Sunday, March 20, 2011

There Will Be A Quiz Today

For Today's New York Ranger and New York Islander prospect report you might want to grab a pencil and paper to take notes to keep track of everything.

The easy part of the day was getting to pick the overall star of the day and that was David Toews (NYI 2008 3rd) of the Brandon Wheat Kings as he finished his 2010-11 WHL regular season with a 4 point evening (2-2-4) as the Wheat Kings defeated Dylan McIlrath's (NYR 2010 1st) Moose Jaw Warriors 8-4.

The win locked up the 6th seed in the Western Conference for the Wheat Kings who will be facing the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round. Not bad for a team that looked dead in the water at the start of 2011.

Some serious credit has to go to the 20 year old Toews who left North Dakota for Brandon because he felt it was the best way to further his NHL dreams. It is hard to argue with Toews as he wound up 20-28-48 on the season as he saved his best performance of the season for the last regular season game.

Brandon is going to gain now as Toews will help them in the playoffs because of his playoff experience with North Dakota.

Speaking of North Dakota, they played a classic WCHA final against Denver that went into double overtime. That story and the rest of the Islander report is right here.

The New York Ranger report also starts with the play of a 20 year old as Jason Wilson (2010 5th) helped his Niagara IceDogs to a 8-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Wilson did all of his damage in the 2nd period scoring his points and then taking on Erik Gudbranson in a brief tussle.

Wilson has come on in the second half of the season for the IceDogs providing the kind of veteran on ice presence that Niagara was looking for when they traded for him at the beginning of the season. An 18-25-43 +20 with 94 PIMs is a pretty good return on the IceDog investment.

If it was not that we expect Niagara to be going deep into the OHL playoffs then Wilson would be at the top of our list of prospects heading to the Whale. At 6'3 210, Wilson is going to give the Ranger system some badly needed size up front.

The final Saturday of the Regular season was a mixed bag with a little of everything in it as the Ranger prospects once again claim that all prospects once again got to play in their league playoffs for the 3rd year in a row. Do not dismiss that as players who are used to winning come in expecting to win which does a lot to change franchise's mindset.

The Ranger report along with some video can be found right here.

Right before the Rangers take on the Pens on Sunday, tune in to ESPN2 at 11:30 EDT for the NCAA Selection show.

(Toews/Brandon Wheat Kings, Wilson/Aaron Bell-OHL Images)

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