5 mg original brand cialis The New York Rangers entered the 2012 NHL Draft with a chance to add a legacy prospect to their ranks in the first round as Henrik Samuelsson (son of former defenseman Ulf Samuelsson) and Stefan Matteau (son of LW Stephane Matteau) were names rumored to be available with the 28th overall pick.

5 mg original brand cialis Don Maloney eliminated any chance of Henrik Samuelsson being drafted by the Blueshirts when he drafted him just one spot before the Rangers selected. 5 mg original brand cialis With the opportunity for echoes of “Matteau, 5 mg original brand cialis Matteau, 5 mg original brand cialis Matteau” to ring through Madison Square Garden, 5 mg original brand cialis the Rangers brain trust passed in favor of Brady Skjei (pronounced “shay”) as the organization continued to stockpile young mobile defenseman.

5 mg original brand cialis Of course, 5 mg original brand cialis it in the biggest piece of irony that came out of the 2012 NHL Draft, 5 mg original brand cialis the New Jersey Devils drafted Matteau with the 29th overall pick. 5 mg original brand cialis I guess Devils President/GM was not going to let another Matteau beat him in the playoffs.

5 mg original brand cialis While I trust that Director of Player personnel Gordie Clark knows what he is doing, 5 mg original brand cialis my preference would have been to trade down into the second round and pick up extra draft picks. 5 mg original brand cialis

5 mg original brand cialis In the second round, 5 mg original brand cialis the Rangers selected center Cristoval “Boo” Nieves with the 59th overall pick. 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves, 5 mg original brand cialis from Baldwinsville, 5 mg original brand cialis NY, 5 mg original brand cialis played in prep school hockey at the Kent School in Connecticut.

5 mg original brand cialis The Rangers elected to trade their 2012 third round draft pick to the Nashville Predators for their 2013 third round draft pick.

5 mg original brand cialis The Blueshirts returned to the draft board with their fourth round selection at #119. 5 mg original brand cialis This time the Rangers did not pass up on the chance to draft a legacy prospect as they selected defenseman Calle Andersson – son of former Ranger blueliner Peter Andersson who played 39 games for the team in 1992-193 and 1993-94 before being traded to the Florida Panthers. 5 mg original brand cialis Both Anderssons were fourth round picks, 5 mg original brand cialis although Peter retains bragging rights because he was drafted with the 73th overall pick.

5 mg original brand cialis Just when you thought the Rangers were finished, 5 mg original brand cialis they turned to their third round trade partners and made a deal with Nashville. 5 mg original brand cialis This time the Predators were trading their 2012 fifth round pick for the Rangers 2013 fifth round pick. 5 mg original brand cialis The Blueshirts used that pick to draft RW Thomas Spelling from Denmark.

5 mg original brand cialis While I can speak about Spelling’s style of play, 5 mg original brand cialis it is apparent that the Rangers placed an emphasis on strong skating in their 2012 draft strategy, 5 mg original brand cialis as well as focusing on prospects who are projected to be solid two-way players.

5 mg original brand cialis BRADY SKJEI

5 mg original brand cialis Central Scouting (CS): #19 North American skater
International Scouting Service (ISS): #26
McKeen’s (McK): #21
Red Line Report (RLR): #29
The Hockey News (THN): 26

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-3 and 200 pound defenseman spent last season as part of the U.S. 5 mg original brand cialis National Development Team program. 5 mg original brand cialis In 56 games with the Under-18 team, 5 mg original brand cialis Skjei scored four goals and 18 assists with 32 PIM. 5 mg original brand cialis Brady helped lead the USA to Gold in the U-18 tournament. 5 mg original brand cialis While he only posted a lone assist in six games, 5 mg original brand cialis he was a Plus-10 for the tournament. 5 mg original brand cialis

5 mg original brand cialis Skjei will attend the University of Minnesota, 5 mg original brand cialis where his grandfather, 5 mg original brand cialis Stan, 5 mg original brand cialis starred as a football player in the early 1960s.

