Prospect Pool: Strong Week for Nieves at University of Michigan
By Matt Calamia
Each week, BlueshirtsUnited.com will update Rangers fans on what the organization's prospects have done statistically over the past seven days for their respective teams in the AHL, ECHL, NCAA, CHL and European leagues. For a full listing of all prospect statistics, click here.
Nieves With Biggest Week of the Season
Rangers 2012 second-round pick Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves had his most productive week of the season for the University of Michigan in a home-and-home split with rival Michigan State. In the first game, a 7-1 win for Michigan, Nieves picked up an assist, and followed it with a goal and two assists in the team’s 4-3 loss the following day. Nieves, a sophomore, has three goals and 17 assists for 20 points in 31 games this season.
Another Impressive Week for J.T.
Winger J.T. Miller, who was reassigned last week by the Rangers to Hartford, exploded for the Wolf Pack with two goals and six assists in just three games. On March 7, Miller picked up a a goal and two assists in Hartford’s 6-2 win over Springfield. The 2011 first-rounder followed it up with a goal and three assists 24 hours later in the Pack’s 4-3 win over Albany, and ended the week with another helper in Hartford’s 3-2 loss to Manchester. On the season, Miller has 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points in 29 games in the American Hockey League.
Production from the Pack
Rangers 2009 third-round pick Ryan Bourque continued to set new career-highs with the Wolf Pack this week, posting one goal and three assists in three games. Bourque, 23, has set new highs in goals with 17, assists with 11 and points with 28 in 57 games. His previous season-high in goals was eight, while his previous high in points was 15.
Jesper Fast registered two goals and two assists this week, giving him 12 goals and 15 assists in 36 games with the Wolf Pack. Danny Kristo added a goal and an assist of his own, while Conor Allen had a trio of helpers in as many games.
St. Croix, Yogan Join Greenville
Forwards Michael St. Croix and Andrew Yogan were both assigned to Greenville of the ECHL this week and immediately made an impact. St. Croix picked up a goal in two games, while Yogan had three assists over the same span. While these were the first two games for Yogan at Greenville this season, St. Croix has been better than a point per game, with 14 goals and 27 assists in 39 games.
Greenville forward Josh Nicholls picked up three goals in two games, while goaltender Jeff Malcolm picked up his 10th victory of the season in just one start. He has a 2.65 goals against average and a .919 save percentage in 18 starts.
Prospects Shining North of the Boarder
Rangers 2013 sixth-round pick Mackenzie Skapski picked up his 27th and 28th wins of the season for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League this week with two wins in three starts. The 19-year-old is 28-17-2-1 with the Ice this season with a 2.64 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with one shutout.
Fellow 2013 draft pick Adam Tambellini continued his point per game pace with Calgary of the WHL after a three assist in four game week with the Hitmen. Tambellini, a third-rounder in last year’s draft, has 16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points in 28 games in the WHL this season.
Defensive prospect Troy Donnay had his most productive offensive week of the season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. The six-foot-seven, 185-pound blueliner had a goal and two assists in three games, improving his season totals to two goals and 15 assists with an astounding plus-37 rating in 63 games this season.