NHL Prospect Watch – New York Rangers
In the lead-up to the 2023-24 NHL season, we’re taking a look at the current and former WHL talent in each NHL Club’s prospect pool. In this 32-part series, we’ll highlight the WHL players signed to an NHL contract or recently drafted, 25 years of age or younger with 50 or fewer NHL games played. Join us for a brand-new season of NHL Prospect Watch!
We continue with the prospect pool of the New York Rangers.
Goaltender Talyn Boyko begins his professional hockey journey this fall after being selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Draft. Boyko, from Drumheller, Alta., graduated from the WHL as a member of the Kelowna Rockets this past spring; he posted 13 wins and three shutouts with the WHL Club during the 2022-23 regular season. Boyko’s career year in the WHL came during the 2021-22 campaign: he posted 29 wins from his 54 appearances with the Tri-City Americans and Rockets, and was named to the WHL B.C. Division Second All-Star Team. Selected by Tri-City in the third round of the 2017 WHL Draft, Boyko posted an .899 save percentage and six shutouts over his 142 regular season outings in the WHL.
🎥SAVE OF THE NIGHT🎥
— The WHL (@TheWHL) February 19, 2023
Former Kamloops Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand enters his second full season in the New York Rangers organization after earning 13 wins and three shutouts with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack a season ago. Garand, who calls Victoria, B.C. home, appeared in 32 games for the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, then posted a 5-3-0 record, a 1.76 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in eight post-season outings. Garand was a career Blazer during his time in the WHL, winning 89 of his 135 career regular season outings, and posting a .918 save percentage along the way. He was named the WHL Scholastic Player of the Year in 2020, then won WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year honours to close out his junior hockey career in 2022.
"I had more opportunities to play and it was a really good learning experience.”
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 22, 2023
A third-round selection by the New York Rangers in the 2021 NHL Draft, forward Ryder Korczak has spent the summer preparing for his first full season of professional hockey. Korczak, from Yorkton, Sask., began the 2022-23 season with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack before returning to the Moose Jaw Warriors, where he collected 69 points (28G-41A) in 48 games. During the 2023 WHL Playoffs, Korczak earned 11 points in 10 games, helping the Warriors reach the Second Round for the second consecutive spring. Originally selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the second round of the 2017 WHL Draft, Korczak totalled 246 points (82G-164A) from his 248 career WHL regular season games.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) April 19, 2023
Forward Matthew Rempe put up six goals and 10 points with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season, his first in the professional game after a three-year tenure with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Rempe, from Calgary, Alta., was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2020 NHL Draft and signed with the Club in November of 2021. As a Thunderbird, the 6-foot-8 Rempe totalled 59 points in 111 games, adding eight goals during Seattle’s run to the 2022 WHL Championship Series.
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— Hartford Wolf Pack (@WolfPackAHL) February 5, 2023
Defenceman Matthew Robertson has been a steady presence on the Hartford Wolf Pack blue line over the past two seasons, a role he also enjoyed for four full seasons in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Hailing from Sherwood Park, Alta., Robertson was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round of the 2019 NHL Draft; last season he set personal bests at the pro level with five goals and 23 points from his 57 games played with the Wolf Pack. A three-year alternate captain with the Oil Kings, Robertson topped out at 47 points during the 2019-20 WHL season, then averaged a point per game during the shortened 2020-21 campaign to close out his WHL career.
First one on home ice for Matthew Robertson! pic.twitter.com/rVqmB7yyaz
— Hartford Wolf Pack (@WolfPackAHL) December 31, 2022