NHL Preseason: New York Rangers Player Evaluations

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NHL Preseason: New York Rangers Player Evaluations
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Ruslan Fedotenko is making the most of his tryout with the Rangers.

Offense


Artem Anisimov - You can't complain about anything he has done thus far. He has played a solid game on both ends and managed to put 2 goals in the net. I am a big AA fan and I still think he makes a big jump this year.

Sean Avery - Avery has been one of the most impressive players in preseason. He has been retro Avery getting under the skin of the other team's big players (I am looking at you Kovalchuk), drawing penalties, and scoring goals. He looks good to go.

Derek Boogaard - I always felt his scoring drought was overblown and it was mostly because of how he was used in Minny and that his contract wasn't that bad. If he can continue to play the way he is right now and actually get some people to drop the gloves with him I don't think anyone is going to complain anymore. He has 1 goal, but was close to getting at least one more so far.

Brian Boyle - One of the most pleasant surprises. He has used his massive frame to hit opposing players and done a great job with the score sheet scoring 2 goals and adding an assist. He knew his job was on the line and answered the call big time.

Ryan Callahan - He has been everything you expect from Ryan Callahan. Hustle, heart, and determination. He isn't big by any means yet continues to get in the corners, do the dirty work, and throw the body around. If only every player played the way he did.

Erik Christensen - I still really like Christensen. He hasn't been overly impressive, but is doing enough to keep me intrigued that he can have success in a top 6 role. Just watching him in the shootout amazes me.

Brandon Dubinsky - I might be one of the biggest Dubi fans and I have to say I am bitterly disappointed.  He is going to have to play a bigger role this year and still at times looks invisible out there. Hopefully just rust.

Ruslan Fedotenko - I did not want him to make this team when I heard about the tryouts, but boy has he earned it.  He has looked brilliant out there and could come as a real steal in terms of salary and production. One of the reasons Kennedy might not make the team.

Alex Frolov - I am enjoying watching him. Every time he touches the puck you have at least a little feeling that he might score and he has some great puck control and has been using his big body very well.

Marian Gaborik - He is amazing. What else could you say.

Tim Kennedy - He hasn't been bad, but at the same time hasn't been overly impressive.  Reminds me of a "smaller" Ryan Callahan and other players out performing him (see Boyle, Brian) he might not get a spot.

Brandon Prust - Prust has looked good. He is the perfect 4th line player and does his job as well as you could ask.

Derek Stepan - Don't even get me started. I absolutely love this kid. Ever since draft day I have had a warm spot for him coming out of Shattuck-St. Mary's, one of the best high school programs. It has produced Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Malone, Jack Johnson, and Marlon Brando (yes THE Marlon Brando) among others. He just has so much poise, polish, and vision for someone his age. If he is not the future captain of this team I will be damned.

Dale Weise - I haven't really seen enough from Weise to make a real opinion, but I have definitely liked his work ethic a lot. He always seems to be hustling when he is out on the ice and hope to get a good glimpse in tonight's game.

Todd White - He has not been good at all. Should not makes this team.

Mats Zuccarello - Like Weise I need to see more of him. He has shown some flashes with some nice moves, but also seems to have trouble getting to the net and has gone invisible at times. Needs some time to adjust to the North American Style.

 

Defense


Michael Del Zotto - He has looked good skating as usual and has even been shooting more which is something I have wanted t see from him all of last year.

Steve Eminger - Just a terrible defenseman. Seems lost out there at times. Might just make the team for the fact the Rangers would not care to have him as a healthy scratch and never play.

Matt Gilroy - I am definitely the biggest Matt Gilroy homer you will ever meet and I would be playing this kid 30 minutes a night (obviously joking a little), but he has shown much improvement from last year and think he has earned a top 6 spot.  Will he get it? That is up for debate.

Dan Girardi - Steady Dan has been on the ice for a lot of goals, but it is nothing to fret about he will continue to be solid.

Ryan McDonagh - I have not been overly impressed, but that I think has more to do with how high the expectations I have for him are. He has been as solid as you could expect from a young kid and also probably has earned a top 6 spot and if he gets it do a fine job.

Michal Rozsival - Never been a huge fan, but never understood why he had as much hate as he has gotten. He is definitely overpaid, but not by that much and never been that awful of a player. I just wish he would shoot more and he still hasn't done enough of that in preseason.

Mike Sauer - Have not liked him at all. He had one nice play when he scored a that goal, but on defense he hasn't done anything to wow me. I do not see him with a future on the team.

Marc Staal - I love when he rushes the puck like he did last night. If he could do that with some consistency he would be a perennial All-Star in my opinion with his defensive value.

Pavel Valentenko - He has looked good, but I do not think he is ready yet. He still makes a lot of young mistakes, but you have to love his cannon and ability to hit. One year in Hartford and he should be set to take Rozsival's spot.

 

Goalies


Martin Biron - Not the best preseason, but he is solid in net and is going to be a great compliment to Hank.

Chad Johnson- Still not ready although he was put in difficult positions having to come in cold in the third period so it is hard to judge him.

Henrik Lundqvist - He is the King. He is 3-0 what else do you need to know?

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