Nils Lundkvist, Lauri Pajuniemi lead the field in this week’s Rangers Prospect report

The future New York Rangers have been doing very well this season playing in various leagues overseas and locally in the United States.

Some popular names keep producing points as the organization keeps a watchful eye on who could possibly come over to Broadway and help the Blueshirts in the near future.



The following prospect report was compiled by the New York Rangers PR department.

NILS LUNDKVIST
Defenseman
5-11 / 187
July 27, 2000 (20 years old)
Pitea, Sweden
Acquired – First round, 28th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Lulea (SHL)

Season Stats – 40 GP, 10-14-24, +1, 16 PIM.

Represented Sweden at the Beijer Hockey Games; served as one of Sweden’s alternate captains in the tournament.
Tallied a power-play goal and led all skaters with six shots on goal in a game-high 24:56 of ice time to help Sweden defeat the Czech Republic on Feb. 11.
Led all skaters with 28:07 of ice time (including 9:03 of ice time in the third period and 3:30 of ice time in overtime) and registered three shots on goal on Feb. 13 against Russia.

LAURI PAJUNIEMI
Right Wing
6-0 / 196
September 12, 1999 (21 years old)
Tampere, Finland
Acquired – Fifth round, 132nd overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
Current Team – TPS (Liiga)

Season Stats – 26 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 22 PIM.

Posted back-to-back multi-point games on Feb. 10 against Ilves (0-2-2) and Feb. 12 against KooKoo (1-1-2); registered 24 shot attempts in four games during the past week.
Has registered a point in 16 of the last 19 games (10-9-19)
Since the start of last season, has recorded 61 points (37 goals, 24 assists) in 75 games in Liiga; leads the league in goals over the span.

VITALI KRAVTSOV
Right Wing
6-3 / 189
December 23, 1999 (21 years old).
Vladivostok, Russia
Acquired – First round, Ninth overall, in 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Traktor (KHL)

Season Stats – 46 GP, 15-8-23, +6, 12 PIM

Represented Russia at the Beijer Hockey Games; skated in three games.
Played with Russia’s Men’s National Team for the first time in his career.

TARMO REUNANEN
Defenseman
6-0 / 185
March 1, 1998 (22 years old)
Aanekoski, Finland
Acquired – Fourth round, 98th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draf.t
Current Team – Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats – 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

Tallied a goal on Feb. 11 at Providence.
Has registered a goal/point in each of Hartford’s two games this season.

WILL CUYLLE
Left Wing
6-3 / 212
February 5, 2002 (19 years old).
Toronto, Ontario
Acquired – Second round, 60th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats – 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

Recorded his first career AHL assist and posted a plus-one rating on Feb. 11 at Providence.
Has tallied a point in each of Hartford’s two games this season.

PATRICK KHODORENKO
Center
6-0 / 200
October 13, 1998 (22 years old).
Walnut Creek, California
Acquired – Signed as an undrafted free agent on March 10, 2020.
Current Team – Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Season Stats – 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

Recorded his first career AHL goal/point, which was the game-winning goal, on Feb. 11 at Providence.

BRETT BERARD
Center
5-9 / 165
September 9, 2002 (18 years old)
Providence, Rhode Island
Acquired – Fifth round, 134th overall, in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Providence College (NCAA)

Season Stats – 13 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 14 PIM

Tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating on Feb. 12 against UConn.
Extended his point streak to four games (2-2-4); has registered a point in five of the last six games (2-3-5).
Has recorded a point in seven of 11 games with Providence College following his return to the team after winning a gold medal with the United States at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship (3-4-7).

RILEY HUGHES
Right Wing
6-1 / 173
June 27, 2000 (20 years old).
Westwood, Massachusetts
Acquired – Seventh round, 216th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Northeastern University (NCAA)

Season Stats – 15 GP, 6-3-9, E, 4 PIM

Tied a single-game collegiate career-high with two points (1-1-2) and registered three shots on goal on Feb. 12 against New Hampshire.
Has registered a goal/point in three of the last six games (3-2-5); has posted a multi-point game in two of the last four games (2-2-4).
Has established collegiate career-highs in goals (six) and points (nine)
Is tied for second on Northeastern in power-play goals (three) and is tied for third on the team in goals this season.

ERIC CICCOLINI
Right Wing
5-11 / 170
January 14, 2001 (20 years old)
Vaughan, Ontario
Acquired – Seventh round, 205th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – University of Michigan (NCAA)

Season Stats – 16 GP, 4-3-7, +9, 6 PIM

Registered a goal and posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 13 against Wisconsin.
Has tallied a point in five of the last eight games (2-3-5, +8 over the span).
The University of Michigan has posted a 6-1-0 record in games which he has notched a point this season, including a 4-0-0 record in games he has tallied a goal.

HUNTER SKINNER
Defenseman
6-2 / 182
April 29, 2001 (19 years old)
Wyndotte, Michigan
Acquired – Fourth round, 112th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Utah (ECHL)

Season Stats – 11 GP, 3-5-8, E, 6 PIM

Tallied a goal in the shootout on Feb. 12 against Wichita.

OLOF LINDBOM
Goaltender
6-2 / 183
July 23, 2000 (20 years old).
Stockholm, Sweden
Acquired – Second round, 39th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Current Team – Mora (Allsvenskan)

Season Stats – 20 GP, 7-8-3, 3.41 GAA, .882 SV%, 1 SO

Stopped all 18 shots to earn a win and his first shutout of the season on Feb. 9 against Sodertalje.

*Kravtsov will be eligible to join the Rangers once the KHL season/playoffs have concluded.

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