Rangers Sign Korpikoski, Byers and Moore
Rangers Sign Korpikoski, Byers and Moore
Wednesday, Apr. 12th, 2006
Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club agreed to terms on a professional contracts with forwards Lauri Korpikoski, Dane Byers and Greg Moore.
Korpikoski, 19, helped lead Finland to a bronze medal at the 2006 (U-20) World Junior Championships, collecting six points in seven games. He ranked second on the team and tied for fifth among all players in the tournament with five assists, while his six points tied for second on the Finnish Team.
This season, he skated in 51 games with TPS Turku of the SM-Liiga (Finland), registering three goals and four assists, along with 16 penalty minutes. In two postseason contests with the club, Korpikoski collected one assist.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has appeared in 92 career regular season games with TPS Turku, collecting three goals and 10 assists for 13 points, along with 28 penalty minutes. Prior to becoming the youngest player on TPS Turku in 2004-05, Korpikoski skated with TPS Turku Jr. teams for three-plus seasons, recording 32 goals and 19 assists, along with 32 penalty minutes in 74 games.
Internationally, he also represented his country at the 2005 (U-20) and 2004 (U-18) World Junior Championships. In the 2004 U-18 tournament, Korpikoski tallied five goals and six assists, along with a plus-seven rating in six games. Among all players in the tournament, he tied for first in points (11) and assists (six), tied for third in plus/minus (plus-seven) and tied for fourth in goals (five).
Korpikoski was the 19th overall selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Byers, 20, skated in 71 games with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, along with 157 penalty minutes.
He tied for the team lead in goals (21), ranked second on the team in power play goals (nine) and penalty minutes (157) and was third in points (48). During the season, Byers recorded nine multiple-point games and posted seven point-scoring streaks of three games or more. In addition, he appeared in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge on December 1, notching one assist.
The native of Nipawin, Saskatchewan, has appeared in 236 career games with Prince Albert (WHL), recording 49 goals and 50 assists for 99 points, along with 518 penalty minutes. In post-season play, he has collected five goals and eight assists, along with 13 penalty minutes in 23 career games.
Internationally, Byers represented Canada at the 2004 (U-18) World Junior Championships, where he registered one assist and eight penalty minutes. He was also chosen to participate in the 2004 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which was held on January 21, 2004.
The 6-3, 195-pound forward was selected by the New York Rangers in the second round, 48th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Moore, 22, skated in 42 games with the University of Maine Black Bears this season, registering 28 goals and 17 assists for 45 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. Serving as captain, he led the team in scoring with 45 points and ranked in the top ten in the nation in goals (28), goals per game (0.67), power play goals (12) and game-winning goals (five).
Moore also received numerous honors during his senior season, including being named to the American Hockey Coaches Association RBK All-America First Team. The Hobey Baker finalist was also named a Hockey East First Team All-Star and was runner-up for Best Defensive Forward in the conference. In addition, he was named to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team.
In 154 career games with the Black Bears, Moore tallied 66 goals and 41 assists for 107 points, along with 117 penalty minutes and helped advance his team to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2004 and 2006.
Internationally, the 6-1, 215-pound forward helped Team USA capture a gold medal in the 2004 (U-20) World Junior Championships. In the tournament, he collected three assists along with two penalty minutes and a plus-five rating. He also represented his country at the 2003 (U-20) and the 2002 (U-18) World Junior Championships.
The native of Lisbon, Maine was originally Calgary’s fifth selection, 143rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers acquired Moore from Calgary on March 6, 2004, along with Jamie McLennan and Blair Betts, in exchange for Chris Simon and a 2004 seventh round draft choice (Matt Schneider).
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