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World Junior Championship Update: 12.27.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Four Rangers prospects will represent their respective countries at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship: Vitali Kravtsov (Russia), K'Andre Miller (United States), Nils Lundkvist (Sweden) and Nico Gross (Switzerland). VIEW MORE WORLD JUNIORS UPDATES »


 

DEC. 26 RECAP 

Three Rangers prospects played in their first game of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship yesterday.

  • Nico Gross logged 16:12 of ice time over 29 shifts in Switzerland's game against the Czech Republic. Gross was not on the ice for a goal against in the contest.
  • Nils Lundkvist logged 17:00 of ice time over 30 shifts in Sweden's 2-1 win against Finland. Lundkvist was not on the ice for a goal against in the game.
  • K'Andre Miller recorded one shot on goal in 16:19 of ice time in the United States' 2-1 win against Slovakia.

DEC. 27 PREVIEW

Three Rangers prospects have games today.

  • Vitali Kravtsov will play in his first game of the tournament for Russia against Denmark. The game begins at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on NHL Network.
  • Nils Lundkvist and Sweden play against Slovakia in their second game of the tournament. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. ET (note - the game will not be televised live; it can be watched on tape delay at 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, Dec. 28)
  • Nico Gross and Switzerland play against Canada in their second game of the tournament. The game begins at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on NHL Network.

The Rangers have four prospects participating in the tournament in the same year for the first time since 2015.

RANGERS CONNECTIONS - IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Several current Rangers participated in the IIHF World Junior Championship in their careers, including:

Lias Andersson (Sweden)

  • 2017 - three goals/points in seven games
  • 2018 - seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games - silver medal; served as Sweden's captain and was named one of the Top Three Players on his Team in the tournament

Pavel Buchnevich (Russia)

  • 2014 - seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven games - bronze medal
  • 2015 - six points (one goal, five assists) in seven games - silver medal

Filip Chytil (Czech Republic)

  • 2018 - four points (two goals, two assists) in seven games
  • Note - was eligible to participate in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship and was named to the Czech Republic's preliminary roster for the tournament

Fredrik Claesson (Sweden)

  • 2012 - skated in six games - gold medal
  • Was teammates with Mika Zibanejad in the tournament

Tony DeAngelo (United States)

  • 2015 - three points (two goals, one assist) in five games

Jesper Fast (Sweden)

  • 2011 - six points (four goals, two assists) in six games

Alexandar Georgiev (Russia)

  • 2016 - 2.52 GAA and .898 SV% in five appearances - silver medal

Brett Howden (Canada)

  • 2018 - seven points (three goals, four assists) and a plus-nine rating in seven games - gold medal

Chris Kreider (United States)

  • 2010 - seven points (six goals, one assist) and a plus-six rating in seven games - gold medal
  • 2011 - six points (four goals, two assists) in six games - bronze medal

Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden)

  • 2001 - 1.86 GAA and .928 SV% in seven appearances
  • 2002 - 2.15 GAA and .906 SV% in seven appearances

Kevin Shattenkirk (United States)

  • 2009 - nine points (one goal, eight assists) and a plus-five rating in six games - named one of the Top Three Players on his team in the tournament and led all defensemen in the tournament in assists

Brady Skjei (United States)

  • 2014 - one assist/point and a plus-five rating in five games

Marc Staal (Canada)

  • 2006 - one assist/point and a plus-three rating in six games - gold medal; named the Best Defenseman in the tournament
  • 2007 - skated in six games - gold medal

Ryan Strome (Canada)

  • 2012 - nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-nine rating in six games - bronze medal
  • 2013 - six points (four goals, two assists) in six games

Jimmy Vesey (United States)

  • 2013 - five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games - gold medal

Mika Zibanejad (Sweden)

  • 2012 - five points (four goals, one assist) in six games - gold medal; scored the "Golden Goal", tallying the game-winning goal in overtime of the Gold Medal Game against Russia on Jan. 5, 2012
  • Was teammates with Fredrik Claesson in the tournament

Mats Zuccarello (Norway)

  • 2006 - two assists/points in six games
  • 2007* - seven points (two goals, five assists) in five games (*Note - in the IIHF World Junior Championship Division 1 - Group B)

In addition, several members of the Rangers' coaching staff and front office either played and/or coached in the tournament, including:

David Quinn (United States)

  • 1986 (player) - four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games - bronze medal (first medal for the United States in the tournament's history)
  • Was teammates with Rangers legends Brian Leetch and Mike Richter, as well as Rangers Assistant Coach Greg Brown in the tournament
  • 2005 (Assistant Coach)
  • Note - Prior to being named the Rangers' Head Coach on May 23, 2018, Quinn had been named Head Coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team on April 20, 2018.

Greg Brown (United States)

  • 1986 (player) - two assists/points in seven games - bronze medal (first medal for the United States in the tournament's history)
  • Was teammates with Rangers legends Brian Leetch and Mike Richter, as well as Rangers Head Coach David Quinn in the tournament
  • 1987 (player) - two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games
  • Was teammates with Rangers legend Brian Leetch in the tournament
  • 2014 (Assistant Coach)
  • Coached Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei in the tournament
  • 2017 (Assistant Coach) - gold medal
  • 2018 (Assistant Coach) - bronze medal

Chris Drury (United States)

  • 1996 - four points (two goals, two assists) in six games

Brian Leetch (United States)

  • 1985 - skated in seven games - was the only player younger than 17 years old who played in the tournament that year
  • 1986 - five points (one goal, four assists) in seven games - bronze medal (first medal for the United States in the tournament's history)
  • Was teammates with Rangers legend Mike Richter, Rangers Head Coach David Quinn, and Rangers Assistant Coach Greg Brown in the tournament
  • 1987 - three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games - named to Tournament All-Star Team
  • Was teammates with Rangers Assistant Coach Greg Brown in the tournament

Adam Graves (Canada)

  • 1988 - five goals/points in seven games - gold medal

Brad Richards (Canada)

  • 2000 - two points (one goal, one assist) in seven games - bronze medal
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