Sunday, January 30, 2011

It Is Not A Bird Or A Plane

Saturday night was a 2 man night when you strip every thing away. If you are a New York Islander fan then you have 2 very good reasons to smile. If you are a New York Ranger fan you are not looking forward to seeing these 2 in Islander uniform.

As you can see by the picture Anders Lee (NYI 2009 6th) really is Superman the way he flies though the air. How else can you describe a player who is getting even better with each passing game?

We have been singing the praises of the talented Notre Dame freshman but after this weekend's efforts; Lee has just taken our praise to another level. Lee topped his 3 assist effort on Friday night by scoring both of 9th ranked Notre Dame's goals as they tied 13th ranked Miami of Ohio 2-2 (Notre Dame earned the extra point in the shootout 1-0).

We really do not know how else to describe Lee as the 6'3 freshman other than to say how long will Notre Dame be able to keep him before he turns pro? Want a scary sight if you are a Ranger fan?

Picture the 6'3 Lee centering a line with a 6'2 Nino Niederreiter and a 6'3 Kirill Kabanov? Sorry if we ruined your Sunday morning if you are a Ranger fan.

The Islander report is right here.

The Ranger side of the story was more about streaks coming to an end as Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin saw their scoring streaks end. The story of Saturday night was how only 1 goal and a secondary assist was scored from a total of  10 prospects.

That is not acceptable when prospects are seeking pro contracts as now is the time for the prospects to turn their game up another level. How you play from this point on could just very well be the difference as to whether you earn an NHL contract, an AHL one or not offered one at all.

Yes we understand the Ranger prospects have been hit just as hard as the parent team has been by injuries but the Rangers are going to have to make some tough decisions over the next 6 weeks as they get ready for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. There are doors that are open now for a prospect to earn himself a future with the Rangers as long as the prospects take advantage of their opportunity.

The Ranger report is here.

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