Monday, December 10, 2007

And the Winner is

No need to beat around the bush for this one as Ranger fans have once again spoken with 50% of the vote Bobby Sanguinetti is our November Dean Prentice Prospect of the Month.

For the 2006 first round pick of the Rangers this makes it back to back wins from the fans who very much are looking forward to a Ranger future with Sanguinetti on the blueline.

Sanguinetti the Jersey native earned his honor by posting a 7-9-16 month which was highlighted by a 4 goal 1 assist effort on November 11th against the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. It was Sanguinetti's second 5 point performance of the season.

For the season, Sanguinetti is leading all Ranger prospects with a 17-25-42 in just 31 games. To put it into perspective, last season Sanguinetti in 67 games with Owen Sound was 23-30-53.

Sanguinetti has worked very hard on his game during the off-season is also sending a message that he is more than just an offensive weapon. His +8 is a major improvement over last season's-16. Credit should also be given to the Brampton Battalion coaching staff led by Stan Butler for Sanguinetti's improvements this season.

Next up for Sanguinetti is joining Team USA as they head off to the Czech Republic for the World Under-20 Championships.

Congratulations to Bobby but also to the other nominees Ryan Hillier of Halifax, Tomas Zaborsky of Saginaw and David Skokan of Rimouski.

The USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men's College Hockey Poll

Welcome back to number one Carl Hagelin and his Michigan Wolverines as they reclaim the top spot in this week's poll. The Wolverines return to the top of the polls for the first time since November 12th.

Thanks in part to the weekend sweep of Bowling Green which was fueled by Hagelin's efforts on the penalty kill this past Saturday night. Hagelin was part of a team effort that limited the NCAA's 2nd best power play to just 1 for 9

Michigan enters their holiday break as the number one college hockey team at the division one level. An amazing feat considering that they dress 12 freshmen.

It is scary to consider how good this team is going to get in the next couple of years.

As for Hagelin like Sanguinetti he is headed to the World Under 20 Championships as he will be playing for Team Sweden.

Our Honor Roll

While we still believe that Ryan Hillier deserved a spot on Team Canada's World Under 20 team the Rangers will be well represented at the World Under 20 Championships.

Team USA: Bobby Sanguinetti

Team Russia: Alexi Cherepanov and Artem Anisimov

Team Sweden: Carl Hagelin

Team Slovakia: David Skokan

Team Czech Republic: David Kveton

That is not a bad representation by Ranger prospects and we will be hoping to work with some of new friends from the European Hockey World to bring you coverage.

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