Thread: Prospect Info: NCAA, European & Juniors discussion
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09-20-2009, 02:36 AM
deke and score
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Would it be appropriate to follow Luke Walker's progress here? He isn't in the Rangers' system, but he was invited to play with them in Traverse City in the hopes that it would give them an edge in signing him in the future. (See quote by Leslie Treff below for details.) In Traverse City, he led the baby Rangers in points with 3 goals and 2 assists. He's the son of former Ranger Gordie Walker.

The Portland Winterhawks, whom he wears an A for, started their regular season yesterday. They won with a score of 5-0, with Walker getting the third star and picking up two assists.

Originally Posted by Leslie Treff
Luke Walker is a 1990 born prospect, who did a good job in Traverse City. He has good skills, however, the only options for him were to be signed and play for the Rangers or be returned to his junior team (i.e., the WHL Portland Winter Hawks). It was clear from before Traverse City that Walker was not ready for NHL play (and that he would be returned after TC), but the Rangers wanted him to have the experience of being with them in Traverse City. They expect Walker to have a good season during 2009-10, and having had him in TC would make it more likely that he will sign with either the Rangers or Hartford next Spring.

Besides,(1) he needed to be returned as soon as possible because the Winter Hawks need him to start their season (which for Portland starts Saturday), and, (2) with Torts wanting to limit the number of guys in camp, there was no way Walker (who is not a rangers draftee or under contract) was going to be a participant.

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