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Rangers Prospect Update: Wolf Pack Take Opener

Plus updates from around the world on future Blueshirts

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Rangers Prospect Updates from around the world.

Starting things off is the Hartford Wolf Pack, who topped St. John's, 6-3, at XL Center Friday night in the season opener.

Adam Tambellini, Robin Kovacs, Cristoval Nieves, John Gilmour and Marek Hrivik all found the back of the net, while Michael Paliotta, Chris Brown, Malte Stromwall, Mat Bodie and Nicklas Jensen all had assists. Tambellini Nieves and Gilmour also chipped in helpers.

Goaltender Magnus Hellberg made 28 saves to pick up his first win of the season.

Down in Greenville in the ECHL, goaltender Brandon Halverson made his first professional start, allowing three goals on 34 shots for the Swamp Rabbits in its 3-2 loss to Florida. 

Over in the Kontinental Hockey League, goaltender Igor Shesterkin is riding a six-game winning streak that featured four consecutive shutouts for SKA. The 2014 fourth-round pick has not lost a game in regulation since Sept. 9, his only defeat of the season. Shesterkin is 12-1-2 with a .940 save percentage, a 1.57 GAA and five shutouts. He was named the best goaltender in the KHL for Week 7 of the season.

Out West, 2015 fourth-round pick Brad Morrison had a pair of assists for Prince George Friday night against Seattle. Last week, Morrison had a pair of goals against Vancouver. Morrison has four goals and 10 assists for 14 points through 11 games with the Cougars, good enough for fourth in the WHL.

Ty Ronning is off to a point per game pace with Vancouver after a pair of helpers Friday night against Lethbridge. The 2016 seventh-round pick has three goals and five assists for eight points in eight games with the Giants.

2015 third-round pick Sergey Zborovskiy opened his season with points in five straight games for Regina before the streak came to an end Friday night. The 6-foot-4 blueliner has a goal and four assists through six games with the Pats.

Rounding out the WHL action is Ryan Gropp, who notched his first assist of the season for the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night against Prince George in his second game after being returned by the Rangers to juniors.

Over in the Ontario Hockey League, 2016 third-round pick Sean Day has points in three of his four games with Mississauga, including goals in three straight games, which is a career-high. The 6-foot-3 blueliner has three goals and four assists and is a plus-4 through four games with the Steelheads.

Forward Tim Gettinger has a goal and two assists in seven games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Lastly in the junior ranks, Gabriel Fontaine picked up two goals for Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL in his season debut Friday night.

In the college ranks, 2016 sixth-round pick Tyler Wall picked up his first win with UMass-Lowell Friday night, making 11 saves on 13 shots in an 8-4 win over Colorado College. Wall is 1-0-1 with a 1.71 goals against average and a .946 save percentage through two games (one start).

Lastly, defenseman Tarmo Reunanen has five assists through 12 games this season with Tuto of Jr. Liiga.

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