MACKENZIE SKAPSKI NEWS

Good Effort Bad Result

Mackenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice)It has been a very up and down WHL playoff run for Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) of the Kootenay Ice as when he has been lights out "3 stars of the game" good but when he has not been then it has turned into a nightmare for the young goalie. Game 6 of the WHL Eastern Conference semifinals was played in Cranbrook, British Columbia home...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Good and The Ugly

OK Saturday night from a hockey perspective was a great night especially that a small conference like the ECAC can win back to back NCAA Frozen Four championships. So much was made of the "super hockey" conferences where so many were rightfully concerned that the schools with the biggest of money would control college hockey. Final score in case you did not watch it was...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Wow And Ewww

Brady Skjei (Minnesota Golden Gophers)Just 2 games involving New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects on Thursday evening, one was a classic full of everything that makes hockey so much fun to be a fan of. The other was a maddening display of a young players inconsistent play. The classic was the second semifinal of the NCAA's Frozen Four featuring Ranger prospect Brady...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Mac Attack

Mackenzie Skapski (Calgary Herald)A kind of busy night for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects with 5 key games going on with a variety of results. The star on Wednesday was goalie Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) of the Kootenay Ice as the young goalie earned his game's 2nd star with a 39 save effort leading his Kootenay Ice to a 3-1 win over the Medicine Hat...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise Surprise

McKenzie Skapski (Kootenay Ice)Three games on the schedule for Saturday night as the second round of playoffs is spread out all over the calendar so 2 New York Ranger and 2 New York Islander prospects saw action. The biggest surprise of the night was former Hartford Wolfpack coach and current Kootenay Ice coach Ryan McGill going back to Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) as his starting...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

WIld and Wacky

Adam Tambellini (Calgary Hitmen)Who says the NHL has the monopoly on questionable calls and controversial outcomes? The Calgary Hitmen would tell you that they have some bones to pick with the WHL after a very controversial call wound up being the difference in game 5 of their playoff series with the Kootenay Ice. Neither team has played all that well in this series with both teams...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Play With Fire Get Burnt

There were 2 games involving New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects on Monday night but they shared a common theme as teams playing with fire found themselves burnt and lost. These were games that the losing team should have won but didn't and if they lose their playoff series they will only have themselves to blame.First in Kootenay it was Game 3 between Adam Tambellini...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Shocking Way To Start The Playoffs Plus More

Mackenzie Skapski (Calgary Herald)Well it is a good thing that I decided not to do a playoff prediction post on how the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects and their teams were going to do as I would have been eating words after just the opening night. Two games and two huge upsets on the opening night of the playoffs tell me that this is going to be an interesting playoff...
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March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Making it count or not

Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)It was a Saturday full of mixed results as New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects left more questions unanswered than you would expect for this time of the year. Well except 2 prospects who I have been developing some serious man crushes on.First Star Ryan Pulock Brandon Wheat KingsRyan Pulock (NYI 2013 1st) of the Brandon Wheat Kings has...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Answers

So I suppose the first question that people had is why am I moving? Honestly there are way too many reasons why but the main reason is to get some support to be able to improve this place. The ad money I was getting from the network dried up to nothing and despite several attempts there never was a good answer why. Second it has to do with having the backing of the Blueshirt Bulletin...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Sad News

Terry Trafford (1994-2014) This has not been a happy week for the sport of hockey and sadly the news got worse on Tuesday when the word came out that a body believed to be that of missing Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford had been found in Michigan. Trafford who had last been seen on Monday March 3rd had been sent home by the Spirit for breaking team rules and was supposed to...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Race to the Next Race

Taylor Cammarata (AP)As we enter the final 2 weeks of the 2013-2014 regular season there remains plenty for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects to play for. Most teams have qualified for the playoffs so it is now a matter of what kind of seeding will they have as they enter their league playoffs. First Star Taylor Cammarata Minnesota Golden GophersTaylor Cammarata...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tuesday Tuesday

Jesse Graham (CA.Sports.Yahoo.com)A Tuesday night before the NHL trade deadline had the best of times and the worst of times for New York Islander and New York Rangers prospects. Before I forget; make sure you head over to the Blueshirt Bulletin website tomorrow for your draft day coverage and a huge announcement concerning this blog and yours truly. Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 6th) most...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Games No Stars

