Developing News-N-Notes

Kyle Jean, a strapping 6-foot-4, 212 pound Junior from Lake Superior State University, has been making quite the impression as an invitee this week at the Rangers Development Camp. A goal during Thursday's scrimmage made it a camp-high three goals in three scrimmages for Jean, who was 12-12-24 in 39 games as a Sophomore a year ago.

"This is new experience for me and I'm just trying to take it all in," said Jean on Thursday. "This game is different from college hockey because college hockey is more run-and-gun. Here you have to make more smart plays, and I like that. My approach has been to come in and be a big sponge and learn as much as I can. Other than that I am just taking it day by day."

Jean, who spoke with Rangers scouts during the past season and thus received this invitation to development camp, also was inadvertantly involved in one of the most important moments of this week's camp. During Wednesday's scrimmage, as he skated into the high slot area, Jean was drilled with an open-ice hit from defenseman Dylan McIlrath. While Jean was dazed from the heavy collision, McIlrath---one of the top prospects in the Rangers organization and the team's first-round pick in the 2010 Draft---was down on the ice, clutching his left knee.

"It was just a collision, that's hockey," explained Jean. "He's a big guy and that's the style he likes to play, but it doesn't matter who's the first round pick or who is the free agent or whatever. We're both trying to play well and hard, and sometimes stuff likes this happens."

Jean is one of several players invited to this development camp by the Rangers, most of which will not be joining the organization. But there is recent history to suggest the Rangers are open to signing free agents they bring into the development camp---with defenseman Blake Parlett and forward Danny Hobbs recent examples.


Thursday's scrimmage was one with different structured segments---each side would receive two-minute power plays and then the teams would skate at even strength for five minutes before receiving more power play time. Free agents Myles Bell and Kyle Jean scored for the White Team before key prospects Christian Thomas (off a gorgeous Shane McColgan feed) and Calle Andersson scored to pull the Blue Team even. Andersson's goal was his second in three scrimmages this week. Bell also engaged fellow free agent Dane Fox in the first fight this week.

The scrimmage ended with a shootout---with the White Team winning 3-2 on goals by Michael St. Croix, JT Miller, and free agent Barclay Goodrow. The Blue squad received shootout goals from Thomas and McColgan.

McIlrath did not take part in the scrimmage. He is listed as day-to-day by the Rangers following his collision with Jean on Wednesday. Swedish forward Jesper Fast, who hurt his nose in Tuesday's scrimmage, did not take part in Thursday's scrimmage, though he did participate in practice.

In addition, 2012 first-round pick Brady Skjei returned to Minnesota last night after spending two days at the Rangers Development Camp so that he could begin classes at the University of Minnesota.

"I was an awesome two days here," Skjei said before departing Wednesday. "Coming to New York really has me excited for what is ahead in the future."


Development camp concludes Friday with a regulation-game scrimmage. will have live coverage of the scrimmage beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday.


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