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Future Blue Prospect Report: 05.03.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

BRADEN SCHNEIDER

Defenseman
6-2 / 210
September 20, 2001 (19 years old)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Acquired - First round, 19th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Season Stats - 22 GP, 5-22-27, +18, 12 PIM

  • Concluded his 2020-21 WHL season with Brandon
    • Helped Brandon win the East Division championship in 2020-21
  • Ranks second in the WHL in power play assists (15), is tied for fifth in the WHL in assists (22) and plus/minus rating (plus-18), and is tied for 18th in the WHL in points (27) this season
    • Ranks second among WHL defensemen in assists and plus/minus rating (only trails Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson in plus/minus rating), ranks third among WHL defensemen in points, and is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in goals (five) this season
  • Tied for the team lead (led defensemen) in plus/minus rating, tied for second on Brandon in assists, and tied for third on the team in points this season
    • Served as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season
  • Prior to this season, the last four WHL defensemen who registered at least 1.10 points per game and a plus-15 rating or better in the season following their draft year were Cal Foote (2017-18), Henri Jokiharju (2017-18), Ivan Provorov (2015-16), and Shea Theodore (2013-14)
    • Schneider averaged 1.23 points per game and posted a plus-18 rating in 2020-21
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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.27.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

BRADEN SCHNEIDER

Defenseman
6-2 / 210
September 20, 2001 (19 years old)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Acquired - First round, 19th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Season Stats - 21 GP, 5-22-27, +21, 12 PIM

  • Recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime and an assist on the game-tying goal in the third period, on Apr. 24 vs. Prince Albert; established single-game WHL career-highs with four assists and four points on Apr. 25 vs. Regina (tallied three power play assists and one shorthanded assist in the contest)
  • Helped Brandon win the East Division championship
  • Leads the WHL in power play assists (15), ranks fourth in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-21), is tied for fourth in the WHL in assists (22), and is tied for 10th in the WHL in points (27) this season
  • Ranks second among WHL defensemen in assists, points, and plus/minus rating (only trails Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson in plus/minus rating), and is tied for fourth among WHL defensemen in goals (five) this season
  • Leads Brandon in plus/minus rating, ranks second in assists, and ranks third in points this season
  • Is serving as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season
  • Prior to this season, the last three WHL defensemen who registered at least 1.00 points per game and a plus-20 rating or better in the season following their draft year were Cal Foote (2017-18), Henri Jokiharju (2017-18), and Ivan Provorov (2015-16)
    • Schneider is averaging 1.29 points per game and has posted a plus-21 rating thus far in 2020-21
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Rangers Agree to Terms with Forward Karl Henriksson

Rangers' second-round pick in 2019 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Karl Henriksson on an entry-level contract.

Henriksson, 20, skated in 44 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He was one of only 13 junior (U20) players in the SHL (and one of only eight junior forwards) who registered at least six assists and at least seven points this season. Henriksson's 12:34 average ice time per game in 2020-21 was the fifth-most among junior forwards in the SHL during the season. He also skated in four playoff games with Frolunda this season.

The 5-9, 176-pounder has skated in 54 career SHL games over parts of three seasons (2018-19 - 2020-21), registering one goal and seven assists for eight points. In 2019-20, Henriksson tallied 41 points (six goals, 35 assists) and posted a plus-12 rating in 27 games with Frolunda's J20 team in SuperElit; he tied for third in the league in assists and ranked sixth in the league (min. 20 games played) in points per game (1.52) last season. Henriksson helped Frolunda win the Champions Hockey League tournament during the 2019-20 season. Internationally, the Malmo, Sweden native has represented his country in several tournaments. Henriksson helped Sweden win a bronze medal at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, a gold medal at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship, and a silver medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup. 

Henriksson was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.19.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

BRADEN SCHNEIDER

Defenseman
6-2 / 210
September 20, 2001 (19 years old)
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Acquired - First round, 19th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Season Stats - 18 GP, 4-17-21, +20, 8 PIM

  • Tallied an assist/point in each of Brandon's four games during the week (one goal, six assists, plus-eight rating in the four contests)
    • Tied single-game WHL career-highs with three assists and three points on Apr. 13 at Moose Jaw
    • Registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Apr. 18 at Winnipeg
  • Is tied for second in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-20), ranks fifth in the WHL in power play assists (11), and is tied for seventh in the WHL in assists (17) this season
  • Is tied for first among WHL defensemen in plus/minus rating (tied with Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson), ranks second among WHL defensemen in power play assists, is tied for second among WHL defensemen in assists, ranks third among WHL defensemen in points (21), and is tied for fifth among WHL defensemen in goals (four) this season
  • Leads Brandon in plus/minus rating and power play assists, ranks third in assists, and ranks fourth in points this season
  • Is serving as the team's captain for the 2020-21 season
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Rangers Agree to Terms with Forward Will Cuylle

Rangers' second-round pick in 2020 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Will Cuylle on an entry-level contract.

