Kyle Jean and Scott Stajcer have been sent from Hartford to Greenville of the ECHL. (Wolf Pack)
Jean had two goals and two assists in 27 games for the Wolf Pack this season.
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The Wolf Pack have also released three other skaters and signed goalie Dave LeNeveu.
LeNeveu played in Hartford during the 2007-08 season and was part of the trade that sent Marcel Hossa and Al Montoya to Phoenix for Josh Gratton and Freddy Sjostrom.
The Wolf Pack are 2-6-0-2 in their last 10 and they sit at 15th in the AHL Eastern Conference.
Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Jean is a hard-hitting/offensively minded center who ran out of gas as the everyday grind of being a pro player set in.
She says that Jean was logging a lot of minutes during the start of the season and it became too much for him during his rookie year.
In his first pro season, Jean has a total of 9 goals and 14 assists in 73 games.
By month, Jean scored:
- 4 goals and 5 assists in seven games
- 1 goal and 3 assists in 11 games
- 2 assists in 14 games
- 3 goals in 12 games
- 1 goal and 2 assists in 11 games
- 1 assist in 13 games
- 1 assist in five games
He told the Rangers website, “I started out really well and then I kind of tapered off as the season went along” and added that it was a good learning year for him. He said that his goal is to play like he did out of the gates over a full season.
In a chat with the Rangers website, Jean said that he learned a lot about how to be a pro last year and about the mental preparedness a player needs to have every day.
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After scoring 4 goals and 5 assists in his first seven games, Kyle Jean has ONE goal and five assists since November 2nd.
Earlier in the year, Jeff Gorton spoke with Bob Crawford of the Whale and said that that Jean, being an un-drafted free agent, is going to try and follow the same path that led Dan Girardi through the system and to the Rangers “We brought him in to take a look and everyone is looking for big centers who can make plays and he hasn’t disappointed since he came into camp. He earned his contract and it’s been exciting to see what he can do at the American level
Earlier in the year at Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff says of Jean “A hard-hitting, goal scoring center, Jean has been playing a big offensive role this season with the AHL Connecticut Whale.”
In the time since he scored Jean has registered a shot in every game but one.
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At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman writes about some players in the AHL who have been impressive so far and lists Kyle Jean as one of them.
Pronman writes that Jean was described to him as a “skilled center who can move the puck, has one-on-one moves, makes good decisions and can skate.”
With 9 points so far for the Whale, Pronman writes that Jean’s combo of offense, talent and power have been on display.
Jean has been scoreless in his last two games and was a minus four in the Whales 10-2 loss to Springfield.
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In his first 7 games for the Whale, Kyle Jean has 4 goals and 5 assists.
Ken Gernander spoke with the Harford Courant about Jean and said that he, like many of the other prospects, re in the middle of the process, “He’s got good hands, he’s got some nifty moves with the puck. He’s young to he’s got a lot to learn. He’s just getting into the pro game and it’s a great start, but now part of the development and part of the process is to go through that 80-game season that he’s unfamiliar with. To be able to maintain that level of play and be consistent.”
Jean added that he is happy with his start but knows that he has to keep it going to keep his spot in the lineup.
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In two games with the Whale, Kyle Jean has two goals (one PP and one SH) one assist, and 12 shots on goal. His 12 shots are five more than Kris Newbury who ranks second on the team.
Jean said after the game yesterday, “overall I am feeling alright and I just want to keep going. I’m just trying to play simple, play hard and have fun.”
Andrew Gross wrote at Ranger Rants that the Rangers could have a player in Kyle Jean who was signed out of college over the summer.
Gross writes, “The Rangers may really have something with Kyle Jean. Not that he’s destined to be a top-line skater in the NHL. But to sign him at 22, he’s a nice find for the organization and I can definitely see him getting a shot with the big club in the next couple of seasons.”
He adds, “He’s big, strong, can take and give checks and skates with purpose. Coach John Tortorella talks about guys with good instincts in the offensive zone and Jean definitely seems to have them. But he also seems to make the transition to playing defense fairly smoothly and doesn’t get beat up the ice often.”
Jean was a top faceoff man during his time at Lake Superior State and was going to be a sought after free agent had the Rangers not signed him.
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