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Brian Boyle will be a key cog of the bottom six.
Last week we took an early look at the Rangers potential top 6 line combinations. I think the majority of us agree some iteration of Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan will comprise our top 2 scoring lines. With that said, the Rangers bottom six is a bit less certain.
The assumption is Carl Hagelin, Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, Mike Rupp, Jeff Halpern and Arron Asham will fill those roles. However, three of those six have never played for John Tortorella before and we all know how Torts utilizes his 4th line…
Ultimately, it comes down to skating, work effort and a team first attitude. If any of these guys prove to be a liability in any of those facets of the game, they will be replaced by someone from Hartford.
On to the line combos…
Line #3: Carl Hagelin – Brian Boyle – Taylor Pyatt
Brian Boyle was responsible for lining up against the opposition’s top scorers and shutting them down...
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Connecticut has recalled defenseman Steven Delisle from Greenville of the ECHL. Delisle, who was the throw-in in the Rick Nash trade, has a line of 2-8-10 with a +19 rating in 29 games with the Road Warriors. His +19 rating was tops in the league.
Delisle will likely look to help a weak blue line for the Whale, which has struggled mightily all season long.
Katie Strang at ESPN.com reports that Derek Stepan, Mark Messier, Jeff Gorton and Mike Sullivan were among the spectators at Team USA World Junior Camp being held at the MSG Training Facility this week.
Rangers prospects at the camp include JT Miller (2011 - 1st) and Brady Skjei (2012 - 1st).
Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey previews Miller and Skjei's chances...
CT Whale play-by-play man Bob Crawford reports that Dylan McIlrath (dislocated knee) was going full out with the rest of his Whale teammates during practice this morning.
...awesome news! Can't wait till he's back in game action physically intimidating opponents on a nightly basis.
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HARTFORD, December 18, 2012: Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that defenseman Steven Delisle has been reassigned to the Whale from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.
Delisle, a 6-6, 234-pound second-year pro, has skated in 29 games with the Road Warriors this year and has scored two goals and added eight assists for 10 points. ...
Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey reports that J.T. Miller is expected to be named captain of the USA World Junior team...
"He’s the lone returning forward and has professional experience. The word that keeps popping up when they mention him is mature. It sounds like Miller is embracing his role."
...that would be an amazing honor. I hope he gets it...
Via Rangers Report...
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Partic Hornqvist, Nashville's most journeyed player this lockout, is on the move again. Hornqvist, who started in the Swiss second division before spending time in the Swedish and Russians leagues, has returned to Switzerland just in time for a Spengler cup run with Fribourg. The Swiss team is currently tied for first in the Swiss National Hockey League alongside Geneve...