Perhaps it’s just the Rangers fans that I’ve surrounded myself with on Twitter, message boards, etc. (basically all I have since I live in the great state of Tennessee), but I noticed more negative comments and posts than usual about Derek Stepan last year. Coming off the lockout-shortened season in which the young man paced
Previously I have previewed the New York Islanders, next up are the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina Hurricanes 2013-2014 record: 36-35-11, 7th place The Good: They are the only team besides the Edmonton Oilers to not make the playoffs the past 5 seasons and the Hurricanes do not look like a playoff team yet again going into this
Derek Stepan’s injury has opened the door for a number of players to make the Rangers out of training camp. Kevin Hayes, Oscar Lindberg, and even Anthony Duclair, have garnered the majority of the discussion. The dark horse candidate though is Chris Mueller, who signed as a free agent over the summer with little notoriety. Mueller,
This season, we will be adding a new element to the blog. I will continue to offer up my thoughts on the Rangers, but I will more often focus on the Metropolitan Division and the occasional update or commentary about other teams around the league. New York Islanders 2013-2014 record: 34-37-11, 8th place The Good: Johnny Tavares
Derek Stepan’s fractured fibula is the first of many challenges the Rangers will face this season. It sucks, but thankfully the timing of the injury doesn’t make his loss insurmountable. The four to six week diagnosis just isn’t long enough to hammer an early nail into the Rangers’ playoff coffin. If the timetable the Rangers released
Matthew Lombardi injured in his groin in practice over the weekend and will miss tomorrow’s pre-season game against the Flyers. Alain Vigneault also noted that Ryan Malone will likely miss the next pre-season games with a hip flexor strain. It looks like we may have jinxed Malone who looked like a clear winner of a roster spot after his first pre-season game. Lombardi is also fighting for a roster spot and really needs the ice time, probably more than Malone.
Kevin Hayes was original scheduled to play right wing, but could now play center in Lombardi’s absence. Hayes played alongside Chris Mueller and Anthony Duclair at practice on Sunday.
Go ahead, watch all eight minutes of Anthony Duclair goodness. Get hyped and forget that he’s probably going back to junior this season.
Brandon Halverson (2014, 2nd, OHL) posted back to back wins against Sarnia and Niagara. He stopped a combined 77 shots with a .935 sv%. Not a bad start to the OHL season.
Pavel Buchnevich (2013, 3rd, KHL) was held scoreless three games straight. He has ten shots over those three games and has averaged around 16 minutes per. He now has 9 points in 11 games.
Keegan Iverson (2014, 3rd, WHL) scored his first of the season against Vancouver and was held scoreless against Everett.
So Anthony Duclair is winning the Calder this year, right?
Okay, let’s not get too carried away. But Duclair did not miss a beat in his NHL pre-season debut against a largely intact Blackhawks squad. His goal aside (what a filthy saucer by Nash), he was consistently involved in the play and showed the speed and hands of a first round pick. He absolutely did not look out of place and actually seemed to have a bit of chemistry with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard. He probably could use a few lb’s, but at 19 years old that’s to be expected.