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Rangers Radar: Riley Hughes piled up points in BCHL playoffs

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Hughes has a big postseason for the Victoria Grizzlies and Patrick Newell makes his AHL debut

2018 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s time for another installment of Blueshirt Banter’s Rangers Radar, where we put the spotlight on trends in performance and production and collect notes on players on the New York Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack, as well as Rangers prospects playing elsewhere.


New York Rangers

  • Last night Pavel Buchnevich’s seven-game point streak came to an end in the Rangers 4-1 loss against the Ottawa Senators. Buchnevich hit a post and played 16:58 TOI after being held out of the lineup with a day-to-day injury against the New Jersey Devils on April Fools’ Day.
  • In the nine games he has appeared in since the trade deadline, goaltender Alexandar Georgiev has posted a .939 save percentage at 5v5. That’s the 10th-best save percentage in that window among goaltenders who have played at least 300 minutes at 5v5.
  • Since the trade deadline, Ryan Strome and Brett Howden lead the Rangers in 5v5 scoring with eight points each in the last 18 games and 16 games, respectively. In that 18-game span, Strome has five goals and is shooting at 25.0 percent at 5v5. Buchnevich is the only Ranger who has more goals at 5v5 than Strome since Feb. 26.
  • Rookie center Lias Andersson scored his second goal of the season and his third career NHL goal last night against the Ottawa Senators. Andersson’s goal, scored while shorthanded, was his first goal in 29 games.

Hartford Wolf Pack

  • Sean Day (81st overall, 2016 Draft) scored the Wolf Pack’s lone goal against the Charlotte Checkers on Friday, March 29. Day is now up to three goals in his rookie AHL season. The 6-foot-3 defender has also picked up four goals and 11 assists in 19 games with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners this year.
  • Center Gabriel Fontaine (171st overall, 2016 Draft) now has four goals in his last 13 games after a stretch earlier in the season where he scored one goal in 23 games.
  • Rookie forward Tim Gettinger (141st overall, 2016 Draft) is one of 18 forwards in the AHL who are 21 or younger with at least 14 goals this year. It’s worth noting that just eight of Gettinger’s 14 goals have come at even strength; the other six have come on the power play.
  • Netminder Adam Huska (184th overall, 2015 Draft) turned in his first above .900 save percentage performance in an AHL game on Saturday, March 30 against the Belleville Senators. Huska stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced in Hartford’s 3-2 OT loss. He now has an .862 save percentage in five starts with Hartford.
  • Ty Ronning (201st overall, 2016 Draft) picked up his first assist of the season — a primary assist recorded at even strength — in last night’s 5-2 loss against the Springfield Thunderbirds. Ronning now has six goals and four assists in 38 career AHL games.
  • John Gilmour (198th overall, 2013 Draft), who is currently playing with the Rangers was named the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award for his contributions to the Hartford community this year. All 31 AHL tams have a Man of the Year Award.
  • The Hartford Wolf Pack have just five games remaining in the regular season. They are currently in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Other Rangers Prospects

  • Morgan Barron (174th overall, 2016 Draft) scored a goal for Cornell in their 5-1 victory over Northeastern on 3/30, but he and the Big Red were eliminated the next day by Providence. Barron finished the season as the Big Red’s top scorer with 15 goals and 19 assists in 36 games.
  • The Rangers signed St. Cloud State senior forward Patrick Newell on March 30. Newell, 23, is a Top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker this year. He and his Huskies teammates were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by American International on March 29.
  • Newell is currently tied for fifth in scoring in the nation with 21 goals and 26 assists in 39 games. The 37 points he’s scored at even strength this year are currently good for second in the nation, behind only Penn State’s Alex Limoges. Newell is also leading the nation in plus/minus with a +35. He made his debut with the Hartford Wolf Pack last night.
  • Defenseman Joey Keane (88th overall, 2018 Draft) and the London Knights will cross sticks with the Guelph Storm in the second round of the OHL playoffs tomorrow night. Keane has four shots and two assists — one of which came on the Knights’ power play — in four playoff games thus far.
  • Winger Riley Hughes (216th overall, 2018 Draft) is currently leading all BCHL rookies in scoring in the BCHL Playoffs. Hughes finished the regular season with 58 points in 56 games for the Victoria Grizzlies. He scored four goals and picked up 17 assists in 15 playoff games with the Grizzlies before they were swept by the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Data courtesy of bchl.ca, ahltracker.com, theahl.com, naturalstattrick.com, and hockeyeastonline.com.