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Reasonable expectations for Brady Skjei

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The Rangers head into this season having lost their best defenseman in Keith Yandle, and with Dan Girardi and Mac Staal hanging around things aren’t looking so hot on the blue line. There’s still some reason to feel hopeful at least, given that the Rangers 28th overall pick from the 2012 draft, Brady Skjei, is due for a real shot with the Blueshirts after just dipping his toes in the water last year. That’s not to say however that Skjei will replace Yandle, who is truly one of the elite puck-moving defensemen in this league, but it will at the very least be fun to watch him grow and develop throughout the season. Given his skillset and pedigree, here’s what to expect.

In Skjei’s first season as a University of Minnesota Golden Gopher, he registered three points in 36 games, but he picked it up from there and found himself producing 14 points in 40 games the following year and 10 points the year after that. Following the conclusion of his 2014-15 college campaign he joined the Harftord Wolf Pack, with whom he played eight regular season games (registering no points) and 15 playoff games, notching a goal and two assists.

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Ex Ranger, future Ranger?

Ex Ranger, future Ranger?

Former Rangers blueliner Jeff Beukeboom is likely the fan’s choice to replace Ulf Samuelsson and he’s the emotional choice to be the Rangers next assistant coach thanks to all his obvious connections to the big club. Emotions aside however, and Beukeboom is indeed the right choice, and for several critical reasons.

Continuity is something that’s a common theme in successful organisations and Beukeboom knows the organisation better than maybe anyone else – certainly better than any other assistant coach candidate. It can only be seen as an advantage that he’s so familiar with the club, with the systems and with the majority of the blueliners in the organisation.

Beukeboom has been with the WolfPack since 2012 and will know better than most how the Rangers can best integrate Dylan McIlrath (assuming he is even retained – which he should be). Beukeboom will know Brady Skjei well from their time together last season so he’ll surely be able to help accelerate the Rangers top prospect into a top four role. He’ll also know how far away fellow blueline prospect Ryan Graves is from being NHL ready following his own solid introduction to pro hockey.

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Brady Skjei has to be a full time Ranger next season.

Brady Skjei has to be a full time Ranger next season.

Remember when everyone thought the Pens were too light and too ‘green’ on defense to contend this season? Seems like a major error of judgement, no? After dismissing the Rangers, the Pens have the Caps on the brink and appear very well set to take a run at the Stanley Cup and they’re doing it with a relatively unheralded defense.

Yes, the Pens have an absolute offensive stud (albeit a dirty one) in Kris Letang and beyond Letang they have two good puckmoving blueliners in Olli Maatta and the traded for Trevor Daley. Beyond that though and they have either a lot of youth or question marks rounding out their unit depending on your own personal take on Ian Cole, Ben Lovejoy, Justin Schultz and Derrick Pouliot. What the Pens lack is a lot of established, top four blueliners. But it hasn’t mattered.

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Rangers recall Brady Skjei

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei to replace the injured Ryan McDonagh for tonight’s game against Tampa Bay. McDonagh was injured blocking a shot last night, and even if the injury isn’t long term, it was expected that he would sit tonight. This is Skjei’s third stint with the Rangers, playing well in his second call up.

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The Rangers have returned defenseman Brady Skjei and goalie Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. Both were emergency call ups for injuries to various Rangers. With the Rangers off until Saturday afternoon, it is likely that their current stints are over.

Hellberg did not play in his stint, serving as the backup to Antti Raanta. Skjei played in last night’s game in Buffalo, and did not register a point.

This move also saves cap space, but Alain Vigneault said Henrik Lundqvist is likely to play Saturday. Skjei may be back if Marc Staal or Dylan McIlrath are still out, but that’s unlikely.

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Rangers recall Brady Skjei

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Skjei will travel with the team to Buffalo tonight, and will replace Marc Staal/Dylan McIlrath in the lineup, who are both out with injuries. This is Skjei’s third stint and fourth game with the team. He has not registered a point yet.

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Rangers return Brady Skjei to Hartford

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The Rangers have returned Brady Skjei to Hartford, which was an expected move following last night’s game. Skjei was an emergency call up to replace Marc Staal, and played 22 minutes in last night’s loss. The ice time was indicative of Skjei’s play, as he had a very strong game, including significant time on the penalty kill.

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Rangers recall Brady Skjei

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford for tonight’s game in New Jersey. No official word has been given, but one of the six healthy defensemen (not including Ryan McDonagh) will not be able to go tonight. This is Skjei’s second call up and his third game with the Rangers this season.

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The Rangers have made a trio of roster moves in preparation for tonight’s game in Winnipeg. Brady Skjei was returned to Hartford and Chris Summers was called up. My guess here is that the Rangers want a steadier presence in the lineup until Kevin Klein returns, as Skjei was prone to a few mistakes in his first call up. Could have just been jitters.

Magnus Hellberg was also called up to replace the injured Antti Raanta.

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Skjei's time is coming, and soon

Skjei’s time is coming, and soon

On the heels of a disastrous trip to western Canada that represents the low point of a troubling first quarter, it appears the Blueshirts have reached an impasse wherein they are in danger of taking a clear step back in the contender pecking order. The growing warts in the lineup have deteriorated the team’s quality of play and the Rangers have come crashing down to earth where it appears they’ll stay unless changes are made.

The biggest issues are defenders Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, who for so long ably handled critical roles as stalwarts in the rearguard. But there are also team-wide problems including a less effective forecheck in part due to the loss of Carl Hagelin, frustrating mental mistakes defensively up and down the lineup and nonexistent production offensively from some of the team’s most talented players.

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