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Tonight there were 2 games on the WJC ticket. Both featured a few Ranger Prospects. I’m going to go quick on this since its nearly 4:30am and I gotta get up fairly early tomorrow/today.

Roman Horak: Horak had an uneventful day. The Czechs were fairly outmatched, but poor goaltending kept them in it on the scoresheet. I’m not sure if Horak picked up a point, but I didn’t really notice him all that much. He touched the puck every once in a while, but it was off his stick in the blink of an eye and I didn’t notice him again. Hard to tell if its just the lack of skill hes playing with or what, but he hasn’t been all that great.

Jesper Fasth: Fasth had an AWESOME game. He scored 1 goal that no goalie should ever give up, but he also had a beauty off of a set play, could have had at least 1 more, and played a rock solid game in all 3 zones. He reminds me a bit of Freddy Sjostrom, but smaller. He seems to play with a lot of energy, is a tenacious forechecker and has speed to burn. Fasth got a lot of playing time, and was always noticeable.

Chris Kreider: Chris had a pretty poor first period, and an OK 2nd. He did end up scoring a goal, and towards the end of the game started to become noticeable, however this was not one of the games Chris should be proud of. A guy with his ability needs to be far more noticeable. Points aren’t everything, being engaged and active is. He looked far too passive in the first period.

Ryan Bourque: Ryan and a monster of a game. Only way I can describe it is to say 2 words. Ryan Callahan. Need I say more? Ryan was all over the place. An absolute machine on the forecheck, tenacious on the backcheck…it almost seemed like there were multiple players out there wearing #17 because it felt like Bourque was just all over the place, playing a perfect game. Truly a special performance by Bourque. I’m very very happy with his play.

OK, off to bed! Tomorrow I have like 3 games to watch if I’m not mistaken…I doubt I’ll be getting any sleep since it is new years, if I get a chance I’ll do a writeup, if not, it’ll have to wait a day or 2. Happy new year everyone!


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