Discover the rising stars of the New York Rangers as their prospects, including Gabriel Perreault, make their mark in college hockey.
In college hockey, there’s a surge of excitement among New York Rangers fans as they watch their prospects tear it up in the NCAA. Leading the charge is 2023 first-round pick, 23rd overall, Gabriel Perreault, who’s already claiming hardware. Yet he’s not the only one stealing the spotlight. Let’s dive into the action and see how these future Blueshirts are making their mark.
Perreault’s Collegiate Dominance and Beyond: Rangers Prospects Shine:
The Rangers’ newest first-round pick, Gabriel Perreault, has taken college hockey by storm. He’s been lighting it up at Boston College. The top-ranked Eagles swept Michigan State 6-4, 5-1, and he’s been a massive part of it.
In that first game, Perreault had two assists. He set up Capitals prospect and 2023 8th overall pick Ryan Leanord for his first NCAA goal. Later, he earned another assist on a power play, finding San Jose Sharks prospect and 2023 fifth overall pick Will Smith breaking the tie.
The trio who dominated the USNTDP hasn’t skipped a beat. The Eagles even gave Perrault power play time. The freshman is also playing alongside the impressive Philadelphia Flyers prospect Cutter Gauthier. The sophomore has six goals in seven games.
So far, Perreault has one goal and seven points through six games. That’s pretty impressive for a rookie. He’s not just about offense; he’s a team player, too. All that earned him Hockey East Prospect of the Week.
After smashing the record at the United States National Team Development Program with 53 goals and 132 points in just 63 games, it’s incredible to witness Perreault continuing his offensive wizardry as he transitions into college hockey.
Meanwhile, Drew Fortescue, the Blueshirts’ 2023 third-round pick prospect, had a quiet weekend, but he’s been a consistent presence on the top defensive pair for Boston College. That shows how much Greg Brown and the coaching staff trust him.
In the State of Hockey, where the Blueshirts will be on Saturday, it wasn’t a great weekend for 2021 fourth-round pick Brody Lamb and the 6th-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. Wisconsin swept them, 5-2 and 3-2.
Another Rangers prospect, Hank Kempf, played for tenth-ranked Cornell against Minnesota-Duluth. The Blueshirts 2021 7th-round pick even recorded a primary assist in a 4-1, 3-0 weekend sweep.
In Boston, Zakary Karpa, New York’s 2022 6th-round pick, played for 19th-ranked Harvard, had three shots on goal and went 10-10 at the faceoff dot in a 1-1 tie against Dartmouth.
Over at seventh-ranked Providence College, Jaroslav Chmelar, New York’s 2021 5th-round pick, extended his point streak to six games. He had a goal, an assist, and four shots on goal in a 2-1 win against Vermont.
The ninth-ranked Boston University Terriers had a strong game at 18th-ranked UMass. Projected 2024 top NHL draft pick Macklin Celebrini and Montreal Canadiens prospect Lane Hutson carried the freight in a 5-2 win on Friday.
Then, Celebrini scored twice in the third period of Saturday’s game, including the game-tying goal in a 3-3 draw. He leads the nation with eight goals and 11 points.
So, that’s the lowdown on how Rangers prospects are doing in the college hockey world. It’s exciting to see them develop and make an impact.