton later added a goal to close out the scoring as Gatineau defeated Quebec 5-1. Kveton was named the No. 3 star of the game. In 22 games for the Olympiques this season, Kveton has four goals and a very impressive 23 assists.

Marc Staal -- Defenseman Staal of the Sudbury Wolves had a couple of solid outings this past week. On Friday, against the Toronto St. Michael's, Staal assisted on Justin Donati's power-play goal. The goal stood up as the game winner. Staal finished the game with a plus-3 rating as Sudbury crushed Toronto 5-1. The next night, the Wolves traveled to Mississauga to take on the Icedogs. Staal again assisted on a power-play goal and had a plus-1 rating for the game, as Sudbury won in a shootout. Staal has shown excellent progress this season, and continues to show tremendous promise for his future NHL career.

Brodie Dupont -- It is becoming quite a common occurrence to see upont's name all over the scoresheet of any game that he plays in. This past week saw more of the same as the Calgary Hitmen's leading goal scorer was at it again. On Tuesday, the Hitmen were down 2-0 in the second period against Saskatoon before scoring six unanswered goals to win 6-2. Dupont played a part in this goal-scoring frenzy, scoring his 34th goal of the season in the first minute of the third period, and later assisting on the game's final goal. Friday saw Calgary rout Moose Jaw 9-3, and Dupont was involved in the scoring yet again. He scored the first goal of the game at 3:40 of the first period. He then scored Calgary's final goal of the game at 7:24 of the third period. Dupont is now fifth in the WHL in goals scored.

Tom Pyatt -- Pyatt came up big for the Saginaw Sprit this past weekend. When they needed a goal, he was there when it mattered most. On Saturday, against Belleville, he had the primary assist on Ryan O'Marra's goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period. He later scored a shorthanded goal in the third period, which stood up as the game winner, as Saginaw squeaked by 3-2. Pyatt was named the No. 1 star of the game. The next day, Pyatt scored another timely goal. He forced overtime against Sault Ste. Marie with a goal at 8:22 of the third period tying the game at three. Saginaw eventually won the game in a shootout. Pyatt has 34 goals and 34 assists in 50 games this season for the Spirit.

Ken Roche -- Boston University hosted Hockey East rivals Vermont for a set of games over the weekend, and Roche played an integral part in both games. On Friday, Roche scored the game's first goal less then two minutes into the game. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating as the Terriers went on to defeat Vermont 3-1. The next night was a different story as BU fell behind 3-0 in the third period. BU scored two goals in the third, but their comeback fell a goal short. Roche had the primary assist on both Terrier goals and again finished the game with a plus-1 rating. BU has one regular season game left before they begin the postseason.
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