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Some Quick Observations

As I am writing this blog, the New York Rangers are up 4-2 on the St. Louis Blues after two periods in their first game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Thus far, the team has gotten some excellent play from the likes of Ryan Bourque, Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin, Dylan McIlrath and others. The Blueshirts have shown poise with the puck, have not been afraid to put pucks on net, have shown a lot of speed and overall, look like they have been together for awhile.

The amount of speed the team’s prospects have is amazing. It has helped create several scoring chances and as also helped getting back on the defensive end of the puck has well.

It is quite clear that Bourque wants a shot to play in the NHL. He has shown tremendous speed, excellent vision as well as an ability to put the puck in the net like he did when he scored a shorthanded goal to put the Rangers up 4-2 in the second period.

It was also nice to hear John Davidson in the booth with John Giannone and Joe Micheletti. It is apparent that Davidson could still be one of the league’s top analysts as he knows the game inside and out and just knows how to explain it to the fans that are watching it.

What are your thoughts?

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Blueshirts Sign Bourque and McIlrath to Entry Level Contracts

From the New York Rangers via Twitter:

#NYR announce that team has agreed to terms on contracts with defenseman Dylan McIlrath (#1, 2010) and forward Ryan Bourque (#3, 2009)

Definitely good news for Blueshirt fans as the team continues to build for the future, something fans have been wanting for a long time.

Click here to read more about Bourque and here to read more about McIlrath.

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The Future Is Looking Bright for the Rangers

Michael Morreale of NHL.com wrote a piece on NHL.com today about three New York Rangers who are performing well and turning heads at the Tarverse City Prospects Tournament: Evgeny Grachev, Derek Stepan and Ryan Bourque.

For the team and its fans, this is certainly welcome news. If you look at the teams who have had the most success recently, you will see that they have done it from within. They have grown their prospects, kept lines together and relied on what they had in the organization to get the job done.

Rangers’ GM Glen Sather needs to think this way because these kids are the team’s future, for better or worse. Done should be the days of signing over-price free agents and instead, Sather should look inside the organization for the tools that he needs for this team to be successful.

In the article, Morreale reports that Stepan, Bourque and Grachev have combined for 4 goals, 4 assists and a + 3 rating in two games while also pounding the net with 15 shots.

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A Closer Look at Rangers’ Prospect Ryan Bourque

Over at the New York Rangers’ web site they are profiling the team’s top 20 prospects, which is a terrific feature.

Today, the focus is on Ryan Bourque:

Even if they didn’t know his last name, most hockey fans would probably be able to tell that Rangers prospect Ryan Bourque is the son of one of the greatest players in NHL history.

Ryan, a 19-year-old forward selected by the Blueshirts in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at Montreal, bears a striking facial resemblance to his famous father, Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, whose legendary 22 seasons with the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche ended with NHL career records for goals, assists and points by a defenseman.

At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Ryan is also very close to Ray’s size at the same age, but when it comes to hockey, both he and his older brother Chris, a Washington Capitals prospect with 33 NHL games under his belt, have differentiated themselves in a basic way, choosing to play forward rather than the position forever associated with their dad.

Click here for more on No. 77’s son.

 

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Taking a look at Ray’s Son

From Mike Morreale at NHL.com:

Ryan Bourque was just 10 years old when his Hockey Hall of Fame father glided across the ice one last time.

The last impression Bourque had of father in the NHL was 2001, when the old man was taking a lap around Pepsi Center as a member of the Colorado Avalanche with the Stanley Cup raised high above his head after his team had just scored a Game 7 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

Being the son of a legend certainly has its advantages.

“It’s neat more than anything and it hasn’t made things tough for me at all,” Bourque told NHL.com. “Obviously there’s going to be a little adversity, but you learn to deal with it—there are more positives than negatives. It’s great having him there as support and to hear his feedback and just seeing what he does day in and day out; the professionalism he brings to everything he does is great.”

Click here for more on one of the Rangers’ top prospects.

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