BY: The New York Rangers
- Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp registered a goal in all three games during the week (three goals over the span). He tallied the game-winning goal in Seattle’s 2-0 win on Jan. 31 vs. Kelowna. The Rangers’ second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to six games (three goals, three assists over the span). Gropp has notched a point in 10 of the last 11 games, registering 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in those contests. Gropp has also recorded a point in 24 of the last 35 games, tallying 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) over the span. Gropp is tied for the team lead in goals (24), ranks third in points (46), and is tied for fourth in assists (22) this season. Gropp is currently averaging 1.00 points per game in 2015-16 (46 points in 46 games), which would be a WHL career-high (his career-high in points per game entering this season was 0.87; 58 points in 67 games last season).
- Pavel Buchnevich, LW, SKA-St. Petersburg (KHL) – Buchnevich tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in three games during the week. The Rangers’ third round pick (75th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft recorded his first goal with SKA-St. Petersburg as part of a two-goal effort in his first game against his former team, Severstal, on Jan. 29. Buchnevich has established KHL career-highs in goals (14), assists (21), and points (35) this season. He has notched six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 10 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four contests.
- Cristoval Nieves, C, University of Michigan (NCAA) – Nieves skated with the Wolverines at Madison Square Garden against Penn State on Jan. 30 as part of the inaugural “Big Ten Super Saturday”. In the contest, the Rangers’ second round pick (59th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft tallied two points (one goal, one assist), recorded five shots on goal, posted a plus-two rating, and was selected as the game’s Second Star while helping the Wolverines earn a 6-3 win. Nieves has recorded 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 20 games this season, and he is tied for third on the team in assists. Dating back to last season, Nieves has recorded 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in his last 43 games, including 35 points (nine goals, 26 assists) in his last 37 games.