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With the playoffs in full gear for both the Rangers and the Whale –and with the Whale adding a large number of CHL prospects for the playoff push– we have been neglecting the prospect coverage a bit here. But, good friend of the blog Jess Rubenstein of The Prospect Park has noted that two of the Rangers top prospects are about to square off in the WHL Eastern Conference Finals.
Dylan McIlrath (1st-2010) and his Moose Jaw Warriors will be facing Michael St. Croix (4th – 2011) and his Edmonton Oil Kings. McIlrath is a well noted bruiser and dominating physical presence that the Rangers drafted despite some more offensively talented players available. McIlrath started to prove doubters wrong this past preseason as he impressed almost every fan with a great few preseason games.
As for St. Croix, all he did was put up 105 points (45-60-105) this year with Edmonton. The WHL is a notoriously high scoring league, so his numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s rare that 18 year olds put up those numbers in the WHL. Usually those numbers are reserved for the older players in their age 20 or overage (21) season.
This is a great matchup for the Rangers prospects. It will give McIlrath an opportunity to show what he can do against top scorers. It will give St. Croix an opportunity to see what he can do against a top defender. It will also give the fans an opportunity to see if St. Croix is the real deal, or if his numbers are inflated.
It’s rare that the Rangers have two top prospects squaring off so deep in the playoffs. This is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
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The New York Rangers held practice this morning at Madison Square Garden, where they will play Game 5 of their series against the Senators tomorrow night. Per Andrew Gross, head coach John Tortorella kept sniping winger Marian Gaborik and star centerman Brad Richards on separate offensive lines from Wednesday's overtime loss in Ottawa.
This top line that performed so well...
It might be easier to find Derek Stepan in this photo than on the ice. (Click to enlarge) Derek Stepan has quickly become one of the most invisible Rangers as of lately. His play has slowly declined a little each game this season. The same thing happened last season, his rookie season, where he started [...]
Series: Tied 2-2.
NYR Leading Scorer: Seven players (Callahan, Richards, Boyle, Gaborik, Stralman, Anisimov, Girardi) with three points
OTT Leading Scorer: Two players (Turris, Foligno) with two poitns
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (4 GS, 1.97 GAA, .940 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (4 GS, 2.24 GAA, .920 SV%)
Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik
When there are seven games allotted to decide a playoff series, momentum often swings many different ways over the course of time. Between games, between periods, between goals and between shifts - it's always changing. This is where the heart of the battle in the postseason lies, and this quarterfinal series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators has seen much of...
Just four games have been played between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, but already the drama has been at an extraordinary high. Both teams have experienced sky high over the past week, and both teams have also experienced rock bottom. All locked up at two games apiece, there has not been a clear-cut ‘better’ team as of...
The Rangers made it through the regular season by dominating teams at even strength. Their powerplay was nothing to write home about, and it was actually considered the biggest weakness in their game. But now, four games into the series with Ottawa, the Senators have managed to expose the Rangers at even strength. The last even strength goal: Brian Boyle’s goal in the third period...
Being that the New York Rangers were shutout 2-0 tonight by Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators in Game 5, that could be the understatement of the season.
The Rangers did a much better job tonight of getting pucks on net and crashing for rebounds but Anderson turned away all 41 shots that were thrown at him for his second career shutout. The Rangers are now just one loss away...
HARTFORD, April 20, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned forward J.T. Miller to the Whale from the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Miller, 19, a 6-2, 195-pound native of East Palestine, Ohio, was the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 61 games with...
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Winning a game at the ever-raucous Madison Square Garden is no easy feat. Doing so in a pivotal game five against a New York Rangers team looking to break a two-two deadlock in the seven-game series could be the ultimate test.
Worst of all? They'll once again try to stave off the top-seed in the Eastern Conference without their...
This is the hit that has everyone
buzzing tonight. Senators tough guy Chris Neil hit the Rangers forward Brian Boyle with
this hard hit. Rangers head coach John Tortorella was unhappy with the check after the game
and said that Boyle is concussed.
This was from yesterday's Rangers and Senators game. Very nice check by the former Wisconsin Badger and Rangers forward Derek Stepan on the Senators forward and tough guy Chris Neil. It's a text book body check.
Chris Neil will not meet the Shanahammer
Anderson Blanks Rangers, Ottawa Takes Series Lead
Kyle Turris helps Sens tie series...
Update, 10:44 a.m.:#SNPlayoffs. #Sens Neil will not face any supplemental discipline for his hit on #Rangers Brian Boyle and will be in the line up for game 6— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 22, 2012
...apparently the NHL not only favors star players when it comes to suspensions (see Shea Weber), it now includes players from Canadian teams. NHL once again bowing to pressure from...
Coach John Tortorella tweaked the New York Rangers' top two lines during practice on Friday ahead of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
The series is tied 2-2 after New York's 3-2 overtime loss on Wednesday in Ottawa. After a day off, the Rangers returned to practice on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers have scored nine...
If you didn't know the top-seeded New York Rangers were one loss away from elimination, the low-key practice before their biggest game of the season wouldn't have given away the dire circumstances.
After their best seasons in years, the Rangers are trailing the No. 8 seed, the Ottawa Senators, 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. If New York doesn't win on the road Monday...