RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: SEPT. 12 – SEPT. 21
Pavel Buchnevich, LW – Buchnevich continued his strong start to the season with Severstal Cherepovets in the KHL. The 19-year-old ended this past week by posting three consecutive multi-point efforts, registering six points (four goals, two assists) over the span. Buchnevich has tallied a point in four of his last five games, and has recorded four multi-point games in Severstal’s first eight contests of the season.
KHL SEASON TOTALS: 8 GP, 5-4-9, 0 PIM, +5 +/- RATING
Ryan Haggerty, RW – Haggerty led the Rangers in goals (three), points (four), power play goals (two), and shots on goal (14) in the Traverse City Tournament. The 21-year-old tallied a point in three of the four contests, and recorded two points (one goal, one assist) on Sept. 16 against Minnesota.
TRAVERSE CITY TOTALS: 4 GP, 3-1-4, 2 PIM, E +/- RATING
Mat Bodie, D – Bodie recorded three assists in four games at the Traverse City Tournament. Bodie ranked second among all tournament skaters in power play assists (three) and tied for third among all defensemen in the tournament in points (three). He also led the Rangers’ prospects in assists, and tied for second among Rangers’ prospects in points.
TRAVERSE CITY TOTALS: 4 GP, 0-3-3, 2 PIM, +1 +/- RATING
Kevin Hayes, C – Hayes tied for second among Rangers’ prospects in assists (two) and points (three), and finished second in shots on goal (11) in the Traverse City Tournament. The 22-year-old registered a point in three of four contests, and recorded at least two shots on goal in each game during the tournament.
TRAVERSE CITY TOTALS: 4 GP, 1-2-3, 0 PIM, -2 +/- RATING
Mackenzie Skapski, G – Skapski appeared in two games with the Rangers’ prospects in the Traverse City Tournament. In his first game of the tournament, Skapski set a Rangers record at Traverse City for most saves in a game, as he stopped 36 of 37 shots in a 2-1 overtime win against Buffalo on Sept. 13.
TRAVERSE CITY TOTALS: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.40 GAA, .894 SV%
PROSPECT SPOTLIGHT: PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
At the start of his second full season in the KHL, Buchnevich has recorded points at a rate similar to the former NHL stars and veterans in the league. He is tied for 10th in the KHL in goals (five), and is the only teenager in the league to rank among the top 25 in points (he is tied for 15th).
Buchnevich also leads Severstal in goals and points (nine), ranks second in shots on goal (23), and is tied for second in assists (four) and plus/minus rating (plus-five).
In eight KHL games this season, Buchnevich has already displayed the various ways in which he can help his team score goals. During this past week, he beat goaltenders with a dynamic wrist shot, and also set up a goal with a no-look, behind-the-back pass.
SCOUTING REPORT:“Pavel plays with good effort, desire, and attitude. He has exceptional ability and great vision with the puck. He has the potential to play a key role on an NHL team in the future.” – European Scout, Oto Hascak
“So far this year, Pavel has been the most skilled and creative player on the ice. He skates well, has great vision, and has the ability to anticipate the play very well.” – European Scout, Vladimir Lutchenko
Anthony Duclair on playing with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard at the Training Camp Scrimmage: “It was really cool. Before the first practice I saw my name on the lineup with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard, (and) I was pretty surprised. Playing in the scrimmage with those two is pretty special.”
Duclair on playing against a tougher level of competition at Training Camp: “The pace is much faster, and the game is all about speed and quickness. It’s pretty physical out there even though it’s only a scrimmage. It’s obviously a lot different from Juniors, and I need to adapt myself moving forward.”