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:

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

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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Read: Brandon Halverson was strong yesterday, had an assist and fell down

 Yesterday against Finland, Brandon Halverson stopped 16 of 17 shots including some “fine chances” from Finland. (NHL.com)

USA coach Mark Osiecki said that Halverson has played “very well” and his puck handling is “outstanding.” The coach said that the group worked on some breakouts starting with the goalie and Halverson handled those “flawlessly.”(NHL.com)

  • Halverson picked up a secondary assist on a USA goal and his puck handling was described as “incredible.” (McMahon)
  • Halverson didn’t face much action but was “very good” when he was tested. (Kimelman)

Halverson also slipped at one point in the game to the amusement of his everyone in the arena. (NHL.com)

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Read: Brandon Halverson avoids cuts at USA Camp/stats from yesterday’s loss

USA Hockey has announced that Brandon Halverson, along with the three other goalies at the USA WJC evaluation camp have all survived a round of cuts. (USA Hockey)

Halverson played the second half the game yesterday in Team USA’s 6-2 loss to Sweden and stopped 14 of 17 shots. (USA)

He has stopped 31 of 36 shots so far for Team USA in parts of three games.

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Stats: Brandon Halverson so far at USA WJC Camp

On Sunday, Team USA beat Finland at USA WJC Evaluation camp and Rangers second round pick Brandon Halverson stopped all the shots that he faced in the 30 minutes that he played. Halverson played the first period and half the second period.  (USA Hockey)

In a scrimmage on Saturday, Halverson stopped 9 of 11 shots in 25 minutes of ice time. (USA Hockey)

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Read: Brandon Halverson has a lot of potential

8/13/14 | 2:46PM: Halverson impressed Jamie McLennan with how he was able to stay focused during stretches where he wasn’t seeing much action. (NHL.com)

7/31/14: 4:43PM: In Brandon Halverson’s last five starts for Sault St. Marie this past season, he had a 2.17 GAA and .940 save percentage and former Soo GM Kyle Dubas, now with the Maple Leafs, says that Halverson has as much potential as any goalie in the draft. this year (Sault Star)

He was the Rangers first pick (59th overall) in June’s draft and was selected to be one of four goalies to be at the USA World Junior camp this weekend. (USA Hockey)

Halverson has good size and lateral movement and was very impressive at the Rangers development camp in July. He tracks the puck well, doesn’t panic and is one of the best goalie prospects the Rangers have had in a long time. (HF)

Brock from OHL Prospects says that the Greyhounds have a lot of confidence in Halverson to be their number one goalie this season. He adds that Halverson is still understanding how to use his size properly in net but that his puck handling skills are very good. (OHL Prospects) To read more of this story, click here

Read: Gordie Clark on the draft, prospect camp, the goalies and Brady Skjei

Gordie ClarkAt the start of prospect camp on Monday, Gordie Clark spoke with the Rangers website about some of the Rangers draft picks and prospects (Rangers):

  • On the draft, “we went in looking for a goalie. We have been looking the last 3-4 drafts and there haven’t been a lot of what we would call number one prospects, to be a number one goalie and I don’t take them unless they are number one. This was the year we thought that their were 4 or 5 and we took Halverson and we liked him where he was sitting at the end of the second round. Then Shestyorkin, two years ago at the under 18, as an underage, was outstanding and he had a great year in the league and my Russian guy followed him a lot, we went in and looked at him a lot, we think that he is a number one prospect and by the time we picked him, we look at who is left and there are some guys that you want to try but none were considered impact players at defense of forward and this guy we had listed as a number one goalie, I didn’t go in looking for two, but he was still sitting there and sometimes we take the best player available and Shestoyrkin was there.”

Clark also spoke about the draft on Saturday.

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Recap: Gordie Clark discusses the Rangers draft

Gordie ClarkRangers Director, Player Personnel Gordie Clark spoke with the media after the Rangers finished the 2014 NHL Draft (Rangers):

  • On taking goalies,”it was one of the first years, we don’t want to take anybody if we feel that they are just going to be a back up someday, it has to be a number one and it’s really been the first year where we felt that there were 4-5 of them so in the end it was the best player available. They are 4-5-6 years away from being at the NHL level and that fits in pretty good for us.”

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