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Rangers recall 10 players from Hartford

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled 10 players from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL); goaltender Al Montoya, defensemen David Liffiton and Hannu Pikkarainen, and forwards Alex Bourret, Dane Byers, Nigel Dawes, Brandon Dubinsky, Jarkko Immonen, Hugh Jessiman, and Greg Moore.


Montoya, 22, appeared in 48 games with Hartford (AHL) during the regular season, posting a 27-17-0 record, along with a 2.30 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Among all AHL goaltenders, he tied for third in shutouts (six), ranked fifth in goals against average (2.30) and tied for fifth in wins (27). In the postseason, the 6-2, 193-pound netminder posted a 3-4 record, along with a 3.07 goals against average and one shutout.

Liffiton, 22, collected two goals and 11 assists, along with 189 penalty minutes in 72 games with Hartford (AHL) this season. The 6-2, 210-pound defenseman ranked fourth on the team in penalty minutes (189). In seven postseason games, Liffiton recorded one goal and one assist, along with 18 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. His plus-six rating led the Wolf Pack. He also skated in two games with the Rangers this season.

Pikkarainen, 23, split the season with Hartford (AHL) and Charlotte (ECHL), recording two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with 12 penalty minutes in 17 games. In seven games with Hartford this season, the 6-1, 197-pound defenseman collected two assists and two penalty minutes. Pikkarainen also tallied one goal in three postseason games with the Wolf Pack. In the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), Pikkarainen notched two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 10 regular season games with the Charlotte Checkers.

Bourret, 20, skated in 68 games with Hartford (AHL) and Chicago (AHL) this season as a rookie, registering 16 goals and 34 assists for 50 points, along with 58 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating. He finished the season first on the Wolf Pack in assists (34) and third on the club in scoring with 50 points. The 5-11, 205-pound forward collected 18 points (five goals and 13 assists) in 23 games with Hartford after being acquired by the Rangers from Atlanta on February 27, in exchange for left wing Pascal Dupuis and a third round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. In seven postseason games, Bourret led Hartford in assists (eight) and matched a Wolf Pack franchise record for most points in a single playoff series (11). His 11 postseason points (three goals and eight assists) is currently tied for first in the AHL.

Byers, 21, collected 17 goals and 30 assists for 47 points, along with 213 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating in 78 games with Hartford (AHL) this season as a rookie. The 6-3, 190-pound forward ranked third on the Wolf Pack in penalty minutes (213), and was fourth on the team in points (47) and power play goals (seven). In the postseason, Byers recorded two goals, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating in seven games.

Dawes, 22, appeared in 65 games with Hartford (AHL) this season, registering 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points, along with 29 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. The 5-8, 190-pound forward led the Wolf Pack in scoring with 60 points, ranked second on the team in goals (27), tied for second on the team in plus/minus (plus-10), and ranked third on the club in power play goals (eight). In seven postseason games, Dawes led Hartford in goals (five) and matched a Wolf Pack franchise record for most points in a single playoff series (11). His 11 postseason points (five goals and six assists) is currently tied for first in the AHL. He also skated in eight games with the Rangers this season and notched his first career NHL goal on October 21 at Toronto. Dawes made his NHL debut on October 5 vs. Washington.

Dubinsky, 21, skated in 71 games with Hartford (AHL) this season as a rookie, registering 21 goals and 22 assists for 43 points, along with 115 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating. The 6-1, 210-pound forward finished the season third on the club with 21 goals. In the last 15 games of the regular season, he collected 16 points (nine goals and seven assists). In seven postseason games, Dubinsky recorded one goal and three assists, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating for the Wolf Pack. He also skated in six games with the Rangers this season, making his NHL debut on March 8 at NY Islanders.

Immonen, 25, appeared in 54 games with Hartford (AHL) this season, registering 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 210-pound forward ranked second on the Wolf Pack in power play goals (10), while his 20 goals ranked fourth on the team. In the playoffs, Immonen ranked third on the club in scoring with eight points (two goals and six assists) in seven games. He also skated in 14 games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and five assists for six points, along with four penalty minutes.

Jessiman, 23, split the season with Hartford (AHL) and Charlotte (ECHL), recording 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points, along with 131 penalty minutes in 69 games. In 49 games with Hartford this season, the 6-6, 231-pound forward collected seven goals and six assists, along with 79 penalty minutes. Jessiman also recorded one goal and nine penalty minutes in seven postseason games with the Wolf Pack. In the East Coast Hockey league (ECHL), Jessiman notched 22 points (12 goals and 10 assists) and 52 penalty minutes in 20 regular season games with the Charlotte Checkers.

Moore, 23, skated in 79 games with Hartford (AHL) this season as a rookie, registering eight goals and 17 assists for 25 points, along with 41 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 225-pound forward also collected one assist and four penalty minutes in seven postseason games with the Wolf Pack.
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