Baby Rangers fall to Detroit, wrap up Traverse City today

September 12, 2017, by
ryan gropp

Gropp (Photo: Seattle Thunderbids)

The Baby Rangers dropped another disappointing game, this time to the Red Wings by a score of 4-1. Ryan Gropp got the lone goal, with an assist from Brandon Crawley. Outside of that, there was nothing to write home about. Chris Nell made 32 saves on 35 shots.

The Rangers play the Stars today at 3pm in the 7th place game. A win would be super so they avoid last place.

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  1. Agentsmith says:

    Saw the first period and had enough. Pronman had our system ranked what? 29th? It Shows.

    Had to double check the lineup card to see if andersson was playing. Doesnt bode well.

    • Reenavipul says:

      The line of Stromwall, Andersson & Kovacs were the most effective line in the 1st period(not that it meant much), so you might want to see your eye doctor. They did a great job of recovering pucks and transitioning out in a hurry. Finishing, not so much because they were trying to make the perfect pass on crummy ice.

      You never saw so many people lose edges over a that many games.

      You couldn’t see him st all, all I saw was future captain material. Won puck battle after puck battle on open ice, took the body, back checked, created chances that were squandered.

      The Berezgalov/Zbor combo were ritually abused all night.

  2. Eugene says:

    I don’t personally understand what was the target of tournament with 6 forwards are ECHL material…. and probably 3-4 NHL.

    Also Bereglazov and Zborovskiy locked disspaointing, as a Kovacs…

    • Ray says:

      For the Rangers, the tournament doesn’t have one purpose. It has as many purposes as there are players on the team. There are a handful of players from juniors controlled by no team. The Rangers want to see how those guys play to decide whether to sign them – to a Ranger or Wolfpack or even a Swamp Rabbit contract. With an unsigned draft choice like Brandon Crawley, you want to know if and when to sign him – remember all draft choices don’t get signed. With a guy like Sean Day, you want to see how far he has progressed. It also gives him a chance to play using Ranger systems. For an Andersson, it is a chance to become familiar with the North American game and again Ranger systems. For some of the younger Hartford players, it is a chance to re-evaluate after the disastrous last year. E.g., was Stromwall less talented than believed or just not ready?

      And it is a first chance to see Pionk and Bereglazov in professional North American action. There’s just so much to learn. But you have to look at every player just a bit differently.

  3. Leatherneck says:

    Gettinger and the battle between DeAngelo and Pionk are the two things to watch in training camp and preseason.
    I think Andersson will get a 10 game stint so he should be watched then. Other than that I don’t see much else to consider for the preseason
    Other story lines will be rumors of what will happen to Holden, Staal and if he gets better this year, Pavelec and how solid will he be? (Talbot or Valliquette?). Where will Vesey and Miller play and how Hayes plays as 2 C and how good is Zibby as 1 C. Also watching the chemistry between Shatty and McD should be interesting.

    Easy preseason to focus on, that being said if the Rangers start slow and put themselves in a hole early, the entire season leading up to trade deadline will be full of stories and what ifs among Ranger fans but If I am Grots I will go with the rebuild and make the trades Ranger fans don’t want to see because of emotion and not looking at the reason and logic.
    I will use Lundqvist as an example, IF and only IF we are not competing for the Cup, then as a fan of Lundqvist you should be happy if he gets traded to a team with legit chance of winning the cup. As a Ranger fan I will be happy to get something of importance in return for the future of the Rangers.

  4. Leatherneck says:

    Bereglazov will not make this team in my opinion. I would much rather see Graves make the team. So what if he has a KHL out clause, don’t let the door hit your rear on your way out. I saw nothing that stood out to me.

    Now Pionk, you can see what he will contribute and it’s not going to be chump change. In fact I think he will either make the club or be the last cut out of camp.

    Anyone else who watched the games so far notice how solid Gettinger is? His hockey IQ is way up there. I never saw him out of position and he takes his shots instead of making another cute pass. I think the best way to describe him is in the mold of Jan Erixon.

    • Reenavipul says:

      Pionk better than Gilmour, but just another in a long line of Bodie, Gilroy et al: undersized guys who are 8th D at best.