5 mg original brand cialis CS: His USNTDP Coach Danton Cole said, 5 mg original brand cialis “His game has improved greatly, 5 mg original brand cialis both offensively and defensively. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s a tremendous skater and a good example of a guy who understands the little nuances of playing defense. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s thrived in the [USNTDP] program and is a physical specimen; he’s big and strong and has made great strides in learning how to play the game. 5 mg original brand cialis His angling is good and he has put himself in a really good position moving forward in his career.”

5 mg original brand cialis ISS: They compare his style of play to future Ranger teammate Ryan McDonagh. 5 mg original brand cialis They describe him as a “big, 5 mg original brand cialis smooth skating defender with great offensive potential and some reliable defensive instincts.” They do say that he “needs to continue working on his defensive zone coverage.”

5 mg original brand cialis McK: “Skjei plays a skilled two-way game, 5 mg original brand cialis as he can do many things well and has good size to complement his all-around game. 5 mg original brand cialis A more than capable skater, 5 mg original brand cialis he is fluid in all directions thanks to a crisp stride, 5 mg original brand cialis long extension and he possesses multiple levels of speed…. 5 mg original brand cialis Not overly belligerent, 5 mg original brand cialis his game lacks a physical component to it, 5 mg original brand cialis yet he compensates with a stead compete level and uses his size in one-on-one situations advantageously.”

5 mg original brand cialis THN: They list Skjei’s NHL Translation as “smooth-skating defenseman”. 5 mg original brand cialis One scout told THN, 5 mg original brand cialis “It looks like poetry watching this guy skate. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s effortless and massive, 5 mg original brand cialis which makes him attractive. 5 mg original brand cialis He sometimes makes some shaky decisions, 5 mg original brand cialis but his skating ability for his size is frightening.” Another scout said. 5 mg original brand cialis “When somebody gets him at the next level and tells him. 5 mg original brand cialis ‘Just be simple and go with your skating stride, 5 mg original brand cialis’ he’ll be a real effective NHLer.”

5 mg original brand cialis CRISTOVAL “BOO” NIEVES

5 mg original brand cialis CS: #27 North American skater
ISS: #63
McK: #48
RLR: #94
THN: #55

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-3 and 184 pound Nieves played his prep school hockey with Kent in Connecticut and seven goals and 32 assists in 39 games (12 PIM). 5 mg original brand cialis After finishing up at Kent, 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves headed west to play for the Indiana Ice in the USHL. 5 mg original brand cialis In 13 games with Indiana, 5 mg original brand cialis he scored two goals and eight assists with 2 PIM. 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves was a member of the USA team that competed at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament where he tallied three assists in four games.

5 mg original brand cialis Nieves will attend the University of Michigan where he is set to wear future teammate Carl Hagelin’s #12.

5 mg original brand cialis ISS: Since they only do style comparisons for their Top 60 players, 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves just missed the cutoff. 5 mg original brand cialis Here is their Scouting Report on Boo, 5 mg original brand cialis “Nieves rocketed up the charts after showing off his stuff with USA at the Ivan Hlinka. 5 mg original brand cialis A very raw prospect that has much upside. 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves is a smooth skater with explosive quickness. 5 mg original brand cialis He has good size but is very thin and has a ton of room to build on hi frame. 5 mg original brand cialis He has great hands and displays a high level of skill. 5 mg original brand cialis An excellent playmaker, 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves can create offense off the rush. 5 mg original brand cialis He tends to be a set up man more than a shooter.”

5 mg original brand cialis McK: “Nieves’ game is predicated on speed because of his first-step quickness, 5 mg original brand cialis effortless stride and ability to change directions, 5 mg original brand cialis which are among the best in the draft…. 5 mg original brand cialis Nieves is more of a playmaker-passer since he sees he ice well and gains considerable real estate with his speed…, 5 mg original brand cialisHis lack of scoring will relegate him more in the mold of a defensive forward at the NHL level. 5 mg original brand cialis His elite speed and passing skills make him a sought after commodity; however, 5 mg original brand cialis he is labeled a ‘buyer beware’ pick as his game is far from complete.”

