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Rangers Prospect Review No. 15

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· March 12-18 Prospect Watch

· Daily Prospect Updates

Week of March 5-11

Tom Pyatt -- It seems as though every week is a big one for Pyatt, who recently signed his first pro contract with the Rangers. He has already easily passed his career bests in goals and assists, and is a big reason for the Saginaw Spirit clinching a playoff spot. The Spirit played three games over the weekend, and Pyatt was involved in the scoring in all of them. On Friday, he had the primary assist on Andrew Hotham's power play goal against Kitchener. The next night, he scored a power play goal against Erie, putting Saginaw up 2-0 in a game that they would go on to win 5-2. On Sunday, he had one of his best games of the season, recording his fourth hat trick to lead Saginaw over Guelph by a score of 7-4. The first of his three goals was his 40th of the season. If Saginaw is to do any damage in the playoffs, they will need Pyatt to continue his dominant play.

Ryan Hillier -- The Halifax Mooseheads have not had the best of seasons, but they did manage to lock down a playoff spot in the QMJHL. Hillier has played a big part in The Mooseheads' playoff push. On Friday, he assisted on Bryce Swan's goal against Acadie-Bathurst, putting Halifax into a 2-1 lead in a game they would win 4-2. Sunday saw Halifax sweep their two game set against Acadie-Bathurst with a 9-1 rout. Hillier played his part by scoring his 30th goal of the season, and adding an assist. Halifax will not have an easy matchup in the first round of the playoffs, but they will stand a chance with Hillier in the lineup.

Tomas Zaborsky -- Zaborsky has greatly improved his play over the last two months for the Saginaw Spirit. That trend continued through this week, when he made some important contributions. On Friday against Kitchener, he had the primary assist on Patrick McNeill's goal to tie the game at 1-1. The next night proved even better for Zaborsky and the Spirit. He scored the game's opening goal in the first period, and later added an assist as Saginaw went on to defeat Erie 5-2.

Billy Ryan -- The University of Maine hockey team found itself in a tough spot this weekend in the Hockey East playoffs as they traveled to UMass to take on the Minutemen. Maine's Ryan stood up to the challenge and played well. On Friday, hecored the game's opening goal at 13:22 of the first period. The next night, he scored again for the Black Bears. Despite his efforts, Maine was swept and eliminated by UMass. They still remain eligible for a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Black Bears went all the way to the Frozen Four.

Bobby Sanguinetti -- Multipoint games are nothing new for Sanguinetti, the Rangers' first-round pick in 2006. The Owen Sound defenseman added another big day to his resume this past Saturday against Windsor. He assisted on Wayne Simmonds; goal to tie the game at 4-4, completing Owen Sound's comeback from a 4-1 deficit. Later, Sanguinetti scored a goal to put Owen Sound up 6-4, and added an assist in the third period as Owen Sound went on to crush Windsor 9-4. Sanguinetti has been one of the most productive defensemen in the OHL this season, with 24 goals and 30 assists.

Eric Hunter -- Prince George got a big lift this weekend with the return of their captain from a knee injury. Hunter had missed three games, but he played an important part in two big wins for the Cougars. On Friday, he had an assist on Ty Wishart's goal in the second period, helping the Cougars to an 8-1 rout of Kamloops. On Saturday, he provided the spark for the Cougars. They were down 2-0 to Kamloops with ten minutes to play. Hunter scored a goal at 10:23 of the third period to get the Prince George offense going. Prince George scored 4 unanswered goals to win 4-2.

Artem Anisimov -- Anisimov had his highest-scoring game of the season last Thursday against Nizhnekamsk in the Russian Superleague. He had the lone assist on Alexei Mikhnov's goal to tie the game at 1-1. He then assisted on another Mikhnov goal to cut the lead to 3-2. He then added his third assist on a five-on-three power-play to tie the game at 3-3, helping Yaroslavl to a 4-4 tie.

Trevor Koverko -- Defenseman Koverko of the Oshawa Generals had a career-high three assists on Friday against Belleville. He had the lone assist on John Tavares' shorthanded goal to open the scoring. He then assisted on another Tavares goal to make the score 2-0. The goal stood up as the game winner. Koverko tallied his third assist of the game on Oshawa's fourth goal as they easily defeated Belleville 5-1. Koverko finished the game with a plus-3 rating.
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