Found March 20, 2012 on The Prospect Park:
New York Ranger fans can say that they had a very good Monday up and down the franchise. It has been a very long time since Ranger fans can honestly feel good about the direction the franchise is going.

Who knows what will happen in the 2012 NHL playoffs but it sure makes life easier clinching a playoff spot on March 19 rather than having to go all the way to the shootout on your last game of the season only to fall short.

In case you missed it, the day got off to a very good start when the OHL gave Andrew Yogan a going away present by naming him as the OHL Player Of The Week for the week ending March 18th. Yogan was 4-4-8 +4 in three games for the Peterborough Petes who failed to make the playoffs.

Yogan is on his way to the AHL and the CT Whale along with teammate Peter Ceresnak's; if we were Yogan we would be in Hartford yesterday as he has a golden opportunity staring him in the face. Go in there, work hard and force your way into the lineup now before the Rangers start bringing in other players on ATOs.

Remember what you saw from Carl Hagelin last year when he took advantage of his opportunity with the Whale and look where Carl Hagelin is today. It wasn't just talent, it was doing all the little things that got Carl Hagelin where he is today which is going to the 2012 NHL playoffs.

USA Today/ USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

Chris Kreider's (NYR 2009 1st) Boston College Eagles will be entering the NCAA tournament as the unanimous number one team in the weekly men's college hockey poll. Boston College received all 34 first-place votes which really was kind of expected considering that Boston College is on a 15 game winning streak.

Brock Nelson (NYI 2010 1st) and his North Dakota Fighting Sioux (NCAA rules prohibit North Dakota from using Fighting Siouxname during any NCAA competition) made the biggest jump in the poll jumping up to 4th from 12th after winning the WCHA Final Five.

Scott Mayfield (NYI 2011 2nd) and his Denver Pioneers remain 9th in the poll after finishing 2nd in the WCHA Final Five to North Dakota. All three teams will see action in the NCAA tournament starting on Friday/Saturday.

Game Action

Just one game on Monday as Steven Fogarty (NYR 2011 3rd) and his Penticton Vees traveled to Chilliwack for game three of their best of seven series against the Chilliwack Chiefs. Fogarty had a pretty quiet night going scoreless as his Vees regained home ice advantage after a 3-1 win.

Game four is scheduled for Tuesday as the Vees look to grab a stranglehold 3-1 series lead.

The QMJHL Playoffs

New York Rangers and New York Islanders each have a prospect who will be taking part in the QMJHL playoffs. That's where any similarities will end as one prospect Kirill Kabanov (NYI 2010 3rd) plays for the Shawinigan Cataractes who will be the hosts of the 2012 Memorial Cup.

What that means is that no matter how their team does in the QMJHL playoffs, they will be playing for Canada's Junior trophy. The Cataractes finished 2nd overall in the QMJHL and in the first round will be facing the 15th seed the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. If you think this is going to be a competitive series then sorry you will be disappointed as you talking about teams that were separated by 41 points in the standings.

As you can tell we're not exactly the fans of the QMJHL playoff format as they play 68 games to eliminate just 1 team. Why bother playing playoff series when you know that the other team has no realistic chance to even avoid being swept out in four games?

It is kind of like the NCAA men's basketball tournament as you really think a 16 seed is going to defeat a 1 seed in your lifetime? One day it may happen once which is why were not going to really go deep into the QMJHL playoffs until they get to their final four.

No matter what happens the Cataractes will be at the Memorial Cup when it starts in May. On the other hand there is Samuel Noreau (NYR 2011 5th) and his Baie-Comeau Drakkar who are entering the QMJHL playoffs as a 13 seed and will be facing the Victoriaville Tigre who were only 31 points better than the Drakkar in the standings.

Tell you what, here is what the Drakkar did over the last 10 games of their season. They went 2-8, they fired their coach with 3 games remaining in the regular season while in the midst of a seven game losing streak.

If the Tigre don't knock the Drakkar out in 5 games then their coach deserves to be fired. Like we said were not fans of these mismatches and really think that having teams "qualify" for the playoffs just so they can show something (2 home games) doesn't help anyone.

Reduce the number teams eligible to play in your playoffs to eight and that adds meaning to your regular season. How sad must it be to be the 1 team in the entire QMJHL that didn't make the playoffs (next year they are adding an expansion team so will be 2 teams)?

Tomorrow

Tomorrow we will look at the OHL which will feature two different matchups where New York Ranger take on New York Islander prospects. While those matchups might not be any better than those in the QMJHL, they will be interesting because of how the matchups will take place.

Stick Tap

How about some cheers for the guys whose names you never hear mentioned? We are talking about the scouts of the New York Rangers. Everybody gives Gordie Clark the majority of the credit but it's the guys on the front line who start things off and fight to see some players picked.

How nice it was to get the box score and see that out of the 4 goals and 7 assists awarded against the New Jersey Devils, all but 1 assist went to players who came through the Ranger farm system.

Matter-of-fact let's include Ken Germander and his staff in Hartford for getting these guys ready for the NHL. And as we have said all along the best has yet to come and we kid you not.

