As the axe over Coach John Muckler`s head continues to move downward, the baby Rangers most promising picks continue on their journey to the National Hockey League. Their prospect listing is bright and here is a taste of what may come…..
PATRICK AUFIERO: Has tallied two goals and four assists for six points in eight games with the Boston University Terriers .. Leads the team with two game-winning goals . Is tied for first on the team with four points (two goals, two assists) in three conference games. Can he be like Jay Pandolfo? or Euro Pro… Dave Emma?
GARRETT BEMBRIDGE: Has skated in 17 contests with the Saskatoon Blades (WHL), collecting four goals and six assists for 10 points . Places seventh on the club with 10 points and ranks second on the team with a plus five rating . Is tied for first on the team and tied for fourth in the league with three game winning tallies.
PAVEL BRENDL: Has skated in 14 of 18 games with the Calgary Hitman (WHL), notching 11 goals and 11assists for 22 points, along with 27 penalty minutes . Ranks second on the club with 22 points . Is tied for second on the club and is tied for seventh in the WHL with 11 goals . Is tied for first in the league with four game-winning tallies . Registered a nine-game point scoring streak from October 3 to October 22, collecting six goals and eight assists for 14 points over the span . Posted a four-game goal/point scoring streak from October 24 to November 6, recording eight points (five goals, three assists) over the span . Registered a six-game assist streak from October 10 to November 22, registering seven assists over the span. With a new diet and strength regimine, Brendl could easily become the star everyone predicted earlier in the year.
RANDY COPLEY: Has tallied five goals and five assists for 10 points while skating in five games with Montreal (QMJHL) . Is tied for fifth on the team with five goals and tied for eighth on the club with 10 points. Copley is quietly coming around, some time in the AHL should help to see if he can make the transition.
JAY DARDIS: Has appeared in eight games with the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League, collecting four points (two goals, two assists), along with 16 penalty minutes. Time will tell!
JEFF DESSNER: Skated in each of Wisconsin’s six games, registering four goals and three assists for seven points . Leads the team with a plus eight rating . Is tied for second on the team with two power play goals and one game winning goal . Is tied for second on the club with six points (three goals, three assists) and is tied for first in goals (three) against conference rivals.
EVGENY GUSAKOV: Skated in 22 contests with Baie-Comeau (QMJHL), collecting eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points, while adding 30 penalty minutes . Ranks fifth on the team with five goals and is tied for fourth on the club with 19 points. Good move playing juniors instead of lost in Russia.
DAVID INMAN: Has tallied four goals/points, along with four penalty minutes in six games with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish . Leads the team with four goals and ranks second on the club with four points . Leads the team with two goals/points against conference teams.
JASON LABARBERA: Backstopped 14 games for the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL), compiling a 2-11-1 record, along with a 3.56 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. Outside of Holmqvist, he may the best Rangers netminding prospect. Although his stats are not great as many Junior goalies have similar, he is able to make the big save on a bad team.
PATRICK LEAHY: Has skated in each of Wisconsin’s nine games, collecting four goals and five assists for nine points, along with 15 penalty minutes . Is tied for third on the team with four goals and places second on the club with nine points . Is tied for first on Wisconsin with two shorthanded goals and fourth on the team with four assists . Tallied three goals and one assist for four points in five games against conference rivals.
JAMIE LUNDMARK: Has appeared in 14 contests with the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), collecting 11 points (three goals, eight assists) while adding 14 penalty minutes . Recorded a four-game assist streak from October 13 to October 19, notching five assists . Registered a six-game point scoring streak from October 10 to October 19, notching three goals and six assists for nine points. Maybe the most NHL ready prospect the Rangers have. A little light in weight, Lundemark just may join this club next season.
RICHARD MILLER: Has skated in one game with the Providence Friars, collecting two penalty minutes. A pure prospect. Similar Craig Anderson… lot`s of hope.
MIKE MOTTAU: Has registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in six games with the Boston College Eagles . Places third on the team with nine points and ranks first on Boston College with eight assists . Has tallied four assists in three conference games, leading the club. A most promising defender, he lacks body weight, but with another 15 lbs of muscle he could be a nice offensive defenseman for the Rangers in the future. Look for Mottau to join the Rangers at the end of the season.
Information partially supplied via research, New York Rangers and personal opinion.