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Michael St. Croix

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In 53 games in the ECHL last season, St. Croix had 17 goals and 31 assists.

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In his final regular season with Edmonton in the WHL, Michael St. Croix scored 37 goals and added 55 assists.

In the playoffs, St. Croix had 13 goals and 13 assists in 22 playoff games.

In his WHL career, he played 280 games and scored 128 goals and added 192 assists.

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Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix scored 4 power play goals last night in the Edmonton Oil Kings 8-1 win over the Regina Pats.

Buzzing the Net made him their Number 3 star last night.

The Oil King describe the four goals that St. Croix scored as:

  • Goal 1: "Foster passes the puck back to Dylan Wruck at the point who feeds St. Croix to Hewitt's right for the opening goal of the game." The goal is described as coming from a bad angle shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle
  • Goal 2: "Samuelsson sends a sharp cross-crease pass to St. Croix who waits out Hewitt and banks a shot in off a Pats defender for the Oil Kings' third PPG of the game to make it 3-0."
  • Goal 3: 12:21 ? "St. Croix denied on the hat trick once again as he blasts a power-play shot off the crossbar.10:58 ? ... and it's a GOAL! Play finally stops and the officials review St. Croix's previous attempt. The replay shows the slapshot actually deflects off the crossbar and the back bar to make it 4-1 Oil Kings. St. Croix nets the hat trick with his third PPG of the game."
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At WHL from Above, CJ writes that Michael St. Croix isn't likely to make Team Canada for the World Junior Championships, or be invited to the camp, because of the available high end talent that should be in the NHL.

He writes that St. Croix is "extremely talented offensively" but with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Mark?Scheifele and Jonathon Huberdeau not in the NHL, there won't be a spot for him. CJ writes that he expects St. Croix to spend that time making a run at the WHL scoring title.

Bob McKenzie writes that the top six for Team Canada will likely be Huberdeau, Nugent-Hopkins and Scheifele and Ryan Strome centering Charles Hudon and either Ty Rattie or potential #1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon.

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Out of all the top prospects the Rangers have drafted over the last decade, perhaps the best prospect capable of becoming a potential top line forward in the NHL could be Michael St. Croix. Since being drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Draft; Michael St. Croix has emerged as a legitimate top prospect with natural scoring ability. His development has been so rampant that many in the hockey world believe that St. Croix has the potential to emerge as a top 6 or even a 1st line forward and scoring threat in the NHL. The Speedy center-man is currently lighting up the score sheet with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL with 25 points (11 goals/14 assist) in the team?s first 19 games. Averaging 1.32 points per game and a team leading 7 PPGs, St. Croix is getting noticed.

The biggest question surrounding Michael St. Croix is his size, or lack of it. At 5?11 and weighing 176 lbs, can St. Croix handle the physical side of the AHL and NHL, despite being ranked as the Rangers top rated center in their organization? Thus far, St. Croix has answered the bell in regards to durability and consistency as a professional as his career stats will suggest:

Year Team League Gms Goals Assists Total Pts

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From Yesterday:

When ranking the Rangers top prospects, both Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future and Corey Pronman at Puck Prospectus had different opinions on where Michael St. Croix should be placed in the top ten.

Pronman ranked St. Croix second and said that he is a very skilled playmaker with high end vision and "sees everything." He does note that St. Croix has lots to improve upon though with average skating and a less than desirable physical game. He thinks that Pronman could end up as a "good" second line forward.

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In a video at TSN, Bob McKenzie says that Michael St. Croix should be in the running for the spot of second line RW on Team Canada's 2012 World Junior Championship team.

The other choices are potential top pick Nathan MacKinnon, Bruins fifth round pick Seth Griffith and draft eligible Hunter Shinkaruk.

Right now McKenzie gives the spot to Griffth who last season had 45 goals and 40 assists and has seven points in four games so far this season.

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In his season opening game, Michael St. Croix had a goal and an assist as he looks to put up a repeat performance of the 105 points that he put up during the 11-12 season.

At WHL From Above, CJ lists the top 25 players to watch for this coming season and ranks St. Croix 16th.

He writes "The kid can flat out score.? He proved that last year.? That will definitely continue this year as the Oil Kings are poised for another run at the Memorial Cup after winning the WHL title last season."

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The Edmonton Oil Kings announced that Rangers prospect Michael St. Croix will serve as an alternate captain during road games.

Islanders first round pick Griffin Reinhart was named captain of the Oil Kings.

CLICK HERE to see a scouting report on St. Croix.

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In the 2011 NHL draft, the New York Rangers had six selections that year and aside from their 1st round selection of J.T Miller, the Rangers draft received a B- grade by many hockey analysts. One prospect who was particularly overlooked during the 2011 NHL draft was Michael St. Croix, who was rated #25 among the top prospects before the draft. The 5?11/ 176 pound Winnipeg native slipped to the 4th round until the Rangers drafted him with the #106th selection. St. Croix was known for his high scoring ability, but never considered a complete package; which may have caused him to slip to the 4th round.

Since being drafted, St Croix has done nothing but impress the Rangers organization with a solid season for the Edmonton Oil Kings compiling career numbers and leading all Ranger prospects in goals (45), assists (60), and points (105); including 18 PP goals. The Rangers signing of Michael St. Croix to a three year entry level contract (two?way deal) most recently indicates the Rangers commitment to the speedy center as St. Croix will start the 2012 season in Edmonton and if he continues to develop, we could see the young center playing in the AHL sometime this season.

