Prospect Park: In The End Sean Day Is A Champion

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

On the last day of the 2016-2017 prospect season, the least likely of prospects Sean Day became a champion. Day and his Windsor Spitfires did what few (including myself) was possible and won the 2017 Memorial Cup after defeating fellow OHL team the Erie Otters 4-3. The Spitfires who were eliminated in the first round of the OHL playoffs and …

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Prospect Park: Gernander Is Fall Guy For Ranger Failures

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Ken Gernander is being made into the fall guy and paid with his job for the failures of the New York Rangers to properly restock their prospect pipeline. Yes, the Hartford Wolfpack had one of their worst seasons in years and yes, they have failed to make the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. But here is the …

Prospect Park: Gropp’s Goal Ignited Thunderbird Outburst To Tie Series

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

While the Ranger season may be over, three Ranger prospects are fighting for a chance to play for the Memorial Cup. On Wednesday night, the first star of the game Ryan Gropp ignited a six-goal outburst by his Seattle Thunderbirds as they defeated the Regina Pats 6-1. The win ties the WHL Championship finals at two games each but it …

Prospect Park: Gropp And T-Birds Draw First Blood In Game One Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Game one of the WHL Championship finals saw Ryan Gropp and his Seattle Thunderbirds draw first blood over Sergey Zborovskiy’s Regina Pats with a 2-1 overtime win. The win gives Seattle a 1-0 series lead and even better steals away home-ice advantage with the finals played in a 2-3-2 format. This was a very closely played game with both teams …

Prospect Park: Gropp And Zborovskiy One Win From Meeting In Finals

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

The two Ranger prospects still playing in the CHL playoffs both saw action on Friday night with their teams playing in crucial game fives. The good news is that both players saw their teams earn wins and now are one win away from meeting each other in the WHL finals. Ryan Gropp (2015 second) wound up with the game-winning goal …

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Prospect Park: One Day Later Opposite Results

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

24 hours after the games on Tuesday night led to the opposite of results on Wednesday night. It might be safe to say that the two remaining Ranger prospects and their teams are looking at series that will wind up going seven games. Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) and his Regina Pats were desperately trying to avoid going down 3-1 for …

Prospect Park: Gropp And Thunderbirds Escaped Game 3 With Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

In Kelowna, Ryan Gropp (2015 second) had a primary assist as his Seattle Thunderbirds escaped game three with a 2-1 win over the Kelowna Rockets. They escaped because of a 17-year old rookie goalie who stood on his head and stopped 34 out of 35 shots. Not going to deny it but I have become a huge fan of Seattle …

Prospect Park: Zborovskiy Sets Up Overtime Winner

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Saturday night was overtime night as both games involving Ranger prospects wound up needing extra time to find a winner. It is a shame that only one team was able to find a way to win their overtime contest. Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) turned playmaker setting up the game-winning goal as his Regina Pats defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes in overtime …

Prospect Park: Ryan Gropp Helps Seattle Earn Game One Win

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Down to just two New York Ranger prospects in the CHL playoffs, both in the WHL playing conference finals but openned this round with different results. Ryan Gropp helped Seattle earn a game one win but Regina let down against the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Ryan Gropp (2015 second) earned the game’s first star with a 1-1-2 performance as his Seattle Thunderbirds …

Prospect Park: Ryan Gropp And Seattle Advance, Others On The Brink

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

At the start of the CHL playoffs it looked as if the Ranger prospects were going to see their teams go deep in their respective leagues. Right now towards the end of the second round only one team has advanced to their league’s conference finals as three others have their backs to the wall trailing 3-2 in their series. Ryan …

Prospect Park: Ryan Gropp Returns To Set Up Overtime Winner

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Ryan Gropp (2015 second) returned to the Seattle Thunderbird lineup after missing four games with what was reportedly a concussion as his Thunderbirds defeated the Everett Silvertips 5-4 in the first overtime. The win gives the Thunderbirds a commanding 3-0 lead as the Thunderbirds won their seventh straight playoff game. Seattle jumped out to a 3-0 lead with Gropp not …

Prospect Park: Fontaine The Prime Time Player Helps Huskies Win Game One

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) has been the prime time player for his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies as the young center has been making his goals count. In game one of the QMJHL second round against the Chicoutimi Saguenéens, Fontaine’s fourth goal of the playoffs was the game winning goal as the Huskies earned a 6-2 win and a 1-0 series lead. Fontaine …

Prospect Park: Fontaine’s Triple Overtime Winner Leads Huskies

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

We saw a good night as two teams got to advance to the second round of their league’s playoffs while two others have moved to one game of eliminating their opposition. Two game-winning goals including a triple overtime winner and so far a pretty nice response from the Ranger’s current class of prospects. Gabriel Fontaine (2016 sixth) scored at 26 …

Prospect Park: Zborovskiy and Regina Advance To Second Round

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

Sergey Zborovskiy (2015 third) was scoreless as his Regina Pats defeated the Calgary Hitmen 5-1 and eliminate the Hitman 4-0. The Pats who are the top seed in the WHL’s Eastern Conference advance to the second round. This series was a mismatch from the start with Regina scoring five goals in all four game while allowing just six total goals. Now …

Prospect Park: A Not-So Good Night

In News, Prospect Park by Jess Rubenstein

This was not one of those good nights as one player was out injured, another appears to have reinjured himself and those who played really did not produce.  The good news is at least most teams won and are close to advancing to the next round. The bad news is how hurt are Ryan Gropp and Brad Morrison as nobody …