Waterloo Siskins goalie Leo Lazarev got his wish last week when the Russian was declared eligible for Saturday's OHL draft.
The 16-year-old made a bold move by relocating to Canada with his family in order to pursue his pro hockey dream.
Non North-American goalies are not allowed to be drafted in this year's import draft so the netminder moved to Waterloo and became a resident. His agent Igor Larionov got the good word last week and Lazarev is now expected to go in the first three rounds.
At just 16, he has led the Siskins to the Cherrey Cup (they currently lead Stratford 2-1) and has been, according to coach Chris Lazary, the best goalie in the league.
His stock only rises the further he takes the Siskins on the road to the Sutherland Cup.
Lazarev is eager to get to the OHL and will play anywhere but said if he had his druthers that he'd love to play for the Rangers.
Former Rangers centre Radek Faksa has been called up by the Texas Stars, Dallas' farm team in the American Hockey League.
Surprised to see that Nick Magyar was omitted from the OHL's rookie of the year nominations.
The Kitchener Rangers winger led the team in scoring and was fourth among freshmen in the OHL points race with 46 points in 66 games.
More surprising is that Kingston's Lawson Crouse, who had 27 points, received a nomination.
Others included Travis Konecny (Ottawa), Mitch Marner (London), Andrew Mangiapone (Barrie), Blake Speers (Soo) and defenceman Travis Dermott (Erie).
Speers also finished with fewer points than Magyar, among forwards nominated.
Former Ranger Eric Ming is up for overager of the year.
He'll battle Cameron Brace (Belleville), Dane Fox (Erie), Tyler Gaudet (Soo), Barclay Goodrow (North Bay and Zack Mitchell (Guelph).
An impressive lot.
The Rangers got a fourth and ninth round pick for Ming, who had a career high 32 goals this past season with the Niagara IceDogs.