New York Rangers Prospect Report – 2016 Traverse City Tournament Recap
New York, NY (September 21, 2016) - The New York Rangers posted a 2-1-1 record in the 2016 Traverse City Tournament. Through three round-robin games, the Blueshirts were one of two teams in the eight-team tournament that did not register a regulation loss (2-0-1 record in the first three contests). In addition, New York posted the second-best record in the Ted Lindsay Division during the round-robin portion of the tournament.
Jimmy Vesey registered five goals and two assists for seven points in the tournament.
o Vesey led all skaters in the tournament in goals (five) and shots on goal (20), and he tied for first among all skaters in the tournament in points (seven).
o Vesey’s five goals were tied for the most any player has registered in one year during the Traverse City Tournament since 2007.
o Vesey’s seven points were tied for the most any Ranger has posted in one year in the Traverse City Tournament.
o Vesey notched a point in each of the four games of the tournament. In addition, he posted a multi-point game in each of the final three contests, including a multi-goal game in each of the final two contests.
o Vesey tallied the game-deciding goal in the Rangers’ 5-4 shootout win against the Dallas Stars on September 17, and he tallied the game-winning goal in the final minute of the Blueshirts’ 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on September 19.
Malte Stromwall tied for second on the Rangers in goals (two), points (three), and shots on goal (eight) in the tournament. Stromwall, who was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on April 17, 2016, registered two goals in the Rangers’ 5-4 win against the Stars on September 17.
Robin Kovacs tied for second on the Rangers in goals (two) and shots on goal (eight) in the tournament. The 19-year-old, who was selected by the Rangers in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, tallied a goal in each of the Blueshirts’ first two games of the tournament.
Cristoval Nieves tied for second on the Rangers in assists (two) and points (three) in the Traverse City Tournament. Nieves, who served as the Rangers’ captain in the tournament, notched the game-tying goal with less than one minute remaining in regulation to help the Rangers defeat the Stars on September 17, and he tallied an assist on both of New York’s goals in the team’s 2-1 win against Minnesota on September 19.
John Gilmour led the Rangers – and tied for fifth among all skaters in the tournament – in assists (three), and he tied for second on the Blueshirts in points (three). Gilmour, who was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on August 18, 2016, tied for second among all defensemen in the tournament in assists and points.
Sean Day tied for first among all defensemen in the tournament in goals (two) and tied for second among all defensemen in the tournament in points (three). The 18-year-old, who was selected by the Rangers in the third round (81st overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, recorded two goals on September 20 against Columbus.
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