by Patrick Hoffman on 04/16/10 at 10:51 AM ET
From great friend of the blog Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:
Prior to training camp last September, Rangers head coach John Tortorella expressed his hope that some of the organization’s top young prospects would step up and secure regular spots with the team this season and begin to form the foundation of the franchise along with more-established younger players like Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, and Brandon Dubinsky.
Consider this “Mission Accomplished.”
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and center Artem Anisimov not only spent their entire rookie campaigns competing at the NHL level this season, but both were major contributors to the Rangers and among the top rookies in the entire league.
“We have a really good core of young players,” said Tortorella. “We have to do the best we can to grow that core because, for me, the exciting part of it is the young core, it’s a good one. And Del Z and Artie are a big part of that.”
Click here for more on the Blueshirts’ young core.
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