Saturday, January 5, 2008

It is late in the evening

First Star
David Skokan was the lowest round draft pick that the Rangers had taking part in the World Under-20 Championships.

However he is going to walk away as the leading scorer among Ranger prospects and his performance against Kazakhstan was why.

Again we have to point out that while others say Skokan has been a disappointment, we keep noticing whichever team Skokan is playing for is in an important game then Skokan elevates his game.

Against Kazakhstan was even better than his multi-point performance in the Traverse City Championship game. Here Skokan had 2 goals and an assist to power Slovakia to an 8-0 blowout win.

Go take a look at the tournament scoring leaders and there is David Skokan sitting there tied for 3 overall with 2-6-8.

Second Star

Tomas Zaborsky scored his 20th goal of the season as his Saginaw Spirit saw their 6 game winning streak come to an end as they lost to the London Knights 5-2.

For Zaborsky it is a new OHL career high in goals as he only needed 36 games to top the 19 he scored last season.

Zaborsky now only trails Ryan Hillier (21) for goals scored among Ranger prospects. At this rate 40 goals is not an unreasonable number to expect from him.

The Rest of Ranger Prospects

Alexei Cherepanov had an assist on Russia's only goal as Russia lost their semi-final matchup against Sweden 2-1. However it was Cherepanov's hooking minor that led to Sweden tying the game on the resulting power play.

Teammate Artem Anisimov did not score nor did Sweden's Carl Hagelin but Hagelin is the last hope for Ranger prospects to keep the Ranger prospect streak of gold medals at the WJC going.

As most already know, Bobby Sanguinetti and Team USA lost to Canada 4-1 and will face Russia in the bronze medal game. It has been a rather quiet WJC for Sanguinetti but overall the experience will pay dividends in the long term.

Prospect Park got to spend the evening visiting 2006 6th Round pick Eric Hunter and his University of Alberta Golden Bears as they hosted the University of Manitoba Bison. There was a Bison massacre as Hunter's first period assist was just a part of the 8 goal outburst as the Golden Bears had no problem with the Bison 8-1

The featured matchup among Ranger prospects was Ryan Hillier's Halifax Mooseheads hosting Antoine Lafleur's Prince Edward Island Rocket in QMJHL action. Lafleur got the night off so with Ryan Hillier' netting his Prospect leading 46th point on an assist the Mooseheads edged the Rocket 3-2.

Danny Hobbs was scoreless as his Ohio Junior Bluejackets whipped on the Green Bay Gambler 5-1.

Billy Ryan's senior season woes continued as he also was scoreless but his Maine Blackbears dropped a home game to Northeastern 7-3.

Jordan Foote returned from his suspension as his Michigan Tech Huskies tried to build off their very impressive performance defeating 3-2.

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