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RANGERS WEEKLY PROSPECT UPDATE - January 12, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


HARTFORD WOLF PACK:
The Wolf Pack ended the week on a high note, defeating the league-leading Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in overtime on Sunday afternoon in Manchester. The team trails the Monarchs by just one point for the overall league lead and first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 26-9-1-2. The Pack continues to lead the league in fewest goals against (71) and sports the best home record in the AHL with 17 wins, 3 losses and 1 shootout loss. The club also continues to have the top penalty killing in the league with an 89.85% efficiency and have the seventh best power play at 17.82%. The Pack have won their last five home games.

Goaltender Jason LaBarbera continues to lead all teams with the best goals against average at 1.61, with Steve Valiquette number three with a 1.84 GAA. With 13 wins in a row, LaBarbera is just one win shy of equaling his franchise-record 14 game unbeaten streak he set last year ... and six games shy of the league mark of 19 games unbeaten. And speaking of franchise records, Captain Ken Gernander's next point will put him number one in franchise history for most points. Right now, he has 343 points, tied with Brad Smyth. Alexandre Giroux is on a three game goal-scoring streak (4 goals), and Lawrence Nycholat has tallied seven assists in his last six games (and is tied for fourth overall in defenseman scoring with 5-20-25).

Injuries:
Jed Ortmeyer (sprained right knee) - day-to-day
Thomas Pöck (left ankle sprain) - day-to-day
David Liffiton (right shoulder sprain) - 2-3 weeks
Trevor Gillies (broken left foot) - 4-6 weeks
Martin Grenier (right thumb) - 10-12 weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely

CHARLOTTE:
The Charlotte Checkers returned to home ice last week after playing 11 of their previous 13 games on the road and converted home cooking into two victories. The Checkers now own a two-point lead in the East Division of the American Conference with a 19-13-2 record. Rookie defenseman Ryan Glenn, who was recalled to Hartford last week, and forward Mike Harder were named to the ECHL All-Star Game last week.

WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP:
The Rangers had seven prospects playing in the 2005 World Junior Championships this year: Nigel Dawes (Canada), Ryan Callahan (USA), Al Montoya (USA), Phillipe Furrer (Switzerland), Ivan Baranka (Slovakia), Jakub Petruzalek (Czech Republic) and Lauri Korpikoski (Finland). Seven prospects are the most for any organization.

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Won the gold medal for Team Canada at the World Jr. Championships. Totaled two goals and four assists for six points, along with six penalty minutes in six games.

Ryan Callahan (USA) - Totaled one goal and two assists for three points, along with 29 penalty minutes in seven games at the World Jr. Championships. He was named USA's player of the game vs. Switzerland on December 27.

Al Montoya (USA) - Posted a 3-4-0 record and a 3.36 goals against average in seven games at the World Jr. Championships.

Ivan Baranka (Slovakia) - Appeared in six games at the World Jr. Championships, registering two assists and four penalty minutes for Team Slovakia.

Philippe Furrer (Switzerland) - Appeared in six games at the World Jr. Championships, collecting 10 penalty minutes for Team Swiss.

Lauri Korpikoski (Finland) - Appeared in six games at the World Jr. Championships, collecting two goals and six penalty minutes for Team Finland.

Jakub Petruzalek (Czech Republic) - Appeared in seven games at the World Jr. Championships, collecting one goal and one assist for two points, along with four penalty minutes for Team Czech Republic, helping them capture the bronze medal.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Now ranks fourth among WHL rookies with 27 points, second with 14 goals and second with a +12 rating...Also ranks fifth on the team with 27 points.

Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Registered 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points along with 45 penalty minutes in 37 games ... Has points in four of his last five games (3-1-4) ...Tied for eighth in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 22 points.

Rick Kozak (Kamloops) - Has registered ten goals and one assist for eleven points, along with 63 penalty minutes in 26 games for Prince Albert.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Currently on a eight-game point-scoring streak dating back to Dec. 18, registering 11 points (five goals, nine assists) over the span ... Has registered 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points, along with 92 penalty minutes in 39 games... Ranks second in goals (15), fourth in assists (20), tied for second in points (35) and third in penalty minutes (92).

