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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Rangers prospect Libor Hajek helped his Regina Pats team advance to the Final of the Memorial Cup.

Hajek was acquired by the Rangers as part of the Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller trade.

On the season, split between Regina and Saskatchewan, Hajek played in 58 games, had 12 goals, 27 assists, a minus five rating and 144 shots on goal.

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that the organization's priorities moving forward are to add "young, competitive players with speed and skill and 'a premium on high character.'"

When Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather wrote a letter to the fans announcing that the team was intending to sell at the deadline, they said that their focus was going to be "adding young, competitive players that combine speed, skill and character."

When Gorton and Sather met with the media following the release of the letter, Gorton said "we want fast players, character players, guys we can build our team around. That is what we will be looking for."

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

At and around the trading deadline, the Rangers adding the following prospects:

  • Ryan Lindgren, Yegor Rykov, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Lindgren was ranked as the Bruins 4th prospect and they wrote "Makes up for a lack of size with passion. He's likely to turn pro after sophomore season."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Hajek was ranked as Tampa Bay's 3rd prospect, saying "a smart defender who doesn't force plays on the rush. His skating has improve."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Howden was ranked as Tampa Bay's 7th prospect, saying "Captain got pro taste with eight AHL games late last season. A 200ft player."

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