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RANGERS WEEKLY PROSPECT UPDATE - March 1, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


A closer look at the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, ECHL's Charlotte Checkers and some of the Rangers prospects in the CHL, NCAA and Europe who have made some noise in the past week.

HARTFORD WOLF PACK (AHL):
A busy week equaled three out of a possible six points for the Wolf Pack this week, leaving the Pack four points behind Division-leading Manchester and fourth overall in the league. The club sports a record of 36-18-2-2 for 76 points, and continues to have the best home record of 24-5-1-1in the AHL and the least goals against with only 121. The Wolf Pack also lead the league in penalty minutes with 1788. The team is number two in penalty killing with an 88.52% efficiency, while they remain in eighth spot on the powerplay, with a 16.55% success rate.

Steve Valiquette remains atop the goaltender leader board with an average of 1.83, while Jason LaBarbera is tied for second spot with a goals against of 1.94. Lawrence Nycholat remains seventh in defenseman scoring in the league with 5 goals and 30 assists for 35 points.

This week:
After their second of two home games against Manchester, the Wolf Pack depart on their furthest road trip of the season. The team leaves for their only western swing of the year on Thursday and faces Houston on Friday, San Antonio on Saturday, then plays back-to-back games versus Utah next Monday and Wednesday before returning to the comfort of the Hartford Civic Center.

Injuries:
Ken Gernander (ribs) - day-to-day
Martin Grenier (right thumb) - 1 to 2 weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely

CHARLOTTE CHECKERS (ECHL):
The Charlotte Checkers closed their weekend with a 5-2 win over the host Pee Dee Pride on Sunday. With the win, the Checkers remained in possession of first place in the ECHL's Atlantic Division at 32-20-4 in 56 games.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE (OHL):
Ryan Callahan (Guelph) - Callahan has recorded 6 points in his last 5 games, including a 3-point game on Friday, Feb. 25th (one goal; 2 assists) en route to being named the game's 2nd star after netting the game winner in OT to beat Sudbury...Callahan also registered a multi-point game last Thursday in a 7-4 win over Peterborough when he netted two goals in 2:04 to tie the game at 4 after his team trailed 4-1 after the first period, giving Guelph all the momentum it would need...He has registered 27 goals and 23 assists for 50 points, along with 90 penalty minutes in 51 games.

NCAA:
Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Olver continues to be red hot as of late, having recorded 9 points in his last 5 games for Northern Michigan who in turn is unbeaten in their last 5 going 4-0-1 over the span...This past weekend Olver registered 3 points, including 2 goals in a 5-2 win over Ferris State on Saturday when he was named the game's 3rd star...Last weekend he recorded a total of three points including a pair of assists in a 5-3 win over Michigan Tech... ...Has recorded 15 points in his last 11 games, a period over which his team has gone 7-2-2...Olver leads his team in both points (35) and assists (26)... Has posted 10 multi-point games and 6 multi-assist games.

Greg Moore (Maine) - In his last four games he has recorded three points (one goal, two assists). Ranks tied for first on his team with twelve goals, ranks first with nine power-play goals, and fourth with 20 points. Twelve goals and eight assists for 20 points, along with fourteen penalty minutes in 34 games.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Ranks tied for first among team defensemen with five goals and 16 points. Ranks tied for tenth among ECAC defensemen with 16 points. Ranks tied for fifth on the team with ten assists and 16 points. Through 29 regular season games, has six goals and ten assists for 16 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.

