Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 2/6/13

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18: Taylor Pyatt #14 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at Jobing.com Arena on January 18, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Sabres defeated the Coyotes 7-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Taylor Pyatt has been the one exception to an almost universal rule Countless factors go into individual player evaluations, but one quality continues to dictate how the Rangers construct their roster: speed. It’s not exactly a new revelation, the altered NHL demands that players possess speed and skill as the league has phased out the plodding physical specimens that were impact players in the 1990s. But few franchises have put as strong an emphasis on skating ability as New York. Just look at three of the team’s most recent first-round picks: Chris Kreider, JT Miller and Brady Skjei. What do all have in common? Tremendous skating ability. There’s simply no room on Broadway, especially under coach John Tortorella, for players that can’t outskate the opposition. If you want one reason why Monday’s Mike Rupp for Darroll Powe (and Nick Palmieri) trade went down, that’s it. Rupp, though a strong locker room voice and serviceable player, simply was incapable of playing Tortorella’s pre...
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