5 mg original brand cialis THN: They listed Nieves’ NHL Translation as “offensive forward.” One scout told them, 5 mg original brand cialis “He’s got tremendous tools. 5 mg original brand cialis When you go see him, 5 mg original brand cialis he jumps out at you. 5 mg original brand cialis He gets up to speed really fast and he’s a quick strider. 5 mg original brand cialis Creates turnovers and reads the play.” THN pointed out that while he creates plays, 5 mg original brand cialis “finishing those plays was a concern and his numbers at Kent School in Connecticut were not overwhelming based on his elite skill level.”

5 mg original brand cialis CALLE ANDERSSON

5 mg original brand cialis Central Scouting (CS): #15 European skater
International Scouting Service (ISS): #47
McKeen’s (McK): #68
Red Line Report (RLR): #144
The Hockey News (THN): 87

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-2 and 208 pound Andersson is a right-handed shooting defenseman that THN described as a “Mobile d-man [who] can play big minutes and makes a great first pass. 5 mg original brand cialis He played for Farjestad Junior team in Sweden and scored 12 goals and 24 assists with 36 PIM in 49 games. 5 mg original brand cialis Andersson also represented Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and at the World Junior Championship. 5 mg original brand cialis In 10 games with the Swedish U-18 team, 5 mg original brand cialis he scored three goals and six assists.

5 mg original brand cialis ISS: They compare his style of play to that of Christian Backman. 5 mg original brand cialis “A mobile defender with good size, 5 mg original brand cialis Andersson stood out for all the right reasons during the U-18 WJC. 5 mg original brand cialis He found himself logging major minutes in all critical and crucial situations …. 5 mg original brand cialis An effective two-way blue-liner who gets his stick in the passing lanes and uses his strong skating ability to position himself in the defensive zone.” ISS says that Andersson need work on “[using] his massive frame more to his advantage. 5 mg original brand cialis Improve shot.” They do say that his NHL potential is as a “top four all-around defenseman”.

5 mg original brand cialis McK: “Andersson had a productive Hlinka tournament while playing a permanent role in the top-four rotation. 5 mg original brand cialis Andersson shows flashes of his skill, 5 mg original brand cialis but there appears to be a dimension of his game that is missing. 5 mg original brand cialis He struggled against better competition at the World U18 Championships because he wasn’t quick enough to make plays with the puck…. 5 mg original brand cialis His skating is above average as he has a good stride and shows some explosiveness out of the gate…. 5 mg original brand cialis Andersson will return to U20 juniors next season, 5 mg original brand cialis which should give him ample ice time to iron out his game.”

5 mg original brand cialis THOMAS SPELLING

5 mg original brand cialis CS: #90 European skater
RLR: #115
ISS, 5 mg original brand cialis McK and THN: Not Rated.

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-1 and 176 pound Spelling really opened scouts eyes with his performance in the Danish playoffs this year while playing Herning Blue Fox. 5 mg original brand cialis In 17 playoff games, 5 mg original brand cialis Spelling registered 10 goals and 10 assists with 14 PIM as he led Herning to the Danish championship.

5 mg original brand cialis Spelling was no slouch during the regular season as he averaged better than a point per game in 33 games (21-16-37-6 PIM). 5 mg original brand cialis He also represented Denmark at the WJC, 5 mg original brand cialis scoring one goal and three assists in 6 games.

5 mg original brand cialis The 21-year-old has shown a steady increase in scoring in his three years in Denmark’s top league – progressing from 14 points in his rookie season to 29 points in his sophomore season to his career-high of 37 last season. 5 mg original brand cialis Spelling will be playing for Rogle in the Sweden’s Elite League next season.

5 mg original brand cialis NHL.com rated Spelling as the top player to watch from Denmark. 5 mg original brand cialis As it turns out he was the second of two Danish players to be drafted as Anaheim selected goalie Fredrik Andersen in the fourth round (#87).

5 mg original brand cialis Here is how the Rangers official web site describes Spelling: “Strong transition player who is highly skilled with a very quick release.”

5 mg original brand cialis PROSPECTS DEVELOPMENT CAMP

5 mg original brand cialis The Rangers are in the midst of their annual Prospects Development Camp that brings together 16 players whose NHL rights are owned by the Rangers along with 15 invited players. 5 mg original brand cialis There are four intriguing names among the invitees. 5 mg original brand cialis Two of them have connections to Madison Square Garden.

