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11-29-2013, 11:29 PM
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Pack lose 3-2. No Kristo, Asham, Hrivik, Haley, Yogan. 4 more fights. Pack have 39 fights in 20 games. By contrast I think the Rangers have 15 in 26. Pack aren't playing well. Inconsistent sometimes crappy goaltending--not scoring enough. Can't say they're getting pushed around though with McIlrath, Bickel, Haley, Mashinter, Asham and with Kantor always stirring the pot. Fighting doesn't always equate to winning but they do stick up for each other. The minor league team is a lot tougher than the major league team.

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FIRST PERIOD

Mash - St. Croix - Miller with Syvret - Allen are starting. Miss is in the net.

McIlrath still having trouble receiving the puck.

Kantor is doing a good job forechecking.

Miss with a good save on a wrister from up close on his left.

Mash with a good defensive play on a guy trying to go around him.

St. Croix with a nice pass to Mash, who makes another nice pass to Syvret. Shot, but no goal.

Lindberg displaying his defensive ability. Should be our third or fourth line center next year. He's almost ready for the NHL, just needs minor adjustments.

Syvret with a dumb play behind the net, which resulted in his shooting on Miss. Guess that doesn't count as a save.

Hrivik skating well, driving to the net.

Dupont with a dumb giveaway, shot above Miss's glove and it's 1-0 for M&Ms.

St. Croix working hard along the boards. Still on the first line with Miller and Mashinter.

McI with a giveaway trying to pass the puck out of his zone. The giveaway results in a penalty against Lindberg.

McI with a good pass to Jean, which resulted in a good scoring chance.

Kantor with a fight. About even until he was tackled down. Nothing special about this fight.

I like what Michael St. Croix is doing out there. Working hard, putting pressure on the opposing defense.

MSC continues to create more offense on the next shift.

Miss lets the puck through, but it hits the goal post.

Mash with a big hit, but it was from behind. Penalty.

Powe playing well, moving the puck from defense to offense. But can't do much offensively.

Weal fumbles the puck, Miller almost took it away to go on a breakaway, but was tripped up. Penalty on M&Ms, and in 12 seconds the Pack will be on a PP.

Hrivik drives to the net, almost scoring, Lindberg picks up the puck and misses the net.

Jean looking confident.

Good PP, but nothing went in.

McIlrath has the tendency to just throw the puck at the goalie, just to see what happens. Just put it up high and see if the goalie fumbles it or if the high rebound will go to someone. I am not even talking about doing it when someone is screening the goalie, I mean at random when nobody is anywhere near the goalie.

Dupont is off for a penalty. Miss with a good save on the PK taking advantage of his size.

SECOND PERIOD

Penalty on Andreoff, but again the Pack can't score.

Nicolls with a good pass to create an offensive chance.

M&Ms with a 3-on-1, but McI blocks the pass by being in good position and thinking quickly.

Hrivik needs to improve his shot because he has a lot of other offensive abilities. He could become a second liner if he improves his offense.

The Mash-St. Croix-Miller line continues to play well. Mash pressures, St. Croix takes away the puck and passes, Miller with a good shot. It was stopped, but good work.

McI with a pair of good defensivev plays, including a hit.

M&Ms run into Miss, call for goalie interference. Pack can't settle in on the PP. In and out several times.

Miss shuts up his detractors big time: first he stops a breakaway, then he has to stop a penalty shot. He should not have stopped this penalty shot last year, but his side to side movement got better.

GOAL: Dupont with a nice pass to Powe who shoots the puck between an M&M's legs, but it goes up high, so the goalie really couldn't see it. McI also gets an assist for trying to shoot the puck on the net, which got deflected and went to Dupont to begin the play. 1-1.

Kantor involved again. Not a fight, just a pushing and shoving match that results in an M&M PP.

Miller with a couple of really good saves, but then the M&Ms score. Not his fault, he didn't even have his stick anymore because he was run into. He's played well tonight.

Miller looks like a very good, confident player.


THIRD PERIOD

A couple of early saves by Miss. Pack is just running around with no purpose.

Kantor hussles hard.

Nicholls with a good shift.

Hartford's inability to finish is painful to watch. Maybe when Fast returns.

Allen with a shot, another shot by Dupont on a rebound, but nothing going in.

Pretty glove save by Miss.

Nash gives away the puck right in front of Miss, literally a few feet out and it's now 3-1.

Losing Newbury (for Syvret) was a big deal. He was the team's offensive catalyst. Without him, the Pack couldn't score to save a life last year, and that's what happening right now. Awful trade.

St. Croix creating offense.

Miss makes a good pad save.

Berube stops Nicholls.

Every game the Pack make their opposing goalie look like Patrick Roy.

MCI just runs over the M&M. Looked like a car hit the guy who just want down. Andreoff attacked MCI in return, but MCI landed 7-8 punches while taking only 1 back. Great hit, good fight. Plus Andreoff pick up the extra penalty. Penalty killed off.

