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The Kids! The Kids!

My dad has a saying for success in sports: The Kids! The Kids! Play the Kids!  He says that kids provide enthusiasm, exuberance, talent. It seems the Rangers were listening. After three games, it’s hard to tell if Michael Del Zotto is going to play as well as he has. It’s hard to tell if Matt Gilroy is going to play as well as he has. It’s hard to tell for Enver Lisin, even Brandon Dubinsky. It’s hard to tell for Artem Anisimov. But for three games, these guys have shown that they can produce, that they can infuse life into a team.

Let’s take last year’s team for example. Pretty veteran laden team. How many rookies did they have? Just Lauri Korpikosi. Include Callahan and Dubinsky, and that’s only 3 kids. Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes were traded midseason. You see, the problem of the Rangers in the early 2000s was the lack of youngsters. You can overpay for veterans, and your team could be very talented, but unless you have that youthful exuberance, that youthful spirit, you’re not going to go very far. The Red Wings always call up a rookie or two for their playoff run. The Yankees in baseball infused youngsters and vets on their way to the best record in baseball this year. Youngsters are crucial to success in sports. 

Now you have MDZ, Gilroy, Anisimov, Lisin on the ice nightly, and playing in all situations. It’s been three games. It would be foolish to get over excited. But, it’s exciting to watch these guys develop, produce, it’s good for the team. The Rangers might not win the Cup. But their success is crucial to the team’s success. It’s all about the kids. My dad was right all along.

8 Responses to “The Kids! The Kids!”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    definitely play the kids. i used to get so annoyed when we’d have a good draft pick that never saw the light of day (insert numerous names betweeen 1997-2004 here)

    I love our core. I love our core more than 80-90% of the league’s. Staal, Dubi, Cally, Henrik, MDZ, Gilroy, Anisimov, Gaborik and Avery provide us with a great core to build around long term.
    My only wish was that we had more top end talent coming through on the wings….

    ….but saying that im hoping our great young D depth will allow us to address that.

    futures bright people…..

  2. jurgenno88 says:

    by the way guys… does anyone after 3 games think Anisimov’s spot is in danger? i see it written elsewhere but think its ridiculous. Not every rookie can score like MDZ has so far; thats unexpected. I’d like to see him get 20+ games without pressure of the chop.

    Let him develop so long as he isnt hurting the team right?

    i still think he can have 15+20 rookie year and i think dropping him (when Avery returns) and keeping others in the side is the wrong signal.

  3. Dave says:

    This is really funny, I was on the train this morning and I was going to write a post about being patient with Anisimov. It’s been three games. His spot isn’t in danger.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      i completely agree. We’ve rushed players out of NY far too often (Savard anyone?) and i think we’ll know whether he needs more seasoning in 20-30 games. Certainly no rush.

      i think Torts is liekly to show patience with msot of the youngsters whether the media will allow it is another thing.

  4. jurgenno88 says:

    i completely agree. We’ve rushed players out of NY far too often (Savard anyone?) and i think we’ll know whether he needs more seasoning in 20-30 games. Certainly no rush.

    i think Torts is liekly to show patience with msot of the youngsters whether the media will allow it is another thing.

  5. Dave says:

    I just see a lot of posts about how Anisimov has been invisible. He hasn’t been, he’s been playing a good defensive game, which is the hardest game to bring to the NHL level. Goals will come.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      again i agree. if he was a liability thats more to concern about. The fact he has such a solid base to start with and then you add in his obvious skills….

      i think adding avery to his line might be a great way to open up the ice for him. Not sure he’s best suited with Kotalik though.

      cant wait for tonights game though im very nervous for our D against the obvious top line threats….

      tonight could be a measuring stick for the kids on D to see where they are or whatthey can handle to this point (although no one can handle AO – not even Pronger)

  6. Dave says:

    If Avery can get the puck to Kotalik, and he hits the net, it might work out better than you might think. Personally, I think a line of Avery-Anisimov-Kotalik would be pretty good.