From the New York Rangers:
THREE STARS OF THE WEEK:
1. Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Since being acquired by Tri-City on November 4, Nejezchleb has been one of the most dominant offensive players in the WHL. He tallied two goals (both on the power play), including the game-winning goal, on November 14 vs. Victoria. On November 15, he tallied three points (two goals, one assist) as Tri-City defeated Spokane, 5-3. The 20-year-old has recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in five games with the Americans, all of which have been Tri-City victories. Although he didn’t make his WHL season debut until October 28, he is tied for ninth in the league in power play goals (five). Nejezchleb has tallied a point in six of seven games this season with Brandon and Tri-City, and has posted three multi-point games in his last four contests (five goals, four assists over the span).
WHL TOTALS: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +2 RATING, 6 PIM
2. Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson continued to impress in goal for the Greyhounds, posting a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.50 GAA, and a .952 SV% (60 saves on 63 shots) over the past week. On November 15, he stopped 37 of 38 shots in a road victory over Plymouth. The following day, he made 23 saves in another road victory against Windsor. The win extended Halverson’s winning streak to five games, the second time this season he has posted a personal winning streak of five games or longer (he opened the season with a seven-game winning streak). The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 2.00 GAA and a .945 SV% (171 saves on 181 shots) over his current winning streak, allowing two goals or fewer in four of the five contests. In his last 22 games (dating back to last season), Halverson has posted a 16-3-1 record, along with a 2.85 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 2 SO, and has made at least 30 saves in 14 of the 22 contests. He ranks second in the OHL in wins (12) and eighth in SV% (.911) this season.
OHL TOTALS: 17 GP, 12-3-0, 3.07 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO
3. Igor Shesterkin, G, VMF Karelia (VHL) – This past week, Shesterkin represented Team Russia at the CHL Subway Super Series, a tournament featuring the top Under-20 Russian players, as well as the top players from each of the three Canadian Major Junior Leagues (OHL, QMJHL, and WHL). In the first game of the tournament, the 19-year-old stopped 34 of 36 shots he faced against Team WHL. In his second appearance, he posted a 35-save save shutout against Team OHL. Shesterkin leads all goaltenders in the tournament in GAA (1.00) and SV% (.972 – 69 saves on 71 shots), and has registered the only shutout thus far.
SUPER SERIES TOTALS: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .972 SV%, 1 SO
VHL TOTALS: 8 GP, 3-3-2, 1.72 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO
EMERGING FROM THE PACK:
J.T. Miller (photo top) tallied a point in two of Hartford’s three games this past week, registering three points (one goal, two assists) over the span. Mackenzie Skapski made 36 saves in the Wolf Pack’s contest on November 16 vs. Manchester.
Mat Bodie recorded an assist on November 15 at Bridgeport, and has notched at least one assist in seven of 15 games this season. Bodie is tied for third among AHL defensemen in assists (nine), is tied for ninth among AHL defensemen in points (10) in 2014-15. He leads all rookie defensemen in assists and is tied for second among rookie defensemen in points this season.
The Wolf Pack’s record at the end of the week is 8-5-2-0, and they are currently in sixth place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. Hartford is only three points behind the Conference-leading Sound Tigers.
WOLF PACK LEADERS THIS SEASON:
GOALS: Oscar Lindberg (8)
ASSISTS: Mat Bodie (9)
POINTS: J.T. Miller (13)
J.T. Miller, C, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Miller has tallied a point in six of his last seven games with the Wolf Pack, registering eight points (three goals, five assists) over the span. Although he didn’t make his AHL season debut until Oct. 18, the 21-year-old is tied for eighth in the AHL in power play assists (five) this season.
• Pavel Buchnevich, RW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, in Severstal’s 4-2 victory over Torpedo on November 14. The 19-year-old’s game-winning goal was on a penalty shot, which can be seen by CLICKING HERE.
• Daniel Walcott, D, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) – Walcott tallied an assist in each of his games this weekend. Although he didn’t make his season debut until October 10 (the season began on September 12), the Armada captain ranks third on the team in assists (nine) and ranks fourth on the team in points (11) and plus/minus rating (plus-10) this season.
• Calle Andersson, D, HC Lugano (NLA) – Andersson was traded by Zug to HC Lugano on November 12. In his first game with his new club on November 14, he tallied two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, in a 5-2 victory over the Kloten Flyers. The 20-year-old also registered a goal in his second game with Lugano on November 15 against the ZSC Lions.
“He’s a very unselfish player. In Saturday’s win against Spokane, he had two goals and could have taken a shot at the empty net for a hat trick, but decided to pass it to teammate Parker Bowles so he could score the empty-netter. His passes are always on the money and he makes them look easy. He has added a level of skill Tri-City hasn’t seen in quite some time, and he has given the whole team a level of confidence it hasn’t had in two years.” – Annie Fowler, Tri-City Americans beat writer for the Tri-City Herald, on Richard Nejezchleb
“Calle has plenty of offensive upside. He has demostrated great playmaking ability on the power play, showing great poise and patience with the puck. With this trajectory, he should be able to play this role on the pro level in North America as well.” – Oto Hascak, Rangers European Scout, on Calle Andersson
“To think this guy started on just a tryout with us. Now, he is one of the best defensemen in the QMJHL.” Joel Bouchard, Blainville-Boisbriand President, General Manager, and Head Coach, on Daniel Walcott (Source: Journal de Montreal)