Young guns in the system

By Evan Andriopoulos

Using a simple format the top “overall” scorers throughout the system which includes all levels except AHL and ECHL, the Rangers have right wing Radislav Kropac leading the way with 22 goals and 20 assists for Liberac in the Czech Rep. He is followed by splended surprise Dominic Moore out of Harvard in the ECAC who has registered 20 goals and 37 points in 27 games. Moore is followed by Petr Preucil in the QMJHL with 14 goals and 33 points in 33 games. Shawn Collymore has actually led all scorers with 31 goals and 28 assists for two clubs in the QMJHL. The big winger has been a super surprise! Down the list is old draftee (1994) Rudolf Vercik whom has re-appeared on the radar the last two seasons with a solid 17 goals and 12 assists while notching a noticeable 71 penalty minutes in 42 games for Poprad in the Slovak League.

Rounding out the list is Stefan Lundkvist of VasterĂ¥s in Sweden with 19 goals and 7 assists and he is followed by Marcus Jonasen of Sweden`s Hammarby Jr. A club with 14 goals and 8 assists in 22 games. Nathan Martz of the Univ.of New Hampshire is a solid pick with 12 goals in 20 points in 32 contests. Bryce Lampman a defender who is now in Hartford has registered 18 points on 17 assists in 29 games has been a nice surprise even though he is struggling at the big level of the AHL.

Other players of notes include Henrik Lundqvist of Frolunda in Sweden. Through 19 games he has posted an unreal 1.47 goals against average. The much talked about Sven Helfenstein has played for two Swiss clubs this season and been more of a defensive player notching 4 goals and 7 assists in 38 games. Erstwhile highly touted Fedor Tjutin has registered but 2 points in 11 games for Russian club Kazan. Tjutin is listed as the top prospect for all of the Rangers organization outside of those in New York already. As of now the best of the bunch appears to be Collymore and Moore with Lundqvist being a pleasant surprise.