Found December 20, 2012 on The Prospect Park:
(New York Rangers) Well this is going to make me very popular among the other New York Ranger bloggers but really what else can I say when I am watching all these "expert" opinions on how well the Ranger prospects are not doing? This lockout is leaving bloggers without Ranger content to write about so they turn to the CT Whale or the other Ranger prospects. I have lost count on the number of times I have seen "Joe Prospect has poor numbers so he is a bust" types of comments. Looking at a scoresheet is not going to give you an accurate read on a prospect because there are too many things that don't show up in a scoresheet. 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei is a great example because people look at his stats and assume that Skeji is struggling. Never mind that the majority of those saying that Skjei is struggling have either not seen Skjei play or even know what role Skjei is being asked to play for the 4th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. How many even know the name of the team's coach? ** I will be the nice guy and introduce you to Don Lucia Lucia has only been coaching for the last 25 years and just recently won his 600th game as a NCAA coach. Take the time to look at his resume and maybe give the coach some credit for knowing what he is doing with Skjei. Love this bit of info Lucia has helped many Gophers move on to the next level as well. During his 13-year tenure, 65 of his players have been drafted by NHL franchises including 14 first round selections. Erik Johnson was taken first overall in the 2006 draft by the St. Louis Blues while Thomas Vanek (2003), Blake Wheeler (2004) and Phil Kessel (2006) were all taken with the fifth overall choice. Skjei is just a freshman and his role so far has been that of a "stay at home" defenseman so his offensive numbers are not going to be there. Don't be surprised if at the Under-20 Championships that Skjei doesn't even register a point. Instead see who his partner is and see what kind of numbers he will put up. Check out what Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey says about Skjei Meanwhile, Skjei is a very strong defense-first kind of defenseman with elite speed and skating to help him contribute offensively on occasion. And Peters would know because he watches him play and happens to have an excellent read on the pulse of USA Hockey having worked for them in the past. If Skjei does make Team USA then expect coach Phil Housley to pair him up with his old partner Seth Jones. Jones is the first to acknowledge that having Skjei as a partner allows him the freedom to go on the attack more because he knows Skjei has his back. But here is where you can make a difference; make an effort to watch Skjei whether he is playing for Team USA or Minnesota. Go into watching him with an open mind and ignoring everything that you have read including what I am writing here. Watch him play 3 different games from now until the end of the season. If you want contact me and I will email you a copy of the checklist used by the NHL's Central Scouting for your own use. Grade him not by how many goals he scores but by his overall role in the game. Do that with Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller as well. But more than anything give these prospects more than half a season before you start saying they won't make it.

JT Miller and Brady Skjei make US World Junior club

This is a bit old, but J.T. Miller and Brady Skjei have both made the US team for this year’s World Junior Championships. Miller, who was on the team last year, will likely be named captain prior to the start of the tournament. This will be Skjei’s first year with the club. Skjei has already received comparisons to Ryan McDonagh, but it’s a bit early in the game to be making...

Skjei Tries to Emulate McDonagh

Before boarding an airplane to Finland for the final days of USA World Junior camp, Rangers 2012 first round pick Brady Skjei admits to Katie Strang at that he emulates his game after Ryan McDonagh... “We’re both good-skating defensemen who can move the puck and if I can be half as good as him I’ll be happy. He’s a guy I’d like to play like and hopefully someday...

Lots of Interest in Redden

Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that if the Rangers use any potential CBA amnesty clause to rid themselves of Wade Redden and his disastrous contract, there will be plenty of interest in the veteran defenseman... "Don't know what the final salary will be. But if he's willing to be reasonable -- and you have to believe he will be -- he's going to have...

Rick Nash Trade to NY 6th Most Stunning Transaction of 2012

Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy recently constructed a list of the 10 most stunning NHL transactions of 2012. Rick Nash's trade to the Rangers made the list at No. 6. "6. GM Scott Howson gets his deal, trades captain Rick Nash to New York Rangers (July 23) The 2012 Trade Deadline seems so far away. It was a magical day dominated by the rumors of the potential landing...

Whale recall defenseman Steven Delisle

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. Tweet


To celebrate the opening of Bergdorf Goodman’s new Men’s Shoe Library earlier this Fall, the retailer selected a few men of New York to try out some of the footwear. New York Ranger Carl Hagelin was among those chosen for the task. His shoe shopping experience was chronicled in the “Sole Man” series on Bergdorf’s “5th at 58th” blog. The NHL lockout has afforded players...

Lundqvist's Mask in Typography Art

Here's another unreal piece of artwork by good friend of the blog Jenny T. It's typography art of Henrik Lundqvist's goalie mask made of the word "King" in different languages. For a larger image, click here. For more of Jenny's artwork, check her out on twitter @rebelprincessny or at her website - Remember to follow...

The New York Rangers Blog Spreecast Returns

As we reach Day 95 of the NHL Lockout and, sadly, there's still no end in sight, let us Spreecast to vent and talk some puck! You never know who will show up, but I'm going solo tonight to field all your Rangers, NHL or any sports questions on your mind! Follow on Twitter @TheWrage. E-mail me any questions or comments at

Team USA Leaning Away from Keeping Skjei

Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey reports that Brady Skjei (2012 - 1st) is likely battling Calgary Flames prospect Pat Sieloff for the final defensive spot on the USA World Junior team... "It will come down to which Team USA needs more… Skjei’s size and skating or Sieloff’s physical game. Both move the puck well enough and each has good defensive awareness...

Skjei Still on Team USA Bubble

Chris Peters at United States of Hockey reports that while Brady Skjei (2012 - 1st) had some nice moments during the USA World Junior team's 3-2 overtime exhibition game win over Sweden, he doesn't think the Rangers 2012 first round pick did enough to secure him a spot on the final roster... "Skjei got a lot of time early in this game and I think he needed it to...

Defenseman Steven Delisle Joins Whale from ECHL Greenville

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. ...

Some vacation

Brady Skjei (Minnesota Golden Gophers) A little of everything around the New York Ranger on Thursday as we get ready for the start of World Under-20 Championships. Guess somebody forgot to tell people that this was the holiday break. Brady Skjei (NYR 2012 1st) was in the lineup when Team USA took on Team Sweden in a warmup/evaluation/exhibition/every thing else game on Thursday...

Rangers Alumni to Participate in Hurricane Sandy Relief Game


Miller Being Counted On to Lead Team USA at World Juniors

During Team USA World Junior camp yesterday, American coach Phil Housley discusses what he expects from J.T. Miller (2011 - 1st) at this year's tournament in Russia (via "He's very, very strong. You're going to need grit in this tournament, especially our team -- we're playing four games in five nights -- so definitely we're going to have...
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