The Severstal Cherepovets’ team website announced today that Pavel Buchnevich has decided to stay in the KHL for the 2015/16 season. Buchnevich, who just turned 20 years old last month, is coming off an impressive campaign in which he registered 13 goals and 17 assists in 48 games. His 30 points were the third-most all-time by a junior-aged player in the KHL.
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UPDATE: Pat Pickens reports the Rangers have signed Skjei to an entry-level contract.
Brady Skjei has signed an amateur try-out with the Wolfpack, Steve Zipay reports.
Skjei, 21, just finished his junior year at Minnesota. The Rangers tried to sign Skjei over the summer, and the ATO precludes him from finishing his senior year, so it’s a good bet that he will sign an entry-level contract, likely starting in 2015-16. It’s all coming up aces for the Rangers on Skjei.
In 109 games in his three seasons with the Gophers, Skjei has 8 goals and 19 assists.
The Rangers have signed Adam Tambellini to an entry-level contract, the team announced.
Because of Tambellini’s age, his entry-level contract will be for three seasons. Since March 1st, teams have been able to sign new contracts that start in 2015-16, and that’s likely the case here. Tambellini will be able to sign an amateur try-out with the Wolfpack after his junior season ends.
In 65 games this season, Tambellini has 45 goals and 34 assists with Calgary of the WHL. Tambellini is one of only eight Canadian junior players with 45 or more goals so far this season.
Tambellini, 20, was part of the Rangers’ potentially lucrative 3rd round in 2013, which also yielded them Pavel Buchnevich and Anthony Duclair.
Pat Leonard reports on the details of Mats Zuccarello’s now completed four year extension:
The full, done Zuccarello deal: 4 years, $18 million, full no-trade in 1st season, nothing in final 3yrs. Salary $4.5 per yr, as is cap hit
— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) March 2, 2015
Pretty team-friendly deal Zucc gave the Rangers. Very happy to have him at those terms.
The Wolf Pack have played another quarter of their season since I first took a look at the numbers, bringing them to the halfway point and the All-Star break. I am using an identical approach as last time to go a bit further than what is available on the AHL’s website, which entails maintaining a spreadsheet that records which players were on the ice for every goal for and goal against. The value of this exercise is breaking down a player’s production by manpower situation, calculating their 5v5 goal differential, and estimating how Ken Gernander allocates out ice time throughout the lineup.
Corey Pronman of ESPN Insider (paywall) released his top 50 prospects and the Rangers had a presence near the top of the list.
Anthony Duclair is ranked 12th and Pavel Buchnevich is ranked 15th.
In Pronman’s last edition, Duclair was an honorable mention and Buchnevich was ranked 25th.