Sorry for the delay with this … that obviously happens from time to time, especially when there are games on Mondays.
From the NYR:
THREE STARS OF THE WEEK:
1. Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Tambellini (photo, right) began this past week by registering three points (one goal, two assists) and posting a plus-three rating on December 2 against Red Deer. He followed that performance by tallying a goal and posting a plus-two rating in each of Calgary’s next two contests on December 5 against Edmonton and December 7 against Moose Jaw. He finished the week with five points (three goals, two assists) and a plus-seven rating in three games.
The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in 20 of 30 games this season and has registered a goal in 16 of those games. Tambellini is tied for sixth in the WHL in goals (17) and is tied for ninth in the WHL in plus/minus rating (plus-19) this season. He leads Calgary in goals, points (33), and plus/minus rating, and ranks fourth on the team in assists (16) in 2014-15.
Since joining the Hitmen on January 8, 2014, Tambellini has notched a point in 41 of 61 WHL regular season games, and has tallied a goal in 30 of those games. He has registered 72 points (34 goals, 38 assists) in 61 WHL regular season games.
2014-15 WHL TOTALS: 30 GP, 17-16-33, +19 RATING, 8 PIM
2. Ryan Graves, D, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – Graves established a QMJHL career-high with two goals and established a QMJHL regular season career-high with three points in Quebec’s 5-1 victory over Gatineau on December 3. The 6-4, 220-pounder also added an assist on December 5 vs. Blainville-Boisbriand to extend his assist/point streak to three games (two goals, three assists over the span). He finished the week with four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-four rating in three contests.
Since he made his season debut on November 7, Graves has recorded a point in seven of 13 games, registering nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span.
2014-15 QMJHL TOTALS: 13 GP, 3-6-9, +6 RATING, 18 PIM
3. Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Nejezchleb tallied three points (one goal, two assists), including an assist on the game-winning goal, in the Americans’ 5-4 victory over Kootenay on December 7.
The Rangers’ fifth round pick (122nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied at least one point in 10 of 13 WHL games this season, including eight of 11 games he has played with Tri-City. In the 11 contests he has skated in with the Americans since he was acquired from the Brandon Wheat Kings, Nejezchleb has tallied a point on 16 of the team’s 32 goals.
2014-15 WHL TOTALS: 13 GP, 7-11-18, +3 RATING, 8 PIM
EMERGING FROM THE PACK:
Danny Kristo registered four points (three goals, one assist) in Hartford’s three games this past week, including two goals in the Wolf Pack’s 4-2 victory over Binghamton on December 7. He has tallied a point in five of the last eight games, recording seven points (four goals, three assists) over the span. Kristo ranks second on Hartford in points (16) and is tied for second in goals (eight) this season.
Mackenzie Skapski (top photo) made a professional single-game career-high 45 saves in the Wolf Pack’s victory against Binghamton. The 20-year-old is tied for third among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins (six) in 2014-15. Skapski has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.61 GAA and a .920 SV% (127 saves on 138 shots) in his last five appearances.
Mat Bodie tallied his 10th assist of the season on December 5 at Syracuse. He ranks second among AHL rookie defensemen in assists and is tied for third among AHL rookie defensemen in points (12) this season.
Pavel Buchnevich, LW, Severstal Cherepovets (KHL) – Buchnevich recorded one assist in two games with Severstal this past week. The 19-year-old has tallied 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) this season, which is tied for the fifth-highest total a KHL player under the age of 20 has registered in one season since the league began. Buchnevich is tied for ninth in the KHL in even strength goals (10) this season.
Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves tallied an assist in the Wolverines’ 8-3 victory over Ohio State on December 5. He has registered a point in nine of his last 11 games (four goals, seven assists), and seven of his last eight games (four goals, five assists). Nieves has recorded at least one point in 17 of his last 24 collegiate games (dating back to February 15, 2014), registering 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) over the span.
Tyler Nanne, D, Madison Capitols (USHL) – Nanne registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-tying goal with 1:05 remaining in regulation, and tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout in Madison’s 6-5 victory over Dubuque on December 5. The 18-year-old has posted two multi-point games over his last three contests (two goals, two assists over the span). Since he was acquired by the Capitols from Sioux Falls on November 17, Nanne has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) and has posted a plus-two rating in six contests.
Calle Andersson, D, HC Lugano (NLA) – Andersson tallied a goal on December 5 against Genève-Servette. He has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine games with HC Lugano this season.
“He’s been really strong for us. He’s been a more than pleasant surprise, the way he’s been able to step in, the way he’s been able to carry himself and the maturity that he plays with. He’s a calming type of goalie that seems to have situations under control. He’s not out of control from one save to the next, he always seems to be able to handle himself well, and I think that’s kind of a calming influence on the guys playing in front of him.” – Hartford Wolf Pack Head Coach Ken Gernander on Mackenzie Skapski
“It seems like his goals (this year) have been highlight goals. He’s really starting to show his speed and his ability to go hard to the net. He’s got more confidence right now, and more authority in his game than I’ve seen since he’s been here. Is Boo a (NHL) prospect? Absolutely.” – University of Michigan Head Coach Red Berenson on Cristoval Nieves (Source: Syracuse.com)
“He went through a tough spell for a few games this season but Benoit Allaire said that is part of the life of a goalie. Those stretches build character and toughness as you fight your way out of it and he did that. Brandon is clearly on the radar for the USA World Junior team.” – Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark on Brandon Halverson
“He has the ability to steal a game for his team. That is a quality which is a must for any solid starting goalie. He is off to a good start to his professional hockey career.” – Rangers Director of Professional Scouting Kevin Maxwell on Mackenzie Skapski
“He has followed up his good sophomore season with an equally strong junior season so far. He plays a strong defensive game and is relied upon to shut down top units on the opposing team along with being a strong penalty killer.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Larry Bernard on Brady Skjei
Photos courtesy of the Rangers.