by Patrick Hoffman on 09/15/09 at 04:15 PM ET
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:
2. Bobby Sanguinetti, D – Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL): The New York Rangers tend to take their sweet time when it comes to working prospects into the big lineup, but with Sanguinetti’s slick skills from the blueline, it’s hard to see him outside the NHL for long. Playing in the American League last year, the offensive defenseman put up an impressive 36 assists and 42 points in 78 games, but he knows bulk is often better for the big league.
“You can always get stronger,” Sanguinetti said. “A lot of it is going to come with age and maturing, but that’s what I planned on doing this summer and it worked.”
As for making the Blueshirts this season, the American-born defender knows he has a good shot.
“There are two spots available at camp right now and three or four of us really competing for them,” Sanguinetti said. “I’m just going to go in and play my game. They said they want me to help offensively and chip in on the power play, so I’m really excited for it.”
Since New York’s power play was 29th overall in the regular season last year and statistically worse in the playoffs, it’s probably time to give the kid a shot. Drafted 21st overall in 2006.
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