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Weekly Prospect Update - Nov. 16

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Ryan Callahan (Guelph) -- Callahan turned in another strong performance this past weekend, notching three goals and two assists for first place Guelph Storm. The captain leads the team with 1.69 points per game and 3 shorthanded goals, and has a commanding lead in the team's Three Star Standings despite missing their first five games to attend the New York Rangers training camp. Aside from the individual accolades, Callahan's worth is reflected in the standings as well. On the season, the Storm are 10-3 when Callahan records a point (including a decisive shoot-out goal on Nov. 17), yet are only 4-5 when he either does not play or fails to hit the scoreboard.

Marc Staal (Sudbury) (pictured) -- With his team playing three road games in as many days, Marc Staal exploded with a monster weekend, tallying one goal and six assists to help Sudbury sweep the weekend road trip. His efforts catapulted the Wolves into second place, just three points behind the first place Barrie Colts. After setting the bar with two assists in Friday night's game, Staal raised it even higher the next night, tallying another two assists before notching the game-winning goal in overtime over Erie. After recording two more assists on Sunday, the Rangers first round draft choice now ranks 5th in the OHL in points scored amongst defensemen with 23.

Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) -- Paiement continues to collect points from the point. The Lewiston defenseman tallied an assist in Lewiston's 6-5 road win over Moncton this weekend. He currently has two goals and six assists for eight points in 16 games, along with 35 penalty minutes.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) -- Dubinsky continues to come through for the Winter Hawks. He is currently on a five game scoring streak notching 10 points in those five games. He leads the team in both scoring with 27 points and assists with 17. He has registered at least one point in 12 of 17 games and has eight multi-point games including two two-point games, five three-point games, and one four-point game.

Ryan Russell (Kootenay) -- Russell leads the Kootenay Ice in both scoring and assists with 29 points and 18 assists. He has registered at least one point in 19 of 24 games with eight multi-point games and when he scores, the team is 15-4. He is currently on a six game scoring streak recording eight points total in those games. Russell is ranked fourth in overall scoring in the WHL with 29 points.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) -- Crabb tallied his second goal of the year this past weekend in a 2-2 tie at Wisconsin. In the second game of back-to-back road games with Wisconsin, Colorado College was shutout 3-0. In 12 games this season, Crabb has two goals and two assists for four points, along with 14 penalty minutes.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) -- Olver's stellar play for the NMU Wildcats has been somewhat overshadowed by the team's .500 record. Still, the Rangers' second round selection in the 2004 Entry Draft has been more than productive, notching three goals and five assists through 10 games. Earlier in the season he recorded a five game point scoring streak that saw him bury two goals and four assists for six points. After having that streak snapped in an embarrassing 5-0 loss to Michigan State on Nov. 5, Darin immediately started a new one this past weekend, notching a goal on Saturday and an assist on Sunday, both in losing efforts.

Billy Ryan (University of Maine) -- Ryan is currently tied for first on the Black Bears, who are currently ranked fourth in the nation, in both scoring with 12 points and assists with nine. He has notched at least one point in seven of 10 games played, including three two-point games and one three-point game.


Kim Hirschovits (HIFK Helsinki) -- Hirschovits broke out in a big way. After registering two goals in his first 20 games, Hirschovits scored a hat trick in a 5-1 victory over Jokerit. Hirschovits has totaled six points in four games against Jokerit this season, including a two-assist performance in the season opener. In 21 games this season, Hirschovits has five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 43 penalty minutes.
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