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A Bit of Both

Those words can best be used to describe last night’s 2-1 overtime New York Rangers’ loss to the New Jersey Devils in overtime.

The team was not great but the club was not horrible either. Yes, it took the Blueshirts awhile to get their first shot on goal but when they finally did, they seemed to setlle down a bit and generate some good scoring chances.

Overall, the club got good performances from the likes of Dale Weise (scored the game-tying goal in the third period), Dylan McIlrath, both goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot, along with line of Sean Avery-John Mitchell-J.T. Miller as the line forechecked hard and caught head coach’s John Tortorella’s eye.

Two players that seemed to be inconsistent last night were forward Erik Christensen and defenseman Michael Del Zotto. With regards to Christensen, it is all about playing with confidence, something he has struggled with in his NHL career. In the case of Del Zotto, it is about being consistent witht the puck as he needs to know when to hold onto it, when to dump it off and when to put it on net.

It is really early so fans should not read too much into last night’s loss. Like the players and the coaching staff, the fans must be patient and go with the process as the team continutes to shape up into a regular season hockey club.

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Some Quick Observations

As I am writing this blog, the New York Rangers are up 4-2 on the St. Louis Blues after two periods in their first game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Thus far, the team has gotten some excellent play from the likes of Ryan Bourque, Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin, Dylan McIlrath and others. The Blueshirts have shown poise with the puck, have not been afraid to put pucks on net, have shown a lot of speed and overall, look like they have been together for awhile.

The amount of speed the team’s prospects have is amazing. It has helped create several scoring chances and as also helped getting back on the defensive end of the puck has well.

It is quite clear that Bourque wants a shot to play in the NHL. He has shown tremendous speed, excellent vision as well as an ability to put the puck in the net like he did when he scored a shorthanded goal to put the Rangers up 4-2 in the second period.

It was also nice to hear John Davidson in the booth with John Giannone and Joe Micheletti. It is apparent that Davidson could still be one of the league’s top analysts as he knows the game inside and out and just knows how to explain it to the fans that are watching it.

What are your thoughts?

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  Tags: carl+hagelin, dylan+mcilrath, john+davidson, new+york+rangers, ryan+bourque, tim+erixon

Who To Watch at Traverse

Tonight marks the start of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, where the New York Rangers will take on John Davidson’s St. Louis Blues.

For the prospects participating in this tournament, it is a chance for them to give the organization a glimpse of what is to come. It is also a chance for the organization to see what exactly they have stocked in the cupboard.

The following prospects are ones that I will be watching throughout the tourney:

- RW, Christian Thomas: Steve Thomas’s son was very, very good at the Team Canada Junior Evaluation camp and also had 99 points (54 goals and 45 assists) with the Oshawa Generals last season.

- LW, Carl Hagelin: Hagelin is set to begin his first professional season this fall. With that in mind, if he can have a strong showing at this tournament, he may get a real serious look at the team’s training camp in a few weeks.

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Blueshirts Sign Bourque and McIlrath to Entry Level Contracts

From the New York Rangers via Twitter:

#NYR announce that team has agreed to terms on contracts with defenseman Dylan McIlrath (#1, 2010) and forward Ryan Bourque (#3, 2009)

Definitely good news for Blueshirt fans as the team continues to build for the future, something fans have been wanting for a long time.

Click here to read more about Bourque and here to read more about McIlrath.

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What if Don Maloney was the Rangers’ GM?

Once upon a time, current Phoenix Coyotes General Manager was the Assistant GM to Glen Sather in New York with the Rangers. Maloney did a terrific job in drafting current Ranger players such as Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, and Henrik Lundqvist. These three players have reached various levels of success on Broadway and its because Maloney believed that they could.

This past season, Maloney won the GM of the year award and with good reason as his Phoenix Coyotes had a terrific season. The Coyotes went 50-25-7, good for 107 points and a fourth place finish in the powerful Western Conference.

Of course, the New York Rangers finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, going 38-33-11 and losing the final regular season game to the Philadelphia Flyers, costing the team a chance to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Should this come as a surprise given the way the Blueshirts played this season? No, but it’s still amazing that there is such a noticeable difference between the Coyotes and the Rangers.

With that in mind, one has to wonder what the Blueshirts would be like if Don Maloney was at the helm rather than Sather. If this were the case, I believe that things would be very different in Rangerland:

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  Tags: chris+kreider, dave+tippett, derek+stepan, don+maloney, dylan+mcilrath, evgeny+grachev, glen+sather, john+tortorella, new+york+rangers, phoenix+coyotes

Talking Rangers Draft

Good evening folks. Now that the NHL Draft is over, I figured I’d weigh in on my thoughts regarding what the Blueshirts did.

First off, the team’s first pick, Dylan McIlrath, caught me off guard. I thought the team was looking for some scoring talent up front and yet, they selected McIlrath. However, after reading what Gordie Clark had to say about the kid, I think this pick may turn out to be exactly what the Rangers need.

As all Ranger fans now, a guy like Michael Del Zotto has a lot of offense in him. If he were to have a partner like McIlrath, Del Zotto could take even more chances on offense because McIlrath would stay back, play his position and be physical. I know it’s too early to tell but this kind of pairing could end up compairing to the likes of a Brian Leetch-Jeff Beukeboom tandem.

I also liked the pick of Christian Thomas, Steve Thomas’s son. The younger Thomas has a nose for the net and scored 41 goals and 66 points in 61 games this season with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.

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  Tags: andrew+yogan, bobby+sanguinetti, christian+thomas, dylan+mcilrath, glen+sather, gordie+clark, jason+wilson, new+york+rangers, randy+mcnaught

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