It was a Saturday night full of big games but sadly none of the New York Ranger or New York Islander prospects stood out to help their team win. There were some big wins for some of the teams which in the short term is nice but we want to see the prospects stepping up and showing us what they can do when their team needs them the most. Ryan Pulock (NYI 2013 1st) came the closest...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Win Some Lose Some

Ryan Pulock (Brandon Wheat Kings)It was a bit of a strange evening for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects as teams in certain cases just left their games back at the hotel or some won by not winning. The effects of the long season may also be catching up to several players as the back ends of these Friday/Saturday/Sunday games are showing the weaker performances...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wild Wild West

Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)A month from now we will be talking about the various league playoffs for the prospects as we switch over to the post-season. In the meantime the kids are playing their backsides off as their teams are jockeying to earn the best possible spot in the playoffs and Friday night had some solid performances. First Star Griffin Reinhart Edmonton Oil...
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February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Skapski "Lundqvists" his Ice to Win

Mackenzie Skapski (Edmonton Sun)Guess the one guy who plays goalie among the New York Ranger prospects wanted to send a message of his own on Wednesday evening. Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) stopped 40 out of 42 shots as his Kootenay Ice came from behind with 4 goals over the last 4:09 of the game to defeat the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-2. Skapski did what you want out of your goalie...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

They Call Him Tambo

Adam Tambellini (WHL)A mostly happy night for the prospects of the New York Rangers and New York Islanders as several of them stepped up their efforts on Saturday night to help their team earn badly needed points. In all we saw players who haven't stepped up their games do so at the right moments.Tonight's First Star Adam Tambellini Calgary HitmenIf you thought Adam Tambellini...
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February 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Almost Nobody won tonight

Yikes Wednesday was not a nice day for the New York Ranger or New York Islander prospects (or the guy who writes about them) as the only one who got to win did so by beating another prospect. It was very much a strange day but that is how things sometimes happen.Mackenzie Skapski (NYR 2013 6th) saw his 10 game winning streak come to an end as his Kootenay Ice fell to Kyle Burroughs...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Fast forwarding some words to eat

Mackenzie Skapski (WHL.ca)Last summer the New York Rangers 2013 NHL Draft Class was not looking all that strong and with good reason. No picks in the first or second rounds, basically what was seen was players who fell backwards. Fast forward to Tuesday night and it is looking like Gordie Clark's scouting staff has found some prospects who are seriously looking like there is...
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February 12, 2014  |  Discuss

It's the Friday night border war

Adam Tambellini (Clint Trahan/Calgary Hitmen)Friday night had a little of everything sprinkled in it for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects. From a battle of conference leaders in the WHL to the almost flat out war between border rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin, it was easy to find entertaining hockey to watch.Tonight's Star Adam Tambellini Calgary HitmenI am...
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February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Back to back to back to back

Anthony Duclair (Sebastien Dion)The landslide that is known as Anthony Duclair continues to pile up the recognition as Duclair added his 2nd straight "CHL Player of the Week" award on Tuesday. This goes along with Duclair's QMJHL player of the week (2nd straight week) and the QMJHL player of the month for January as the Rangers 2013 3rd round pick continues to play...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

And on Saturday they just played

Mackenzie Skapski (Calgary Herald)What a difference 24 hours makes as the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects go from solid performance after solid performance on Friday to not a single star on Saturday night. In many ways it was a disappointing evening as this is February 1 and the last day of the CHL and NCAA regular season will be here sooner than you think. While...
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February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A fun filled Friday Night

Jesse Graham (Saginaw Spirit)A Friday night that had a little of everything made for a very entertaining evening from the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects as there were 6 performances worthy of stars and a couple of highlight reel plays. A night that featured a hockey doubleheader on the Big 10 Network while a couple of other matchups that made trying to pick which...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The stars came out on Saturday night

Anthony DuclairAfter a very weak Friday night where the performances from the New york Ranger and New York Islander prospects were suspect at best; Saturday actually had 6 prospects who's efforts merited serious consideration for a star. It was a strange day that began with the OHL being forced to cancel 3 games because of the weather in the Ontario area but ended with some prospects...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

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