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Before Friday’s draft it’s a good idea to take stock of what the Rangers already have in the system. If New York follows suit, then the Blueshirts will pick the best player available regardless of position. However, it’s worth evaluating where the team’s strengths lie. Kevin evaluated the forwards, so let’s look at the defense.
Erixon has been met with a lot of hype since the Rangers stole him (along with what turned out to be Shane McColgan) from Calgary for two second round picks and Roman Horak last year. After two successful seasons with Skelleftea HC in the SEL, Erixon came over to the NHL and was expected to make the club without any time in the AHL, which is exactly what happened. That said, Erixon struggled during his first NHL stint in October, finishing with no points and a -3 rating in nine games before being sent to the Connecticut Whale. Those nine games would be Erixon’s longest stint with the big club, but all was not lost. Erixon dominated the AHL, finishing with 33 points (3-30-33) in 42 games). The Swede is as NHL ready as you can get. Barring a major setback, he should be a Ranger next fall.
The other big name among the defensive prospects, McIlrath is the topic of much debate among Ranger fans. The Undertaker is a beast at 6’5″ and 215 lbs and surprised many with a strong showing in training camp before returning to Moose Jaw for what appears to be one final season. McIlrath is one of the most improved prospects in the entire organization. Blessed with size and stength, skating was naturally a concern for McIlrath. Part of his strong showing in training camp was due to his strong development in skating. McIlrath likley needs a season in the AHL before he’s ready for the big show, but another strong showing in camp can prove us otherwise.
Oh the curious case of Stu Bickel. One of the major turning points of the season was his ability to step right in and make Mike Sauer’s absence from the lineup tolerable. He bring a physical jam to the lineup that was going to be sorely missed with Sauer out, and the kid did a tremendous job filling in those shoes. Unfortunately for Bickel, he was exploited in the playoffs for being less than stellar with his skating ability. His ice time showed that he lost the trust of his coaching staff. Bickel did a great job, but in the end he is a depth defenseman for this club. Expect him to rotate between bottom pairing duties and the press box.
Gone to the KHL. So long.
Pashnin is another interesting case, as not many know what to make of this defensive defenseman. He is still under contract in the KHL through next season, and it’s unclear whether he will ever come to the NHL. Slava Fetisov publicly called him out last summer for planning on playing in the U.S., and it worked for time being. Reports are that Pashnin won’t come over from the KHL unless he’s guaranteed a roster spot. That’s unlikely to happen, so expecting him to make the club is expecting a lot.
Another player with tremendous size (6’5″, 205 lbs), Noreau has established himself as a premier defender in the high scoring QMJHL on a bottom-feeding Baie-Comeau club. Noreau isn’t going to light up the scoreboard, but the fact that he was able to maintain a positive +/- rating despite playing for a sub-par Baie-Comeau team speaks volumes. His ATO with the Connecticut Whale didn’t yield any playing time. Like most big players, he needs to work on his skating to have any future in the NHL. At just 19 years old, expect Noreau to play one more year in the QMJHL before the Rangers make a decision on him. He projects out to be a depth defenseman.
Niemi is easy to sum up: He spent the majority of this year in the ECHL. Depth at the NHL and AHL level have pushed him off the depth chart. Barring a huge turnaround, he won’t sniff action at the big club.
Parlett is a guy that a lot of fans fell in love with at the Traverse City Tournament last summer. He had a strong tournament, but faltered as his second pro season progressed. Despite starting the season in the AHL, Parlett found himself spending time in the ECHL as well. Depth chart issues forced the Whale’s hand with Parlett, who will need a strong preseason to remain at the AHL level. He’s taking the Dan Girardi route to success, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will have success. Counting on him as anything more than an AHL player seems risky.
Ceresnak is a lot like Noreau in the sense that he is a big body (6’3″, 209 lbs) with a need to work on his skating ability. Also like Noreau, Ceresnak’s ATO with Connecticut yielded no playing time. Considering Ceresnak has played just one season in the OHL, it’s premature to really give him a projection. He needs at least one or two more years in the OHL, and will likely need time at the AHL level as well. He also projects out to be a depth defenseman.
