Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stajcer Saves

Only one New York Ranger and New York Islander prospect was in action Wednesday night and it was one we have been concerned about in Scott Stajcer (2009 5th) of the Owen Sound Attack. After getting off to a great start where he was named CHL goalie of the week and leading all OHL goalies in every stat, Stajcer got a night off then went into a slump.

It does not help matters when the guy who is supposed to be his backup Jordan Binnington just got the top spot among draft eligible goalies in the OHL. It seems as if the deck is getting stacked against Stajcer.

Strange how a prospect who is ranked 5th among OHL goalies with a 10-2 record, a 2.68 goals against and a 0.909 save percentage has to worry about his job with the Owen Sound Attack.

Last week Stajcer put on a very good performance as part of Team OHL sharing a shutout in a 4-0 win over the Russian Select team in the Subway Super Series. Stajcer had 21 saves including 12 in a 3rd period to preserve the shutout which is now looking even bigger given how the Russians earned their 3rd win Wednesday night the most they have had in this all-star series.

Returning from Team OHL, it was puzzling when Stajcer sat out Owen Sound's games over the weekend but he was in net when the Attack hosted the Belleville Bulls. Stajcer got the win as he stopped 22 out of 25 shots as the Attack blasted the Bulls 8-3.

It really was an easy looking night for Stajcer as after the first period when he faced 16 shots, the Owen Sound team defense just shut down the Bulls allowing just 6 shots in the 2nd and then only 3 shots in the 3rd period.

We are going to be interviewing Stajcer for next month's Blueshirt Bulletin tomorrow so he should be well rested.

McIlrath Update

Dylan McIlrath (2010 1st) had his MRI delayed by a day as it will be now on Thursday in New York. The question now is how bad is his injury.

The first reports made it sound like a horrible injury as people reportedly could hear McIlrath scream in pain as the injury occurred. When Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants reported that McIlrath was coming east for his MRI then differing reports about the severity of the injury started appearing.

So if you want a best guess then this is what we put together:

On Tuesday, McIlrath was listed by his Moose Jaw Warriors as out "week to week"

It has been reported that the swelling has gone down in his knee and he (McIlrath) is already planning his return to action.

Our own experience with bad knees of our own suggests that McIlrath has a Torn MCL but depending on whether he needs surgery or not will determine how long he is out. At 18 and given the excellence as well as experience of the Ranger medical staff then if he needs surgery he will be out until the start of the New Year.

If they decide to just let it heal naturally and just rehab it then we think he will be out 6 weeks.

If his knee was really badly hurt then he would have been scheduled for surgery as he was tested on Sunday and Moose Jaw doctors would have been detected it.

(Image: Scott Stajcer/Aaron Bell/ OHL Images) 

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