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Rangers Prospect Weekly Review No. 9

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Week of Dec. 4-11

Ryan Hillier Hillier picked up three points in two games at St. John's, although the Mooseheads lost both games. In a 4-3 overtime loss on Dec. 8, he had the lone assist on Bryce Swan's second goal of the game at 18:09 of the middle period. He had a big night in the second game on Dec. 9, earning No. 3 star honors with two points. He began his evening with the second assist on Colby Pridham's power-play goal at 11:52 of the first period, which made it 1-0 for Halifax. He then scored on the power play at 14:02 of the first to make it 2-0, but St. John's roared back with four unanswered goals over the final two periods to win the game.

Tom Pyatt -- Pyatt played only one game last week because he left to join his fellow candidates at Canada's 2007 World Junior Championship camp in Calgary. He made the most of his lone opportunity, though, earnings No. 1 star honors in leading the Spirit to a 6-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie on Dec. 8. Pyatt's three-point night included a goal and two assists. He began with a shorthanded tally at 10:35 of the first period, stretching Saginaw's lead to 2-0. He then picked up the second assist on Ryan O'Marra's power-play goal at 16:30 of the first, which gave the Spirit a 3-0 advantage and stood up as the game-winner. His third point of the night came as a second assist on Patrick Asselin's power-play goal just 27 seconds into the middle period.

Eric Hunter -- One of the true surprises of the 2006-07 WHL season has been Prince George's Eric Hunter, a late-round pick of the Rangers in 2006. The Cougars captain finished the week with three points in four games, although his team went 1-2-1 in that stretch. After picking up an assist in a 5-3 loss to Lethbridge on Dec. 6, Hunter had a goal and an assist two nights later at Red Deer, leading the Cougars to a 3-2 win in an overtime shootout. Hunter began by scoring the game's first goal for the Cougars at 11:50 of the opening period. He then assisted on Dana Tyrell's goal just 33 seconds later, which gave Prince George a 2-0 lead. Hunter was also the Cougars' second shooter in the shootout, but did not score.

Billy Ryan -- A junior at the University of Maine, Ryan scored three points in two wins for the No. 3 Black Bears. All three of the points came in a 7-1 victory at Northeastern. Ryan began his scoring outburstwith the second assist on Josh Soares' power-play goal at 12:39 of the first period, which gave the Black Bears a commanding 3-0 lead. He later had the lone assist on Soares' hat-trick goal at 5:54 of the third period, making it 6-0. Ryan capped off his evening with a shorthanded goal at 12:29 of the third, putting Maine up 7-0.

David Kveton -- The Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2006, expected to represent the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships, showed his enormous potential by scoring a goal in each of two back-to-back losses by his Vsetin team. The goals were Kveton's first of the season. His tally on Dec. 5 cut Liberec's lead to 3-2 in a game Liberec went on to win in a shootout. His second goal, on Dec. 8, came at 3:!1 of the opening period to give Vsetin a 1-0 lead over Ceske Budejovice. Kveton was also plus-2 for the week.

Brodie Dupont -- One of the top scorers in the Western Hockey League, Dupont had single assists in a pair of Calgary home wins ver Regina and Prince George. His assist on Dec. 8 helped draw the Hitmen into a 1-1 tie with Regina, and his assist on Dec. 10 set up the final goal in a 4-0 win over the Cougars.

Ken Roche -- Another college player who has been racking up the points this season, Roche had two points in Boston University's only game of the week, on Dec. 8 vs. Providence. Named the game's No. 1 star for his efforts, Roche had the primary assist on Bryan Ewing's power-play goal at 7:56 of the opening period, which gave the Terriers a 1-0 lead. He later delivered the game-winner at 12:03 of the third period, putting BU up 3-2.

Jan Marek -- The oldest unsigned pick in the Rangers system continued to challenge for the Russian Superleague scoring lead, picking up two points in his first game back from a minor hand injury. In a 3-1 win at Togliatti on Dec. 6, Marek registered the primary assist on Jaroslav Kudrna's power-play goal at 1:17 of the third period, which pulled Magnitogorsk into a 1-1 tie. He later scored the game's final goal with 4:43 remaining in the third period. Marek also helped Metallurg pull out a 1-1 tie at Ufa on Dec. 8.
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