5 mg original brand cialis Gabe Grunwald is the son of New York Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and played last season in the NAHL. 5 mg original brand cialis He is committed to attend the University of Wisconsin starting with the 2013-2014 season. 5 mg original brand cialis I would presume that he is in camp as a favor to his father.

5 mg original brand cialis Andy Bathgate is the grandson of Hall of Famer, 5 mg original brand cialis and Rangers legend, 5 mg original brand cialis Andy Bathgate. 5 mg original brand cialis In addition to his grandfather, 5 mg original brand cialis the younger Bathgate has another connection to the Blueshirts – sort of. 5 mg original brand cialis He was Pittsburgh’s fifth round draft pick (#151) in the 2009 NHL Draft – a pick that was acquired from the Rangers, 5 mg original brand cialis even though it was originally Pittsburgh’s pick. 5 mg original brand cialis Confused? Allow me to explain.

5 mg original brand cialis The Penguins originally traded their fifth round pick to Toronto in February 2008 as part of the deal that brought Hal Gill to Pittsburgh. 5 mg original brand cialis The Blueshirts acquired the pick from the Maple Leafs in July 2008 in a deal that Ryan Hollweg to Toronto. 5 mg original brand cialis Pittsburgh reacquired the pick from the Rangers in the trade that sent the rights to Chad Johnson to New York.

5 mg original brand cialis Pittsburgh gave up their rights to Bathgate when they did not sign him by June 1, 5 mg original brand cialis 2011. 5 mg original brand cialis As a result, 5 mg original brand cialis Bathgate was eligible to be re-drafted in 2011, 5 mg original brand cialis but was not selected.

5 mg original brand cialis “Andy Bathgate hasn’t played much hockey for a while, 5 mg original brand cialis” assistant to the general manager Tom Fitzgerald told Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 5 mg original brand cialis “You look at his numbers, 5 mg original brand cialis and say, 5 mg original brand cialis ‘Well, 5 mg original brand cialis geez, 5 mg original brand cialis he should be doing this or that. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s a first-line center.’
“But he hasn’t played much hockey. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s a tough kid to project because of the lack of games he’s played over the last 2 1/2 years because of his shoulder injury.”

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-1 and 175 pound center played last season with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) and scored 19 goals and 44 assists in 68 regular season games and then added five goals and three assists in 13 playoff games.
IN 2009, 5 mg original brand cialis ISS offered the following brief comments on Bathgate in their Draft Preview, 5 mg original brand cialis “Strong work ethic. 5 mg original brand cialis Anticipates well. 5 mg original brand cialis Not overly physical. 5 mg original brand cialis Good acceleration. 5 mg original brand cialis PK specialist”.

5 mg original brand cialis You have to figure that Bathgate could be in the mix for a spot in the AHL.

5 mg original brand cialis The other two players of interest have no connection to the Rangers and present an interesting set of skills.

5 mg original brand cialis In January 2011, 5 mg original brand cialis Myles Bell was the subject of a feature story on NHL.com. 5 mg original brand cialis The story, 5 mg original brand cialis by Alan Bass, 5 mg original brand cialis focused on Bell’s attempts to work on becoming a better two-way defenseman as he approached the 2011 NHL Draft. 5 mg original brand cialis

5 mg original brand cialis “He’s got tremendous offensive instincts, 5 mg original brand cialis” Regina Coach Curtis Hunt told Bass.
“That’s probably one of his greatest attributes. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s got real good poise with the puck, 5 mg original brand cialis a tremendous shot from the blue line and good vision across the top and in special-teams situations — and from behind the goal line. 5 mg original brand cialis He has a good first pass, 5 mg original brand cialis as well. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s probably as tough as they come, 5 mg original brand cialis and at 17 he can probably take on anyone (physically).”

5 mg original brand cialis In addition to Bell’s Junior coach, 5 mg original brand cialis Bass also spoke to Peter Sullivan who was with the NHL’s Central Scouting.

