Sunday, October 25, 2009

Somewhat Slow Sunday

With the attention of New York fans on Sunday football or the Yankees in the ALCS, there was just a couple of New York Ranger prospects in action on Sunday night. One had a great night while the other continued to struggle.

Craig Cunningham (Traverse City) may not be a listed Ranger prospect but the more we see of him the more we understand why the Rangers invited him to Traverse City. Cunningham is having a career season so far for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.

On Sunday Cunningham earned the game's "First Star" with a goal and an assist for his 5th multi-point game of the season as his Vancouver Giants survived a 4 goal second period to defeat the Kelowna Giants 5-4. Very quietly Cunningham has built up a 7 game scoring streak (4-6-10).

Cunningham set up teammate Kevin Connauton for Vancouver's first goal of the game while on the power play at 4:38 of the first period. It was Cunningham's prospect leading 14th assist of the season.

The Giants added a goal for a 2-0 lead before Kelowna scored 3 straight goals to grab a 3-2 lead before Cunningham answered with his 8th goal of the season at 7:29 of the second period to tie the game at 3-3.

Cunningham was also a +2 as his Giants went on for the win to improve to 10-3-1-2 23 points and the 2nd best record in the WHL.

Scott Stajcer (2009 5th) continues to struggle this season as he lost his 3rd straight game giving up 4 goals on 21 shots as his Owen Sound Attack lost to the Guelph Storm 5-3.

Stajcer was pulled from the game in the first period after giving up 2 goals in 22 seconds but was sent right back in about 3 minutes later and appeared to have found his game. Stajcer gave up a goal in the 2nd period and then the eventual game winner at 17:47 of the 3rd period.

Stajcer in losing his 3rd straight in fairness was playing his 3rd straight game but in under 3 days and this one we seriously do question Attack coach Mark Reeds asking him to play like this.

Stajcer watches his numbers drop to 4-8-1-1, 3.91 goals against and a 0.896 save percentage.


The 3 leagues that make up the Canadian Juniors are constantly working on improving their websites. In many a ways they put the NHL to shame with some of the features that they use for their websites and to help us in the media to do our jobs.

Here is a very nice feature from the folks at the QMJHL media office on 2009 3rd round pick Ryan Bourque.

Kudos to the folks at the QMJHL for a really nice feature on a promising Ranger prospect.

(Cunningham courtesy of the Vancouver Giants, Stajcer courtesy of the Owen Sound Attack, Bourque feature courtesy of the QMJHL media office)


matthew said...

I have a question. And I figured this was the place to go to have it answered.

Parenteau was called up today by the rangers he has consistnely had good numbers in the minors but has never realy been a highly regarded prospect. at least from what I heard. Whats the deal with that? does his skill not translate to the NHL?

Jess Rubenstein said...

First thanks for the compliment, hope my answer helps.

To me the biggest thing that defines how come someone can do great at one level but not at the next higher level starts with adjusting to the faster speed in which the game is played at.

Every time you move up a level the game speed increases about 5X. By game speed we are including reaction time, decision making time, skating and shooting among other skills.

PA also suffers from being grouped in as average meaning average size, speed, skill set etc. When you are looked at like that then people tend to look down on your potential.

I want to see PA get a legit shot because one area that can never be accurately measured is a player's heart. PA has never really gotten a good chance at the NHL so who knows he might fool people and make it.