Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park reports that Michael St. Croix (2011 - 4th) has put up four points (2g, 2a) in the first two games of the Edmonton Oil Kings series against the the Kootenay Ice. The series is currently tied 1-1.
St. Croix finished the season with 37g, 55a.
...another outstanding season for a prospect I'm very excited about. Kid is a pure goal scorer. And the last time I checked, the Rangers are in need of one of those.
...while I never want to root against a Ranger prospect's success, I'm really hopeful his team gets knocked out of the playoffs, so the Rangers can call him up to the Whale for their stretch run and playoffs. That strategy has worked very well in the past for players like Hagelin and Miller.
In other prospect news, Cristoval "Boo" Nieves' (2012 2nd) Michigan Wolverines lost to Steven Fogarty's (2011 - 3rd) Notre Dame in the CCHA Finals. Nieves' Wolverines did not qualify for the NCAA tournament, however, Notre Dame will be a #1 seed.
Rubenstein adds that Nieves, who was named to the CCHA All-Rookie team, showcased his playmaking ability this season as well as prove he wasn't just a "one-way" player.
Rubenstein expects Nieves to merit serious consideration to be the first line center for Michigan next season.
...Nieves is another prospect Rangers fans should be fired up about. Big, strong skater and great hands. Not sure what else you could ask for.
And finally, Brady Skjei (2012 - 1st) and his Minnesota teammates will also go into the tournament as a #1 seed despite being upset by the Colorado College in the WCHA Final Five Semifinals. Skjei was a healthy scratch in the game.
...that's what Minnesota gets for scratching a Rangers prospect. Serves them right. Hopefully he'll be back in the line-up for the Golden Gophers first round match-up.
Saw Boo Nieves play a few weeks ago in Michigan (against Ferris St). He was a big body with quick hands and tons of poise. his presence was definitely felt every time he was on the ice. made me really excited for his arrival in a few years!
Skjei will lose to the Sioux in the 2nd round :)
Too bad Miller didn't go to school, he would look nice in Green!!!
besides the points, what makes you so excited about this prospect? He's very small, which is a reason you have been down on Thomas and Zucc (not judging your opinion of them but just sayin'). Woods are full of kids that put up a lot of points in the WHL. Is he an incredible skater? Does he play with his heart on his sleeve?
@TheNYRBlog one more thing we keep Boyle Richards hagglin and we suck pens just got unbeatable ,and I didn't mention all the other dead wood
@coontzbloontz I think had two goals the other night.
@slapshot13j If Nieves can build on his successful freshman season, I can see him leaving next summer. As far as St. Croix goes, I think he starts the season with the Whale. Unless he has an amazing camp.
@nyranjer1 Thanks for that report!
@rangersfan St. Croix is the same height as Hagelin and Callahan and just a tad shorter than Stepan and Richards. I can tell you why I am excited and that is 20-24-44 which are his numbers on the power play. I am also excited because St. Croix has this uncanny knack of scoring that "dagger" goal that puts a game on ice which is why I call him the Predator.. He has had some excellent coaching in Edmonton to turn him into a more polished player. Is he going to save the world? No and I don't expect him to carry the Rangers. What I do expect him to do is improve the power play for starters and bring a mentality where he goes for the kill rather than sit on a lead
@rangersfan St. Croix is the same height as Callahan and 10 lbs lighter. The kids 8 years younger so he'll grow into his body. Compare that to Zucc (who is hobbit sized) and Thomas (who is 5'9, 165 lbs), and I'm not really seeing how you put St. Croix's stature in the same conversation as those two.
@rangersfan While not that much bigger, St. Croix is taller than both. I also think St. Croix is a more complete player than the two guys you mention. He can also be a playmaker as evidenced by his 55 assists and from what I've read has excellent hockey sense.
But as you state, scoring totals can be bloated in the WHL.
Obviously, I'm no hockey scout, but just giving my opinion based on what I've seen and read. Who knows, kid could be a bust.
All righty then. Hopefully he'll be a good NHL player. I've got to say though, I'm kind of tired of the future. Was kinda hoping for a good playoff run this year. Richards' implosion has me drinking heavily. Ok, I was already drinking heavily, but now it's somber.
@rangersfan Hell, if you look at the Rangers roster, we have nine guys who are 5'11 or 6'0.