Prospect Pool: Fast's Big Game Leads to Recall
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.
Rangers 2010 sixth-round pick Jesper Fast had a big week for the Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring two goals and an assist in three games, leading to his recall to the Rangers on Monday morning.
The 22-year-old notched all three points in the Pack’s 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday.
Fast began the first eight games of the season with the Rangers before being sent down to Hartford in late October. He suffered an ankle injury shortly after but has since posted very strong numbers. The Swede has 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in 48 games in his first season in North America.
He is expected to play tonight against Carolina alongside Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin.
Leneveu Stays Red Hot
Hartford net minder David Leveveu this week posted a franchise-record three consecutive shutouts for the Wolf Pack. After the streak to snapped Saturday against Providence when he allowed just one goal on 27 shots, Leneveu recorded two more wins to extend his winning streak to five games. On the year, Leneveu is 9-7 with a 2.53 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
Forward J.T. Miller recorded a goal and an assist after being re-assigned to Hartford last week. He has 13 goals and 26 assists in just 38 games. Ryan Bourque, meanwhile, hit 20 goals on the season for the first time in his American Hockey League career, to go along with 15 assists to give him 35 points on the season. His 20 goals are second on the team to Danny Kristo’s 22, while his 35 points are good enough for fourth.
Speaking of Kristo, he notched a goal in three games, while defenseman Conor Allen earned a pair of assists. Oscar Lindberg extended his team-leading point total to 41 in 70 games with an assist.
Hartford sits 11th in the AHL’s Eastern Conference with a record of 33-31-1-6 with 73 points. They have two games remaining in season.
CHL Playoffs Continue
Rangers defensive prospect Troy Donnay scored his first of the playoffs Monday night, which held up to be the game-winner in Erie’s 2-0 win over Saginaw in Game 5 of their second-round matchup. The Otters won the series, 4-1.
Through eight games this postseason, Donnay has a goal and an assist and is a plus-2 with six penalty minutes.
In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey Leauge, 2013 fourth-round pick Ryan Graves and Val-d’OR are knotted, 1-1, with Drummondville in the second-round of the QMJHL playoffs. Graves has one assist in the two games. For the postseason, Graves has two assists in six games and is a plus-2.
Lastly, goaltender Mackenzie Skapski continued his up and down playoffs with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. The 2013 sixth-round pick is 1-1 against the Medicine Hat Tigers with a 3.00 goals against average and a .861 save percentage. Skapski struggled in the team’s first-round series against Calgary, but has seemed to settle down.
ECHL Round Up
Rangers 2011 fourth-rounder Michael St. Croix picked up one goal in two games this week for the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. St. Croix has 16 goals and 30 assists for 46 points in 49 games.
Andrew Yogan registered two goals and an assists giving him six goals and eight assists in 12 games with Greenville, while defenseman Sam Noreau scored his first goal of the season.