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Rangers Prospects Watch Oct. 17-22

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Prospects Weekly Review

Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from Oct. 17-22:

Games of Oct. 17

The only prospects competing on Tuesday are overseas, as Jan Marek, Artem Anismov, and Ivan Dornic lace up for their respective clubs. The most intriguing match of the day is when Marek and his Magnitogorsk squad face off against Moscow CSKA. The 26-year old forward will seek to keep up his scorching point-a-game pace against a stingy Moscow club.

Games of Oct. 18

Russell
In the WHL, the Kootenay Ice and Prince George Cougars square off in a match that features two feisty, high scoring captains both the NHL property of the New York Rangers. The Ice are led by Ryan Russell (pictured), the Blueshirts seventh round pick, 211th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, who has registered six goals and seven assists for 13 points in 10 games. The 19-year old center enters the game tied for 12th in the league in goals and ranks 13th in points. The Cougars, meanwhile, boast Eric Hunter, the Rangers sixth round selection, 174th overall, this past June who returned to Prince George for his overage season. In 10 games thus far, he has three goals and four assists for seven points and 44 penalty minutes. The two teams met on Oct. 15, with Kootenay prevailing 2-1 on a game-winning assist by Russell. The Ice are currently one point behind first place Medicine Hat in the Central Division.

Games of Oct. 19

Tom Pyatt returns to the ice along with Thomas Zaborsky as the Saginaw Spirit host the Brandon Wheat Kings. Pyatt has earned first star honors for each of the last two games, and the 19-year old center most recently tallied a hat-trick in an 8-1 victory over Kingston on Oct. 15. Zaborsky, meanwhile, has made the necessary adjustments to his game since coming to North America, and he now has three goals and five assists in only nine games.

Games of Oct. 20

Dupont
Brodie Dupont (pictured) leads the Calgary Hitmen against the Moose Jaw Warriors in a WHL match that currently features two last place teams. Yet while Calgary remains in last with 11 points, they trail first place Medicine Hat by only 3 points in a tough Central Division. Dupont has done everything in his power to spark his squad, best identified in his dramatic game-tying goal with 3:02 remaining in regulation to bring his team back from a 3-0 third period deficit. And while the Hitmen were unable to get the two points, they did manage to eek out a point at first place Medicine Hat. Up against the Warriors, Dupont will have a chance to pick up two seemingly easy points to put his team back near the top of the division.

Games of Oct. 21

Sanguinetti
In what is probably the most enticing match up of the week, Bobby Sanguinetti (pictured) and the Owen Sound attack travel to Saginaw to take on Pyatt, Zaborsky and the Spirit. Sanguinetti has enjoyed a remarkable start to the season, and as of Oct. 16, as he leads all blueliners in goals with seven and is ranked third in points with twelve. Pyatt, meanwhile, ranks eighth in the OHL in points with16 and is tied for fourth in goals with eight. His game has been practically mistake free, notching only two penalty minutes over his first ten games. Not to be overlooked, the game is also a pivotal game between two Western Division battling it out for first place.

Games of Oct. 22

Cliche
Sunday features a pair of Ranger prospects skating in the QMJHL who are starting to hit their stride in the young season. The Lewiston MAINEiacs, captained by Marc- Andre Cliche, face off against Saint John while Ryan Hillier and the Halifax Mooseheads visit the Moncton Wildcats. Cliche, the second of two second round draft choices in 2005, has averaged over a point a game, recording five goals and six assists for 11 points in his first 10 games with Lewiston. Hillier, chosen in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has started to come into his own, tallying six goals and two assists for eight points after a slow start to the season. Both Lewiston and Halifax are currently tied with 14 points.
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