While the Rangers are busy making their playoff push, many of their prospects are competing in the playoffs if their respective leagues as well. The OHL playoffs have already begun, and it’s been a good beginning for Rangers prospects. Christian Thomas’ Oshawa Generals beat Ethan Werek’s Kingston Frontenacs 7-3 in game one of their series last night. Thomas recorded three assists, while Daniel Maggio, who is also Rangers property, scored a goal for Oshawa. Maggio was a 6th round pick in the 2009 draft and is a stay-at-home defenseman. Werek didn’t play due to his suspension, which will also make him miss game two of the series. Jason Wilson, a right winger whom the Rangers drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft, had an assist in Niagara’s win. Wilson is comparable to Brandon Prust. He is a physical bottom-6 winger and drops the gloves frequently, but is also good for the occasional goal.
Some pretty good news out of BC. Chris Kreider, who had suffered a broken jaw after being hit in the face with a puck, was medically cleared to play full-contact hockey. Thus, he will be in the lineup tonight for Boston College as they face Colorado College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. BC coach Jerry York is clearly happy that Kreider can return, claiming that he does not only give the team a significant boost in talent but also in morale as well. Meanwhile, Michigan, whom Rangers prospect Carl Hagelin plays for, will kick off their tournament with a game against Nebraska-Omaha tonight. If both BC and Michigan win, then Kreider and Hagelin’s teams will face each other in the next round. Both teams are the clear favorites in their first round match-ups, so Rangers fans will probably have a 2nd round game to look forward to.
Artem Anisimov didn’t practice today, but Tortorella insists that it was just a “maintenance day” and that he doesn’t foresee any reason he won’t be able to play tomorrow. Anisimov has played extremely hard the past few games and it’s shown on the scoresheet, so I can see why he would be a little bit worn out. Tortorella also didn’t deny that there might be changes to the lines.
And finally, the Rangers made the signing of free agent goaltending prospect Jason Missiaen official. Missiaen is coming to New York to meet with goaltending coach Benoit Allaire and then will report to Connecticut for the rest of the season and playoffs. It’s doubt ful that Missiaen will get any game-action, but he’ll have time to get acclimated to the professional environment and get to know the coaches as well as practice with the team. You can read my run-down of the signing, which I had reported earlier, here.
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