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Americans' Connor Rankin Dealing With High Expectations

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Americans Center Connor Rankin had high expectations for himself coming into his first season with Tri-City.

Rankin was the 7th pick overall in the '09 Bantam Draft for the Americans.

Last year, as a member of the Vancouver Giants in the BC Major Midget League, he collected 29 goals and 27 assists in 37 games and was a big part of the Giants league title.

In his 1st season with the Americans, Rankin has just 4 goals in 17 games but Coach Jim Hiller says he is still happy with Rankin's play.

"He's playing a mature game," said Hiller. "For someone as young as he is, he is playing like someone who has been in the league the last couple years. We know he is going to score. That is his God-given talent. That'll come, whether it's tomorrow, or Saturday, or December. You're often concerned more that young players will only play a one-dimensional game and they are just trying to score and nothing else. But, in Connor, we have got the full package and we know the scoring will take care of itself."