(Andrew Yogan- Aaron Bell of OHL images)


THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Yogan/Ceresnak join Connecticut; Girardi is Masterton nominee

Two little tidbits hit the news waves this morning. First, as said here on Monday, Rangers prospects Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak have officially joined the Connecticut Whale. Both are on ATO’s, which means that Ceresnak can return to the OHL next year. Yogan is playing for his Rangers career, and will need to earn an entry level contract. The other news is that Dan Girardi...

Yogan And Ceresnak join the Whale

As we said earlier in the week, Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak signed ATOs with the CT Whale. They both will report for practice tomorrow (stick tap to Bruce Berlet) We believe Yogan will get to see playing action but Ceresnak might not until the Whale have secured their playoff spot. Here is the press release: HARTFORD, March 21, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager...

Rangers Hold Off Devils; Recap

Two smart periods and one sloppy period equals Rangers win. It wasn’t perfect but the Rangers got what they deserved out of the game as they beat the Devils 4-2. They were the better team throughout and ten minutes aside in the second controlled play, were defensively solid and could have scored more if not for some sharp goaltending by Brodeur. On to the notes from the game...

Going out in style

So while the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects were looking to see who was going to play who and where in both the CHL playoffs and NCAA tournament; it was a guy playing his final game as a Junior who stole the show on Sunday. Andrew Yogan (NYR 2010 3rd) the overage forward of the Peterborough Petes was playing his final game as a Junior and made sure it was a memorable...

Girardi is Rangers' Masterton Nominee

Rangers chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announces Dan Girardi is Rangers' nominee for Bill Masterton Trophy.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) March 21, 2012 Per Wikipedia, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to...

Rangers edge Devils, clinch playoff spot in East

Brandon Dubinsky scored shortly after a fight-filled opening faceoff, and the New York Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team to earn a playoff spot by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday night. Three fights broke out at the outset and that seemed to jump-start the Rangers, who had lost two straight and five of seven as their once commanding lead in the East dwindled...

Season Turning Point: Calling up Hagelin and Mitchell

With a playoff spot clinched, we are running a new series about turning points in the season. These posts will focus on moves the Rangers made that effectively turned their season from mediocre to great. On November 24, the Rangers had lost two games in a row to the Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers. It wasn’t so much that the Rangers lost the games, it was that they were...

HBO Real Sports Lundqvist Feature Tonight @ 10pm

Tonight HBO Real Sports will have a feature on Henrik Lundqvist at 10 p.m. Here's a sneak preview... Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

JAM leads Connecticut past Portland

Connecticut Whale 5, Portland Pirates 4 (SO) By Brian Ring Hartford, CT, March 18, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Portland Pirates, 5-4 in a shootout, Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in a wild affair. Connecticut twice rallied from behind to defeat the Pirates, with Tommy Grant picking up a pro career-high four points for the Whale (2-2-4). Jonathan Audy-Marchessault...

Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot With 4-2 Win Over the Devils

While the first three seconds of the hockey game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils provided a lot of theatrics, it all ended up meaning very little for the rest of the game as the Rangers went onto to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Devils by a score of 4-2. For the first since the 2005-06 season, the Blueshirts managed to clinch a playoff spot with a few weeks...

Red Wings-Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers got perhaps the spark they needed to break free from their recent struggles. Their next opponent is still looking for one. The Rangers will try to build on a contentious victory Wednesday night when they face the injury-plagued Detroit Red Wings, who are slumping but will look to continue their domination in the series. New York (45-20-7) had dropped five of...

Devils-Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers were sitting comfortably atop the Eastern Conference two weeks ago, but a rough stretch has trimmed their lead to the slimmest of margins. The slump started with a loss to the New Jersey Devils, and the Rangers will try avenge that defeat while avoiding their sixth loss in eight games Monday night at Madison Square Garden. New York (44-20-7) owned an eight...

Video- Devils/Rangers Start Off Their Game With A Brawl

00:03 NY Rangers Stu Bickel: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 New Jersey Ryan Carter: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 NY Rangers Brandon Prust: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 New Jersey Cam Janssen: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 NY Rangers Mike Rupp: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 New Jersey Eric Boulton: 5 minutes, fighting 00:03 New Jersey Bryce Salvador: 10 minutes, misconduct

Todd Cordell: Devils, Rangers both in need of a win as they finish season series

Match-up - Devils (41-26-5 - 87 points) @ Rangers (44-20-7 - 95 points) Road/Home records - 21-13-2 -------------- 24-9-2 TV - NBCSN (HD), TSN 2 (HD) Puck drop - 7:30 PM ET Season series - Devils lead 3-2 Last 10: New Jersey 6-3-1 / New York (R) 4-5-1 Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) Battle of the stats Goals for/against per...

GDT - Game #74:  Red Wings at Rangers (7:30)

DET (44-25-4) are at the Big Apple tonight to play the Eastern Conference leading NYR (45-20-7).  NYR goalie Henrik Lundqvist is posting Vezina numbers this season, 33-15-5,  1.89 GAA (3),  0.934 Save% (2), #2 inWins, and #1 in Shutouts with 8.  No worries though, the Wings will counter with goalie Ty Conklin or Jordan Pearce (in what would be his NHL debut). In their past...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.