Prospect Pool: Bourque Finishes Career Year On High Note
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 forward prospect Ryan Bourque finished his best season in the American Hockey League in style, posting a goal and an assist in Hartford’s final two games of the regular season, both wins.
The 2009 third-round pick posted career-highs in all three offensive categories with 21 goals, 16 assists and 37 points in 74 games with the Wolf Pack. Bourque more than doubled his previous goal total of eight, as well as his previous point total of 15, both coming last year with the Connecticut Whale. He finished second on the team in goals and sixth in points.
Rangers 2010 first-round pick Dylan McIlrath finished up his season with three assists over the final two games. While he’s not known for his offensive productivity, the bruising defenseman turned out a solid year, registering six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in 62 games, while finishing up with 165 penalty minutes, which led the team.
Oscar Lindberg scored one goal this week, to give him 18 tallies on the season, his first in North America. The young Swedish center finished the season with 26 assists and 44 points and was a plus-2 in 75 games.
Winger Danny Kristo finished his first year of pro with a solid line of 25 goals, 18 assists and 43 points in 65 games after he scored once in two games this week. Kristo’s 25 markers led the team, and was seventh in the AHL among rookies.
Despite missing the postseason, the Wolf Pack finished strong, winning nine of their last 10 games. They ended the season 37-32-1-6 (81 points).
Two Prospects Remain in CHL Playoffs
Just two Rangers prospects remain in the CHL playoffs, and both are defensemen. 2013 fourth-round pick Ryan Graves and Val-d’Or are currently up 2-0 in their best-of-seven series against Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League semi-finals. Graves has one assist in the series, and has three assists total in 12 games this postseason to go along with six penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating.
In the Ontario Hockey League, prospect Troy Donnay and the Erie Otters currently trail the Guelph Storm, 3-0, in the Western Conference Semi-finals. Donnay has been held pointless in the series, but does have one goal and one assist in 12 total postseason games.
Rangers 2013 sixth-round pick Mackenzie Skapski and the Kootenay Ice were eliminated from the Western Hockey League playoffs last week, losing to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the second-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The net minder struggled in the postseason, going 3-5 with a 3.78 goals against average and a .882 save percentage in 10 games.
ECHL Playoffs Underway
The Rangers’ five prospects, Andrew Yogan, Kyle Jean, Michael St. Croix, Josh Nicholls and Sam Noreau have all been held pointless in two games for the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL in their opening-round series against the Kalamazoo Wings.
Goaltending prospect Jason Missiaen has gone 1-1 in the two games, posting a 2.01 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.