Category Archives: World Junior Championships

FAN-FARE: The Art of the Undrafted

Nhl_logoBY: Adam Gavriel

We all know the stories about the kid from Canada playing in the OHL who went undrafted and is now a future all-star in the NHL. We know the story about the kid from Norway who took the Swedish Elite League by storm and now is in North America on a professional contract. Of course we know about those stories because we are Rangers fans. The Dan Girardi’s and Mats Zuccarello’s of the world are hard to find, but when found can prove a valuable asset to an NHL organization.

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bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, CT – With the sting of another first-round playoff elimination fresh in everyone’s mind, it can be difficult to find positives in even the most trying of seasons.

But New York Rangers assistant coach/assistant general manager and Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld found plenty to be thankful for from members of the parent club’s top affiliate that helped keep the “Black-and-Blueshirts,” as New York Post hockey writer Larry Brooks coined them, afloat when a plethora of injuries to key personnel hit in record numbers.

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Rangers All four Rangers prospects participating in the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships recorded points in their respective games tonight.

In the United States’ 3-0 victory over Sweden, Chris Kreider scored the game-winning power play goal and was named Team USA’s Player of the Game.  Team Captain Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque both notched assists in the game.  Through two games, Stepan has recorded four points (1-3-4) and Kreider has recorded two points (1-1-2).

Roman Horak also tallied a goal for the Czech Republic in their 4-3 loss to Finland.

The United States next plays Latvia and the Czech Republic next plays Austria, both games being held on Tuesday, December 29th

Should you have deeper interests in reading about these possible future Wolf Pack/Rangers prospects, read our friend Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park.