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Kreider and Richards will be given every opportunity to succeed (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In a series of tweets from Andrew Gross, coach Alain Vigneault started to shed some light on the future lines and defensive pairings heading into the season. The new coach has kept Chris Kreider on a line with Brad Richards and Rick Nash, which will probably be the top line when the season starts. The other set line appears to be Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccrello flanking Derick Brassard.
Both lines have looked good in their limited preseason action, and both lines are expected to grow together and gain some chemistry to see if they actually work out. This also provides answers to a few questions: Kreider will be given a shot on the top six. Richards will be given a shot at redemption. Pouliot will make this club. New York will have a tertiary scoring line. These were all major questions heading into camp, and all have been answered.
This also answers questions about the second line, which will likely consist of the three guys who are not partaking in full camp with the rest of the team: Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan, and Ryan Callahan. The fourth line will probably be Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore, and a rotating right wing (Derek Dorsett, Taylor Pyatt, Arron Asham, Darroll Powe). The logical guess here is that Dorsett and Pyatt will split the rotation, with Dorsett playing the physical enforcer role, and Pyatt playing the depth scoring role.
On defense, AV seems happy with the pairings of Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi, Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto, and John Moore-Anton Stralman. The McDonagh/Girardi pairing will likely continue to get the tough matchups. Moore and Stralman will probably get the easiest minutes and some good offensive zone starts. The pairing that intrigues me the most is Staal and Del Zotto. That pairing has the potential to be stellar, if Staal is back at 100%. That is a big if.
There are still nine days left in camp, but a lot of the questions are being answered. A few questions do remain (fourth line RW, number of forwards/defensemen being carried, replacing Haglein/Callahan), but it is refreshing to see some set lines this early in camp. One thing is for sure: The Rangers will dress 18 talented skaters every night. Not many teams can say that.
BEST OF MAXIM
Per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have released their roster for tomorrow night’s preseason game against Calgary:
Forwards: Brandon Mashinter, Marek Hrivik, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Darroll Powe, Brian Boyle, Brad Richards, Oscar Lindberg, Arron Asham, Rick Nash, Jesper Fast and Danny Kristo.
Defensemen: Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Justin Falk, Anton Stralman, Stu Bickel and...
Ryan McDonagh is the Rangers top player under 25 years of age.
Over the past few weeks, the guys over at Copper n Blue (Oilers blog) have put together a voting contest where their fans vote on the best young core in the league. The guys at CNB have annually put together their list of top 25 guys under the age of 25, and many others have taken that idea and ran with it for their own...
In an Insider only piece at ESPN, Corey Pronman listed his top 100 NHL prospects, and three Rangers made the list. The top prospect is Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay, and the rest of the prospects are behind the pay wall. Chris Kreider (41), Danny Kristo (54) and Pavel Buchnevich (69) made the list. Pronman also noted the organizational ranks in a separate Insider piece, with Colorado...
One of the more intriguing prospects in the Rangers system is Calle Andersson, an offensive defenseman currently playing in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan (second tier league). The 19-year-old defenseman is good enough to play in the SHL (top tier Swedish league), but is better served getting the ice time needed for his development in HockeyAllsvenskan. That said, he was suffering...
Per Steve Zipay, the lines for tonight’s preseason game in Calgary appear to be set:
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Marek Hrivik-Brian Boyle-Jesper Fast
Taylor Pyatt-Oscar Lindberg-Danny Kristo
Brandon Mashinter-Darroll Powe-Arron Asham
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
John Moore-Anton Stralman
Justin Falk-Stu Bickel
The top two defense pairings and...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As much as the move was talked about, extensively rumoured, and considered a formality for about six months, Rick Nash didn’t know much about New York City, in all of its oddball glory, until he was actually traded there and started living in the Big Apple.
Laymen view it as part Woody Allen movie and part Lou Reed song. The...
So rookie camp standout Nik Jensen is taking it on the chin in the early preseason.
Dominating at times in the Penticton Young Stars tournament Jensen has been unable thus far to stand out among the men.
He’s been more like dim background music so far this preseason.
He has been tentative and ineffective. He’s played 25:08 in two games and is still without a shot on net.
The opening night roster is beginning to take shape for the Rangers, as some line combinations have already started forming. Today, one of those forward lines (Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Rick Nash) and two defense pairings (Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto, John Moore-Anton Stralman) take the ice with prospects and veterans looking to play a role for the big club...
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The Calgary Flames will take on the New York Rangers at home later this evening as both teams prepare to make their final player assessments and cuts before regular season.
Given the difference between the two teams, the Rangers have arguably all but decided upon their cuts and will be testing a few young guys for future roles, whereas the...
from Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Vinny Lecavalier was here once before, to watch his younger brother play.
That was certainly fun for Lecavalier and his family, but to actually take the ice at the Lake Placid Olympic Center was a far different experience -- much better than sitting in the crowd cheering on Clarkson University.
“It means a lot,” Lecavalier said. “I’m...