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Thoughts on a summer weekend

July 28, 2018, by

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We have officially reached the dog days of summer. The Rangers will re-sign Kevin Hayes, Ryan Spooner, and Brady Skjei at some point. There may be a trade, assuming Erik Karlsson ever gets dealt. But until then, we are in a holding pattern. So here are some scattered thoughts from my brain, some are hockey related, some are not.

1. I really think Marc Staal will have a somewhat decent year next season. He’s not going to live up to that contract, but I don’t think he’s going to be the absolute train wreck he was under Alain Vigneault. Call it hopeless optimism if you must, but that’s just my thoughts.

2. I think the best places for both Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson are on the third and fourth lines, respectively. It eases them into the NHL lifestyle in a low-pressure situation. Putting them in the top-six immediately may stunt their growth. But this is all based off my opinion and not anything tangible, like training camp. There’s no rush with these kids. There is a lot invested in them, so there’s no use rushing them.

3. A lot of people seem to forget that Sean Day is only 20 years old. He’s been with the organization for what seems like an eternity, but he’s the same age as Libor Hajek and Ryan Lindgren. It’s new toy syndrome. All three have some solid potential, so we shall see.

4. It’s amazing how five first round picks changes the face of the pipeline. Before this, we were hoping and praying that undrafted free agents would turn into Mats Zuccarello. Now there is legitimate elite level talent in the system, and a lot of it. What a change a year makes.

5. In that regard, more elite talent makes other players more expendable. I look at the Yankees’ trades for Zach Britton and JA Happ. They gave decent talent up in those trades to bolster their roster, but they had so much other talent in the system that it didn’t really hurt them. That is the ideal spot for the Rangers, where some of the guys we like actually wind up being lower on the prospect pipe, and easier to trade for upgrades.

6. There’s been some issues with the spam filter on the blog lately. Some people’s comments are getting flagged for no real reason. First: Any comment with a link gets flagged. It sounds annoying, but trust me it’s needed. Second, if you edit a comment it gets flagged. Another thing that sounds annoying, but is needed. Third: You aren’t important enough for me to censor you. Yes, you. I’m talking to you. I don’t censor anyone, and I only remove comments that are blatantly inflammatory.

7. The humidity broke. Have fun kiddos!

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14 comments

  1. Reenavipul says:

    You say it’s the dog days of summer, but hockey is already starting to kick in!!

    Junior hockey is in full audition mode, KHL preseason has already started, Euro camps start next week!!

  2. Richter1994 says:

    1. Put Marc on the 3rd pair and tell him to stay out of the way.
    2. Chytil “may” play 2nd but is probably better off at 3C to start. I don’t see Andersson any where but 4th line to start.
    3. Day is gifted but a “dumb” hockey player, from what I read. Not good.
    4. Gorton has restocked the prospect pool well, including via trades in adding 2016 draftees who are just about NHL ready. It’s not a coincidence that he targeted these players via trade.
    5. Baseball: zzzzzzz zzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzz The Rangers are gearing up for 2019-20, it seems.
    6. Thanks Dave for all you guys do!! And thank you for tolerating all of us!! lol
    7. Enjoy the weekend everyone!! You too David.

    • Mintgecko says:

      Yeah I been advocate of Lias taking the 4th line but if he’s extremely weak at taking faceoffs than he will probably have to play wing. I can see how Howden, Lettieri and him are all battling out for bottom 6 roles.

      Chytil 2nd line wing over Vladd or Zucc? I don’t know about that

      • Richter1994 says:

        Nope, Chytil 2nd line C with Names and Zuc.

        Hayes with Vesey and Fast on the 3rd.

        • Mintgecko says:

          I highly doubt that would ever happen and add to the fact that Hayes knows Quinn personally, he will get his top 6 role.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Hayes might be a better player right now, but Chytil’s skills might be elite and are better than Hayes.

            • Mintgecko says:

              That’s questionable and doesn’t really go into this discussion that we were having about who will be in the top 6 at center.

              Alll I can say to answer your last comment is that we will see who’s opinion comes true.

              • Richter1994 says:

                Chytil may start in the 3rd because of his lack of experience, but to me, the level of talent between the 2 players in indisputable.

        • Furls says:

          I wouldn’t be so quick to hand Fast the 3RW. Quinn might someone who can actually score in that spot. Lundqvist, Lettieri, Meskanen, and Ronning all have more potential than a 4th line grinder

          • Richter1994 says:

            I think the old views of the 4th line are not true anymore. One of those players could very well make the team, i agree with you, especially Lettieri or Meskanen, but I think they start on the 4th line to get their feet wet.

            Then possible to move up from there. Fast has the experience, if nothing else.

            • Furls says:

              Nothing against the guy, but Fast is a 4th liner. Putting him anywhere else would be a mistake. I like our forward group a lot. I would like it even better if they would move Zibanejad to RW.

              Kreider-Hayes-Zibanejad
              Namestnicov-Chytil-Zucc
              Buch-Anderson-Meskanen
              Vesey-Lettieri-Fast

              I think it’d be a tough lineup to play against, no?

              • Richter1994 says:

                Trust me, I’m 100% on board with the “Fast is a 4th liner” narrative, I have said all along that’s where he belongs.

                I have read good things on Meskanan, and that he may be more NHL ready than Lindqvist. Lettieri has already gotten a taste of the NHL so he could play here too.

                It’s going to be interesting to see how this all works out.

      • Peter says:

        Actually Lias has been vert good at faceoffs in the leagues he has played in previously.