• Prospects Weekly Review
Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from Oct. 11-15:Games of Oct. 11
In the WHL, just one day removed from tallying a goal and an assist in a losing effort, blueliner Michael Sauer
leads the Portland Winter Hawks into a key match with Kelowna. With the Rockets struggling to a 1-6 record, the game provides Portland a great opportunity to even their record at 3-3.
Over in the OHL, another key defensive prospect, Marc Staal
, takes the ice as the Sudbury Wolves visit Sault Ste. Marie. The Wolves rank fourth in the Central Division with four points, while the Greyhounds find themselves in a three way tie for first place out in the West.Games of Oct. 12Tom Pyatt
(pictured) and Tomas Zaborsky
look to continue their strong play of late as they visit last year's defending champions, the Peterborough Petes. For the past two weeks, Pyatt has been named the Spirit's player of the week, while Zaborsky has tallied four points in his last two games after being held without a point to start the season. Saginaw will need both players to continue to excel in order to emerge victorious.Games of Oct. 13Ryan Russell
and Lukas Zeliska
face off against each other in a match of recent seventh round draft picks that have shown the potential to one day make the Rangers squad. Russell, the 2005 draft choice, recently tallied a natural hat-trick for the Kootenay Ice, while Zeliska, selected in 2006, recorded his first North American goal in his last game.
In the OHL, the Rangers most recent first round draft choices will lace up as Staal and the Sudbury Wolves face off against the Barrie while Bobby Sanguinetti
leads the Owen Sound Attack into Brampton. Sanguinetti currently leads the OHL in points amongst defenseman.
The match between Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech provides plenty of intrigue for Ranger fans as it features to Blueshirt prospects selected in 2004. Second round center Darin Olver
(pictured) leads the NMU into their annual match against rival Michigan Tech, which features left wing Jordan Foote
, the Rangers' sixth-round pick. In their 2004 match, Olver tallied three goals and added an assist for Northern Michigan in a 6-3 victory.Games of Oct. 14Philippe Furrer
leads SC Bern into a match against Fribourg-Gotteron. In eight games this season, Furrer has played an incredibly physical game from the blueline, while also proving some offense. Overall, he has three goals and one assist for four points and 31 penalty minutes.
Another physical prospect who will take the ice over in the WHL is Brodie Dupont
, whose Calgary Hitmen take on the Medicine Hat Tigers in a pivotal match up. While Medicine Hat sits in first place, Calgary is currently in last. However, Tigers only have 12 points while the Hitmen trail by only four with eight. A victory at this point would bring Calgary within two points of the division lead.Games of Oct. 15
This day's slate of games is highlighted by the Oshawa Generals taking on the Sudbury Wolves over in the OHL. The game features two Rangers defensive prospects from the 2005 draft who play very different styles. First-rounder Staal (pictured) plays a very intelligent fundamental game and with every season is adding some offense to his repertoire. Koverko, selected in the fifth round, is a bruising physical specimen who intimates up opposing forwards by exploding into them.