5 mg original brand cialis “He’s got very good hockey sense and sees the ice well, 5 mg original brand cialis” Sullivan explained to Bass. 5 mg original brand cialis “He can either slow down the style of the game or speed it up when he wants to. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s definitely got all the tools. 5 mg original brand cialis He has a good shot. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s used in all situations, 5 mg original brand cialis both on the power play and penalty kill. 5 mg original brand cialis He can lay out the big hits. 5 mg original brand cialis He’s got all the aspects that you want in a defenseman.”

5 mg original brand cialis Three months later Bell went from NHL prospect to lucky to be alive when he was involved in a fatal car accident in Calgary in April 2011 that claimed the life of Bell’s 18-year-old passenger. 5 mg original brand cialis This past March Bell was sentenced to two years probation and 240 hours of community service and is prohibited from driving for five years.

5 mg original brand cialis The Canadian Press wrote, 5 mg original brand cialis “Justice Gerry Meagher says the youth, 5 mg original brand cialis who was 17 at the time, 5 mg original brand cialis was guilty of driving at excessive speed but has shown remorse.”

5 mg original brand cialis Bell was driving 100 kilometers per mile over the speed limit, 5 mg original brand cialis or about 62 MPH.

5 mg original brand cialis After playing his first three Junior season with Regina, 5 mg original brand cialis Bell was traded to Kelowna last season. 5 mg original brand cialis The 6-fott and 200 pound blueliner played battled injuries and played 54 regular season games, 5 mg original brand cialis scoring 15 goals and 26 assists with 55 PIM. 5 mg original brand cialis In four playoff games with the Rockets, 5 mg original brand cialis Bell tallied a goal and an assist. 5 mg original brand cialis One of Bell’s Kelowna teammates last season was Rangers prospect Shane McColgan.

5 mg original brand cialis This is not the first time that Glen Sather has extended a second chance to a player who was involved in a fatal car accident. 5 mg original brand cialis Sather signed Craig MacTavish in 1985 after MacTavish spent a year in jail for vehicular homicide after the Boston Bruins let him out of his contract following his release from prison.

5 mg original brand cialis The final player of interest is center Dane Fox – who was draft eligible this year, 5 mg original brand cialis but was passed over. 5 mg original brand cialis I have to admit that I considered Fox as I was drafting my Second Round NHL Mock Draft, 5 mg original brand cialis but I eventually saw him as a third round selection. 5 mg original brand cialis What is interesting in the bypassing of Fox is that he received high marks from the four scouting services that I studied. 5 mg original brand cialis CS rated him their 46th best North American skater. 5 mg original brand cialis ISS had him as their 54th best prospect and compared him to Dave Bolland. 5 mg original brand cialis McK listed ho mast the 60th best player available, 5 mg original brand cialis while THN listed him as their 76th best prospect.

5 mg original brand cialis According to Mark Malone of the Chatham Daily News (in Canada), 5 mg original brand cialis the Rangers told Fox they were really interested in him, 5 mg original brand cialis but only had four selections. 5 mg original brand cialis You have to wonder that if the Rangers really wanted to, 5 mg original brand cialis they could have found a way to pick up a stray seventh round draft pick. 5 mg original brand cialis It will be interesting to see if they regret their inaction as Fox is eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

5 mg original brand cialis “That made me feel a lot better” Fox admitted to Malone in reference to the Rangers interest. 5 mg original brand cialis “It was a long, 5 mg original brand cialis long, 5 mg original brand cialis long day for me, 5 mg original brand cialis but I’ve been through a lot worse. 5 mg original brand cialis This is just more motivation.”

5 mg original brand cialis “I was obviously a bit disappointed (to go undrafted) being ranked where I was, 5 mg original brand cialis but you try to stay positive, 5 mg original brand cialis” he said.

5 mg original brand cialis The 6-foot-1 and 186 pound Fox played last season with the OHL’s London Knights and Erie Otters and scored 23 goals and 54 assists with 87 PIM in 62 games.

5 mg original brand cialis McKeen’s offered one possibility as to why Fox slid out of the 2012 NHL Draft. 5 mg original brand cialis

5 mg original brand cialis In their 2012 Draft Guide they wrote, 5 mg original brand cialis “Despite his improved play and lead-by-example attitude he displayed with the Otters, 5 mg original brand cialis Fox has some off-ice character issues that could lower his stock and NHL teams would need to do their homework before making him their selection.”

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