Pack pressured well the last couple of minutes of the game, but simply don't have the offensive fire-power.

Game: 3-1.


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11-30-2013, 08:49 PM
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The AHL website says McIlrath is 230 now. I know he was 215 did he really put 15 pounds on this offseason or could this be a AHL error?
It definitely seems accurate to me.

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Sounds like MSC had a good game tonight. Now if only he can play well consistently.. maybe he'll start putting up some numbers

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How has Lindberg been playing? A little disappointed in his stat line thus far I expected more from the SEL MVP... Maybe they don't tell the enitre story?

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How has Lindberg been playing? A little disappointed in his stat line thus far I expected more from the SEL MVP... Maybe they don't tell the enitre story?

He's a good two-way player, but he's much more of a playmaker than finisher, and with the lack of finishers around, can't expect him to dominate offensively.

It's true that he hasn't been an offensive dynamo, but nobody expected that from him. He was the playoff MVP because he went red-hot in the Spring, but it's not the kind of offensive production that we should reasonably expect from him. He's still on pace as a good two-way third line center. I think he'll be ready at some point in 2014.

Richards has a cap hit of $6.67, whereas Lindberg is at $0.67, so that will save us exactly $6. The money would be used to give raises to Callahan, Girardi, Stralman and Lundqvist.

I wish that over the summer we'd trade Brassard plus either Zuccarello (replaced by Fast or Kristo) or Del Zotto (replaced by McIlrath or Allen).

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Neither Fast or Kristo are as good as Zucarello

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Neither Fast or Kristo are as good as Zucarello
Not yet, which is why I said to do it during the summer. It's more important to have a quality top-6 center than a quality third line winger. Brass can't be a top-6 forward on a regular basis, but if we can combine him with Zuccarello to get a 60 point center, the team would be better off. You have to give to get. You won't get a significant upgrade on Brass by throwing in a second rounder or a second-rate prospect.

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Haley had surgery

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Former New York Ranger and current Hartford Wolf Pack forward Michael Haley has had surgery to remove a sports hernia and will be out of the lineup indefinitely according to head coach Ken Gernander.

The seventh year head coach and Minnesota native told Howlings in his post game press conference after Saturdayís 3-1 defeat to the Manchester Monarchs about all of the injured players and stated that the 27 year old, 5í10″ 204 pounder from Guelph, ONT has no return date in sight.

The rest of those injured, Stu Bickel (undisclosed), Andrew Yogan (Undisclosed), Danny Kristo and Arron Asham (both lower body) are all day-to-day. Jesper Fast is out for several more weeks with a lower body injury.
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Fast has an ankle sprain. Probably a high ankle sprain.

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Fast is still probably two weeks away. He needs to stay healthy for the rest of the season or this is going to be a lost year for him. Kid has some real injury problems. Is it bad luck or is he just one of those guys that's really injury-prone?

Losing Haley hurts. Asham is also injured. We should find out soon what's wrong. Gernander said "we'll know more" on Monday or Tuesday. That doesn't sound good to me.

Yogan and Kristo are banged up. Nicholls and St. Croix are up, but neither of them are capable fill-ins for the injured guys. Bickel is hurt. Hartford has been struggling, and they're looking really thin at the moment.

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12-02-2013, 09:22 AM
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Regarding McIlrath, what are most of his penalty minutes for? Fighting or does he take alot of dumb penalties?

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He's a good two-way player, but he's much more of a playmaker than finisher, and with the lack of finishers around, can't expect him to dominate offensively.

It's true that he hasn't been an offensive dynamo, but nobody expected that from him. He was the playoff MVP because he went red-hot in the Spring, but it's not the kind of offensive production that we should reasonably expect from him. He's still on pace as a good two-way third line center. I think he'll be ready at some point in 2014.

Richards has a cap hit of $6.67, whereas Lindberg is at $0.67, so that will save us exactly $6. The money would be used to give raises to Callahan, Girardi, Stralman and Lundqvist.

I wish that over the summer we'd trade Brassard plus either Zuccarello (replaced by Fast or Kristo) or Del Zotto (replaced by McIlrath or Allen).
Gotta say I admire your hockey acumen, thanks for the detailed updates as always.

I totally agree with you, Brassard being on a team's top 6 means that team is losing. Too indifferent of a player to contribute consistently. I also think Richards is bought out, can't have the re-capture penalty and a coach killer wearing an A if he isn't providing star level production.

After seeing the patchwork line of 62-28-36 yesterday, the more and more I get the feeling that one of Lindberg/Miller comes and takes the 3rd line center spot this season. Needless to say I think the Ranger roster will look different after the holiday trade freeze.

Future moves: Buyout Richards, Trade Brass, one of DZ/Moore (whichever brings more value to the Rangers), upgrade Zucc and Dorsett's spots with bigger skilled guy (def thinking Kristo), bigger tough guy (trade).

