Rangers Daily Prospect Update -- Aug. 8

Valentenko, Bourque, Kreider pick up assists

Saturday, 08.8.2009 / 3:18 PM ET / Prospects Central
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Rangers Daily Prospect Update -- Aug. 8
Pavel Valentenko, one of the two Rangers prospects acquired from Montreal in the June 30 trade involving Scott Gomez, played his first 2009-10 preseason game with Moscow Dynamo on Saturday, helping Dynamo beat host Mytischy 4-2.

Valentenko assisted on Leonid Komarov's empty-net goal at 19:42 of the third period, which closed out the scoring. Although Valentenko is playing in Russia, his NHL rights belong to the Rangers under terms of a contract he signed with the Canadiens last year.

In other prospect news, at the U.S. National Junior Team evaluation camp, Rangers draftee Ryan Bourque picked up the primary assist on a goal by Jeremy Morin, helping Team Blue defeat White 6-2 in the first of three intra-squad scrimmages on Friday night at Lake Placid.

Bourque assisted on Team Blue's final goal at 15:14 of the seond, making it 6-1 at the time. Rangers first-round pick Chris Kreider played for team white and was called for a hooking penalty in that period. Derek Stepan joined Bourque on the winning Blue team.

In Game 2 of the series on Saturday night, Team White came back for a 2-1 win with Kreider picking up an assist on the game's first goal on a power play at 11:12 of the opening period. Kreider used his great speed to make the play happen, driving in on the wing and beating a defenseman before sending the puck through the slot for a tap-in goal by Robbi Czarnik.

Kreider also had a tripping penalty in Saturday's first period, while Bourque was called for tripping in the third.

Valentenko P. VALENTENKO
Team: Moscow Dynamo
Position: Defense
Height: 6-2  Weight: 218 lbs.
Born: Oct. 20, 1987
Preseason Stats GP G A PTS PIM +/-
  1 0 1 1 4 n/a
Preseason Results
Date Opponent Result Statistics/Notes
Aug. 8 at Mytischy 4-2 W Assist on Komarov's empty-net goal at 19:42 of third.

NEXT UPDATE: Aug. 11 (Psurny, Skokan, Pashnin, Baranka, Kveton, Zeliska)  

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