by Patrick Hoffman on 09/24/09 at 02:55 PM ET
Throughout the pre-season, New York Ranger writers and fans have turned their attention to youngsters Matt Gilroy, Michael Del Zotto, Artem Anisimov, Evgeny Grachev, Chad Johnson and Enver Lisin. These players have stood out because they’re getting the job done, have shown a lot of poise and are making it extremely difficult on both coach Tortorella and the rest of Rangers’ management to cut them.
Lost in all of this is another Rangers’ youngster is desperately trying to make the team - Bobby Sanguinetti. The 21-year-old defenseman, drafted 21st overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, has had trouble impressing that powers that be due to the impressive play of defensemen Gilroy and Del Zotto.
While having a solid year with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last season, Sanguinetti has had trouble putting it together for the Blueshirts both in training camp and in pre-season games. While he has made some decent plays, he’s also looked tentative with the puck, a bit unsure of himself and has had a bit of trouble adjusting to the quickness of NHL-play.
What do you folks think Sanguinetti has do to crack the Rangers’ roster? Do you folks think that play of both Gilroy and Del Zotto has caused the Rangers coaching staff and management to shift their attention to them rather than Sangs? Let’s hear your thoughts on this matter!
Also, feel free to check out the following links for the latest Blueshirt news, notes, and opinions:
- Blue Notes: Live Chat with Steve Zipay
- Ranger Rants: A Long Morning Session
- NewYorkRangers.com : Avery Expects to Be Ready for Opener
- Blueshirt Bulletin: Thinking Defensively
- Blueshirt Banter: Banter Book Review: 100 Ranger Greats
- Scotty Hockey: Let’s Go Already
Update 12:55 PM: To further prove my point that Sangs looks to be the forgotten man this pre-season, here is something from Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants:
So here are the lines and defense pairs to start:
Christopher Higgins-Vinny Prospal-Marian Gaborik
Enver Lisin-Brandon Dubinsky-Ryan Callahan
Evgeny Grachev-Chris Drury-Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear-Artem Anisimov-Aaron Voros
Alexei Semenov-Matt Gilroy
Wade Redden-Michal Rozsival
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist likely to play the full game.
Meanwhile, in the Rangers’ dressing room, Dubinsky was eagerly awaiting his first preseason game after a week-long holdout delayed the start of his season. Dubinsky said any player who said they didn’t get excited to play a game, be it preseason or regular season, was not telling the truth.
Defensemen Marc Staal (groin) and Bobby Sanguinetti along with center Brian Boyle will be the scratches. Tortorella said Staal would play Sunday at Washington but did not know whether Sanguinetti, the Lumberton, N.J. resident fighting for one of three open spots on the blue-line, would get another chance to play in the preseason.
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