Rangers prospect report 12/8 to 12/14 (On Brandon Halverson, Richard Nejezchleb and others)

RangersThe Rangers have sent through the following report on their prospects for the time period of 12/8 to 12/14:

Three Stars of the Week:

1) Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Nejezchleb tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the Americans’ four games this past week. He notched a goal in Tri-City’s 4-3 shootout loss to Everett on Dec. 9 and recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, in the Americans’ 4-0 victory over Seattle on Dec. 12.

The Rangers’ fifth round pick (122nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in 13 of 17 WHL games this season and in 11 of 15 games since he joined the Americans. With goals in each of Tri-City’s first two games this past week, Nejezchleb extended his goal streak to three games, tying a WHL career-high.

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Rangers Prospect Report: 12/1 to 12/7

Rangers-Chrome-Stadium-Series-The Rangers have sent through the following report on their prospects for the first week in December:

Three Stars of the Week:

1: Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Tambellini began this past week by registering three points (one goal, two assists) and posting a plus-three rating on December 2 against Red Deer. He followed that performance by tallying a goal and posting a plus-two rating in each of Calgary’s next two contests on December 5 against Edmonton and December 7 against Moose Jaw. He finished the week with five points (three goals, two assists) and a plus-seven rating in three games.

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Read: Rangers Prospect Report 10/13 to 10/19 (Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty, Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Tambellini)

RangersThe Rangers have sent through the following report on their farm system:

After winning its season opener on Oct. 12 at Syracuse, the Wolf Pack returned to Hartford for two home contests this past weekend. Hartford won its home opener on Saturday, defeating the Portland Pirates, 2-1. Ryan Haggerty opened the scoring with a power play goal in the third period, as he redirected a pass from Oscar Lindberg into the net for his first professional goal. J.T Miller registered the game-winning goal in his AHL season debut. On Sunday, the Wolf Pack and Hershey Bears were deadlocked in a scoreless battle through regulation and 6:58 of overtime, until Casey Wellman’s power play goal gave the Bears a 1-0 win.

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Read: Rangers prospect report (9/29 to 10/5)

HalversonThe Rangers sent through a report on the past week for a few of their prospects:


Brandon Halverson, G – After winning each of his first two starts, Halverson continued his strong play for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) this past week. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .934 SV% in two contests. Halverson made 29 saves in a 6-4 victory against the Saginaw Spirit on October 1, and stopped all 28 shots he faced in a 2-0 road victory against the Sudbury Wolves on October 3.

OHL SEASON TOTALS: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 2.25 GAA, .935 SV%, 1 SO

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Note: Adam Tambellini Leaves North Dakota For WHL

Adam Tambellini (2013 third round pick) has left the University of North Dakota to join the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL after the Hitmen acquired his rights from the Portland Winterhawks.

He had two goals and two assists in  16 games for UND and he is expected to join Calgary on their coming road trip.

The Hitmen GM  said, “we are very excited to add a top forward to our group. Adam possesses size, skating and a scoring touch that will add terrific depth to our lineup. It is not easy to give up a first round draft pick, however when you acquire a talent like Adam we felt the price was warranted.”

Tambellini is from Edmonton.

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Read: Adam Tambellini Has An NHL Shot and Solid Hockey Sense

With their first selection, 65th overall, in the 2013 Draft the Rangers took Adam Tambellini, the son of former Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.

Tambellini is heading to North Dakota as a freshman this fall and spent this past season in the BCHL playing for the Surrey Eagles and for Vernon.

His coach in Surrey told the Buffalo News that Tambellini is a player who works hard every day, is a “pure sniper” but needs time to develop and mature physically.

His coach in Vernon told the Edmonton Journal, “his shot, his release are at an NHL level already so once he packs on a few more pounds it’s going to be quite scary.”

 Future Considerations says that Tambellini has good hockey sense and that with the proper development and patience he could be a “gem” down the road.

Tambellini told Buzzing the Net that he plans to take his time developing at North Dakota and using the spread out schedule to spend time in the gym.

A member of Central Scouting, who had him ranked 42nd, told NHL.com that Tambellini has an NHL shot that has a quick release and can cleanly beat a goalie.

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that Tambellini has a high hockey IQ and has power forward potential.

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Recap: Gordie Clark’s Comments On The Draft Picks

  • On the draft,“It was interesting how it went, watching them all go off the board. In the end we really like Adam Tambellini, the skill of Buchnevich and we wanted to take a chance on that. Tambellini is a good skater. Buchnevich reminds me of Cherepanov a lot, same kind of style, real nice head and hands. Duclair, there was probably about half a dozen kids who had good underage years last year and had off-years this year and he was one of them and that is why all of them slipped in the draft. We were able to draft one of them and he is lightning fast. We got some speed and skill and it time to take a d man and we are looking at those guys now, after the third round you are looking for things that stand out and the last two that I took, Ryan Graves is a big 6-4 defenseman from PEI and he had an average first half and in the second half his play went uphill. Same with the goalie Skapski. Ryan McGill was our coach in Hartford, I know him really well, and he was really up front and said that he we expected him to be better in the first half too, he wasn’t, but in the second half his play went up hill.”

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