Cuylle, 19, has skated in 13 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He tallied his first career AHL goal/point while making his AHL debut on Feb. 7 vs. Bridgeport, and he recorded his first career AHL assist while skating in his second career AHL game on Feb. 11 at Providence. Cuylle posted his first career multi-point game in the AHL by registering two points (one goal, one assist) on Apr. 10 vs. Providence.

The 6-3, 212-pounder skated in 62 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season, registering 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points, along with 37 penalty minutes. He established OHL career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, and shots on goal (200). Cuylle tied for third on Windsor in power play goals (seven), ranked fourth in shots on goal, and ranked fifth in goals last season. Cuylle skated in 125 career OHL games over two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), both with Windsor, registering 48 goals and 35 assists for 83 points, along with 87 penalty minutes. He was named to the OHL's Second All-Rookie Team in 2018-19, as he ranked fifth among OHL rookies in goals (26) and ranked seventh among OHL rookies in points (41) during the season. Cuylle was one of only four OHL players in their U18 season or younger who registered at least 20 goals in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. He helped Windsor advance to the 2019 OHL Playoffs and tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in four playoff contests. Cuylle was originally selected by Peterborough with the third overall pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection Draft.

Internationally, the Toronto, Ontario native has represented Canada in several tournaments. Cuylle helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, as he registered three points (two goals, one assist) in five games. He also tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in five games while playing with Canada-Black at the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge.

Cuylle was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.

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Future Blue Prospect Report: 04.05.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

ZAC JONES

Defenseman
5-11 / 175
October 18, 2000 (20 years old)
Richmond, Virginia
Acquired - Third round, 68th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - UMass (NCAA)

Season Stats - 27 GP, 8-15-23, +16, 8 PIM

  • UMass will play the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four Semifinals on Apr. 8
  • Has tallied a point in 13 of the last 20 games (6-14-20)
  • Has notched at least one point in 16 of 27 games this season; UMass has posted a 12-3-1 record in those 16 contests
  • Since the start of his collegiate career in 2019-20: ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points (46), ranks fourth among NCAA defensemen in assists (35), and is tied for ninth among NCAA defensemen in goals (11)
    • Among defensemen who have been in their U21 season or younger over the span, ranks first in assists and points
  • Ranks second on UMass in shots on goal (81), ranks third in assists (15), ranks fourth in points (23), and is tied for fifth in goals (eight) in 2020-21
    • Leads team defensemen in assists, points, and shots on goal
  • Is tied for second among NCAA defensemen in goals, ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points and shots on goal, and is tied for seventh among NCAA defensemen in assists this season
    • Among NCAA defensemen who are either in their freshman or sophomore year in 2020-21: ranks first in points and shots on goal, is tied for second in goals, and is tied for third in assists
  • "Zac is an NHL player, it's just a matter of time. … He's a high, high-end offensive player, he'll be a similar player to Adam Fox. … His growth without the puck the last two years has been outstanding." - UMass Head Coach Greg Carvel (credit - NHL Network)
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Future Blue Prospect Report: 03.29.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

ZAC JONES
Defenseman
5-11 / 175
October 18, 2000 (20 years old)
Richmond, Virginia
Acquired - Third round, 68th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - UMass (NCAA)

Season Stats - 27 GP, 8-15-23, +16, 8 PIM

  • Helped UMass win the NCAA East Regional Tournament and advance to the Frozen Four
    • Tallied three assists, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals on Mar. 26 against Lake Superior State
    • Registered four shots on goal and posted a plus-one rating in UMass' 4-0 win in the NCAA East Regional Finals on Mar. 27 against Bemidji State
  • UMass will play the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Frozen Four Semifinals on Apr. 8
  • Has tallied a point in 13 of the last 20 games (6-14-20)
  • Has notched at least one point in 16 of 27 games this season; UMass has posted a 12-3-1 record in those 16 contests
  • Since the start of his collegiate career in 2019-20: ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points (46), ranks fourth among NCAA defensemen in assists (35), and is tied for ninth among NCAA defensemen in goals (11)
    • Among defensemen who have been in their U21 season or younger over the span, ranks first in assists and points
  • Ranks second on UMass in shots on goal (81), ranks third in assists (15), ranks fourth in points (23), and is tied for fifth in goals (eight) in 2020-21
    • Leads team defensemen in assists, points, and shots on goal
  • Is tied for second among NCAA defensemen in goals, ranks third among NCAA defensemen in points and shots on goal, and is tied for seventh among NCAA defensemen in assists this season
    • Among NCAA defensemen who are either in their freshman or sophomore year in 2020-21: ranks first in points and shots on goal, is tied for second in goals, and is tied for third in assists
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Future Blue Prospect Report: 03.22.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

ZAC JONES

Defenseman
5-11 / 175
October 18, 2000 (20 years old)
Richmond, Virginia
Acquired - Third round, 68th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - UMass (NCAA)

