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Prospect Report | 11.09.20

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  • Vitali Kravtsov has recorded 10 points (eight goals, two assists), a plus-seven rating, and 58 shots on goal in 16 KHL games with Traktor thus far this season.  The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has notched a point in eight of the 16 games he has played in 2020-21, including a goal in seven of the 16 contests. He has also recorded four or more shots on goal in eight of the 16 games he has played this season, and he has either led all skaters in shots on goal or has tied for the game-high in shots on goal in six of the 16 contests. Despite missing seven games this season, he is tied for fifth in the KHL in even strength goals (seven) and is tied for 16th in the league in goals in 2020-21. Kravtsov is also tied for sixth in the KHL in shots on goal per game (3.6) and is tied for 11th in the league (min. 14 games played) in goals per game (0.50) this season. He leads Traktor in goals and even strength goals, and he is tied for second on the team in shots on goal in 2020-21. Among KHL players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, Kravtsov ranks first in goals, is tied for second in points, and ranks third in plus/minus rating this season. Kravtsov has also tied his KHL career-high in goals this season (he has recorded eight goals in 16 games in 2020-21; he tallied eight goals in 50 games with Traktor in 2018-19).
     
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Rangers Agree to Terms with Brendan Lemieux

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brendan Lemieux.

Lemieux, 24, skated in 59 games with the Rangers this past season, registering six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, penalty minutes, and hits (164). Lemieux ranked second in the NHL in penalty minutes and tied for fifth in the league in major penalties (five) this past season. In addition, he ranked third in the NHL (min. 30 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time (2.53) and ranked seventh in the NHL in penalties drawn (32) in 2019-20. Lemieux led the Rangers in penalties drawn and ranked second on the team (led team forwards) in hits this past season, and the Rangers posted a 12-3-1 record in games which he registered a point in 2019-20. He also skated in one game during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The 6-1, 213-pounder has skated in 131 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20) with Winnipeg and the Rangers, registering 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points, along with 240 penalty minutes. Lemieux is one of two NHL players who have recorded at least 100 penalty minutes in each of the last two seasons (along with Evander Kane). He ranked second in the NHL (min. 20 games played) in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time in 2018-19 (2.63), and he leads the NHL (min. 20 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time since the start of the 2018-19 season (2.84). Lemieux has skated in 78 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), registering nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points, along with 155 penalty minutes.

The Denver, Colorado native was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lemieux was acquired by the Rangers from Winnipeg on February 25, 2019.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Ryan Strome

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Ryan Strome.

Strome, 27, skated in 70 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, and average ice time (19:35), and he was one goal away from tying his career-high. Strome was also one of only four Rangers who skated in each of the team's 70 regular season games this past season. He tied for 27th in the NHL in assists and tied for 18th in the NHL in primary assists (27) in 2019-20; he also tied for sixth among NHL centers in primary assists and tied for 12th among NHL centers in assists during the season. Strome was one of only two NHL forwards who logged at least 200:00 of power play ice time and at least 150:00 of shorthanded ice time this past season (along with Ryan O'Reilly), and he was one of three NHL centers who registered 59 or more points and a plus-20 rating or better during the season (along with Brayden Point and Sean Couturier). Strome also tallied two assists in three games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The 6-1, 193-pounder has skated in 491 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2013-14 - 2019-20) with the NY Islanders, Edmonton, and the Rangers, registering 95 goals and 159 assists for 254 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 268 penalty minutes. Strome has also skated in 133 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), recording 36 goals and 56 assists for 92 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 98 penalty minutes. Since he was acquired by the Rangers from Edmonton on November 16, 2018, he is the only player who has skated in each of the Blueshirts' 133 regular season games, and he ranks third on the team in goals and points over the span. Strome has also tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 18 career playoff games.

The Mississauga, Ontario native was originally selected by the NY Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Prospect Report | 11.02.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Tarmo Reunanen registered five assists/points in two games during the past week; he tallied three assists on Oct. 29 against FPS, and he notched two assists, led all skaters with 12 shot attempts, and posted a plus-one rating in 23:14 of ice time on Oct. 30 against K-Vantaa. The Rangers' fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered nine points (two goals, seven assists), a plus-seven rating, and 48 shot attempts (29 of which were on goal) in seven games with TUTO Hockey in Mestis (Finland's second-highest professional league) this season, and he has also averaged 23:51 of ice time per game in the seven contests. Reunanen ranks third in Mestis in average ice time, and he is tied for fifth among defensemen in Mestis in points this season. In addition, Reunanen is tied for ninth in Mestis (min. five games played), and leads all defensemen in Mestis, in points per game in 2020-21 (1.29). Reunanen is also tied for fourth among defensemen in Mestis in plus/minus rating this season; he has been on the ice for only one even strength goal against in seven games, and he has not been on the ice for a 5-on-5 goal against in those seven contests.
     
