Player News - Rangers

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Filip Chytil has been quite impressive at training camp whether at center or on the wing.

Chytil was drafted 21st overall in 2017 and the Rangers may have stole him at that spot as he played nine games last season at the tender age of 18 in the NHL and looks to be in a good spot to make the squad out of training camp this season. "Yeah, he’s got an awful lot of skill," new head coach David Quinn said. "He doesn’t seem to tire, it doesn’t slow him down. You know, he’s a threat every time he’s out there. So obviously we’ve talked about how much he means to our organization. He continues to get better and better." Look for a 40 point campaign from the talented Chytil with plenty more to come in the coming years.
Sep 24 - 9:10 AM

Ryan Spooner wants to show the Boston Bruins that they made a mistake in trading him last season.

Spooner was part of the deal that sent Rick Nash to Boston and Spooner immediately paid dividends as he had 16 points in 20 games with the Rangers after the trade. He inked a two-year deal with New York in the off-season at $4 million per season. "I was part of the Bruins for five years, I always felt that there, I can play great and there was still stuff that they would tell me to do," Spooner said. "Definitely that was on me. There were parts of my game that definitely needed to be a lot more complete and all that kind of stuff. I just think the way they were going, the fit wasn’t really there. I had a great time when I was there, and I still have some very close friends there and all that kind of stuff, but I think a change was definitely something that was needed for me. At the time, that was hard to see. But now that I look back on it, I think it’s best for both sides."
Source: NY Post
Sep 24 - 8:34 AM

Mats Zuccarello will be playing on the final year of his contract.

The 31-year-old had a 52 point season last year but was not happy with his performance and got stronger in the off-season, especially in his lower body as he thought he was losing too many one-on-one battles. "It was a [crummy] season all around," Zuccarello said. "We missed the playoffs, we lost guys who were here for a long time who I care a lot about, our coach got fired, and I certainly didn’t play well enough, so I wanted to get that out of my mind and start moving forward. I worked a lot building my lower body and leg strength. I don’t think I was good enough with the puck or in battles last year, I was getting pushed off the puck too much, so that’s one thing I definitely wanted to improve. I feel good, maybe the best I’ve ever felt coming to training camp." Look for a better year from the Norwegian but he could be a trade candidate at the deadline if the Rangers are not in the playoff picture.
Source: NY Post
Sep 23 - 7:43 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk drew assists on both Rangers goals in a 5-2 loss to the Islanders.

It was Shattenkirk's first game back since January 18 as he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He had five goals and 23 points in 46 games last season, his first with the Rangers. Look for a 45-50 point year out of Shattenkirk if he is able to remain healthy.
Sep 23 - 7:32 AM

Ryan Spooner scored a power play goal during Saturday's 5-2 preseason loss to the New York Islanders.

Spooner and Mats Zuccarello went across the ice back and forth a couple of times before Spooner put the puck in behind a sprawling Thomas Greiss. Spooner picked up four goals and 16 points in 20 games with the Rangers last season and is an intriguing sleeper heading into the regular-season. Cody McLeod also scored in the loss.
Sep 22 - 9:53 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk (knee) is set to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Islanders.

It will be Shattenkirk's first contest since Jan. 18. "I’m really looking forward to it," Shattenkirk said. "It’s something I haven’t been able to experience in a long time, but I think I’ll be able to remember what it feels like. I’m going to enjoy it, keep it simple and build from there. I’m not about to try and wow everyone from the start." He had five goals and 23 points in 46 contests last season.
Source: NY Post
Sep 22 - 4:47 AM

Brady Skjei is taking on more of a leadership role this season.

Skjei is 24-years-old and entering his third full campaign with the Rangers, but after the turnover in the rebuilding process, that does make him one of the more veteran members of the team. "And beyond that, with the players we’ve moved over the last year, I feel that it’s time for me to move into a leadership role," Skjei noted. "And I’m embracing that." He signed a six-year, $31.5 million contract with the Rangers over the summer, so the timing seems appropriate for him to be taking a bigger role with the team.
Source: NY Post
Sep 21 - 10:27 AM

Ondrej Pavelec has reportedly decided to end his playing career.

Pavelec had a 4-9-1 record with a 3.05 GAA and .910 save percentage in 19 contests with the New York Rangers last season. The 31-year-old was a veteran of 398 games with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Rangers.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 20 - 12:40 PM

Ryan Spooner (hip) left Wednesday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers and did not return.

Head coach David Quinn said after the game that his center left the game as a "precautionary" measure. It's good news for a team that could use Spooner's offensive upside.
Sep 19 - 10:11 PM

Pavel Buchnevich scored a goal and assisted on another during Wednesday's 6-4 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Buchnevich scored on what appeared to be a broken play after Mika Zibanejad whiffed on a shot. The Russian forward set career highs in goals (14) and assists (29) last season and with a bit more consistency, could see his first 50+ point season. Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey and Filip Chytil also scored in the loss.
Sep 19 - 9:49 PM

Sean Day was among the Rangers' roster cuts on Tuesday.

Day, Brandon Halverson, Dawson Leedahl, Chris Nell, Vince Pedrie and Ty Ronning have been assigned to the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. Additionally, Nico Gross was assigned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL and Jeremy Brodeur was released from his PTO.
Sep 18 - 4:03 PM

Boo Nieves is in concussion protocol after he was injured in Monday's preseason game against New Jersey.

Nieves was on the receiving end of a hard hit from Eric Gryba just past the midway mark of the third period. He shared time between the NHL and AHL last year. In 28 matches with the Rangers, Nieves recorded one goal and eight assits.
Sep 18 - 3:07 PM

Lias Andersson scored two goals in Monday night's 4-3 preseason overtime win over the New Jersey Devils.

Andersson's first goal came on a shorthanded breakaway after stealing the puck from Nico Hischier. His second came on the power play, giving him a couple of special teams goals for the Rangers. He was New York's seventh overall pick from 2017, spending seven games with the NHL club last season, scoring a goal and an assist. With the Rangers in a rebuilding mode, we wouldn't be surprised to see the 19-year-old Andersson start the season with the big club, albeit in a bottom-six role.
Sep 17 - 10:26 PM

After a tough season medically, Chris Kreider is once again healthy.

Kreider suffered a blood clot last season that required rib resection surgery and was recently given a clean bill of health by a pulmonologist as Kreider wanted to be sure that it wouldn't be an ongoing concern. He had five goals and 15 points in 21 games after his return from surgery so look for 50-55 points if he is able to remain healthy this season.
Sep 17 - 7:41 AM

Look for Marc Staal to be a big veteran presence on the Rangers.

Staal will enter his 13th season in the NHL this year and at the age of 31 he is no longer an offensive threat. He will see the ice on plenty of occasions during defensive zone faceoffs as well as during the penalty kill and will be good in the young Rangers dressing room but as far as fantasy hockey is concerned, he is a zero.
Source: NY Post
Sep 17 - 7:36 AM


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