Rangers prospect report: Brett Berard, Hunter Skinner, Braden Schneider in IIHF World Juniors semifinals

Ryan Morik
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NY Rangers Prospect Bret Berard
NY Rangers Prospect Bret Berard

The Rangers have released their latest prospect report, taking an in-depth look at what's going on for some of their highly-touted future pieces.

Brett Berard recorded an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in the United States’ win against the Czech Republic at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 29, and he registered an assist and posted a plus-two rating in the United States’ win in the Quarterfinals against Slovakia on Jan. 2. The Rangers’ fifth round pick (134th overall) in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has registered five points (one goal, four assists) and a plus-seven rating in five games with the United States in the tournament.

Braden Schneider tallied an assist on the game-winning goal and posted a plus-two rating in Canada’s win over Finland in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship on Dec. 31. The assist was his first career assist/point in the tournament. The Rangers’ first round pick (19th overall) in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft has registered one assist and has posted a plus-four rating in four games with Canada in the tournament this year.

Hunter Skinner made his IIHF World Junior Championship debut with the United States in the Quarterfinals against Slovakia on Jan. 2. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft also made his international hockey debut with the United States in the contest, and he helped the United States advance to the Semifinals.

Here's what else happened for Rangers prospects:

  • Zachary Jones tallied a point in each of UMass’ three games during the past week (two goals, two assists); he registered two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-three rating on Dec. 30 at New Hampshire, notched an assist on Jan. 1 at Northeastern, and tallied a goal on Jan. 2 vs. Northeastern.

  • Nils Lundkvist recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and posted a plus-two rating in three games during the past week; he posted a plus-one rating on Dec. 28 against Leksands, tallied an assist on Dec. 30 against Djurgardens, and registered a goal on Jan. 2 against Linkoping.

  • Vitali Kravtsov registered a goal on Dec. 28 against Avangard. The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal/point in each of the last two games (two goals) and in three of the last four games (three goals), and he has tallied a point in four of the last five contests (three goals, one assist).