McIlrath takes D spot. I think the moves will happen sooner rather than later.

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Regarding McIlrath, what are most of his penalty minutes for? Fighting or does he take alot of dumb penalties?
The vast majority of his penalty minutes are from fights and accompanying misconduct penalties. He's pretty disciplined overall.

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The vast majority of his penalty minutes are from fights and accompanying misconduct penalties. He's pretty disciplined overall.

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Both of these articles are from April and they may have been posted before, but still good reads.

http://hockeyphenoms.blogspot.com/20...prospects.html

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McIlrath tops the list because he has all of the traits desired to fit the description. He really is a shining example of this type of player, which is exactly what made him the 10th overall pick in 2010. Itís not often that a player of this mold goes that high in the draft, but itís obvious that the Rangers recognized his potential to fill a role that few players can. Standing at 6í5, he will be one of the most feared fighters in the NHL when he arrives, just as he has been at every other level he has played. He beat up on older players in the WHL as a 17 year old and is now doing the same in the AHL as a 20 year old with 11 fights so far on the season. Itís rare to see him lose a bout to anyone.

His pugilistic abilities are off the charts, but the real reason he tops this list is his hockey ability. He has the talent to become a solid top four defenseman. He possesses rare skating ability and athleticism for a player of this ilk. His positioning and understanding of the game have improved leaps and bounds since moving to the AHL and his outlet passing is well above average. His ability to consistently deliver bone-crunching hits is something to behold, as there are few players anywhere in the game that do so as regularly as he does. His offense has left a bit to be desired in his rookie season of pro hockey, but he has shown flashes of his offensive potential in the past. His slap shot, which reaches triple digits on the radar gun, should be enough to make him a useful player on the power play at some point down the road. The Rangers took a bit of a risk selecting McIlrath so early, but itís looking more and more like itís going to pan out.
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This young Swede was known as a defensive minded center who would likely parlay his penalty killing abilities and faceoff skills into a full time job as an NHL 4th line center. Then came this season. Almost out of nowhere Lindberg developed an offensive game that seemed to surprise even Rangers scouts. After putting up just 10 points the previous season, Lindberg became one of the SELís top scorers this year. He notched 42 points in the regular season and he continued his production into the playoffs, leading his team to a championship while winning the playoff MVP along the way. Lindberg is also nominated for the SEL regular season MVP. He has won over 60% of his draws in nearly every season he has played.

Lindberg has top-notch two-way ability with a great understanding of defensive positioning. He is a hard working guy with above average skating ability. His hands are very good and he does have a bit of one-on-one ability. His shot is good enough to beat most goaltenders, but is nothing spectacular. He will need to adjust to playing on the smaller ice surface, but projects to be a very effective 3rd line center at the NHL level.

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Gotta say I admire your hockey acumen, thanks for the detailed updates as always.

I totally agree with you, Brassard being on a team's top 6 means that team is losing. Too indifferent of a player to contribute consistently. I also think Richards is bought out, can't have the re-capture penalty and a coach killer wearing an A if he isn't providing star level production.

After seeing the patchwork line of 62-28-36 yesterday, the more and more I get the feeling that one of Lindberg/Miller comes and takes the 3rd line center spot this season. Needless to say I think the Ranger roster will look different after the holiday trade freeze.

Future moves: Buyout Richards, Trade Brass, one of DZ/Moore (whichever brings more value to the Rangers), upgrade Zucc and Dorsett's spots with bigger skilled guy (def thinking Kristo), bigger tough guy (trade).

McIlrath takes D spot. I think the moves will happen sooner rather than later.
Sure hope you are right!

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Jesper Fast back practicing with the Wolfpack


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Jesper Fast back practicing with the Wolfpack


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Very difficult for me to get my hopes up about him. Dude get hurt getting out of bed in the morning.


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That's the first time Asham and "Fast" are used in the same sentence.

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"Coach has really helped me with the adjustment," Kristo said. "Obviously, his goal for me is to get me moved up to New York. Some little things that I can get away with down here, he shows me on video and tells me, ĎYou need to do this better.' We'll work on stuff like that in practice -- he's been very patient with me and he's helped me a lot so far."

Gernander is confident that with continued hard work, Kristo can round out his overall game and maintain NHL-caliber skills on both sides of the puck.

"I think when he's on his game, the things he brings to the table offensively are probably NHL-worthy right now -- but that's only one side of the game," Gernander said. "He's got to learn the defensive side, squeeze some of the mistakes out of his game and do all the little things away from the puck before he's going to be someone that's challenging for a full-time job in the NHL."
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That's the first time Asham and "Fast" are used in the same sentence.
Nicely done.

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Nicely done.
So miller was playing rw in CT right? Some fans are saying he will play C in NY on this call up

Sad to see Mashinter go? Or happy to give Beach a look?

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McIlrath has a 100 mph slapshot? Whoa...

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