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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…

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New York RangersMaybe you’ll get the same feeling when you hear the full news on this, but when we heard the news that the New York Rangers made today in acquiring defenseman Tim Erixon, the son of one-time Ranger Jan Erixon, it just felt eerily like elements of Flounder and Pinto pledging to the Delta  Tau Chi fraternity in the film Animal House.

Flounder says, “No sweat. My (Father Jan) was a (Ranger). That makes me a legacy. They have to take me. It’s their law. Don’t worry.”

So the New York Rangers sent their two second round picks in the upcoming NHL draft in Minneapolis to the Calgary Flames and the team’s 2009 fifth round choice forward Roman Horak to get Erixon and a fifth round pick.

What makes this extremely strange is that the Rangers organization is extremely deep on defense and Horak is an offensive minded forward which the team is very low on.

This has the feeling that another move is coming that will see some defense leaving.

Okay, Since I’m acting like Bud Fox with my analysis of this situation,  we move on to Wall Street…

Gordon Gekko says, “Bright but not bright enough, Sherlock, roll the dice and play a little monopoly… what box would (Glen Sather) land on (to get himself a forward)?

That boys and girls is up to you to decide…

Here’s the official release:

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Here’s the official release from the Rangers


New York, May 6, 2011 –New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Roman Horak.



Rangers’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque lead USA to the bronze medal

New York, January 6, 2011 – Rangers’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque helped lead Team USA to the bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, NY.

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Chris Kreider, Ryan Bourque, Roman Horak, and Jesper Fasth

to represent their native country in the elite tournament

New York, December 22, 2010 – New York Rangers’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York.  The tournament will take place from December 26 – January 5.  This will be the second appearance for both players in the tournament, having captured the Gold Medal with Team USA last year. Continue reading


Hartford Wolf Pack CT Lottery The Wolf Pack (36-33-6-5, 83 pts.) finished the season three points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but went out on a high note.  The Pack won their last three games of a four-game week last week, and five of their last six of the regular season and eight of their last 11.  After starting last week with a 9-2 pounding at the hands of the Worcester Sharks at the XL Center, the Wolf Pack rebounded to post a 3-2 win over the Atlantic Division champs Friday in Worcester.  The Pack scored a franchise-record seven goals in the second period Saturday at home, on the way to a wild, 7-5 victory vs. Springfield, and then captured the 2009-10 GEICO Connecticut Cup with a 2-1, season-ending win at Bridgeport on Sunday.  Corey Locke had 2-3-5 in the three games he played on the week, to finish the season with a pro career-high 31 goals, and 85 points, the third-highest total in the AHL.  In goal, Chad Johnson won all three of his starts last week, with eight total goals-against on 89 shots, giving him a team season-high streak of five straight winning decisions.


Recent Transactions:

Tysen Dowzak – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Charlotte (ECHL) April 4.

Roman Horak – released by the Wolf Pack from Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement April 8.

Julien Brouillette – released by the Wolf Pack from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement April 12.

Derek Couture – released by the Wolf Pack from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement April 12.

Jared Nightingale – returned on loan to Charlotte (ECHL) April 12.


Pack Tracks:

The Wolf Pack’s annual Equipment Sale will be coming up in a matter of days.  Professional-grade hockey gear, still in excellent condition, will be available for purchase at rock-bottom prices.  Stay tuned to www.hartfordwolfpack.com for the imminent announcement of the sale date and time, and additional details.

The AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack is operated by Northland AEG LLC, a joint partnership between Northland Investment Corporation and AEG Facilities.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers. 

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Roman Horak has been with the Hartford Wolf Pack for several days, but officially became a member of the team today when he signed an ATO with the club.

Here’s the official release:


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Eighteen-year-old was Fifth-round Ranger Pick in 2009
Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack have signed forward Roman Horak to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement.
Horak, 18, was a fifth-round selection (127th overall) by the parent New York Rangers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native played this season for the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League, scoring 21 goals and adding 26 assists for 47 points in 66 games, along with 39 penalty minutes.  The 6-1, 189-pound Horak’s plus/minus rating of +15 was third-best on the Bruins’ club, and he tied for third on the team in goals and finished fourth in points and assists.

Horak added two goals and four assists for six points in six WHL playoff games for the Bruins, good for a tie for the team leadership in playoff points.

Prior to coming to North America for this season, Horak split the 2008-09 campaign between his hometown Ceske Budejovice club, for which he played seventeen Czech Extraleague games and scored one goal, and Ceske Budejovice’s junior team (31 GP, 16-17-33, 14 PIM).

The Pack also made another interesting move reassigning (recalling) defenseman Tysen Dowzak from the Charlotte Checkers. Kind of an odd time for something like that with the Checkers playoff run starting tonight. Here’s the release on that move:


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Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned defenseman Tysen Dowzak to the Wolf Pack from the team’s ECHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.

Dowzak, a 6-5, 226-pound rookie out of the Western Hockey League, split this season between the Checkers and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League.  In 35 games with Charlotte, the 22-year-old native of Fergus Falls, MN scored one goal and had three assists for four points, while logging 29 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.  In 16 CHL games with the Mudbugs, Dowzak registered two assists, 22 PIM and a +1.

Dowzak was signed as a free agent by the Rangers October 9, 2008.  He played in one 2008-09 game with the Wolf Pack, posting two penalty minutes, and skated in four ECHL games with Charlotte (nine penalty minutes), before returning to Kelowna of the WHL.  In 54 games with the Rockets, Dowzak had 14 assists and 77 penalty minutes.

In a four-year WHL career with Kelowna, Dowzak totaled 220 games-played, with four goals and 34 assists for 38 points, along with 304 PIM. 

And for those of you Charlotte Checkers or just ECHL fans, here is the bracketing of their tournament which officially kicked off last night. Thanks to the ECHL for their help in obtaining a copy of this for the site.



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.