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RANGERS WEEKLY PROSPECT UPDATE - March 8, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL):
The Pack are 1-1 after two games of this western swing, with Jozef Balej scoring all the club's goals on the road thus far. He scored the team's lone marker last Friday in a 3-1 loss to Houston, and had both markers in the Pack's 2-0 shutout of the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday. The .500 weekend leaves the team just two points out of first place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 38-19-2-2, good for fourth overall in the league. The team maintains it's eighth place standing on the powerplay with a 16.67% efficiency and are number two on the penalty-kill with an 88.66% stat. The team still leads the AHL in penalty minutes with 1,837.

The Packs' goalies are back to one and two in netminder standings. Valiquette sports a 1.83 goals against average, while Jason LaBarbera, with a zero against the Rampage last week, brings his average down to 1.90. Lawrence Nycholat is in seventh place among AHL defenders with 5 goals and 32 assists for 37 points.

This week:
Back to back games against Utah to start the week for the Pack. The team plays tonight in Utah and then again on Wednesday, before heading home for tough contests against Bridgeport and Lowell on Friday and Saturday. The team still has the best home record in the league at 25-5-1-1.

Injuries:
Chad Wiseman (concussion) - day-to-day
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely


Charlotte Checkers (ECHL):
This past Saturday, the Charlotte Checkers beat the Greenville Grrrowl 3-0 at Cricket Arena in front of a crowd of 6,933. The first in a five-game home stand, the shutout helps Charlotte maintain their lead in the East Division. With the win, the Checkers remained in possession of first place in the ECHL's Atlantic Division at 34-20-4 in 58games, and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 outings.


Western Hockey League (WHL):
Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Tied for eight in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists). Tied for third 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 14 goals. Has registered 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points along with 93 penalty minutes in 61 games.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Recorded a 0-1-1 on Mar. 2 @ Moose Jaw (W 3-2). Ranks second on his team with 166 penalty minutes. Has skated in 59 contests so far this season, tallying 15 points (eight goals, seven assists).

Rick Kozak (Prince Albert) - He ranks first on his team with 176 penalty minutes. Has registered 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points, along with 176 penalty minutes in 48 games.

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Recorded his 10th multi-point game of the season on Mar. 5 vs. Lethbridge. Among WHL rookies, ranks third in scoring with 45 points, tied for second with 20 goals and first with a +27 rating. Ranks' tied for fourth in scoring on his team with 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists. Has skated in 62 games, notching 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) and 62 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). Has scored 1-2-3 I his last three contests. Ranks first on the team with 21 goals and is third on the club with 41 points. Has registered 21 goals and 20 assists for 41 points, along with 59 penalty minutes in 64 games

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Named 1st star of the game on Mar. 4 vs. Seattle (W 5-3). Has recorded two multi-goal games...Has recorded seven multi-assist games. On Portland, he ranks tied for third in goals (21), tied for third in assists (33), third in points (54) and second in penalty minutes (152). Has registered 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points, along with 152 penalty minutes in 61 games.

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Current 13-game point streak from Feb. 5 to March 4, scoring 24 points (16 goals, eight assists). Ranks 2nd in the WHL with 42 goals and first with 13 game-winning goals. Ranks first on his team with team with 42 goals and 17 power play goals. Has registered 42 goals and twenty-five assists for 67 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 56 games.


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL):
Bruce Graham (Moncton) - Graham returned from his foot injury after missing 22 games and got right back to work, as he registered an assist in Moncton's 2-1 win over Halifax on Saturday...Graham was sorely missed by his teammates, as Moncton, who sat atop their division while enjoying the league's best record prior to the injury, posted a record of 5-13-4 during his absence...Since his return they've gone 1-0-1... Has registered 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 points, along with 46 penalty minutes in 43 games played.


Ontario Hockey League (OHL):
Jakub Petruzalek (Ottawa) - Petruzalek recorded two multi-point games this past weekend, resulting in two wins for Ottawa...These two games marked Petruzalek's 16th & 17th multi-point games this season... Amongst rookies, Petruzalek is tops in assists with 38 and ranks third in OHL rookie scoring with 60 points...Petruzalek is also amongst team leaders in multiple offensive categories, including goals (22; T-4th), assists (38, 1st) and points (60, 2nd).


NCAA:
Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Olver continues to be red hot as of late, having recorded 12 points in his last seven games for Northern Michigan, who in turn is unbeaten in their last eight going 6-0-2 to close out the regular season...This past weekend Olver registered two more multi-point games, making that four out of his last 5 games, all wins for Northern Michigan...Has recorded 19 points in his last 13 games, a period over which his team has gone 9-2-2...Olver leads his team in both points (39) and assists (30)... Has posted 12 multi-point games and 8 multi-assist games.

Al Montoya (Michigan) - Montoya reached the 25-win plateau this past weekend with two victories over conference foe Bowling Green as the Wolverines wrapped up regular season as CCHA Champions with their sixth consecutive win, having gone unbeaten their final nine...Montoya finished the season ranked 5th in the CCHA with a GAA of 2.69, and 9th in saves with 737.

Greg Moore (Maine) - In his last three contests, he has recorded 1-1-2. Ranks first on his team with 13 goals, ranks first with nine power-play goals and tied for third with 21 points. Has registered 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 36 games.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Recorded a 0-1-1 in his last regular season contest on Feb. 26 vs. Vermont. Ranks tied for first among team defensemen with five goals and 16 points. Ranks tied for fifth on team with 16 points. Ranks tied for tenth among ECAC defensemen with 16 points. Through 29 regular season games, he has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, along with 48 penalty minutes.

Ken Roche (Boston University) - Recorded a 1-0-1 in his last contest on Mar.5 @ New Hampshire (W 3-3). Registered five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 35 penalty minutes in 34 games.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Recorded a 0-1-1 on Mar. 4 @ Boston College (L 3-4). Tied for ninth on his team with nine assists and tied for tenth on his team with 14 points. Second among all Maine freshmen with nine assists and 14 points. Registered five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 30 penalty minutes in 30 games.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Ranks third on his team with 26 points. Ranks third on his team with fourteen goals. Colorado College is ranked #1 (481 points) in the USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine polls and #1 (562 points) in the USCHO.com/CSTV polls. 14 goals and 12 assists for 26 points, along with 34 penalty minutes in 36 games.


EUROPE:
Henrik Lundqvist (Frolunda) - Lundqvist and Frolunda have carried their dominance of the Swedish Elite League during the regular season into the postseason, winning their first three games and taking a command 3-0 series lead of Lulea...Lunqvist picked up his first shutout of the postseason on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory of Lulea ...He has stopped 94 of Lulea's 98 shots through the first three playoff games, giving him a GAA of 1.33 and a Save % of .959... Finished the regulgar season ranking amongst the Swedish Elite league goaltending leaders in several categories, including saves ( 1145, third), save percentage (..936, first), wins (33, first), goal against average (1.79, first), shutouts (6, first) and minutes played (2641:51, second).

Jan Marek (Sparta Praha) - Ended the regular season on Mar. 1 vs. Trinec (W 7-3). Marek scored a 1-0-1. Extra League, first round: Sparta Praha vs. Vitkovice. Sparta Praha trails series 2-1. Marek has scored 1-0-1 in the series. He has seven multiple-point games this season. Has skated in 38 games, notching 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) and 26 penalty min.

Petr Prucha (Pardubice) - Extra League, first round: Pardubice vs. Kladno. Pardubice leads the series 2-0. Prucha is pointless in the series. Registered a three-game point streak from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25, scoring 5 points (four goals, one assist). Has skated in 47 games, notching 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) and 24 penalty minutes.
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