Three Stars of the Week
Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Gropp tallied a point in all three games last week, registering six points (four goals, two assists) over the span. The Rangers' second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft recorded four points, and tallied his second hat trick of the season, on Feb. 25 vs. Kelowna. Gropp has recorded a point in 19 of the last 20 games, tallying 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) over the span. In addition, Gropp has recorded a point in 24 of the last 26 contests, registering 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in those 26 games. Gropp leads Seattle in goals (29), is tied for the team lead in points (71), and ranks second in assists (42) this season. In addition, he has established WHL career-highs in assists and points in 2016-17, and he is one goal away from registering at least 30 goals for the third consecutive season.
Tyler Wall, G, UMass Lowell River Hawks (NCAA) - Wall posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA and a .962 SV% (50 saves on 52 shots) in two appearances last week, and he allowed one goal in each of the two contests. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his winning streak to seven games (2.00 GAA, .915 SV% over the span), and he has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last six appearances (1.67 GAA, .929 SV% over the six contests). Wall helped UMass Lowell earn a share of the Hockey East regular season championship and earn the No. 1 seed in the 2017 Hockey East Playoffs. By earning his 21st win of the season on Feb. 24 vs. Boston College, Wall established a UMass Lowell record for wins by a rookie goaltender, breaking the record set by Connor Hellebuyck in 2012-13. Wall has posted a 21-8-1 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .917 SV%, and 1 SO in 30 appearances this season.
Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) - Ronning recorded a point in each of the three games he played last week, registering three points (one goal, two assists). The Rangers' seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to four games, tallying five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. In addition, Ronning has registered a point in 15 of the last 26 games, recording 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) during the stretch. He leads the Giants in goals (23) and points (48), and ranks third in assists (25) this season.