Season Stats - 25 GP, 8-12-20, +13, 6 PIM

  • Helped UMass win the Hockey East Tournament Championship for the first time in school history and was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team
    • Registered two points (1-1-2), including an assist on the game-winning goal, recorded four shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in the Hockey East Semifinals on Mar. 17 against Providence College
    • Posted a plus-one rating in UMass' 1-0 win in the Hockey East Championship Game on Mar. 20 against UMass Lowell
  • UMass will play Lake Superior State in the NCAA East Regional Semifinal on Mar. 26
  • Has tallied a point in 12 of the last 18 games (6-11-17)
  • Has notched at least one point in 15 of 25 games this season; UMass has posted an 11-3-1 record in those 15 contests
  • Since the start of his collegiate career in 2019-20, is tied for third among NCAA defensemen in points (43), is tied for seventh among NCAA defensemen in assists (32), and is tied for eighth among NCAA defensemen in goals (11)
    • Among defensemen who have been in their U21 season or younger over the span, is tied for first in assists and points
  • Ranks second on UMass in shots on goal (73), is tied for third in assists (12) and points (20), and is tied for fourth in goals (eight) in 2020-21
    • Leads team defensemen in assists and shots on goal, and is tied for first among team defensemen in points
  • Is tied for second among NCAA defensemen in goals, ranks fourth among NCAA defensemen in shots on goal, and is tied for fifth among NCAA defensemen in points this season
    • Among NCAA defensemen who are either in their freshman or sophomore year in 2020-21: ranks second in shots on goal, and is tied for second in goals and points
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Future Blue Prospect Report: 03.08.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

VITALI KRAVTSOV

Right Wing
6-3 / 189
December 23, 1999 (21 years old)
Vladivostok, Russia
Acquired - First round, Ninth overall, in 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Traktor (KHL)

Season Stats - 49 GP, 16-8-24, +8, 12 PIM
Playoff Stats - 3 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 0 PIM

  • Registered a goal/point in each of the first two games of Traktor's Conference Quarterfinals playoff series against Salavat Yulaev; tallied the first goal of the game in each contest
  • Tied single-game KHL playoff career-highs with two points (one goal, one assist) and six shots on goal while skating in a single-game KHL career-high (regular season or playoffs) 24:19 of ice time in Game 2 of the series on Mar. 5
  • Has recorded 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 29 career KHL playoff games
    • His eight career playoff assists are tied for the second-most by a player while in his U22 season or younger in KHL history (tied with Evgeni Kuznetsov; only trailing Kirill Kaprizov)
    • His 17 career playoff points are the third-most by a player while in his U22 season or younger in KHL history (only trailing Kaprizov and Kuznetsov)
    • His nine career playoff goals are tied for the third-most by a player while in his U22 season or younger in KHL history (tied with Kaprizov; only trailing Kuznetsov and Vladimir Tarasenko)
  • Established KHL career-highs in several categories during the regular season in 2020-21, including goals (16), points (24), plus/minus rating (plus-eight), and shots on goal (125)
  • Led Traktor in even strength goals (13), tied for the team lead in goals, tied for second in shots on goal per game (2.6), and ranked fourth in shots on goal during the regular season in 2020-21
  • Among KHL players who were in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, ranked second in goals, ranked fourth in points, and tied for eighth in plus/minus rating
  • Has recorded 30 goals in 148 career regular season KHL games, which is tied for the eighth-most by a player while in his U22 season or younger in league history (tied with Artemi Panarin, who registered 30 goals in 158 career KHL games while in his U22 season or younger)
  • Traktor posted a 10-3-2 record in games which he has tallied a goal and a 15-5-2 record in games which he notched a point during the 2020-21 regular season
  • Upcoming games in Traktor's playoff series against Salavat Yulaev (Traktor currently trails the series, two games to one)
    • Game 4 - Mar. 9
    • Game 5 - Mar. 11
    • Game 6* - Mar. 13
    • Game 7* - Mar. 15
      *If Necessary
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Future Blue Prospect Report: 03.01.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

NILS LUNDKVIST

Defenseman
5-11 / 187
July 27, 2000 (20 years old)
Pitea, Sweden
Acquired - First round, 28th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team - Lulea (SHL)

Season Stats - 46 GP, 12-15-27, -2, 16 PIM

  • Tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and led all skaters with four shots on goal and nine shot attempts in 25:17 of ice time on Feb. 25 against Frolunda; recorded a goal and tied for the game-high with four shots on goal in 22:42 of ice time on Feb. 28 against Malmo
  • Ranks sixth in the SHL (ranks second among SHL defensemen) in shots on goal in 2020-21 (135)
  • Has tallied 12 goals this season, which is his SHL career-high; leads SHL defensemen in goals and power play goals (seven) this season
  • Ranks 17th among all SHL skaters in average ice time in 2020-21 (21:11)
  • Has skated in 160 career SHL games, registering 28 goals and 45 assists for 73 points
    • His 73 career points are tied for the most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
    • His 160 career SHL games and 28 career SHL goals are each the second-most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
    • His 45 career assists are tied for the second-most by a defenseman while in his U21 season or younger in league history
  • Since the start of last season: leads SHL defensemen in goals (23), is tied for third among SHL defensemen in points (58), and is tied for seventh among SHL defensemen in assists (35); has skated in 91 games over the span
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