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Prospect Camp Days 2 & 3 Highlights

Obviously, with the free agency insanity I’ve been remiss in updating the goings-on at the Rangers prospect development camp the last two days. So here’s a little compilation.

Day 2 & 3 scrimmage & shootout highlights…

One guy who I feel gets over-looked by Rangers fans (myself included) when discussing possible prospects legitimately vying for a roster spot in training camp this season is Ryan Haggerty, who had this to say about prospect camp and his game…

…Haggerty negotiated his way onto the big club’s roster instead of reporting to the Wolf Pack after signing with the Rangers this past March, which I feel was a terrible decision for him. Instead of experiencing the pro game by, you know, playing, he decided to opt for just practicing and being around the Blueshirt players. I’m sure it was thrilling to participate in drills against guys like Nash and St. Louis, but I can’t imagine he received many reps.

…in my opinion he’d be much better prepared to push for a roster spot with those AHL games under his belt.

Want to get excited? How about these observations from Hockey Future’s Leslie Treff on 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei during yesterday’s scrimmage…

…i commented the other day about how much bigger and stronger he looked, so I’m not surprised to hear he’s been a standout in camp so far.

…despite Treff thinking Skjei’s pro ready, I still feel he ends up back in Minnesota for his junior year. Having said that, the Rangers are obviously pushing to get him in the AHL this year. Which makes sense considering Staal might be gone next season.

On the negative side…

…it’s just one scrimmage, but Andersson is one of the few puck moving defenseman the Rangers have in their system, so this is a little disappointing to read.

One offensive defenseman who has impressed is free agent signee Mat Bodie of Union College…

Here’s Bodie on the camp so far and how winning a National Championship this season was a great experience…

Anthony Duclair’s 55g, 44a season has turned a lot of heads among Rangers fans. Here he discusses the confidence he has attending his second camp as well as his health after suffering a season ending concussion…

…very encouraging to hear that the concussion doesn’t seem to be affecting him. He’s another guy who has taken his workouts seriously as, similar to Skjei, he looks like he’s put on some muscle from last summer.

…while he has an ice cube’s chance in hell of making the Rangers roster this September, I am curious to see how he stacks up against pro competition in the Traverse City tournament as well at camp. Could surprise.

A prospect who doesn’t receive a lot of fan fare but could be a player is 22-year old center Josh Nichols, who had 20g, 23a in his first pro season with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL (also played six games in Hartford) and has apparently been one of the most noticeable forwards in the scrimmages this week, using his size (6′ 3″, 192lbs) and speed (via Blueshirts United)…

“It was definitely a big learning curve,” Nicholls said. “I think it was for the best, though. You need to get those growing pains out of the way and I was thankful for my time in both Hartford and Greenville. I learned a lot in those places from a lot of experienced guys. It just makes me more ready coming to camps like these, especially training camp next year.”

…damn, 6′ 3″ center?!?!?! Would love to see this kid develop into something special this season in Hartford.

Here’s some other interesting observations from Treff yesterday…

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