FROM THE NYR:
Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves (photo above) tied single-game collegiate career-highs with two goals and three points, and registered two power-play points (one goal, one assist) in Michigan’s 6-0 victory over RPI on November 29. He has tallied a point in eight of his last 10 games (four goals, six assists), and six of his last seven games (four goals, four assists over the span).
The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ranks fifth on the Wolverines in goals (four) and is tied for fifth in assists (six) and points (10) this season. Nieves has tallied at least one point in 16 of his last 23 collegiate games (dating back to February 15, 2014), registering 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) over the span.
2014-15 NCAA TOTALS: 13 GP, 4-6-10, +6 RATING, 6 PIM
Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in Severstal’s 5-2 victory over Vityaz on November 29. He has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in his last six games, and has registered two multi-point games over the span.
After playing 40 KHL games in 2013-14, the Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has already established KHL career-highs in goals (10) and points (20), and is one assist away from tying his career-high in only 30 games this season.
Buchnevich has tallied all 10 of his goals this season at even strength, and is tied for seventh in the league in even strength goals. The 19-year-old leads Severstal in goals, is tied for the team lead in game-winning goals (two), ranks second in shots on goal (71), is currently third in points and shooting percentage (14.1%)*, ranks fifth in assists (10), and ranks sixth in plus/minus rating (plus-five).
* shooting percentage rankings are among players with 30 or more shots on goal
2014-15 KHL TOTALS: 30 GP, 10-10-20, +5 RATING, 6 PIM
Daniel Walcott, D, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) – Walcott recorded an assist in two of three games this past week (two assists). The Armada captain has tallied a point in seven of his last 11 games, registering eight points (one goal, seven assists) over the span.
Despite missing the first month of the season with an injury, the Rangers’ fifth round pick (140th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft ranks third on Blainville-Boisbriand in assists (11) and is currently fourth on the team in points (14) and plus/minus rating (plus-11). He leads all team defensemen in goals (three), assists, and points, and ranks second among team defensemen in plus/minus rating.
After starting the year with a 2-6-1 record in the nine games Walcott missed, Blainville-Boisbriand has posted a 14-1-3 record since he returned to the lineup.
2014-15 QMJHL TOTALS: 18 GP, 3-11-14, +11 RATING, 14 PIM
EMERGING FROM THE PACK:
Notes from the Wolf Pack’s three contests over the past week:
Oscar Lindberg tallied an assist in two of the three games. He finished November with 10 points (five goals, five assists), and recorded at least one point in eight of 14 games during the month.
Mackenzie Skapski posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 2.43 GAA and a .924 SV% in two appearances. He tied a season-high with 36 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout in Hartford’s 4-3 victory over Albany on November 26. The 20-year-old ranks fifth among AHL rookie goaltenders in GAA (2.28) and is tied for fifth among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins (five).
WOLF PACK LEADERS THIS SEASON:
GOALS: Oscar Lindberg (8)
ASSISTS: Chris Bourque (10)
POINTS: Chris Bourque (17)
Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson made 28 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped the first seven shooters he faced in a shootout loss against Saginaw in his only appearance this past week. The 18-year-old has earned at least one point in each of his last eight appearances, posting a 7-0-1 record, along with a 2.09 GAA and a .938 SV% over the span. Halverson ranks second in the OHL in wins (14) this season.
Ryan Mantha, D, Niagara IceDogs (OHL) – Mantha returned to the IceDogs lineup after he missed more than a month with an injury, and tallied his first career OHL goal in his first game back on November 27 vs. Belleville. He also notched an assist at North Bay on November 30.
Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Nejezchleb recorded an assist in each of Tri-City’s first two games this past week, extending his point streak to five games (four goals, four assists over the span). In the nine games he has played with the Americans since he was acquired on November 5, he has tallied a point on 13 of the team’s 26 goals.
Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Tambellini notched an assist in two of three games this past week. He leads the Hitmen in goals (14) and points (28), and he is tied for third in assists (14) this season.
“He was recently moved to the wing and has really started to flourish. He is battling for pucks and driving the net hard. Those improvements, along with his obvious ability, size, and sense, have led to his increased production.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Larry Bernard on Cristoval Nieves
“He is a consistent scoring threat. He always puts himself into good scoring position in the offensive zone and he has a strong, accurate shot with a quick release.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Tom Thompson on Adam Tambellini
“He has a lot of knowledge about the game, and that makes it easier for me. It was an easy transition. It brings out the best in all of us.” – Tri-City Americans forward Brian Williams on teammate and linemate Richard Nejezchleb (Source: Tri-City Herald)