Rangers CHL prospects update

By Courtney Wagner

Nigel Dawes, the 149th pick in the 2003 draft, is one of 12 New York
Rangers prospects playing in the CHL in the 2004-05 season.

Nigel Dawes, LW – Kootenay Ice, WHL

Height: 5’8, Weight: 185 lbs., DOB – 1985-02-09

A fifth round pick in 2003, Nigel Dawes
is captain of the Kootenay Ice in his
fourth season with the club. A member of the silver medal winning
Canadian team
at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championships, the winger is a returning player
for the 2005 championship. He tied for first in tournament scoring last year
with 11
points and had the most goals with six. Dawes is a small player at 5’8, but possesses good hands and works hard to get into scoring position.
In 56 games in 2003-04 he had 70 points and his 47 goals were good for
in the WHL. Among other awards, he received the Western Conference Brad
Hornung Trophy for most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, was named to the
Western Conference First All-Star Team and was selected to play for Team WHL at
the 2003
RE/MAX Canada Russia Challenge. So far this season Dawes leads the Ice
19 goals and 28 points in 31 games.

2004-05 stats


Zdenek Bahensky, RW – Saskatoon Blades,

Height: 6’2, Weight: 195 lbs., DOB – 1986-01-03

Zdenek Bahensky, a third round pick in
joined the Saskatoon Blades this
season, coming from Litvinov of the Czech Republic Junior League in his
native country. He was the first overall selection in the 2004 CHL Import
Draft and is currently ninth in WHL rookie scoring this season with seven goals and
18 points
in 32 games with a +9 rating. Bahensky is noted for being a quick
skater with
good acceleration and a two-way player who uses his physical strength
on the ice. His three short-handed goals are good for first on the Blades in
that category.

2004-05 stats


Ivan Baranka, D – Everett Silvertips, WHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 196 lbs., DOB – 1985-05-19

The 50th overall selection in the 2003
draft, Ivan Baranka is in his second
season with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. This native of Slovakia
was the
Silvertips rookie of the year selection last season and is
representing his nation for the second straight year at the 2005 World Junior Hockey
Championships in North Dakota. Noted for having a good slap shot and
using his
body to make defensive plays, Baranka is a quick skater with good puck
skills. He has four goals and 12 points so far this season, which puts
him near
his point total of 15 from last season. His four power play goals are
good for
third on the team.

2004-05 stats


Dane Byers, LW – Prince Albert Raiders, WHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 187 lbs., DOB – 1986-02-21

Dane Byers, the 48th overall pick in the
2004 draft, is playing in his third
season with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. Known to be an
excellent player along the boards and in the corners, Byers plays a physical game
and is effectiveat killing penalties. Last
season he had nine goals and 17 points and his 134 penalty minutes were
good for
fourth on the team. So far this season Byers has three goals and seven
points in
31 games and his 102 penalty minutes lead the team and place him fifth
overall in that category in the WHL.

2004-05 stats


Rick Kozak, RW – Prince Albert Raiders, WHL

Height: 6’2, Weight: 190 lbs., DOB –

Rick Kozak, a third round selection of
the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003, was acquired in a trade earlier this year
that sent
Vladimir Malakhov and a draft pick the Flyers way. He joined the Prince
Albert Raiders of the WHL this season from the Kamloops Blazers. Not known for
Backing down from a challenge, he causes turnovers with his aggressive style of
play and
possesses a strong shot. Kozak had a +11 rating in 54 games last season
and 160
penalty minutes, which was the second highest total on the Blazers
behind Nashville prospect Paul Brown. In 18 games this season he has seven
goals and
eight points with 51 penalty minutes.

