Rangers Radar: Fox’s First and Keane’s Fourth

Tuesday’s game against the Lightning was filled with noteworthy firsts

It’s time for another installment of Blueshirt Banter’s Rangers Radar, where we focus the spotlight on trends in performance, production, and collect notes on players in the New York Rangers organization.

New York Rangers

  • Finnish rookie Kaapo Kakko scored his first career power play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 29. Prior to his goal against Tampa, Kakko had gone six games without scoring after potting his first career NHL goal on Oct. 12. Interestingly enough, Ryan Strome has the primary assist on both of Kakko’s goals thus far.
  • Czech center Filip Chytil scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 29 against Tampa Bay. It was his first game since being called up from an AHL assignment and the 13th goal of his young NHL career.
  • Adam Fox scored the first goal of his NHL career in Tuesday night’s game against the Lightning. The four shots he put on goal in that contest also established a new career-high for Fox, who has now 12 shots on net this season and is averaging 16:23 TOI/GP. Through a sample size of 10 games, Fox’s 11.8 Rel CF% is the best among Rangers’ blueliners./
  • Winger Artemiy Panarin leads the Rangers with five goals thus far this season. The five goals that Panarin has scored this month tie his career-best for the month of October, set in 2018-19 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Panarin also leads the Rangers in 5-on-5 points (7).
  • Veteran defenseman Marc Staal was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career on Oct. 29. Staal scored a goal in the Rangers’ first game of the season — the 42nd of his career — but had failed to register a point in the next eight games. /

Hartford Wolf Pack

  • Captain Steven Fogarty (72nd overall, 2011 Draft) scored his first goal of the 2019-20 AHL season on Oct. 27 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Fogarty scored 21 goals in 66 games last season with the Wolf Pack — second only to Vinni Lettieri, who had 23 goals in 48 games.
  • Rookie defenseman Joey Keane (88th overall, 2018 Draft) now has four goals in his first month of AHL hockey. The four goals that Keane scored in October would have been good for second among all Wolf Pack defenders in 2018-19.
  • Forward Tim Gettinger (141st overall, 2016 Draft) scored his first goal of the season on Oct. 26. Last night, he buried his second of the season. Gettinger, 21, had 14 goals in 64 games in his first season of AHL hockey.
  • The Wolf Pack were handed their first regulation loss of the season last night by Laval Rocket. Hartford’s record through the first 10 games of 2019-20 is 8-1-1./

Other Rangers Prospects

  • Goaltender Tyler Wall (174th overall, 2016 Draft) has earned a .947 save percentage through his first seven starts of the season at UMass-Lowell. Wall, 21, has reached overtime in his last three games with the Riverhawks, including an anticlimactic 25-save shutout against Colgate on Oct. 19 that resulted in a 0-0 tie.
  • Defenseman Hunter Skinner (112th overall, 2019 Draft) scored his third goal of the season for the London Knights on Oct. 27. Skinner shares the scoring lead (12 points) among Knights’ defenseman with Ryan Merkley — the Sharks’ 21st overall pick of the 2018 Draft.
  • Northeastern Husky Riley Hughes (216th overall, 2018 Draft) has now gone four games without recording a point after scoring his first career NCAA goal and point on Oct. 12. Hughes, a 6-foot-2 forward, has failed to put a shot on goal in his last two games.
  • Swedish defenseman Calle Själin (145th overall, 2017 Draft) has yet to register a point in his first 12 career games in the SHL. Själin, 20, plays for Leksand, a team that has started the 2019-20 season with a record of 3-9-2 and is led in scoring by former Ranger Marek Hrivik. The young defenseman is averaging just 12:09 TOI/GP and his -10 plus/minus is the worst on Leksand’s blue line. /

All data courtesy of naturalstattrick.com, hockeyeastonline.com, shl.se, EliteProspects.com, ontariohockeyleague.com, and theahl.com.

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