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While the Rangers approach the midway point of their 2020-21 season with a 17-15-5 record, they have an eye on the future. Monday's prospect report relayed updates on eight future Blueshirts, including a pair making respective postseason pushes.
Defenseman Nils Lundkvist, a first-round pick as the 2018 NHL Draft's No. 28 overall selection, completed his 2020-21 regular season with the Swedish Hockey League's Lulea team. The 20-year-old Lundkvist, who totaled 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 52 games, leads Lulea into an SHL quarterfinals game against Skelleftea this coming Sunday.
UMass defenseman Zac Jones enters the NCAA's Frozen Four with a point in 13 of the Minutemen's past 20 games. The 20-year-old Jones and UMass have a semifinal matchup with Minnesota Duluth this Thursday.
"Zac is an NHL player, it's just a matter of time," Minutemen head coach Greg Carvel said of Jones, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft, via NHL Network. "… He's a high, high-end offensive player, he'll be a similar player to Adam Fox. … His growth without the puck the last two years has been outstanding."
Here's what else happened for Rangers prospects:
- Defenseman Matthew Robertson, with the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings, recorded single-game WHL career highs by netting three assists and four points while tying a personal-best plus-four rating this past Friday against the Red Deer Rebels.
- Defenseman Braden Schneider, on the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, distributed an assist and produced a plus-two rating last Tuesday against the Prince Albert Raiders and scored a shorthanded goal and posted a plus-two rating last Thursday versus the Regina Pats.
- Right wing Lauri Pajuniemi, playing for the Liiga's TPS, registered a goal and recorded six shot attempts last Tuesday against HPK.