BEST OF MAXIM
Per Larry Brooks, the gap between the Rangers and free agent Brandon Prust is a sizable one:
Though sources stressed that lines of communication remain open and that it is conceivable that Prust could re-sign before July 1, it is believed the difference between the parties is significant — upward of $1 million over the life of a three-year contract.
With ten days until free agency...
It took four stabs, but New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has finally been crowned the best goalie in the National Hockey League by winning the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy.
At age 30, Lundqvist led his Broadway Blueshirts to a 51-24-7 record which placed them first in the Eastern Conference and second in the entire League during this past season. After 62 games played, Henrik...
As you all know, the National Hockey League will be holding their annual awards ceremony tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada to officially wrap up the 2011-12 season, which obviously concluded last week with the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup. Among the long list of nominees for awards tonight are Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, head coach John Tortorella and captain Ryan...
Henrik Lundqvist— the New York Rangers stylish puck-stopper— had an F-Bomb get by the censors at NBC as he accepted the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender at the league's annual awards ceremony Wednesday night.
After Lunqvist nervously let the four-letter word slip out, the crowd at the Wynn Las Vegas resort simply laughed with the Swedish puck-stopper as he apologized...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Though Brandon Prust’s first choice is to re-up with the Rangers, and the Blueshirts have keen mutual interest in retaining the impending free agent, it appears there is enough of a gap in the contract negotiations between the parties to make it increasingly likely that the winger will at least test the open market when free agency opens July 1...
First things first: this is a wish list for players that are realistic targets with the 28th overall pick. Of course I’d prefer Nail Yakupov to anyone on this list, but he’s not coming to New York. Second of all, while these are players that have caught my eye, it will be tough to question any pick the Blueshirts make on Friday night. Gordie Clark and the Rangers’ scouting...
Henrick Lundqvist was awarded the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender at Wednesday’s NHL Awards show. Lundqvist began the usual spiel of thanking his team and the organization when he stops to think and drops an f-bomb under his breath.
The NBC Sports censors tried mightily to catch the f-bomb, but they were a couple of seconds too late.
First, it was Dustin Brown dropping...
The Rangers 2012-2013 schedule has been released, and as a surprise to no one, the Rangers will open the season with an eight game road trip. It’s nice to see that the Rangers will be the team to watch the Kings raise their Stanley Cup banner. Maybe it will give them something to look forward to. After the LA trip, the Rangers make a quick stop in San Jose before coming back East...
It has been a long time coming but New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist finally won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder in the regular season.
Lundqvist had also been nominated for the award back in 2006, 2007 and 2008 but never came home with the prize. It is the Rangers’ first Vezina Trophy winner since John Vanbiesbrouck won it back in 1986.
The 2012-2013 schedule was officially release this morning, although it may prove to be meaningless if there’s a work stoppage. It’s also possible that the schedule will need to be re-created from scratch if realignment is part of the new CBA, however the league may choose to wait another year before instituting radical changes.
Nevertheless, here’s a breakdown of the schedule...
By Alexander Monaghan
“He’s gonna be a good player. And we don’t trade kids.” – Glen Sather on Chris Kreider
Following the New York Rangers’ demoralizing Eastern Conference Finals loss, the team’s president and general manager remained true to the cause. His team finished the season with 12 homegrown studs and an average age of 28. If he stays the course, his Rangers...
NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who went 39-18-5 with five shutouts and a 1.97 gaa, won the Vezina Trophy. Henrik thanked owner James Dolan and, ****, don't worry: That never makes it on the...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
check out Tracy Morgan’s skit at the 2012 NHL Awards as the newest member of the New York Rangers. Tracy was spoofing HBO’s 24/7 hockey series, and he did it perfectly. The portion which has Tracy chatting on his phone when Torts was speaking is pure gold. Enjoy.
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2011 third-round pick Steven Fogarty didn’t get a whole lot of attention this year because of the rise of Chris Kreider and stunning point total of Michael St. Croix, but the Penticton Vee had a monster season in his own right. Fogarty will attend the University of Notre Dame next year where he’ll be more in the spotlight. I’ll bet he’s the surprise prospect we’re all...