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Rangers Prospect Watch; Duclair scores in pre-tourney game

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Anthony Duclair played well in his first game for Team Canada, playing right wing on the first line, and picking up a goal and an assist.

About two weeks ago, the Rangers announced that they would loan 19 year rookie to Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the World Juniors Championship. The tournament doesn’t officially start until the 26th of December, but teams have already played some pre-tourney games, similar to a preseason.

Last night, Team Canada defeated Team Sweden by a final score of 5-2. Duclair scored the third goal of the game, and also picked up an assist in the game.

Duclair skated on Team Canada’s top line alongside other top prospects, like Sam Reinhart of the Buffallo Sabres, and Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes. The trio generated a ton of scoring chances, and was one of the best lines on the team.

This is exactly what the Rangers hoped would happen for Duclair in the tournament. He will be playing top line minutes, playing in the Junior league again, and hopefully scoring goals. Duclair and the Rangers hope that his confidence and scoring touch carry over to the NHL when he returns.

Another prospect that is playing in the same tournament is Brandon Halverson. Halverson, a goalie taken in the second round of the 2014 draft, will be the goaltender for Team USA.

The 6-foot-4, 18 year old goaltender stopped all six shots in the first half of an exhibition game against Boston University on December 20th. For the Greyhounds of the OHL, Halverson is 12-6-1 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.96 GAA.

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Brandon Halverson is one of the Rangers top goalie prospects, Halverson will play for Team USA in the World Juniors Championship.

 

Halverson is young and still developing, but he is a promising prospect and will look to impress with Team USA in the World Juniors tournament.

Mentioned earlier this week, Oscar Lindberg continues to impress with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Lindberg had the primary assist on Ryan Malone’s overtime game winner against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, giving him at least a point in three of the last four games.

Lindberg has a total of nine goals and nine assists this season, giving him 18 for the season, which is good enough for third place on the team.

oscar lindberg wolf pack

Lindberg is one of the Wolf Pack’s best players, and the 23 year old center could be called up some point this season.

 

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Posted on December 23, 2014, in Rangers Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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