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In his first full season with the Whale, Marek Hrivik has 4 goals and 16 assists.

Hrivik, 6-1 and 197lbs had nine points in nine games for the Whale in the playoffs last season before the Rangers offered him a contract.

Updating how Hrivik is playing this season, Jim Schoenfeld told Blueshirts United Hrivk “He sees the ice well. He is a very good passer/playmaker, he is sound defensively, he is good along the boards. The one area we want to see him improve is his shot. When you get to the NHL if all you are is a disher than teams are just going to defend you as a disher. You have to shoot it sooner or later or the people who you want to pass the puck to are always going to be covered. He is working on it everyday. Kenny has him shooting between 50 and 100 pucks a day and just by virtue of that repetition he will get better.”

Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Hrivik has “outstanding size, good speed and excellent passing skills.”

Hrivik has nine points in 12 December games for the Whale.

Read: Marek Hrivik Is Interesting

On the first day of training camp for the Whale, Jim Schoenfeld was asked about Marek Hrivik who signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers following a tryout with the Whale last season.

Schoenfeld said, “He got everyone’s attention with his play last season when there was more on the line. He was arguably one of the best playoff performers. Now it’s a matter of continued improvement and working on every facet to his game. His head is a bit ahead of others. He thinks that half step ahead, he knows what he is going to do with the puck before he gets it. He has good size, good puck handling ability and we see him as a legit prospect.”

Hrivik told the Rangers website that he is exited to make the jump into pro hockey, “It’s a big jump from the AHL or NHL to the Q where I played last year. It’s faster and I just need to do my job out there.”

Bob Crawford wrote at his blog, “Hrivik scored some distinctly “sniper”-type goals during his late-season audition with the Whale in the spring, and now in camp he looks determined to show that he is willing to work to get some “greasy” ones as well.”

 In June Hrivik was listed as one of the Rangers top ten prospects.

He is 6-2, 185.

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Read: Looking For Big Things From Marek Hrivik

The Ranger signed Marek Hrivik last May following a point per game performance in the playoffs for the Whale last season.

Hrivik, 20, went undrafted while playing for Moncton in the QMJHL where he racked up 204 points in 179 games.

Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said at Blueshirts United, “He earned his contract. We like what we see in him, and now want to see what he shows over a full season.”

Ken Gernander thinks that the Rangers may have found a diamond in the rough with Hrivik, “You have to tip your hats to the scouts because Marek has quite a bit of skill and was a big part of our playoff run. He was one of our better playoff performers.”

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Read: Who Is Marek Hrivik?

The Rangers signed winger Marek Hrivik earlier in the offseason after a big post season in Hartford with the Whale.

On Hrivik, Jeff Gorton said during a chat on the team’s website, “He was able to get into the mix a little earlier. he found some chemistry and took off from there. He was a nice find for us. He ran with it and earned a contract because of it.”

Gordie Clark said of Hrivik in a video on the Rangers website, “Here’s a guy that scored 38 goals two years ago and 32 goals last year, missing 20 games. So we’ve always kept an eye on him. Our Quebec scout Daniel Dorey had an eye on him and my western scout Ernie Gere was going through. I said, will you take a look at this guy when you’re going through. I had gone up to see him after Daniel talked about and then I said Ernie you keep an eye on him. He liked him and so then we took a shot at him at the end of the season. He’s a well rounded player, he always works. He doesn’t wanna dump a puck in that’s what I love about him. He loves to hold onto it, take a hit, but make a play and like I said he scored 38 and 32 so the goals don’t surprise me at all.”

Hrivik, 20, is 6-2, 185.

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Note: Cap Numbers For Marek Hrivik and Mike Vernace

According to Cap Geek, via jordan, the Rangers re-signed Michael Verance, 26, to a one-year deal worth $525,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL Level.

Vernace, a defenseman, was acquired with a third round pick for Wojtek Wolski.

Hrivik signed an entry-level deal that has a cap hit of $685,000 per season and $65,000 at the AHL level.

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NEWS: Rangers Sign Marek Hrivik

The Rangers have announced that they have signed free agent forward Marek Hrivik.

Hrivik played with the Whale in the post season and had 9 points in 9 games. He signed and ATO with the whale and played in eight games during the regular season before the playoffs.

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Whale first-round hero Marek Hrivik is garnering interest from NHL

According to the NY Post, 20-year-old Connecticut Whale forward Marek Hrivik is gaining interest from NHL clubs, including the New York Rangers. Hrivik joined the Whale on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement on March 30, and made his pro debut the next day in a game against the Adirondack Phantoms.

Hrivik appeared in eight regular-season games with the Whale, scoring a goal and totaling 19 shots while playing on a line with Casey Wellman and fellow rookie Steve Moses. Hrivik was a first-round playoff hero for the Whale, scoring four goals in three games against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He leads the Whale in playoff goals and is tied for the team lead in points entering round 2.

The Slovakian-winger played three seasons in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats before joining the Whale, and he amassed 93 goals, 111 assists and 204 points in 179 games played with Moncton. Hrivik has already attended two NHL training camps, but has yet to sign a deal. In 2010, Hrivik was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ camp, and in 2011 he received an invite from the Phoenix Coyotes.

Hrivik possesses an abundance of skills, including his speed, strength, quick-release, and hockey sense in all zones. Hrivik’s size is a bonus, as the winger skates at 6-foot-2, 197-pounds. The second-round of the playoffs begins Wednesday for the Whale when it visits the Norfolk Admirals for game 1, and Hrivik may play an important role in Connecticut’s quest for the Calder Cup.

Jonathan Audy-Marchessault

Another Whale rookie that the Rangers, among other NHL clubs, have interest in is 5-foot-9, 175-pound, forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault. The Rangers invited Audy-Marchessault to training camp last September, and his performance with the Whale this season is proof as to why teams are interested in the talented forward.

Audy-Marchessault, 21, finished the season as the only Whale skater to appear in all 76 regular-season games. He finished the year tied for first on the team in scoring, with 24 goals (second on the team), 40 assists (team leader) and 64 points. During the first-round of the playoffs, Audy-Marchessault recorded a goal and a team-leading 16 shots in three games.

Before joining the Whale on a Standard Player (AHL) Contract this summer, Audy-Marchessault spent four seasons in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. He totaled 98 goals, 141 assists and 239 points in 254 games with Quebec.

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