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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 7

 

Four Rangers prospects represented their respective countries at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, which concluded on Jan. 5. Two of the four prospects helped their respective country earn a medal in the tournament.

 

  • Vitali Kravtsov recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and posted a plus-four rating in seven games to help Russia earn a bronze medal in the tournament. The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft led Russia in shots on goal (21), tied for third on the team in assists, and tied for fourth on the team in points in the tournament. Kravtsov, who served as an alternate captain for Russia in the tournament, recorded an assist/point in four of seven games and posted two multi-point games.

 

  • K’Andre Miller tallied one assist and posted a plus-one rating in six games while helping the United States earn a silver medal in the tournament. The Rangers’ first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time in his career, and the defenseman posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in five of the six games he played in the tournament.

 

  • Nils Lundkvist tallied two points (one goal, one assist), posted a plus-one rating, and averaged 16:37 of ice time per game in five contests while representing Sweden during the tournament. The Rangers’ first round pick (28th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft represented Sweden at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the first time in his career.

 

  • Nico Gross tallied two assists and averaged 15:45 of ice time per game while representing Switzerland in the tournament. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (101st overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft represented Switzerland at the IIHF World Junior Championship for the third time in his career and served as an alternate captain in the tournament. Gross tied for first among defensemen on Switzerland in assists and points at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Morgan Barron tallied an assist/point in both of Cornell’s games during the week, as he recorded three points (one goal, two assists), nine shots on goal, and a plus-three rating in the two contests. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft notched an assist and recorded seven shots on goal on Jan. 4 at Princeton, and he registered two points (one goal, one assist) on Jan. 5 against Quinnipiac. Barron has tallied 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 13 games with Cornell this season. He is tied for the team lead in goals, points, and game-winning goals (two), leads Cornell in shots on goal (57), and is tied for third on the team in assists and plus/minus rating (plus-three) this season. In addition, Barron ranks third in the NCAA in shots on goal per game in 2018-19 (4.38).

 

  • Joey Keane notched an assist/point in each of the three games he played during the week (one goal, three assists), and he registered 13 shots on goal over the three contests (and tied for the game-high with seven shots on goal on Jan. 3 at Niagara). The Rangers’ third round pick (88th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in each of his first five games with the London Knights, and he has registered six points (two goals, four assists), a plus-three rating, and 15 shots on goal in those five contests. Keane has registered 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) and has posted a plus-12 rating in 34 OHL games in 2018-19. He ranks eighth among OHL defensemen in power play assists (11), ranks 12th in shots on goal (102), ranks 13th in assists, is tied for 13th in goals, and is tied for 14th in points in 2018-19.

 

  • Dominik Lakatos tallied a point in each of Zlin’s two games during the week in Czech Extraliga, recording two points (one goal, one assist) in the two contests. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to four games (one goal, four assists over the span), and he has registered a point in six of the last seven games and has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) over those seven contests. In addition, Lakatos has recorded 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in 32 games in Czech Extraliga in 2018-19, including 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and a plus-four rating in 15 games with Zlin. Among players younger than 22 years old in the league, Lakatos is tied for first in assists, ranks third in points, and is tied for fourth in goals this season.

 

  • Riley Hughes registered a point in all three games he played during the week and tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the three contests. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (216th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 35 games with Victoria in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) this season. Hughes ranks second among BCHL rookies in goals, is tied for third among BCHL rookies in assists, and ranks fourth among BCHL rookies in points in 2018-19.

 

  • Tarmo Reunanen tallied two assists, posted a plus-one rating, and averaged 28:15 of ice time in two games during the past week. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft led all skaters with 29:54 of ice time on Jan. 3 against JYP, and he tallied two assists, posted a plus-two rating, and led all skaters with 26:36 of ice time on Jan. 5 against KooKoo. Reunanen has notched eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games. In addition, he has logged at least 24:00 of ice time in each of the last nine games and at least 25:00 of ice time in each of the last five games. Reunanen has tallied 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) and has posted a plus-three rating in 36 games with Lukko in Liiga this season. Among defensemen in Liiga who are younger than 21 years old, he ranks first in goals and points, and is tied for first in assists this season.

 

  • Adam Huska earned a win in two of his three appearances during the week, and he made 30 or more saves in two of the three contests. Huska stopped 39 of 40 shots he faced to earn a win on Dec. 31 against Yale, and he was also selected as the game’s First Star. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has made at least 30 saves in eight of his 15 appearances with UConn this season.

 

  • Tyler Nanne tallied a goal and posted a plus-two rating on Jan. 5 against Penn State. The Rangers’ fifth round pick (142nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) and a plus-three rating in 19 games with the University of Minnesota this season, and he is tied for fifth on the team in plus/minus rating in 2018-19.

 

  • Jacob Ragnarsson notched an assist in Almtuna’s 3-2 win on Jan. 6 against Tingsryds. The Rangers’ third round pick (70th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has registered four assists in 21 games with Almtuna in Allsvenskan in Sweden this season, and he is tied for third among team defensemen in assists in 2018-19.

 

  • Patrik Virta led all skaters with five shots on goal in Orebro’s 3-2 win on Jan. 5 against Malmo. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in 15 SHL games with Orebro this season, including four points (two goals, two assists) and 14 shots on goal in the last five games.

 

  • Lias Andersson tallied two points (one goal, one assist), tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in Hartford’s 3-1 win against Springfield on Jan. 4. The Rangers’ first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 19 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. He is tied for fourth on Hartford in points per game this season (0.74). In addition, Andersson is tied for seventh among AHL players younger than 21 years old (min. 10 games played) in points per game in 2018-19.

 

  • Ville Meskanen notched an assist/point in two of Hartford’s three games during the week (two assists), and he also registered eight shots on goal and a plus-three rating over the three contests. He has registered five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-four rating over the last four games. Meskanen has tallied a point in seven of the last 10 games and has registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) over the span. Meskanen has also registered 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the last 23 games and 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) in 37 games with Hartford in his first season in the AHL in 2018-19. Meskanen is tied for second on the Wolf Pack in assists, is tied for third on the team in points, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals this season. In addition, Meskanen is tied for eighth among AHL rookies in points in 2018-19.

 

  • Vinni Lettieri tallied an assist/point in two of Hartford’s three games during the week (two assists). Lettieri has recorded 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) and has registered 63 shots on goal in 18 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. He leads the Wolf Pack in points per game in 2018-19 (1.06). He has notched a point in six of the last eight games and has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span.

 

  • Chris Bigras recorded an assist/point in each of Hartford’s first two games during the week (two assists) and posted a plus-five rating over the two contests. Bigras has registered a point in seven of the last nine games, and he has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) and a plus-11 rating over the span. He leads the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating this season (plus-13), and he is also tied for 10th among AHL defensemen in plus/minus rating this season. Bigras is also tied for second on the Wolf Pack – and leads team defensemen – in assists in 2018-19 (16).

 

“He (had) a terrific tournament, I think he played really well. He has high-end skill and really elite hockey sense.” – Rangers Assistant General Manager and General Manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack Chris Drury on Vitali Kravtsov

See the attached document and below for Rangers prospects scoring and Hartford Wolf Pack scoring thus far this season

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