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Rangers Prospects Watch: Nov. 6-12

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Prospects Weekly Review

Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from Nov. 6-12:

Games of Nov. 7

Marc-Andre Cliche returns to the ice as Lewiston hosts Acadie-Bathurst in a QMJHL Eastern Division grudge match that features the second place MAINEiacs and the fifth place Titan. The heart and soul of Lewiston has been outstanding since missing one game due to a head injury, collecting two goals and three assists in four games last week. Two of his points proved to be the game winner, and he was named third star in the only game he did not record a point due to his spectacular all around play. On the season, Cliche has 10 goals and 12 assists for 23 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 18 games. In six games against Acadie-Bathurst in the 2005-06 season, the center had one goal and four assists for five points in six games.

Games of Nov. 8

After watching his 11-game WHL point streak come to an end, Brodie Dupont (pictured) will look to stretch a new one when Calgary hosts Lethbridge, looking to beat them for the fourth time this season. Dupont is off to a great start this season, recording 12 goals and nine assists for 21 points along with 32 penalty minutes in 19 games. Against the Hurricanes, the Hitmen assistant captain already has three points in three games in the form of one goal and two assists. After recording a power-play assist in their first match on Oct. 10, a second power-play assist in their match on Oct. 11 was the game winner in a 2-1 victory. In their third game of the season on Oct. 15, Dupont notched the game-winning goal in a 5-3 win on the road. A victory will bring the Hitmen within two-points of division leading Medicine Hat.

Games of Nov. 9

The Halifax Mooseheads take on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in a QMJHL game featuring this year's Rangers third-round draft choice Ryan Hillier. These two teams last met early in the season on Sept. 22 in a 4-2 Drakkar win when Hillier was struggling to find himself. After fighting through a rough first few weeks, the winger has been one of the Mooseheads' best players. In 20 games this year, he has nine goals and four assists for 13 points and 23 penalty minutes. He ranks third on the team with nine goals and is tied for first with a single short-handed tally.

Games of Nov. 10

Marc Staal(pictured) and the Sudbury Wolves travel to Guelph to take on the Storm in a game featuring two third-place teams in their respective OHL divisions. This is the first meeting between Guelph and Sudbury, but in two games last year, Staal was superb in leading his team to a pair of victories, recording four assists for four points. Three of the assists came via the power play, with one being the game-winner, and Staal, the Wolves' current captain, was named second star of the game in the first meeting. This year, since returning from Rangers training camp, Staal has four goals and seven assists for 11 points and 21 penalty minutes in 15 games. Guelph has struggled this season without Rangers prospect Ryan Callahan, the team's all-time leading goal scorer who now leads the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL with six goals.

Games of Nov. 11

A rejuvenated Bobby Sanguinetti (pictured) will face off against two of the hottest Rangers prospects in Tom Pyatt and Tomas Zaborsky, when the Owen Sound Attack host the Saginaw Spirit in OHL action After going six games without a goal, Sanguinetti scored in back-to-back contests last week and now has 10 on the season, tops in the league amongst defenseman. His 18 points, meanwhile, rank fourth in the league among blueliners. For the Spirit, Pyatt has not only been the team's MVP, but at this point has to be under early consideration for league MVP honors. He has 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points and just four penalty minutes in 18 matches. He ranks second in the league in goals with sixteen, and is only one tally off the pace of the league leader. His 31 points rank second, and he leads the league with three shorthanded goals and five game-winning goals. Pyatt's new linemate Zaborsky was recently tabbed the Spirit's player of the week, the first time Pyatt did not take home the award all year. Zaborsky is averaging a point-per-game, with four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 17 games. He ranks seventh among all rookies with 17 points. In the only meeting of the year between the two teams, Sanguinetti was held without a point while Pyatt and Zaborsky notched a goal each in a 6-3 Spirit win. Pyatt's tally was the game winner.

Games of Nov. 11

Billy Ryan hits the ice as the Maine Black Bears, the No. 1 team in the country, host New Hampshire. In eight games this season, the junior center has notched one goal and five assists for six points and two penalty minutes. The team is currently undefeated with a record of 7-0-1, and they will rely on Ryan to help keep that streak going.
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