February 15, 2021

Nils Lundkvist headlines this New York Rangers prospect report, Tarmo Reunanen impressive and more

Nils Lundkvist

The New York Rangers have released their prospect report for February 15, 2021. This is a jam-packed edition with Nils Lundkvist continuing to impress and giving fans hope for a star-studded defense on Broadway.

Below are excerpts from the official report provided to the media via the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers Prospect Report: Nils Lundkvist is the real deal

NILS LUNDKVIST (D – 20 y/o, 1st Rd 28 overall 2018 Draft)

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

VITALI KRAVTSOV (RW – 21 y/o, 1st Rd 9 overall 2018 Draft)

SeasSeason 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

Kravtsov unfortunately didn’t have a great go of it in the tournament. He was benched in the showdown against Sweden and Nils Lundkvist. Russia did win that contest in a shootout.

Tarmo Reunanen impresses for Wolf Pack

Tarmo Reunanen
Tarmo Reunanen (NYR/NHLI)

TARMO REUNANEN (D – 22 y/o, 4th Rd 98 overall 2016 Draft)

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

Check out our Wolf Pack report for more on Reunanen and other prospects.

WILL CUYLLE (LW – 19 y/o, 2nd Rd 60 overall 2020 NHL Draft)

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 Khoderenko (C – 22 y/o, undrafted)

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

Rounding out the remaining prospects

LAURI PAJUNIEMI (RW – 21 y/o, 5th Rd 2018 Draft)

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)

BRETT BERARD (C – 18 y/o, 5th Rd 2020 Draft)

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)

“I’ve been working towards this my whole life,” Berard told Forever Blueshirts about being drafted. “That day to finally come and see my name on TV is something I will never forget. Being home with my mom and dad, it was awesome. It was pretty crazy“.

BRADEN SCHNEIDER (D – 19 y/o, 1st Rd 19th overall 2020 Draft)

Season Stats (in AHL with Hartford Wolf Pack) – 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM

  • Recorded his first career AHL assist/point and posted a plus-one rating with the Wolf Pack on Feb. 11 at Providence
  • Rejoined the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) following the announcement that Brandon will open its season on Mar. 12

Editor’s Note: Thank you to the NYR for compiling this great info.

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