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Trio of European prospects competing at WJC

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Daily World Junior Championships updates

Play continued at the World Junior Championship tournament in Sweden on Thursday, as three Rangers prospects selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft were in action.

The star of the day among the future Rangers was Russia's Artem Anisimov, the Blueshirts' second-round draft pick in Vancouver last June. Anisimov scored a goal as Team Russia remained unbeaten in Group B with a 6-0 thrashing of Switzerland in Leksand.

Anisimov's goal came on a power play on a power play at 14:22 of the third period to give the Russians a 5-0 lead. It was his first goal and point in World Junior Championship play.

The game was scoreless after one period, but Russia struck twice in the second period and then ran away with the game in the third. Anisimov was called for a high-sticking penalty late in the second period, and the Russian team scored on the resulting shorthanded situation.

Playing on the Russians' third line, Anisimov finished the game with five shots on goal, tying for second on his team, which fired a total of 44 shots at Swiss goalie Reto Berra. Anisimov had two shots in each of the last two periods.

Russia will face Belarus in its next Group B game on Friday.

Also cracking the scoresheet on Thursday was Rangers prospect Tomas Zaborsky, who had an assist in Team Slovakia's 6-3 loss to Sweden in a Group A game at Mora.

Zaborsky set up Ondrej Mikula's power-play goal at 19:33 of the opening period, tying the score at 2-2. Sweden later went up 3-2, but the Slovaks battled back for another tie before the Swedes got the eventual game-winner from Martin Johansson on an early third-period power play.

The loss dropped Slovakia to 0-2-0 in the tournament, heading into Saturday's matchup with Team USA, which is also winless.

In another game on Thursday, Finland defeated Rangers prospect David Kveton's Czech Republic team 6-2 in Mora, Sweden. The Finns outshot the Czechs 43-31.

Kveton played on the Czechs' fourth line. He did not record a point or take any penalties in the game.

Three more Rangers prospects return to the ice with Canada on Friday, when the tournament favorites face upstart Germany in a battle of Group A unbeatens.

RANGERS PROSPECTS IN THE TOURNAMENT

Anisimov ARTEM ANISIMOV
Team: Russia              Postion: Center
Height: 6-3                   Weight: 187 lbs.
Born: May 24, 1988   
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 1 0 1 2
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 26 Czech Republic 3-2 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 28 Switzerland 6-0 W 1-0-1-2
Dec. 29 Belarus -- --
Dec. 31 Finland -- --

Cliche MARK-ANDRE CLICH
Team: Canada           Postion: Forward
Height: 6-1                   Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: Mar. 23, 1987   
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 0 0 0 0
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 26 Sweden 2-0 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 27 USA 6-3 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 29 Germany -- --
Dec. 31 Slovakia -- --

Cliche DAVID KVETON
Team: Czech Republic            Postion: Right Wing
Height: 5-11                                Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: Jan. 3, 1988                    
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 0 0 0 0
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 26 Russia 2-3 L 0-0-0-0
Dec. 28 Finland 2-6 L 0-0-0-0
Dec. 30 Belarus -- --
Dec. 31 Switzerland -- --

Pyatt TOM PYATT
Team: Canada                           Postion: Forward
Height: 5-11                                Weight: 182 lbs.
Born: Feb. 14, 1987                  
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 1 1 2 0
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 26 Sweden 2-0 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 27 USA 6-3 W 1-1-2-0
Dec. 29 Germany -- --
Dec. 31 Slovakia -- --

Staal MARC STAAL
Team: Canada                           Postion: Defense
Height: 6-4                                   Weight: 204 lbs.
Born: Jan. 13, 1987                  
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 0 0 0 0
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 26 Sweden 2-0 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 27 USA 6-3 W 0-0-0-0
Dec. 29 Germany -- --
Dec. 31 Slovakia -- --

Zaborsky TOMAS ZABORSKY
Team: Slovakia                            Postion: Forward
Height: 5-11                                   Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: Nov. 14, 1987                     
Biography
shim
Tournament Stats GP G A PTS PIM
2 0 1 1 0
Tournament Schedule
Date Opponent Result Stats
Dec. 27 Germany 2-4 L 0-0-0-0
Dec. 28 Sweden 3-6 L 0-1-1-0
Dec. 30 USA -- --
Dec. 31 Canada -- --
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