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Has registered 21 goals and eleven assists for 32 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 33 games...In his two games since returning, has recorded two goals and two assists and four points, including a two goal, one assist performance in Kootenay's 3-0 over Calgary on Jan. 8.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE:
Bruce Graham (Moncton) - Ranks 1st on his team and 10th in the QMJHL with 21 goals, 3rd on his team with 16 assists and 2nd on the club with 37 points ... Suffered a broken bone in his foot on Thursday, Jan. 6 and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) - Ranks second among QMJHL defensemen with 34 assists and 38 points...He is also first on his team with 34 assists, third on the team with 32 points and 116 penalty minutes...Snapped a three-game scoring drought with his 10th multi-assist game of the season on Jan. 7 (0-2-2).

NCAA:
Al Montoya (Michigan) - In 20 games has a record of 15-4-1, along with a goals against average of 2.75 and save percentage of .893...He ranks 10th in the CCHA with a 2.75 GAA, first with 15 wins, eighth with 450 saves. Michigan is ranked #3 in the country.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Has registered five goals and 14 assists for 17 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 20 games...First on the team with 14 assists and 19 points...Ranks tied for sixth in the CCHA with 14 assists...Named to the Dodge Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.

Greg Moore (Maine) - Tied for second on his team with seven goals, ranks first with five power-play goals, and tied for sixth with 11 points... Also tallied two assists in an exhibition game vs. the US Under-18 team on Jan. 7...Maine is ranked #15 in the country.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Tied for fourth on his team with seven assists and tied for sixth on his team with 10 points... Also tallied two assists in an exhibition game vs. the US Under-18 team on Jan. 7...
Maine is ranked #15 in the country.

Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) - Appeared in 19 games, posting a 10-8-1 record along with a 2.73 goals against average and a .904 save percentage ... He ranks sixth in the league with 483 saves and ninth in the league with a 2.73 GAA ... Recorded back-to-back 3-1 wins over Northern Michigan this past weekend, making 26 stops on 27 shots and 28 stops on 29 attempts, respectively.

Nate Guenin (Ohio State) - Has registered one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 74 penalty minutes in 20 games...He leads the Buckeyes with along with 74 penalty minutes...Had a three-game point streak snapped on Dec. 11 (0-3-3)...The Buckeyes are currently ranked #12 in the country.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Has registered eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 22 games, and ranks fifth on his team in points (17) and third in goals (eight)... Registered a goal and an assist in the second game of CC's weekend sweep over then-#1 ranked Minnesota on Sunday...Colorado College has lost just once in their last 13 (11-1-1) is now ranked #1 in the country.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Ranks first among team defensemen with four goals and 10 points...Ranks tied for sixth among ECAC defensemen with 10 points...Harvard is ranked #14 in the country.

Ken Roche (BU) - Registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with 29 penalty minutes in 19 games...Also tallied two goals in an exhibition game vs. the US Under-18 team on Jan. 8...BU is ranked #8 in the country.

EUROPEAN LEAGUES:
Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) - Ranks among the Swedish Eliteleague goaltending leaders in several categories, including saves (735, tied for fourth), save percentage (.932, second), wins (21, first), goal against average (1.88, first), shutouts (four, tied for first) and minutes played (1724, third) ... 15 of his victories have come while allowing one goal or less, including all three of the games in his current three-game winning streak, in which he has a goals against average of 1.00 and a save percentage of .960 ...Frolunda has an 25-7-1 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League.

Jarkko Immonen (JYP) - Ranks first in the Finnish league with 35 points...Tied for first in the Finnish league with 20 assists...Ranks eighth in Finnish league with 15 goals...Ranks first on his team in goals (1) and assists (20) and points (35).

Petr Prucha (Pardubice) - Has skated in 38 games, notching 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and 22 penalty minutes...Has recorded points in two of his last three contests (1-1-2) and has helped the team win seven consecutive games.
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