Ken Roche (Boston University) - Named 1st star on Feb. 19 vs. Massachusetts (W 2-1), 1-0-1. Four goals and five assists for nine points, along with 35 penalty minutes in 32 games.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Recorded a 0-1-1 on Feb. 25 vs. Umass- Lowell (W 2-0). Second among all Maine freshmen with eight assists and 13 points. Tied for ninth on his team with eight assists and tied for eleventh on his team with 13 points. Five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 28 games.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE (QMJHL):
Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) - Paiement has recorded 7 points in his last 5 outings, including two multi-point games, with his latest coming in a 5-0 win over a struggling Moncton team when he recorded a goal and an assist...Lewiston is just 1-1-3 in their last 5, obviously not from a lack of production from the defense, namely Paiement who also recorded a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss last week vs Chicoutimi... Ranks second on his team with 45 assists and ranks third on his team with 55 points & 168 penalty minutes... Ranks 3rd amongst all QMJHL defensemen (10th in the QMJHL) with 45 assists and ranks 4th with 55 points.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE (WHL):
Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Has scored 0-1-1 in his last three games. Tied for seventh in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 30 points (fourteen goals, 16 assists). Tied for second in the WHL with four short-handed goals. Ranks second on the team with four short-handed goals and tied for sixth on the team with fourteen goals. 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points along with 85 penalty minutes in 58 games.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Ranks second on his team with 166 penalty minutes. 56 contests so far this season, tallying fourteen points (eight goals, six assists).

Rick Kozak (Prince Albert) - Named 1st star of the game on Feb. 26 vs. Saskatoon (W 3-0), 0-1-1. He ranks first on his team with 168 penalty minutes. Has thirteen goals and 12 assists for twenty five points, along with 168 penalty minutes in 45 games.

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Among WHL rookies, ranks third in scoring with 42 points, third with 18 goals and first with a +25 rating. Ranks' tied for fourth in scoring on his team with 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists). 60 games, notching 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) and 57 penalty minutes.

Marcus Jonasen (Tri-City) - Recorded his 11th multi-point game of the season with a 1-1-2 on Feb. 27 @ Everett (T 3-3). Ranks first on the team with 21 goals and is third on the club with 40 points. 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points, along with 57 penalty minutes in 62 games.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Current three-game point streak from Feb.22 to Feb. 26, scoring three points (one goal, two assists). Has recorded seven multi-goal games...Has recorded four multi-assist games. On Portland, he ranks tied for third in goals (21), tied for third in assists (30), third in points (51) and second in penalty minutes (146). Registered 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with 146 penalty minutes in 58 games.

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Current eleven-game point streak from Feb. 3 to Feb. 26, scoring 23 points (16 goals, seven assists). Named 2nd star on Feb. 26 @ Kelowna (L 1-4), 1-0-1. Named 1st star on Feb. 23 @ Prince George (W 6-2), 3-0-3. Ranks first on his team with team with 42 goals and seventeen power play goals. Ranks 2nd in the WHL with 42 goals and first with thirteen game-winning goals.

EUROPE:
Henrik Lundqvist (Frolunda)- After sitting out and resting for two games, Lundqvist returned to the crease this past weekend and picked up another win, 4-3 over Mora...Lundqvist stopped 31/34 shots, marking the 13th time this season he's recorded 30+ saves...Frolunda is unbeaten in it's last nine games (8-0-1), and Lundqvist is currently working on an astounding unbeaten streak of 15 games (13-0-2), with his last loss dating back to Dec. 2, as Frolunda who leads the Swedish Elite League with a record of 33-7-9 gears up for the playoffs... Ranks among the Swedish Elite league goaltending leaders in several categories, including saves ( 1125, third), save percentage (.938, first), wins (33, first), goal against average (1.74, first), shutouts (6, first) and minutes played (2581:51, second).

Jan Marek (Sparta Praha) - Recorded a four-game point streak from Feb. 15 to Feb. 25, scoring eight points (1 goal, seven assists. He has seven multiple-point games this season. In 37 games, notching 27 points (six goals, twenty-one assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

Petr Prucha (Pardubice) - Current three-game point streak from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25, scoring 5 points (4 goals, one assist). Recorded his third multi-point game this season on Feb. 25 vs. Vsetin HC. 45 games, notching 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) and 22 penalty minutes.
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