Richard Nejezchleb

The Rangers have sent through the following prospect report for the time period of 11/17 to 11/23:

Three Stars of the Week:

1.?? Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) ? Tambellini?s offensive exploits this past week solidified his status as one of the top scorers in the Western Hockey League. The 20-year-old tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and posted a plus-four rating while helping the Hitmen defeat Moose Jaw, 5-2, on November 21. On November 23, Tambellini also registered three points (one goal, two assists) and posted a plus-three rating to lead Calgary to a 6-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.

Tags: Igor Shestyorkin (Shesterkin), Oscar Lindberg, Richard Nejezchleb, Adam Rotter
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The Rangers have sent through the following prospect report that looks at the time between 11/10 and 11/16:

Three Stars:

  • 1: Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) ? Since being acquired by Tri-City on November 4, Nejezchleb has been one of the most dominant offensive players in the WHL. He tallied two goals (both on the power play), including the game-winning goal, on November 14 vs. Victoria. On November 15, he tallied three points (two goals, one assist) as Tri-City defeated Spokane, 5-3. The 20-year-old has recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in five games with the Americans, all of which have been Tri-City victories. Although he didn?t make his WHL season debut until October 28, he is tied for ninth in the league in power play goals (five). Nejezchleb has tallied a point in six of seven games this season with Brandon and Tri-City, and has posted three multi-point games in his last four contests (five goals, four assists over the span). WHL TOTALS: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +2 RATING, 6 PIM
  • 2: Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) ? Halverson continued to impress in goal for the Greyhounds, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA, and a .952 SV% (60 saves on 63 shots) over the past week. On November 15, he stopped 37 of 38 shots in a road victory over Plymouth. The following day, he made 23 saves in another road victory against Windsor. The win extended Halverson?s winning streak to five games, the second time this season he has posted a personal winning streak of five games or longer (he opened the season with a seven-game winning streak). The Rangers? second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 2.00 GAA and a .945 SV% (171 saves on 181 shots) over his current winning streak, allowing two goals or fewer in four of the five contests. In his last 22 games (dating back to last season), Halverson has posted a 16-3-1 record, along with a 2.85 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 2 SO, and has made at least 30 saves in 14 of the 22 contests. He ranks second in the OHL in wins (12) and eighth in SV% (.911) this season. OHL TOTALS: 17 GP, 12-3-0, 3.07 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO
  • 3: Igor Shesterkin, G, VMF Karelia (VHL) ? This past week, Shesterkin represented Team Russia at the CHL Subway Super Series, a tournament featuring the top Under-20 Russian players, as well as the top players from each of the three Canadian Major Junior Leagues (OHL, QMJHL, and WHL). In the first game of the tournament, the 19-year-old stopped 34 of 36 shots he faced against Team WHL. In his second appearance, he posted a 35-save save shutout against Team OHL. Shesterkin leads all goaltenders in the tournament in GAA (1.00) and SV% (.972 ? 69 saves on 71 shots), and has registered the only shutout thus far. SUPER SERIES TOTALS: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .972 SV%, 1 SO | VHL TOTALS: 8 GP, 3-3-2, 1.72 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO
Emerging From The Pack:

J.T. Miller tallied a point in two of Hartford?s three games this past week, registering three points (one goal, two assists) over the span. Mackenzie Skapski made 36 saves in the Wolf Pack?s contest on November 16 vs. Manchester.

Tags: Richard Nejezchleb, Adam Rotter
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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.
Tags: Brady Skjei, Brandon Halverson, Dylan McIlrath, Igor Shestyorkin (Shesterkin), Richard Nejezchleb, Adam Rotter

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.
Tags: Brandon Halverson, Daniel Walcott, Igor Shestyorkin (Shesterkin), Keegan Iverson, Richard Nejezchleb, Ryan Mantha, Tyler Nanne, Adam Rotter

With the 122nd pick, the Rangers select Czech RW Richard Nejezchleb.

He is 6-2, 210 and plays for Brandon in the WHL.

He had 32 goals and 25 assists last season along with 75 PIM.

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