The New York Rangers prospects (1-0-0) defeated the St. Louis Blues prospects (0-1-0) by the score of 5-2 in Game 1 of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. For a recap visit newyorkrangers.com.
...boy is it fun being back writing recaps. Didn't realize how much I missed it.
...thought the Rangers prospects thoroughly outplayed the Blues'. If not for a great night from St. Louis goaltender Allen, the Rangers probably win that game 9-2. I don't care if it's just one game. Get pumped Rangers fans, I know I am.
...to me the best player on the ice tonight was Ryan Bourque. The guy was everywhere. Responsible defensively, flying all over the ice, showed hockey smarts and he scored for good measure. I've got a feeling he's going to be a player that's talked about a lot in camp. Still don't think he has a chance of making the team, but he will open up some eyes for sure.
...Erixon was a close second. He was outstanding on the point during the power play and seemed much more poised than any of the other defenseman.
...who knew McIlrath was going to be so good offensively. Was really hoping he was going to pound on the Blues guy at the end of the third. But give him credit, he's smart enough to know that it's never a good time to fight when you're winning. Also a big congrats on being named captain.
...poor Yogan. The guy had three golden opportunities to score and couldn't find the back of the net. Loved that he put himself in position for those chances and if he continues to do that they will eventually go in for him.
...McNaught's a guy who I'm sure most fan weren't familiar with who might have made a name for himself tonight.
...very impressed with the power play and their game plan to crash the net and shoot from the point. The big club should take notes.
...my boy Hagelin did not disappoint tonight with a goal and an assist. Get his locker ready at MSG. ;)
...Miller and Thomas looked real good together and could be a scoring combination for years to come for the Rangers.
...Blake who? Partlett looked real nice with three assists.
...pleasantly surprised with the play of Missiaen. When I heard he was 6' 8", I immediately thought about Valiquette. Which isn't good. But I thought he was real solid. Not a lot of unnecessary movement and used his big body to make the tough saves look easy.
...a couple of guys I was a little disappointed with was McColgan and St. Croix. Still a lot of tourney for them to turn it around.
...right back at it tomorrow night at 6pm against the Dallas Stars.
Here's some post game analysis from Gordie Clark and Andrew Yogan...