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Prospect Update: Shesterkin Captures KHL Title

Plus Gropp Advances to WHL Conference Final; Wolf Pack season wraps up

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin and SKA captured the Kontinental Hockey League's Gagarin Cup on Sunday. Shesterkin did not play in the final three games of the Final, though he did pick up a win in the series-opening game.

The 2014 fourth-round pick finished the postseason 4-1 with a .940 SV% and a 1.84 GAA after going 27-4-6 with a .937 SV% and a 1.64 GAA and eight shutouts.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Forward Gabriel Fontaine

Rangers' sixth round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Gabriel Fontaine on an entry-level contract.

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Prospect Update: Weekend Round Up

Updates From Around the Farm System

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Forward Gabriel Fontaine had goals in back-to-back games for Rouyn-Noranda in its first two games of its second-round matchup with Chicoutimi in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs.

The 2016 sixth-round pick picked up the game-winning goal in Game 1 for the Huskies, and netted his second of the series in Game 2. He has points in six of his eight playoff games thus far, and has a four-game goal scoring streak. He has five goals and four assists for nine points in the postseason.

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Prospect Update: Fontaine With 3 Points in Clincher

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers prospect Gabriel Fontaine posted a goal and two assists in Rouyn-Noranda's 5-2 win over Halifax to take the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League opening-round series in six games.

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Rangers Prospect Report: 4.3.17

Updates From Around the Farm System

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / New York Rangers

Three Stars of the Week

Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) - Shesterkin was named the Best Goaltender of the KHL Conference Finals, as he helped SKA complete a four-game sweep against Lokomotiv and advance to the Gagarin Cup Finals. The Rangers' fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 0.55 GAA and a .985 SV% (65 saves on 66 shots) in three appearances in the series. Shesterkin led all goaltenders in the Conference Finals in GAA and SV%.
 
Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) - Gettinger registered three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and was selected as the game's First Star, as he helped Sault Ste. Marie conclude its first round series in Game 5 against Flint on Mar. 31. The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft recorded five points (three goals, two assists), 14 shots on goal, and a plus-five rating in the series. Gettinger tied for second on Sault Ste. Marie in goals and points, and ranked fourth in shots on goal in the series. Gettinger has already established OHL playoff career-highs in goals and points this year.
 
Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - Fontaine registered his second overtime goal of Rouyn-Noranda's first round series against Halifax, as he recorded the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period in Game 5 on Mar. 31 to give the Huskies a three-games-to-two lead in the series. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in five games thus far in the series, and he leads the QMJHL in overtime goals this year.

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Prospect Update: Gettinger With 3 Points for SSM

Plus Updates on Fontaine, Shesterkin and more

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Tim Gettinger had two goals - including the game-winner - and added an assist for Sault Ste. Marie, who disposed of the Flint Firebirds in five games in their first-round meeting in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

The 2016 fifth-round pick has three goals and two assists through five games with the Greyhounds.

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Opportunity Calls for Lettieri with Rangers

Newly Signed College Free Agent Talks Joining Blueshirts

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

How would Rangers Assistant Director of Player Personnel Steve Greeley describe forward Vinni Lettieri?

"I think he's a guy that coaches love," Greeley said. "I know he is."

That's good news for Rangers coaches after Lettieri inked his entry-level contract with the Rangers on Monday after four seasons at the University of Minnesota.

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Rangers Prospect Report: 3.27.17

Updates From Around the Farm System

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Three Stars of the Week

Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) - Fontaine registered the game-winning goal in overtime to help Rouyn-Noranda win Game 2 of its first round series against Halifax on Mar. 25. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) and a plus-11 rating in 28 career QMJHL playoff contests.
 
Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Gropp recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in two games last week, helping the Thunderbirds win the first two games of their playoff series against Tri-City. The Rangers' second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft registered a power play goal in the first period of Game 1 of the series on Mar. 24, and he has now recorded 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 28 career WHL playoff games. Dating back to the regular season, Gropp has tallied a point in each of the last nine games (five goals, seven assists), in 29 of the last 31 games (25 goals, 31 assists), and 34 of the last 37 contests (27 goals, 25 assists).
 
Tyler Wall, G, UMass-Lowell River Hawks (NCAA)
- Wall posted a 1-1 record, along with a 1.47 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO last week, but his season ended as UMass-Lowell was defeated by Notre Dame, 3-2, in overtime on Mar. 26. The Rangers' sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft posted a 12-2-0 record, along with a 1.94 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 1 SO in his final 14 appearances of the season. In 37 appearances this season, Wall posted a 26-10-1 record, along with a 2.06 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 2 SO. As of the conclusion of his season, Wall is tied for second in the NCAA in wins and ranks seventh in the NCAA in GAA this season.

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Nell Overcomes Loss on Way to Rangers

Netminder Copes With the Loss of His Father During Strong Season at Bowling Green

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Athletes overcome adversity in the game throughout any season, whether it be through injury or through a rough patch of the schedule.

But goaltender Chris Nell overcame arguably the biggest adversity any player - or person for that matter - could have to cope with: the loss of his father, Rick, prior to the start of his final season at Bowling Green State University.

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Prospect Update: Wall Advances to Regional Final

Plus CHL Playoff Updates and Ronning Nets First in the NHL

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Goaltending prospect Tyler Wall made 19 saves in a 5-0 shutout win for UMass Lowell over Cornell in the NCAA Northeast Regional Semifinal Saturday afternoon. The River Hawks advanced to the regional final for the seventh time in the program's history.

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