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Prospect Report | 10.26.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Vitali Kravtsov returned to Traktor's lineup on Oct. 23 against Amur after missing seven games with an undisclosed injury, and he registered a goal, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. Kravtsov also tallied a goal, led Traktor with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in Traktor's win on Oct. 25 against Amur. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 10 points (eight goals, two assists), a plus-eight rating, and 50 shots on goal in 13 KHL games with Traktor this season. Kravtsov has notched a point in eight of the 13 games he has played in 2020-21, including a goal in seven of the 13 contests. He has also recorded four or more shots on goal in eight of the 13 games he has played this season, and he has either led all skaters in shots on goal or has tied for the game-high in shots on goal in six of the 13 contests. In addition, in the 13 games Kravtsov has played in 2020-21, he has tallied a point on 10 of Traktor's 30 goals and has been on the ice for 14 of those 30 goals. Despite missing seven games this season, he is tied for fourth in the KHL in even strength goals (seven) and is tied for eighth in the league in goals, and he also ranks fourth in the KHL in shots on goal per game in 2020-21 (3.8). Kravtsov leads Traktor in goals and even strength goals, and he ranks second on the team in shots on goal this season. Among KHL players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, Kravtsov ranks first in goals, and ranks second in points and plus/minus rating this season. Kravtsov has also tied his KHL career-high in goals this season (he has recorded eight goals in 13 games in 2020-21; he tallied eight goals in 50 games with Traktor in 2018-19).
     
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Prospect Report | 10.19.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Tarmo Reunanen recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, and posted a plus-two rating in 24:27 of ice time on Oct. 16 against K-Vantaa, and he led all skaters with 27:35 of ice time on Oct. 17 against K-Vantaa. The Rangers' fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered three points (two goals, one assist), a plus-three rating, and 22 shot attempts in three games with TUTO Hockey in Mestis (Finland's second-highest professional league) this season, and he has also averaged 25:32 of ice time per game in the three contests. Reunanen notched 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 51 games with Lukko in Liiga last season. He tied for eighth among Liiga defensemen in plus/minus rating in 2019-20. In addition, among Liiga defensemen who were in their U22 season or younger in 2019-20, he ranked first in plus/minus rating, ranked fifth in assists, and tied for fifth in points during the season.
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Rangers Agree to Terms with Gabriel Fontaine and Darren Raddysh

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agents Gabriel Fontaine and Darren Raddysh.

Fontaine, 23, has skated in 153 career American Hockey League (AHL) games over three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), all with the Hartford Wolf Pack, registering 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points, along with 24 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in games played (72), goals (11), assists (15), and points (26) in 2018-19.

The 6-1, 203-pounder received the Wolf Pack's Unsung Hero Award in 2017-18. Fontaine registered 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) and two penalty minutes in 68 games as a rookie in 2017-18, and he was the only AHL player who skated in at least 60 games and was assessed two or fewer penalty minutes during the season. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played parts of four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), and he helped the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies win the QMJHL Championship in 2015-16.

The Sherbrooke, Quebec native was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 171st overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Raddysh, 24, skated in 62 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering six goals and 22 assists for 28 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 33 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in assists and plus/minus rating in 2019-20. Raddysh ranked second on the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating, tied for third in assists, and ranked fifth in points this past season. In addition, he tied for first among Hartford defensemen in assists, and ranked second among Hartford defensemen in goals and points in 2019-20.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Tony DeAngelo

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

DeAngelo, 24, skated in 68 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 47 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and games played. DeAngelo became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least 50 points in a season since Brian Leetch in 2001-02, and he also became the first Rangers defenseman to tally at least 15 goals in a season since Leetch in 2000-01. He tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals and points, and tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists, power play assists (16), and power play points (19) this past season.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Alexandar Georgiev

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Georgiev, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Rangers this past season, posting a 17-14-2 record, along with a 3.04 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 2 SO. He established career-bests in several categories in 2019-20, including appearances, games started (32), and wins, and he led Rangers goaltenders in all three categories during the season. Georgiev won 13 games in which he made 30 or more saves this past season, which was tied for the sixth-most in the NHL. He posted a 13-5-1 record in 19 road appearances in 2019-20; his 13 road wins were tied for the fifth-most in the NHL during the season, and his .921 SV% on the road was tied for the ninth-best in the NHL (min. 10 road appearances). Georgiev posted a six-game road winning streak from November 23, 2019 at Montreal to December 28, 2019 at Toronto, and his six-game road winning streak was tied for the third-longest by a Rangers goaltender in franchise history (trailing only Mike Richter (eight games in 1996-97) and Dave Kerr (seven games in 1934-35)). Georgiev also tied for ninth among NHL goaltenders (min. 23 appearances) in SV% while shorthanded this past season (.888).

The 6-1, 178-pounder has appeared in 77 career games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20), all with the Rangers, posting a 35-31-7 record, along with a 3.00 GAA, a .913 SV%, and 4 SO. Georgiev holds the Rangers franchise record for saves in a game which the team won (55 - February 10, 2019 vs. Toronto), and he also holds the franchise record for saves by a Rangers goaltender in his NHL debut (38 - February 22, 2018 at Montreal). He ranked second among NHL rookie goaltenders in appearances (33) and saves (966), and ranked fourth among NHL rookies goaltenders in wins (14) during the 2018-19 season.

The Ruse, Bulgaria native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 19, 2017. Georgiev is the only Bulgarian-born player in NHL history.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Phillip Di Giuseppe

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The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Phillip Di Giuseppe.

Di Giuseppe, 27, split this past season between the Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in 20 NHL games with the Rangers in 2019-20, and the Blueshirts posted a 12-7-1 record in the 20 games which he played during the season. Di Giuseppe averaged 9.70 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this past season; he led the Rangers - and ranked 23rd in the NHL (min. 10 games played) - in shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 in 2019-20. He made his Rangers debut on February 3, 2020 vs. Dallas, and he tallied his first goal as a Ranger on February 27, 2020 at Montreal. Di Giuseppe also skated in three games with the Rangers in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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