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Rangers Prospect Weekly Review No. 8

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· A Look at the Week Ahead

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Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Brodie Dupont -- Dupont wowed scouts in Game 2 of the WHL's portion of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, recording a hat-trick and an assist in an 8-3, series clinching win for the WHL All-Stars. He tallied his team's first goal of the game at 15:59 of the opening period, tying the score at 1-1 before extending the lead with his second goal of the night at 6:28 of the second period, making it 3-1 for the WHL All-Stars. After adding a power-play assist with 4:08 remaining in the game, he closed out his hat trick on a power play with 1:28 to go in the game. Upon returning to Calgary, Dupont scored the game-winning goal at 18:03 of the second period, giving the Hitmen a 3-2 lead on Dec. 3.

Marc Staal -- It was quite a week for Staal, who was recently invited to Team Canada's World Junior selection camp. On Nov. 27, he notched the primary assist with 6:42 remaining in the third for the OHL All-Stars in a 4-3, series clinching victory over the Russians. Then, on Dec. 1, he rallied his Sudbury team back form a 3-0 deficit for a 5-4 victory over Sarnia. He picked up the primary assist on Sudbury's first goal, and then added another primary helper on the second to cut the deficit to one goal early in the third.

Tom Pyatt -- Recently named to Team Canada's roster of 38 players for the World Junior selection camp, Pyatt turned in an impressive performance in the OHL All-Stars' 4-3 victory over Russia, adding an assist on his team's first goal at 6:03 of the opening period. Upon returning to Saginaw, he notched two assists in a 4-2 loss vs. Kitchener to reach the 40-point mark in just his 28th game of the season. After being held without a point the next night, he returned with another multi-assist performance on Dec. 2 with a pair of assists in a 5-4 shootout loss to London.

Ryan Hillier -- This June's third-round draft choice turned in his most outstanding performance of the season on Dec. 3 vs. PEI, notching three points including the game-winning goal in a 6-4 victory at home. After a pair of assists in the first period, he scored the game-winner with a power play tallied with 2:14 remaining in regulation to win it for the Mooseheads. Hillier was named the game's first star. On the season, he has 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points and 37 penalty minutes in 32 games.

Philippe Furrer -- After missing 11 games with a knee injury, Furrer added an assist in a 4-3 loss to Davos. In 14 games this season, the defenseman has notched three goals and two assists in 37 penalty minutes skating for SC Bern in the Swiss Nationalliga A.

Michael Sauer -- Sauer, who was chosen in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft recorded the primary assist on a power-play goal at 16:47 of the second period against Everett. While it has been a rough season for the Winter Hawks, Sauer has been a bright spot, playing solid defense while adding four goals and six assists for 10 points and 36 penalty minutes in 27 games.

Lukas Zeliska -- The forward was named the game's third star on Dec. 1 in a 5-4 shoot-out victory over Regina. He had the primary assist on a power play with 4:55 remaining in the third period, which forced overtime. He then clinched the shootout by scoring Prince Albert's second goal in three shots.

Eric Hunter -- Hunter scored the first goal of the game for the Cougars on Dec.1, giving Prince George a 1-0 lead at 12:55 of the first period in an eventual 5-2 loss to Vancouver. On Dec. 2, with his team down 4-0, the Cougars captain connected on a power play at 8:24 of the second period to start a run of four unanswered Prince George goals, forcing overtime in what ended as a 5-4 shootout loss to Chilliwack.

Bobby Sanguinetti -- Sanguinetti turned in a fine performance in Dec 2's 4-3 win over Toronto with a two-point night. He picked up the second assist on the game's opening goal, followed by the lone assist on the team's third goal. Both assists came on the power play.

Tomas Zaborsky -- Zaborsky scored his sixth goal of the season at 18:55 of the first period in a 4-2 loss on Dec. 1 to Plymouth.

Ryan Russell -- Russell returned to his old self after being sidelined with a hand injury, first tallying a goal for the WHL All-Stars on Nov. 30 before adding another one on Dec. 1 in Kootenay's 8-2 thrashing vs. Saskatoon.

Jordan Foote -- The left winger added an assist inn his team's only goal in a 4-1 loss to St. Cloud State on Dec. 1.

Darin Olver -- Olver was named the No. 3 star on Dec. 2 in a 5-2 loss to Lake Superior. He scored his sixth goal of the season on a power play at 6:26 of the third period, cutting the Lakers' lead to 3-1. He also had the primary assist on NMU's other goal, at 12:59 of the third period.

Billy Ryan -- Ryan had the primary assist in the first period for No. 3 Maine in a 3-0 victory on Nov. 30, which put the No. 3 Black Bears up 2-0. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating as Maine improved to 9-3-1.

Ken Roche -- Roche had the primary assist at 8:14 of the third period on Nov. 28, which gave the Terriers a 2-1 lead over UMass in a game that later ended in a tie.
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