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Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Brandon Halverson (75) makes a save against Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) as defenseman Brady Skjei (76) defends during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Feb 17, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Brandon Halverson (75) makes a save against Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) as defenseman Brady Skjei (76) defends during the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers have announced that Brandon Halverson has been sent back to Hartford.

From the Rangers release:

  • Halverson, 21, appeared in one game with the Rangers after being recalled on Feb. 16. He stopped five of six shots he faced while making his NHL debut on Feb. 17 at Ottawa.
  • The Traverse City, Michigan, native has appeared in three games with Hartford this season, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in 2017-18, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%.

This should indicate that Alexander Georgiev is feeling well enough to back up in today's game.

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The Rangers have called up Brandon Halverson from Hartford.

From the Rangers release, "Halverson, 21, has split the season between the Wolf Pack in the AHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. He has appeared in three games with Hartford, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with Greenville this season, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%. He has made 35 or more saves in 11 of his 22 ECHL appearances in 2017-18."

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Brandon Halveron has a mild ankle sprain, is listed as day to day and has not played in the Traverse City tournament. (NYR)

Halveron reportedly suffered the injury at the World Junior Evaluation camp in August. Halveron has not dressed for any of the games and is with the team because he is from Traverse City, Michigan. (NHL.com)

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Brandon Halverson battled inconsistency at times last season but Brock Otten thinks that those struggles will help Halverson learn what it takes to be an "effective starting netminder." (OHL Prospects)

He was 40-5-2 with 6 shutouts, a save percentage of .904 and GAA of 2.96.

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In 87:37 so far, at the World Junior Camp, Brandon Halverson has allowed 6 goals on 55 shots.

He has a GAA of 4.11 and a save percentage of .891 through three games. Team USA Blue is 1-2-2 so far, scoring 9 goals and allowing 15.

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8/4/15 | 5PM: Halverson says that he isn't worried about his future with the Rangers right now and that thinks can change in the next 2-4 years. (NHL.com)

7/28/15 | 3:46PM: During the 2014 Traverse City Tournament, Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire said that Brandon Halverson has "everything" you need to be an NHL goalie.(Record-Eagle)

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Brandon Halverson has signed his entry-level deal with the Rangers.

Halverson has one more year of junior eligibility and is expected to contend for being the starter for Team USA at the World Juniors this Winter.

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On the season, Halverson is 23-3-2 with a 2.89 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

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Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton spoke with the team's website about Anthony Duclair, Igor Shesterkin, Brandon Halverson and Pavel Buchnevich about their play in the World Juniors (NYR):

On sending Duclair back, "The biggest thing about sending him back was finding playing time for him on a regular basis. We don't want to stunt his growth and to go back there and piggyback a Gold Medal and the Memorial Cup, the biggest stage you can play on at this time and it's all about building a resume and a pedigree at this time. We are excited for him and what it means for the future."

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6:20PM: Corey Pronman says that Duclair played with a physical edge at times, fought for pucks and got into battles during the tournament.(ESPN Insider)

He said that Buchnevich was impressive even though he didn't play at as high a level as he thought he would. Buchnevich created a lot of chances and was the player Canada focused on the most in the Final. (ESPN Insider)

On Shesterkin, he says he had some "great performances" and has an athletic ability to make tough saves. "He has been nothing but impressive." (ESPN Insider)

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10:24PM: Brandon Halverson stopped 14 shots from Germany to pick up a shutout in Team USA's 6-0 win.

Halverson stopped 5 shots in the first, 2 in the second and 7 in the third.

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Team USA announced that they have invited 30 players to their final evaluation camp for the 2015 World Junior Tournament.

Rangers second round pick Brandon Halverson is one of three goalies who has been invited.

Bob McKenzie says that Halverson will challenge to be one of USA's two goalies. (TSN.ca)

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The Rangers have sent through the following prospect report that looks at the time frame of 9/3 to 9/9

Emerging from the Pack:

The Wolf Pack played their first of three games this past week on Wednesday, November 5, against the Albany Devils (New Jersey), who entered the contest one point ahead of them in the Northeast Division, at XL Center in Hartford. After allowing the first goal of the game 45 seconds into the contest, Hartford tied the game just over two minutes later.

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The Rangers sent through a report on the past week for a few of their prospects:

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

Brandon Halverson, G ? After winning each of his first two starts, Halverson continued his strong play for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) this past week. The Rangers? second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .934 SV% in two contests. Halverson made 29 saves in a 6-4 victory against the Saginaw Spirit on October 1, and stopped all 28 shots he faced in a 2-0 road victory against the Sudbury Wolves on October 3.

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?Yesterday against Finland, Brandon Halverson stopped 16 of 17 shots including some "fine chances" from Finland. (NHL.com)

USA coach Mark Osiecki said that Halverson has played "very well" and his puck handling is "outstanding." The coach said that the group worked on some breakouts starting with the goalie and Halverson handled those "flawlessly."(NHL.com)

  • Halverson picked up a secondary assist on a USA goal and his puck handling was described as "incredible." (McMahon)
  • Halverson didn't face much action but was "very good" when he was tested. (Kimelman)
Halverson also slipped at one point in the game to the amusement of his everyone in the arena. (NHL.com)

  • "What's worst than giving up a goal? Brandon Halverson, waiting for ensuing faceoff, trips over his skates, spins and falls." (Adam Kimelman)
  • "Halverson skated out, just fell flat on his face, the crowd laughed, and he got back up and took a bow. That was great." (Mike McMahon)
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USA Hockey has announced that Brandon Halverson, along with the three other goalies at the USA WJC evaluation camp have all survived a round of cuts. (USA Hockey)

Halverson played the second half the game yesterday in Team USA's 6-2 loss to Sweden and stopped 14 of 17 shots. (USA)

He has stopped 31 of 36 shots so far for Team USA in parts of three games.

