Skip to main content
The Official Site of the New York Rangers

Rangers Prospect Weekly Review No. 9

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Daily Prospect Updates

Week of Dec. 11-17

Jan Marek -- Selected by the Rangers with their final pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Marek continues to impress in Europe, where he is one of the top scorers in the Russian league. He'll turn 27 at the end of this month, but his performance in the recent Channel One Cup (the former Izvestia Tournament) in Moscow suggests he is just coming into his own. Although his team went 0-3 in the tournament, Marek scored three goals to lead his team and tie for the overall tournament lead. He had a goal in the Czechs' 3-2 loss to Finland on Dec. 14 and followed that up with two goals in a 7-5 loss to the Swedes on Dec. 16. In the final game of the tournament, Marek was shut down by the Russians, as the Czech Republic fell 4-1.

Rick Kozak -- Kozak started the season with the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL, but his production has really taken off since he was reassigned to the CHL's Memphis RiverKings. He had goals in three straight games last week, finishing with a total of four and earning No. 3 star honors for scoring twice on the power play in a 5-4 shootout win over Tulsa on Dec. 12. More important, Kozak's Memphis team went 3-0 during his big week, which included a fight with Dave Starenky in a 6-2 victory over Wichita on Dec. 15.

Ryan Hillier -- The Rangers' third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft continued to impress with three goals and an assist in a three-game stretch that saw the Mooseheads go 1-2-0. Hillier had a hand in all three points during Halifax's 7-3 loss to Acadie-Bathurst on Dec. 13. He scored an unassisted goal late in the first period of that game and then scored again just over two minutes later to cut the lead to one goal. He closed out his week with a goal in a 4-1 win over Cape Breton on Dec. 17, good for second-star honors.

Brodie Dupont -- The Hitmen's top goal score broke through the 20-goal plateau in a 4-3 overtime win over Kelowna on Dec. 15. Dupont had two goals and an assist in that game to earn No. 1 star honors. His first goal - No. 20 on the season -- came on a power-play at 8:13 of the second period, tying the score at 2-2. He added his second goalat 9:44 of the third, giving the Hitmen a 3-2 lead. He then assisted on Ryan White's game-winning goal just six seconds into overtime. Completing his "Gordie Howe hat trick", Dupont fought Kelowna's Luke Schenn late in the second period. With his three points, Dupont moved into the WHL's top 10 in scoring.

Ryan Russell -- After missing several games with a hand injury, Russell continued his re-emergence, scoring in back-to-back home wins for the Ice. His first goal came with 27 seconds left in a 3-0 win over Medicine Hat on Dec. 15. He then put the Ice up 2-0 in what became a 5-1 win over Lethbridge on Dec. 16. Russell was plus-5 for the two games and earned No. 1 star honors vs. the Hurricanes.
View More