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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers will continue a new tradition when many of their top young players participate in a prospects tournament beginning Saturday in Traverse City, Mich.

All but five of 24 players have their NHL rights owned by the Rangers, and 10 were selected in the past two drafts. With the Rangers’ recent commitment to – and success with – homegrown talent, the faithful in the Madison Square Garden blue seats eagerly await seeing what many believe to be the Rangers’ strongest team in their five years in the tournament.

And the Blueshirts faithful will be able to watch them for the first time without having to travel to Michigan as MSG Network will telecast the Rangers’ four games. John Giannone and Joe Micheletti will call the action, and fans will have an opportunity to comment during the telecasts via Twitter.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Dale Purinton and Richard Scott early on and Justin Soryal and Devin DiDiomete lately have been energetic instigators/enforcers who earned the respect of teammates and love from fans in the 14-year history of the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale.

Jason Wilson might soon join those ranks.

“Wilson is a baby gorilla,” The Prospect Park’s Jess Rubenstein, a highly regarded follower and analyst of junior and college player, said of the 6-foot-3, 208-pound left wing. “Niagara played him with Ryan Strome, the fifth pick by the New York Islanders (on June 24), using him as a power forward/enforcer. He’s a real likeable person who wants to improve his game. He should do well with the Whale.”

Wilson chuckled when told of Rubenstein’s “baby gorilla” description but didn’t mince words about his style.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1Sounds like the Connecticut Whale made a good move today signing center Max Campbell to an AHL contract.

Jess Rubenstein of Prospect Park called Campbell “the comeback kid who rebuilt his entire game” at Western Michigan University and should have been given at least an amateur tryout contract with the Whale at the end of last season.

“The lack of centers, let alone those who are natural goal scorers in the system, should have been enough to earn Campbell a look,” Rubenstein said via email. “The kid scored some huge season-saving goals for Western Michigan. Heck, Campbell is the kid who knocked off (wing) Carl Hagelin and Michigan in the CCHA (Central Collegiate Hockey Association) semifinals. He had one game where he scored with like 0.09 on the clock to beat Notre Dame.

GOALIE SITUATION IN CHARLOTTE…SOLVED

Charlotte CheckersHowlings has confirmed an exclusive report provided by Jess Rubenstein of theprospectpark.blogspot.com,  that Prince Albert Raiders netminder, Garrett Zemlak will be joining the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL as their backup netminder for the rest of the season.

Zemlak, 20 years of age, left Prince Albert Sunday night. He was to catch a Monday flight headed east.

Before leaving Prince Albert, the 6’1″ 195 pounder from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan picked up four post-season awards, including Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Player.

Zemlak has signed an ATO (Amateur Tryout Agreement) with the New York Rangers and will join their ECHL affiliate in Charlotte.

This season, in 57 games, Zemlak posted a 26-25-4 record along with a 3.11 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Zemlak also gave the Raider’s four shutouts.

In assessing what Zemlak can bring to the table, Rubenstein says, “Past experience says he’s not a bad guy. He can get hot for stretches. I doubt though that he has much a career beyond the ECHL.”

Howlings is very fortunate to have Rubenstein as a contributor Juniors. We’d be complately lost without his knowledge and expertise of what is going on in the juniors ranks.

(Photo courtesy of whl.ca)