2004-05 stats


Roman Psurny, LW – Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 176 lbs., DOB –

A fifth round pick in 2004, Roman Psurny
is in his rookie season in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers, coming from
his native Czech Republic where he played with Zlin in the Czech Republic
Junior League. He represented his country at the 2004 Under-18 World Junior
Championships in Minsk. Psurny is currently third in WHL rookie scoring
with 24
points in 33 games and his 11 goals place him in second for rookies
Ottawa prospect Roman Wick of the Red Deer Rebels.

2004-05 stats


Brandon Dubinsky, C –
Winter Hawks, WHL

Height: 6’0, Weight: 195 lbs., DOB –

The 60th overall pick in the 2004 draft,
Brandon Dubinsky is in his third season with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. He led the team with 48
assists and 78 points in 71 games in the 2003-04 season and his 30
goals were
good for second behind Dan Da Silva. An effective faceoff man,
Dubinsky is a
tough competitor who does not get intimidated and is not afraid to take
a hit.
In 32 games so far this season, Dubinsky has 10 goals and 22 points and
penalty minutes put him in second on the team behind Shane

2004-05 stats


Marcus Jonasen, LW – Tri-City Americans, WHL

Height: 6’4, Weight: 220 lbs., DOB –

A third round pick in 2002, Marcus
Jonasen joined the Tri-City Americans last year, coming from his native Sweden where
he played
in the Swedish Junior League. In 43 games last season he had 12 goals
and 26
points. He also made history last year, becoming the first European
WHL history to be named as a captain. Jonasen is an aggressive power
forward who battles hard for the puck and can be used effectively in all game
situations. In 33 games so far this season he has 23 points and his 13
goals are
highest on the Americans.

2004-05 stats


, LW – Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Height: 5’9, Weight: 172 lbs., DOB –

Jakub Petruzalek, a ninth round
selection in
2004, is in his rookie season with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL, coming
from his
native Czech Republic where he led the Czech Republic Junior League
with 89
points. He is currently representing his country at the 2005 World
Championships in North Dakota. Known to use his speed to make up for
his lack of
size, Petruzalek is a force around the net and is strong in one-on-one
situations. He leads the 67’s with 22 assists in 29 games and his 36
place him second in OHL rookie scoring behind Benoit Pouliot of the

2004-05 stats


Ryan Callahan, RW – Guelph Storm, OHL

Height: 5’10, Weight: 180 lbs., DOB – 1985-03-21

Ryan Callahan, a fourth round pick in
2004, is in his third year with the
Guelph Storm of the OHL. The New York native is currently representing
the defending champion United States at the 2005 World Junior Hockey
in North Dakota. In 68 games last season he had 68 points and a rating
of +17.
Noted for having good speed and agility, Callahan also possesses strong
passing skills. In 32 games this season he has 16 goals and 27 points, which
him second on the team in scoring behind Storm rookie Matt

2004-05 stats


Bruce Graham, C – Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL

Height: 6’6, Weight: 235 lbs., DOB –

Bruce Graham, the 51st overall pick in
the 2004
draft, was the second-highest rated skater from the QMJHL in the draft.
In 68
games last season he had 57 points and 89 penalty minutes. The 6’6
center was named to the 2004 CHL Top Prospects game in 2004. Graham is
noted for
being a good skater with soft hands and a powerful slap shot. His
passing and
puck handling skills are also assets he is known for. In 38 games this
season Graham’s 21 goals are tops on the Wildcats and his 35 points place him
in second
behind San Jose prospect Steve Bernier.

2004-05 stats


, D – Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL

Height: 6’1, Weight: 201 lbs., DOB –

An eighth round pick in 2004, Jonathan
is in his fourth season in the QMJHL with the Lewiston MAINEiacs. Last
season he was the top scoring defenseman on the team and third overall with 65
in 68 games and his 52 assists were tops on the team. Noted for playing an
offensive minded game and making good decisions with the puck, he also
has an
accurate shot. Paiement represented the QMJHL at the ADT Canada/Russia
earlier this year. So far this season he has 38 points in 35 games,
good for third on the team and his 34 assists are tops on the

2004-05 stats


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