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On Sunday, Team USA beat Finland at USA WJC Evaluation camp and Rangers second round pick Brandon Halverson stopped all the shots that he faced in the 30 minutes that he played. Halverson played the first period and half the second period.? (USA Hockey)

In a scrimmage on Saturday, Halverson stopped 9 of 11 shots in 25 minutes of ice time. (USA Hockey)

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8/13/14 | 2:46PM: Halverson impressed Jamie McLennan with how he was able to stay focused during stretches where he wasn't seeing much action. (NHL.com)

7/31/14: 4:43PM: In Brandon Halverson's last five starts for Sault St. Marie this past season, he had a 2.17 GAA and .940 save percentage and former Soo GM Kyle Dubas, now with the Maple Leafs, says that Halverson has as much potential as any goalie in the draft. this year (Sault Star)

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At the start of prospect camp on Monday, Gordie Clark spoke with the Rangers website about some of the Rangers draft picks and prospects (Rangers):

  • On the draft, "we went in looking for a goalie. We have been looking the last 3-4 drafts and there haven't been a lot of what we would call number one prospects, to be a number one goalie and I don't take them unless they are number one. This was the year we thought that their were 4 or 5 and we took Halverson and we liked him where he was sitting at the end of the second round. Then Shestyorkin, two years ago at the under 18, as an underage, was outstanding and he had a great year in the league and my Russian guy followed him a lot, we went in and looked at him a lot, we think that he is a number one prospect and by the time we picked him, we look at who is left and there are some guys that you want to try but none were considered impact players at defense of forward and this guy we had listed as a number one goalie, I didn't go in looking for two, but he was still sitting there and sometimes we take the best player available and Shestoyrkin was there."
Clark also spoke about the draft on Saturday.

  • Did the deep draft push the goalies down, "Sometimes it's the Russian goalie. A Russian can leave whenever he wants because there is no agreement and go to the KHL, so some stay away, some teams just don't want to take Russians. Glen's philosophy is that if a player is good enough you take him no matter where he is from, and that is what we have always done."
  • On the fifth round picks, "Richard Nejezchleb is a Czech kid who plays in the Western Hockey League for two years now and everyone thinks that he is Canadian because there are so many Czech and Ukranian names out there. He is an older kid at 94 but he was very highly skilled and if there is an 18 year old boy there I would have taken him if he had the tools that this kid does but they didn't have it and that is why I take him."
  • What are you looking at during prospect camp, "it's not do or die, it's just a way to bring them in and let my bosses see them. They have heard about them but we get them out there and a lot of them have been off skates for months so it's not that we are expecting a full out game. We want to put them in their position there and let them be seen and we are doing two half periods but the key is to let Reggie Grant see them (strength coach) and the doctors to see them to make sure that everything is okay and none are injured and Reg gets a hold of them and are told how they fared and how they looked and then they will be told you gotta gain this much in the lower or upper body and here is how they do it and they are given the materials and then they have two months to fix it, July and August where if you have your camp mid to late July, it's too late and they are back on the ice in August, that is why we like doing it right after the draft."
  • On Brady Skjei and players growing, "I was watching McIlrath for three-years, he didn't want to do it by just pumping iron all the time, he wanted it to come natural and last year when he came here, oh my gosh, he was a completely different size and he was a sharp guy, he knew what he wanted, Dylan. Brady comes back, he just played a top-four role on a top college team, played in Malmo in the World Juniors for USA, and played in the Frozen Four. That is valuable experience for what he will be someday up against in the NHL.
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Rangers Director, Player Personnel Gordie Clark spoke with the media after the Rangers finished the 2014 NHL Draft (Rangers):
  • On taking goalies,"it was one of the first years, we don't want to take anybody if we feel that they are just going to be a back up someday, it has to be a number one and it's really been the first year where we felt that there were 4-5 of them so in the end it was the best player available. They are 4-5-6 years away from being at the NHL level and that fits in pretty good for us."
  • Are any picks close, "for the NHL, no. We have a couple of 94 kids, Nejezchleb is a very skilled Czech kid who has been playing in Brandon and playing a very gritty game out there, was one of the leading scorers on their team and he is closer to, lets say, turning pro. Walcott is older and an offensive D but he would be looking at an overage year in Junior but this was actually his first year in junior, he came out of nowhere."
  • On Walcott, "he played longer in high school. It was up and down for him but our guys stayed on him and at that point we were looking for some skill. We get a left shot and a right shot and some high skill. Nanne is a high skill right shot defenseman."
  • On Keegan Iverson, "I know that we come here every year and I say that I didn't expect him to be there. With the way the game is going you hear every new GM say that they want to get bigger and faster and play that heavy style and that is the game that he plays. A real thick kid. They had a good team, like five highly skilled players that got most of the ice time and I think that with more ice time this year his numbers will go up."
  • Any surprises, "it was surprising because it was all over the place. That is what we predicted, it was why in the end, there were probably other players to take there but we felt that the best player to take was Shestyorkin, a very high end goalie. That is why we did it as early as the fifth."
  • "Mantha is a big right handed, has a bomb from the point, can move it really well and all those guys, we had him ahead of other guys and that is how it flies. It was all over the place until we stopped there in the fifth, I was ready, I started with five and ended up with seven and I didn't think I would go that far but it was the right time because it was going that way and getting an extra pick to get guys that we didn't think we would get.
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