NHL Prospects Roundup: Rangers’ trio produces in win

By Ken McKenna
Jesper Fast - New York Rangers

Photo: New York Rangers forward prospect Jesper Fast has scored three goals in two 2014 preseason contests (courtesy of David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)


Despite the fact that seven NHL preseason games were played on Monday night, most of the prospect highlights were confined to two Eastern Conference tilts.  In one game, a trio of prospects led an offensive outburst, while a goaltending prospect turned in a stellar outing in the other.

Haggerty, Duclair, Fast star in Rangers triumph

An offensive outburst over a nearly four-minute stretch of the first period put the New York Rangers on a path to a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Getting the scoring party started for the Rangers was Anthony Duclair, who rifled in a wrist shot from the left circle off the rush.

Duclair added an assist later in the game and earned second star honors on the evening. The first star of this contest, forward Ryan Haggerty, drove to the front of the net to score the second goal of the game just 2:14 later, with Duclair picking up the primary assist on the play.

Forward Jesper Fast added the third goal just 1:23 later off a tip-in of a Dan Boyle shot, but it was Fast’s second goal of the game that provided more of a highlight-reel moment.

Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes, who signed with the club after failing to come to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks, displayed a nice passing touch in assisting on Fast’s two goals.

The Flyers also received contributions from three of their prospects, with Taylor Leier, Jason Akeson, and Shayne Gostibehere notching the three Flyers’ goals in the loss. Gostisbehere’s goal in the third gave the Flyers a little life as it made the score 5-3.

Mrazek perfect in net for the Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings goaltending prospect Petr Mrazek stopped all 27 shots he faced in leading his club to a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mrazek earned first star honors for his performance, but he was not the only Wings’ prospect to contribute to the win. Forward Riley Sheahan posted two points on the night, including this goal early in the third period.

Sheahan also posted an assist, as did Andrej Nestrasil, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet, and Alexey Marchenko. Defensive prospect Nick Jensen opened the scoring, while Tomas Jurco closed it out with an empty-net goal to seal the win.


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