The World Juniors are rapidly approaching, which means we're at the roster cuts portion of the team's respective camps! The Rangers will have four players representing four different countries in the tournament. From Blueshirt Banter European corespondent Alex Nunn:
Saarela (Finland), Zborovsky (Russia), Halverson (USA) and Huska (Slovakia) representing the #NYR in Helsinki.— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) December 23, 2015
Aleksi Saarela (82nd overall pick, 2015) is probably the biggest prospect the Rangers will have there. Saarela is having himself a hell of a year in Liiga with 10 goals and 15 points in 27 games (he had six goals and 12 points in 51 games last year). Saarela scored in the scrimmage against Switzerland the other day.
Sergei Zborovsky (79th overall pick, 2015) made team Russia, which I think is a pretty big accomplishment. Zborovsky has 11 points in 28 games (up against 19 points in 71 games last year). In many circles this pick was thought to be an enormous reach by the Rangers -- who took him because they thought he was a late-bloomer with tons of potential -- so it will be good to get a good a deeper look at him.
Brandon Halverson (59th overall pick, 2014) will fight for the starting nod between the American pipes. Halverson has had his struggles this year with the Greyhounds so maybe this change of pace will be a good thing for him. Halverson wore the Red, White and Blue last year but was not the starter so his game-action was limited.
Adam Huska (184th overall pick, 2015) will be the final representative for the Rangers. Huska is having an outstanding year in the USHL (1.65 GAA, .942 SV% in 17 games) and might be fighting for a starting job in the Slovakian corner. Gordie Clark was glowing about the Rangers being able to take Huska so late in the draft last year and his USHL numbers support that. Here's to seeing him get the opportunity to shine this year.
Thoughts on this, guys?