Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tuesday Tuesday

Tuesday was a bit busier than it normally is but only 2 New York Ranger prospects saw action while 2 others got their expected invitation. On the New York Islander side 1 got an invite while another remains out with an "upper body injury".

Kind of wish they had one of these when I was going to school but Roman Horak (NYR 2009 5th)'s Chilliwack Bruins held a "field trip" for 3000 Chilliwack area middle school children and took on the Swift Current Broncos in a game that saw a 10:30 AM start.

Horak did not do badly scoring a goal and adding an assist in a losing cause as his Bruins lost to the Broncos 5-4. The Bruins dug themselves into a 3-0 hole that they could not climb out of as they lost their 2nd straight and fell into the cellar of the WHL's very tight BC Division.

For Horak he scored on a nice cross crease feed from linemate Robin Soudek who set him up so nicely that Horak had a wide open net to score his 15th goal of the season at 16:21 of the second period as the Bruins were trying to comeback. The goal at the time brought Chilliwack to 4-3 but it was not enough.

Horak added his 19th assist on Chilliwack's final goal which came in the game's final minute with Chilliwack trailing by 2 but the Broncos prevented any other scoring chances. Horak remains 3rd among Ranger prospects with his 15-19-34.

Meanwhile up in Lethbridge, Dylan McIlrath (NYR 2010 1st) and his Moose Jaw Warriors dug themselves a 4-0 hole with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and really were never in it losing 7-4. It was an ugly effort by the Warriors as McIlrath was scoreless but a team high -3 with 2 PIMs.

McIlrath also did not make any friends with the Hurricanes as he crosschecked Hurricanes defenseman Mike Reddington after the final buzzer that could have led to some ugliness if the refs not moved in fast.

On the Islander side, Kirill Kabanov (2010 3rd) missed his 3rd straight game with what is being called an "upper body injury" as his Lewiston MAINEaics lost their 4th straight game 5-4 to the lowly Baie-Comeau Drakkar.  This one was bad as the Drakkar entered the game with a 3-21-4-4 record and teams thinking championships do not lose games like these.

Kabanov is reportedly going to return to the MAINEaics lineup on Friday.

Speaking of injuries, Daniel Maggio (NYR 2009 6th) missed his Guelph Storm's loss to the Kitchener Rangers 4-3. Maggio is out with an ankle injury has now missed 4 straight games and is his 2nd injury of the season to cost him multiple games.


USA Hockey released the names of the 29 players invited to take part in the pre-World Under-20 camp and to nobody's surprise there was Chris Kreider (2009 1st) and Ryan Bourque (2009 3rd). The Ranger prospect duo are returning from last season's gold medal winning team and are expected to play big roles as Team USA looks to repeat as World Champions.

In a bit of a surprise, Islander 2010 1st rounder Brock Nelson also received an invite to the camp. Nelson who plays for North Dakota is a freshman who is 1-4-5 in 18 games so far this season. 

Congrats to all 3 prospects as they join 2 other Ranger as well as 2 other Islander prospects who are expected to be named to their National Teams.


Chris Kreider USA
Ryan Bourque USA
Roman Horak Czech Republic
Jesper Fasth Sweden


Nino Niederreiter (Switzerland)
Casey Cizikas (Canada)
Brock Nelson (USA)

(Images Horak/Chilliwack Bruins, Kreider/Dennis Pause) 

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