BY: Bruce Berlet
Cam Atkinson could be the Tim Tebow of hockey.
Virtually all Atkinson has ever heard about are his shortcomings (pardon the pun) rather than the big things that he has to offer, like speed, soft hands and a good shot.
But like the much-maligned Denver Broncos quarterback, Atkinson has been a winner everywhere he has gone, from three New England Prep School Championships at Avon Old Farms — where doctors said he would never play again because of a severe leg injury in his freshman year — to a NCAA Division I title in his second of three seasons at Boston College.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Alexandre Giroux, Atkinson, Avon Old Farms, Boston College, Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets, Connecticut Whale, Martin St. Pierre, Springfield Falcons
BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
GREENVILLE, SC –The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have acquired forward Tim Crowder in a trade with the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for future considerations.
Crowder, 25, was drafted by the Pittsburg Penguins in the fifth round (126th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Now in his third season in the ECHL, Crowder has posted 25 goals and 52 assists in 124 career games. In seven games with Wheeling this season, the Victoria, British Columbia native has put up four assists and plus-four rating. In the Road Warriors‘ playoff series against Wheeling last season, Crowder registered five points (1G, 4A) in six games for the Nailers.
Prior to turning pro, Crowder spent four seasons at Michigan State University. In 151 games for the Spartans, Crowder tallied 50 goals and 56 assists. In 2007, Crowder helped Michigan State to its third NCAA Championship, defeating Boston College in the championship game 3-1.
Posted in ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Boston College, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Michigan State, Michigan State University, Road Warriors, Tim Crowder, Wheeling Nailers
BY: Adam Gavriel
Although these “fan-fare” articles are supposed to be about the Rangers, this is still a Connecticut Whale blog, dedicated to the future of the franchise. This post will still be about the Rangers, but more importantly, what the future of the prospect pool has in store for us.
Before the NHL Entry draft this past June, HockeysFuture.com had the New York Rangers prospect depth rated as 7th best among the 30 NHL franchises. This is a number that on that date (May 31, 2011) I could get behind. However with the addition of guys like Tim Erixon, JT Miller and Stephen Fogarty between May 31st and now, it’s a ranking that should either stay the same or go up.
This article will rank the Rangers top 3 prospects and (attempt to) predict when they will be making an impact at the NHL level. For this article alone, anyone who has registered a game at the NHL level will not be considered a prospect (even though that’s bologna) but this way we can give you, the viewer, a better look at the deeper parts of the Rangers prospect pool and introduce you to some names that you may have never heard about. So forget about guys like Dale Weise, Mats Zuccarello, even Ryan McDonagh (but not for long because they’re important too), and focus on the future.
Let’s get it started…
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged AHL, Boston College, Calgary Flames, Chris Kreider, Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, National Hockey League, New York Ranger, New York Rangers, NHL, Oshawa Generals, Roman Horak, Ryan McDonagh, Tim Erixon