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Rangers Prospects Watch: Oct. 23-29

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
· Prospects Weekly Review

Here's a look at some of the upcoming games involving Rangers prospects from Oct. 23-29:

Games of Oct. 23

Artem Anisimov is the only Ranger prospect in action Monday night as his Yaroslavl team hosts Nizhnemamsk. The Blueshirts' 2006 second-round draft choice this past June has one assist and eight penalty minutes in 14 games skating in the Russian Superleague.

Games of Oct. 24

The highlight on Tuesday should be Brodie Dupont and the Calgary Hitmen traveling to face the Red Deer Rebels. Red Deer is one spot ahead of the Hitmen for second place in the WHL's Central Division. The two teams met this past Sunday night, with the Rebels skating to a convincing 4-1 victory, despite a strong performance by Dupont who scored the first goal of the match on a power play early in the second period. The center also notched a goal in the season opener against Red Deer.

Games of Oct. 25

Bobby Sanguinetti (pictured) and Dalyn Flatt host Midwest Division rival Guelph at Owen Sound in a rematch of a game that saw Guelph eke out a 4-3 victory on opening night. That game, however, set the tone for Sanguinetti's outstanding start to the season, as he recorded two goals and one assist. The Rangers 2006 first-round draft choice currently ranks first in the OHL amongst defenseman with eight goals, and his 13 points ranks fifth. The Attack currently rank second in the division with 17 points, while Guelph is in third with 16.

Games of Oct. 27

Ryan Russell and the Kootenay ICE host the Red Deer rebels for the first time since Russell exploded for five points against them on Oct. 18. In that game, the Kootenay captain had a hand in his team's final five goals. He scored his first goal of the game at 11:47 of the opening period, giving the Ice a 2-1 lead. Then, at 4:29 of the second, he picked up his second goal, shorthanded, to make it 3-1. Just over 10 minutes later, he had the second assist a power play goal that put the Ice up 4-1. Russell completed his hat trick of 17:42 of the second period and notched his fourth goal of the game at 11:26 of the third.

Games of Oct. 28

Saturday's slew of games is highlighted by Marc-Andre Cliche (pictured) and the Lewiston MAINEiacs visiting St. John's. The Lewiston captain has been a tear recently, and most had a three-point game on Oct. 22 against Saint John. In that game, Cliche tallied a goal and an assist to lead his squad to a 6-3 victory. Prior to that effort, he tallied an assist on the lone goal in the MAINEiacs 2-1 shootout loss to Moncton on Oct. 19, as well as two power play assists on Oct. 15 in a victory over Quebec. Lewiston and St. John's meet again the next night.

Games of Oct. 29

The Saginaw Spirit take on division rival Plymouth in a game featuring two red-hot Rangers prospects in Tom Pyatt (pictured) and Tomas Zaborsky. Pyatt recorded back-to-back hat-tricks on Oct. 15 against Kingston and on Oct. 19 in a five-point game against Brampton. The Blueshirts the fourth round selection, 107th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft currently ranks second in the OHL in goals and is tied for fifth with 22 points. Meanwhile, after a relatively slow start, Zaborsky has lit up the competition and is currently averaging a point per game. After being held without a point in his first four matches, he has recorded a point in seven of his last eight games, and is riding a three-game point-scoring streak. Zaborsky has also recorded four multipoint games, highlighted by a three-point performance on Oct. 7 with a goal and two assists against Ottawa. The Spirit lost 6-1 to the Whalers on Sept. 27 the last time these two teams met.
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