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Richard Nejezchleb, RW, Tri-City Americans (WHL) – Nejezchleb (photo right) tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the Americans’ four games this past week. He notched a goal in Tri-City’s 4-3 shootout loss to Everett on Dec. 9 and recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, in the Americans’ 4-0 victory over Seattle on Dec. 12.
The Rangers’ fifth round pick (122nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied a point in 13 of 17 WHL games this season and in 11 of 15 games since he joined the Americans. With goals in each of Tri-City’s first two games this past week, Nejezchleb extended his goal streak to three games, tying a WHL career-high.
In the 15 contests Nejezchleb has played with Tri-City this season, he has recorded a point on 20 of the team’s 44 goals.
2014-15 WHL TOTALS: 17 GP, 9-13-22, +1 RATING, 12 PIM
Adam Tambellini, C, Calgary Hitmen (WHL) – Tambellini tallied a goal/point in both of the Hitmen’s games this past week (two goals, one assist). He notched two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, against Kamloops on Dec. 13.
The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft has established WHL career-highs with a five-game goal streak and a six-game point streak (five goals, four assists, plus-seven rating over the span). Tambellini is tied for sixth in the WHL in game-winning goals (four), ranks seventh in the WHL in goals (19), and is tied for seventh in plus/minus rating (plus-20) this season. He also leads Calgary in goals, points (36), and plus/minus rating, and ranks fourth on the team in assists (17) in 2014-15.
Since joining the Hitmen on January 8, 2014, Tambellini has notched a point in 43 of 63 WHL regular season games, and has tallied a goal in 32 of those games. He has registered 75 points (36 goals, 39 assists) in 63 WHL regular season games.
2014-15 WHL TOTALS: 32 GP, 19-17-36, +20 RATING, 8 PIM
Daniel Walcott, D, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) – Walcott tallied four assists/points in three games this past week, including a single-game QMJHL career-high three assists in Blainville-Boisbriand’s 6-3 victory over Val-d’Or on Dec. 14. Since returning to the lineup on Oct. 10, the Armada captain has tallied a point in 14 of 24 games and has recorded an assist in 12 of those contests. He is tied for second on the team in assists (16) and ranks fourth in points (19) and plus/minus rating (plus-11) in 2014-15. After starting the season with a 2-6-1 record while Walcott was injured, Blainville-Boisbriand has posted a 16-4-4 record with its captain in the lineup.
2014-15 QMJHL TOTALS: 24 GP, 3-16-19, +11 RATING, 24 PIM
EMERGING FROM THE PACK:
Notes from the Wolf Pack’s three contests over the past week:
Ryan Haggerty (photo top) tallied a point in all three of Hartford’s games this past week (one goal, three assists). He has registered a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, three assists) and has notched a goal in three of those seven contests. Haggerty is tied for fifth on the Wolf Pack in goals (six) and points (14) this season.
Marek Hrivik recorded back-to-back multi-assist games for the first time in his AHL career on Dec. 11 vs. Albany and Dec. 12 vs. Worcester (four assists over the span). He tallied a three-game assist/point streak from Dec. 7 vs. Binghamton to Dec. 12 vs. Worcester (five assists over the span).
Conor Allen tallied a goal and tied a single-game AHL career-high with a plus-four rating on Dec. 12 vs. Worcester. He recorded a season-high three-game point streak from Dec. 7 vs. Binghamton to Dec. 12 vs. Worcester (one goal, two assists over the span). Allen leads all Hartford defensemen in goals (four), is tied for first among team defensemen in points (12), and ranks second among team defensemen in assists (eight) in 2014-15.
Ryan Bourque tied single-game AHL career-highs with two goals and three points and recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime on Dec. 14 at Bridgeport. He has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games.
Ryan Graves, D, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL) – Graves tallied a point in two of Quebec’s three games this past week (one goal, two assists over the span). He recorded two points (one goal, one assist), posted a plus-three rating, and led all skaters with nine shots on goal on Dec. 13 at Cape Breton. Graves has notched an assist/point in five of his last seven games, tallying eight points (three goals, five assists) and posting a plus-five rating over the span. He ranks second among Quebec defensemen in points per game (0.75) this season.
Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Halverson won each of the first two games he appeared in this past week to extend his personal point streak to 11 games (9-0-2 record over the span). The Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced on Dec. 10 vs. Plymouth and made 21 saves on Dec. 12 vs. Kingston. He ranks third in the OHL in wins (16) and ranks eighth in saves (620) this season.
Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves tallied an assist on the Wolverines’ only goal in a 5-1 loss against Boston College on Dec. 13. He has tallied a three-game assist/point streak (two goals, three assists), and has registered a point in 10 of his last 12 games (four goals, eight assists), including eight of his last nine games (four goals, six assists). Nieves has recorded at least one point in 18 of his last 25 collegiate games (dating back to February 15, 2014), registering 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) over the span. He is tied for fourth on Michigan in plus/minus rating (plus-five), is tied for fifth in goals (four) and assists (eight), and is tied for sixth in points (12) this season.
“I’m very happy and very excited to be here. Alain Vigneault asked me a couple of days after the roster came out what my thoughts were and I told him I wanted to be part of this tournament. With the tournament being in Canada and in my hometown, I really wanted to be a part of this and I’m happy I’m here.” – Anthony Duclair on representing Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
“He displays NHL speed and skill. He’s a dominating force on the puck while on a rush and in the offensive zone.” – Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark on Richard Nejezchleb
“In the games I’ve seen, he was the best player on the ice. He has terrific hockey sense and vision, and possesses great hands, patience, and a hard shot. As good as he is now, he will be even more efficient when he plays with pro players who are as smart as he is.” – Rangers Senior Advisor to the President and General Manager Mike Barnett on Adam Tambellini
“He has played a big role as part of the team’s defense corps since he returned to the lineup. He uses his size and reach well to defend, and he always makes a great first pass out of his zone to start the attack.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Daniel Dore on Ryan Graves
“He continues to evolve as the leader on his team. He uses his speed efficiently and contributes to the success of the team both offensively and defensively.” – Rangers Amateur Scout Daniel Dore on Daniel Walcott
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