Preseason's here for some prospects
European exhibitions, World Junior camps getting under way this week
• Werek in Running for Team Canada
• Czech/Slovak Preseason Prospect Watch
Just under two months remain until the Rangers begin their 2010 preseason schedule, but the preseason has already begun for Rangers prospects playing in Europe and auditioning for North American national junior teams.
Two Rangers prospects with bright pro hockey futures will also be back at work on Friday, when the USA National Junior Evaluation Camp begins in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Forwards Chris Kreider, the Rangers' 2009 first-round pick, and Ryan Bourque, a 2009 third-rounder, will be competing for spots on the 2011 U.S. World Junior Championship roster. Last year, both Kreider and Bourque played on the USA team that upset Canada for the gold medal in Saskatchewan. This time around, they'll be looking to defend their gold on home soil in Buffalo.
The U.S. team is scheduled to play several games during its development camp with the first coming next Tuesday against Sweden.
Other Rangers prospects and members of the reserve list who will be on ice over the next seven days include Roman Psurny, whose Ceske Budejovice team in the Czech Extraliga opens preseason play on Thursday, and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen. The former Hartford blueliner, a restricted free agent who saw limited action with the Rangers in 2009-10, is playing in Novosibirsk, Russia, this season.
Keep an eye on newyorkrangers.com through the remainder of the summer for updates on the progress of Rangers prospects and others on the Rangers reserve list.