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Three Rangers prospects named OHL All-Stars

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Rangers' prospects Tom Pyatt, Bobby Sanguinetti and Marc Staal have been selected to participate in the 2007 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) All-Star Classic on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.

Pyatt, 19, will compete in the OHL All-Star Classic for the second consecutive season. In the 2006 All-Star game, the 6-0, 188-pound center recorded two goals along with a plus-one rating and was named MVP for the Western Conference.

In 34 contests with the Saginaw Spirit (OHL) this season, Pyatt has registered 23 goals and 26 assists for 49 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He is currently tied for first on Saginaw in goals (23) and plus/minus (plus-21), while his 49 points rank third on the team. He is also among the league leaders with four shorthanded goals (T-2nd) and six game-winning goals (T-3rd).

A fourth round pick (107th overall) of the Rangers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Pyatt helped Team Canada capture its third consecutive gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships earlier this month, registering one goal and three assists in six games. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native was also a member of the Canadian team that won gold at the 2006 World Junior Tournament.

Sanguinetti, 18, will make his second consecutive OHL All-Star appearance as a member of the Western Conference team. The 6-3, 185-pound defenseman currently leads all defensemen in the league with 20 goals and is tied for fifth among all OHL players with 15 power play goals. In 43 games this season with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL),

Sanguinetti has collected 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. His 38 points currently rank seventh among all defensemen in the league. The Trenton, New Jersey native was the Rangers first pick (21st overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Staal, 20, will be representing the Eastern Conference at the OHL All-Star game for the third consecutive season. The 6-4, 208-pound defenseman has skated in 33 games with the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) this season, registering five goals and 15 assists, along with 47 penalty minutes. His 20 points currently rank third among team defensemen.

Alongside fellow OHL All-Star Pyatt and Rangers' prospect Marc-Andre Cliche, Staal helped Team Canada capture a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Leksand, Sweden earlier this month. In six games at the tournament, the Rangers' 2005 first round pick (12th overall) recorded four shots on goal, while playing alongside Ryan Parent on Team Canada's top defensive pairing.

A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Staal also won gold with Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championships and was named the Directorate Award winner as the tournament's top defenseman.
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