    • Mancunian Candidate says:

      Jan Erixon–6’0″, 196 lbs; known as a ferocious penalty killer and excellent defensive forward. Highest number of goals scored in pro/minor career: 8

      Tim Gettinger–6’6″, 220 lbs; known as a straight-ahead skater with good hands for a big man. Scored 31 goals last year in OHL.

      Yeah–it’s like looking into a mirror when you compare these two. Except for height, weight, and playing style. No wonder you think Lundqvist is garbage, your television appears to be broken.

      • Reenavipul says:

        Gettinger’s analog is Mike Rupp: height, weight, scoring in junior.

      • Leatherneck says:

        Shows you can’t comprehend…good enough for me. Let’s make it clear….bottom 6 forward, reliable…defensively sound, PK ability and a player the coach can put onto the ice late in the game with a one goal lead…yup that was Erixon too

        As for Lundqvist….you like him….I don’t. I don’t like him means you are right? No, it means you have your opinion and I have mine. It ends right there. This has never been about being right or wrong with me when it comes to Lundqvist

        • Mancunian Candidate says:

          Your opinion shows that you can’t judge size, skill, or style of hockey played by a particular player.

        • Eddie!Eddie!Eddie! says:


          Your perplexing dislike of the best goalie in franchise history, the Rangers one true legit star for most of the past decade plus, and a slam dunk future HOFer, is truly hard to comprehend. But you are right, it’s your opinion and you are entitled to it–bizarre as it is. 🙂

          Where you are off the rails is the whole idea that, if the Rangers have a bad year and are not a playoff contender, that the team would look to trade him. While nothing is technically impossible, you do realize that Hank has a NTC. By all accounts, he LOVES being part of the NY scene. The chances he would agree to be dealt are probably slim and none, and slim has probably left the room by now. IMO, he will NEVER agree to leave NY.

          Even if by some miracle he did agree, I doubt seriously the Rangers would even consider dealing him unless the return was enormous. And last I checked, as great a career as he has had, teams are not going to be willing to ante up for an aging goaltender making $8 mil per for the next four seasons. It ain’t happening. The return on that trade would be a pittance.

          You need to be realistic. Hank is going to be with the Rangers for the remainder of his contract. And he will be the starting goaltender until Shesterkin or some other young stud is ready to take his place.

          • Bloomer says:

            I cant see Henk getting traded if the Rangers tank…but I do see Rick Nash getting moved. I believe most Ranger fans are hoping for a big bounce year for the Swedish netminder myself included. But a run and gun offense coupled with defensemen who will be outmuscled for the puck in there own end…doesn’t bode well for a comeback.

            • Richter1994 says:

              Nash has been a constant discussion target for trade among the fans, but that’s where it starts and ends.

              The Rangers love him, he’s staying.

  5. Leatherneck says:

    From what I saw, I liked Pionk’s game. He was extremely composed handling the puck and had vision for outlet passes. Didn’t really see his shot in this game but for sure I put him in the top tier of prospects.

  6. Reenavipul says:

    Pedrie scratched again, pairs are the same as last night.

    Gropp w/Andersson & Stromwall

    Kovacs Fontaine Lettieri(has been better on wing)

    Not going to be at game, was worried about not being able to conect in Chicago to get home, though it looks like weather is gonna work out.

  7. Leatherneck says:

    Pedrie hurt?

    • Reenavipul says:

      Doubt it, they just really need to see what they have w/ others. With half of that D, not much.

  8. Richter1994 says:

    Oh well, we’re going to sign every college FA anyway, from now until the next lockout, when they change the rules.

  9. Reenavipul says:

    Just looking at the Hartford D, they have 8 guys there, with 2 spots available on the 50 man roster and Farnham on a PTO.

    Depending on camp, plenty of choices to have an optimum lineup in Hartford and still be shy of 50. Gilmour & Zbor go to Greenville, Day stays in Hartford and Berezgalov hangs out for a month, then either goes up or goes home.

    • Ray says:

      There are also four guys who can slide, so there is even more room on the 50. Presumably Andersson will NOT slide, but most of the others will.