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9:27AM: Renaud Lavoie tweets that the Rangers have signed prospect Michael St. Croix to an entry level deal.

The deal will pay St. Croix an average of $575,000 per season with a signing bonus of $270,000 that will be split over the three years.

St. Croix was listed on the Rangers website yesterday.

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At The Pipeline Show, Guy Flaming has been looking at one prospect from each team for a "one to watch" feature and for the Rangers he picked 2011 fourth rounder Michael St. Croix.

Flaming writes that St. Croix has the production level to be a top prospect, but doesn't have everyone convinced he will be.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF] He is slightly undersized and although his speed has improved, no one would consider St. Croix to be a speedy player. Fortunately he has skilled hands to either set up or finish plays but while that leads to junior success it's not a guarantee that it will translate to pro hockey. [/sny-box]

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After being called the Rangers prospect who overachieved the most this season, Michael St. Croix is ready for the next step, whatever that may be.

He the told the Rangers website"I am coming to Rangers camp in the fall to make the team, then a 19 year old season in the WHL would also be beneficial. You never know what is going to happen but I am going to come in with an open mind."

On the year that he had with Edmonton in the WHL, he said "It was an unbelievable season. I just had to go to the net and they found me. It was great to get a lot of ice time, and with that success it was fun to play hockey."

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At TSN, Scott Cullen lists the Rangers top prospects as part of his offseason game plan for the team.

  • Chris Kreider
  • Tim Erixon
  • Michael St. Croix
  • JT Miller
  • Dylan McIlrath
  • Christian Thomas
  • Jesper Fasth
  • Andrew Yogan
  • Marek Hrivik
  • Steven Fogarty.
On St. Croix, Cullen writes, "he is an offensive dynamo, who has improved steadily throughout his three seasons in the WHL. With a couple more seasons of development, St. Croix could be ready for a scoring role on Broadway."

CLICK HERE to see a section dedicated to prospect rankings.

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Michael St. Croix, the Rangers fourth round pick in the 2011 draft, finished 8th in the WHL in scoring this season with 45 goals and 60 assists along with 7 goals and 12 assists in the playoffs for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

At Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff picks St. Croix as the Rangers prospect who overachieved this season.

For more on St. Croix including some video, scouting reports and a recap of the season that he had, CLICK HERE.

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Michael St. Croix, in his playoff series against, Kootenay, has two goals and one assist in two games.

Edmonton is up two games to none on Kootenay.

Shane McColgan has one assist for Kelowna in their series against Portland. Portland is up 2-0 in the series.

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St. Croix was the Rangers fourth round pick in 2011

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At The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy published his latest Hot List column and put the Rangers 2011 fourth round pick Michael St. Croix on the list.

Kennedy writes that St. Croix went over 40 goals this season and "the creatively gifted pivot is a plus-39 and only needs a couple more points to hit triple digits for the playoff-bound squad."

 

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At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.

He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.

  • On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team's top players.
  • On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
  • On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, "He's the player this year I thought he was going to be last year." St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
  • On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
  • On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has "been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift."
It is believed that the Rangers would prefer to send prospects to Columbus over roster players in order to acquire Nash.

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In the Edmonton Journal,via Buzzing the Net, Evan Daum writes about the Edmonton Oil Kings and their star player, and Rangers fourth round pick, Michael St. Croix.

Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdel says that St. Croix is developing as a player on both ends of the ice, especially on defense, and is the engine that makes the Oill Kings go:

"He's a player that loves the sport, he loves to have the puck, and he loves to be the centre-piece of your team. He's exactly that for us - when Mike goes, we go."

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St. Croix had six goals and four assists in three games this past week.

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This season, 2011 fourth round pick Michael St. Croix has 25 goals and 42 assists in the WHL for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Earlier this week at Blueshirts United, Gordie Clark said that St. Croix has a high hockey IQ:

"He's a smart, smart kid with a lot of talent. It's all about this summer for him---he needs to get that extra step, and then who knows with him? He is an interesting kid for us, for sure."
At Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff says that St. Croix projects to be more of a playmaker than a scorer, is very fast and has excellent hockey sense.

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At THN, Ryan Kennedy puts Rangers fourth round pick Michael St. Croix on his weekly look at prospects.

St. Croix has 17 goals and 46 points so far this season. He is 5-11, 176

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via Buzzing the Net

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He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 24 games.

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St. Croix plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Shane McColgan was also sent back to his team in the WHL.

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At Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff reviews the Rangers 2011 draft picks.

She thinks that fourth round pick Michael St. Croix could be a steal for them because of his good skating and vision.

With St. Croix and Shane McColgan, it seems like the Rangers took some players that have nice upside in the middle rounds. Those are the kind of players that I love to see the Rangers take. These guys were ranked high at one point and have talent. They may be undersized, but if they can play well, they will get spots with the Rangers.

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At ESPN's NHL Draft Blog, Gare Joyce gives the Rangers a B- for their draft this weekend.

He says that besides Jonathan Miller, the Rangers didn't add much. He does say that 4th round pick Michael St. Croix is an "interesting player."

Grant Sonier says that Miller is a combination of "sandpaper, skating and grit" and that St. Croix and Shane McColgan could surprise people.

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The New York Rangers have selected C Michael St. Croix from Edmonton (WHL) with the 106th pick (4th round).

Michael had 75 points in 68 games last year.

Read more about Michael In The Hockey News.

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