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Lines for the Traverse City Tournament opener

September 16, 2016, by

The Rangers tweeted the lines for the first game of the Traverse City Tournament against Carolina:

The top two lines are certainly intriguing, looking forward to seeing they in action. As for the defense, well that leaves some room for improvement to say the least. John Gilmour and Calle Andersson make an intriguing top pair, but that’s about it for me. Surprised that Sean Day is a scratch as well.

Game time is 4pm, and will be streaming on the Detroit Red Wings site.

Categories : Prospects

21 comments

  1. Mike says:

    Watching the game now and it looks like Sean Day is in the lineup and playing.

    • Reenavipul says:

      He is, jiust got on ice for 1st Carolina goal, would love to see replay on that. May followed his guy around like it was M2M for a while instead of sticking to his spot, cleaned it up after that.

      Every shift is an adventure for Gilmour. Andersson bailed him out a few times that period.

      Vesey had a old school Kovalev shift on his 2nd turn, was out there for 3 D pairs.

      Boo showed some speed, showed the hands he doesn’t have.

      • Chris A says:

        Did I see that right? Is Boo wearing the “C”?

        • Reenavipul says:

          Boo is wearing the C. If he keeps on winning face offs like that, he’s gonna get a long look at camp.

          Every time Halverson handles the puck I’m expecting an own goal or empty netter.

          Ottenbreit does nothing fancy, but he had a chance to change and didn’t, led to a super long shift where he & DiPerna did their job and didn’t draw a penalty. I’ll take him over Gilmour 8 days a week.

    • Dave says:

      Yea I see that. Odd.

  2. Reenavipul says:

    Day had an up and down 2nd period. Had good gap control, but if the puck gets deep he starts to wander a bit too much, creating space for a scoring chance.

    The goal he was on for in the 2nd was one where if he just muscled the guy he never gets the shot off, but he was trying to stick check.

    The goal in the 1st, he wasn’t following a guy, he had just gotten on and was trying to get to his spot but the Cane was already there; never had a chance.

    Betz does all the little things well, serviceable skater for the A. Haven’t really seen if he can be an Aspace eater in the crease.

  3. Reenavipul says:

    Gilmour was easily the worst defenseman out there today, even with Day getting turned inside out on the OT goal. Not a great skater(though nice lateral mobility) was a bad passer, had poor gap control was a turnover machine and isn’t big enough to keep anybody away from the crease.

    Maybe it was playing with Boo, but Vesey looked like just a guy. The goal was flukey, did one or two nice things away from the puck, but nothing head turning. Buch was similar but had better ideas with puck. I’d like to see Morrison center him & Buchnevich just to get a better idea of what they’d do with a playmaker.

    The interesting thing was how on the PP they flipped the guys on the point to generate 1 timers and would flip Vesey & Buch to see what they could do either setting up or 1 timing like Ovie.

  4. paulronty says:

    Contrary to the above, the guy who really caught my eye was Nieves. Man he can really skate, he’s big & he plays physical too. With some seasoning he’s going to be an NHL centre. Other guys who impressed were Kovacs, Ronning & sometimes Gettinger. Guys who were really unimpressive–Gilmour(ugg, he was bad) & Halvorson(no Shestyorkin he, it’s not even close). Day was cool customer but got deked out of his socks on winning goal. He needs to play with much more intensity. Turner Ottenbreit is a decent, steady D, like his game. Fogarty & Gropp were hardly noticeable. Vesey & Buch were just OK, and like the team in general too passive. Poor play in their own end & Nedjelkovic showed why he plays ahead of Halvy on the Wjc team. He’s a very good goalie and was the difference.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Gettinger showed flashes and never was bad.

      Nieves has wheels, size, effort: no hands, eyes can’t make up for hands.

      Halverson had good rebound control with his blocker, but last season in the Soo must’ve done his head in.

      Still, only one day.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Ottenbreit had a nice play where the puck was in his skates as he was backing in. Instead of putting his head down, he just locked on to the F hips, mirrored him and rode him out of the play. Good, subtle play.

      • paulronty says:

        Ya, watched a little of Ottenbreit during junior playoffs & taking his man out of the play is something he’s quite good at. Had Rangers taking him in 7th round but he went undrafted. He’s better than Donnay, who they signed. Should sign him & start him at Greenville.

  5. 43 says:

    Buch with the 89, knew it. My created NHL 16 version of him is correct.

  6. paulronty says:

    I was impressed with that power move Vesey made in the overtime where he almost won the game. That was a serious skilled play.

    • Reenavipul says:

      The net had been off the moorings for over a minute, was never going to be a goal; negligent for the officials to not blow the play dead and got a guy hurt off it. The dry scrape kills any momentum or energy.

  7. paulronty says:

    That was some slick move from Chapie, I believe, in the 1st vs Dallas but shot right at goalie as did Kovacs later on. Andersson looked bad on that penalty. Guy went around him like he was a pylon. Gilmour , who is playing better today saved his bacon there. Day crunched into boards & taken to DR under his own steam. So many passes blocked on Baby Rangers, means they need to move the puck faster.

  8. paulronty says:

    Now that was an up & down game against Dallas, but Baby Rangers prevail on the strength of standout performance by Malte Stromwell. Also really liked Jimmy Vesey’s game today, although he had a rabbit’s foot on that shootout goal. Nieves has a future folks, I like the way he plays & his leadership ability is impressive. Sean Day had a better game today & he went end to end on one rush.

    • Reenavipul says:

      I just can’t get past Boo’s hands of stone(and not the good kind.) I’m not sure he can ever crack 10 goals. Has the other things, but no hands limits even bottom 3 role.

      The line juggling up front made for better play than yesterday; Gropp was going to the dirty areas at times, but not nearly enough. Joly had his ups and downs, Duke looked good, the Swedes are the class of the crop for NYR. Buchnevich still playing Euro style game, had the one puck he tried to jam in short side.

      Gilmour is still having problems adjusting to time/space difference even at this level. Was better today, but had Girardi like puck control at the blue line at times.

      Day thinks he’s Leetch when he needs to play like Stevens. 5v5 they will not try and gain the zone on his side already.

      If NYR go with this PP strategy this season they are going to generate way more scoring chances.

      • paulronty says:

        Agree with everything you said but I do think Boo has better hands than you think. He scored a couple of highlight real goals in college that were pretty slick& he got his stick on that rebound real quick on the tying goal. Day looked like Leetch on that one rush, but agree that a guy that big has to play more physical on defence. I think Mississauga used him on LW recently.