Lineup Changes

First glimpse of line combos

Per Larry Brooks, here’s the first glimpse of line combos:

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-Cody McLeod (Mats Zuccarello)
Ryan Spooner-Filip Chytil-Jesper Fast
Vlad Namestnikov-Brett Howden-Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei-Adam McQuaid
Brendan Smith-Kevin Shattenkirk
Marc Staal-Neal Pionk
Frederik Claesson-Tony DeAngelo

The forwards look relatively set for now. The defense is still a bit of a puzzle. It looks like Claesson/DeAngelo will be the healthy scratches for the opener, but a lot can change in a week.

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  • Rangers have a lot of talent in that bottom 6. Forward group looks relatively deep right now, even with Vesey mysteriously on the 2nd line. Zucc and Hayes can do serious damage together, but they could use a better finisher to play with.

    • Not crazy about Vesey on the 2nd line but spooner is definitely NOT a finisher. He’s never scored more than 13 goals in a season. Maybe Vesey can surprise/live up to the hype in the new system and with a top 6 chance even if he doesn’t quite deserve it

      • I feel like this lineup is setup for Vladdy to jump up if Vesey would fail miserably early in his 2nd line role. I’m nervous because I think his two game sucks while his transition is so, so. Hayes will most likely be the bread and butter to why Zib get’s easy deployments while Chytil will receive a shelter 3c role. All Vesey has to do is forecheck like hell, win his board battles and try to play like Zack Hyman. He can’t afford to try and dangle and play a pretty game, north/south with some jam an finish to his game will do him good.

  • Holy smokes the D: Adam McQuaid 1D ? Marc Staal 3D ?

    I don’t love Vesey on the 2nd line either.

    Let’s get this season started!

  • I feel like Staal, McLeod, and possibly McQuaid are really hindering this line-up.

    Lets see what happens…

    Probably going to take 25-30 games to figure it out.

    And I realize McLeod is 13th forward.

  • NYR Twitter: “He’s a guy that plays a 200ft game, he’s got a great mind, plays fast, energetic, and he earned a spot on the team.”

    Coach Quinn on Brett Howden making the #NYR roster

  • Surprised about Howden over Andersson and not surprised at the same time. They want Lias playing big minutes in Hartford to be ready for the call up when Hayes is traded. Howden will be a bottom 6 center, Andersson could be 3rd line or higher.

    I hope that Jim Ramsey is good at rehabbing backs because Pionk is going to need it carrying Staal game in and game out.

    Vesey on the 2nd line? Guess preseason really doesn’t matter at all.

  • I thought Chytil and Names had good chemistry playing on the same line and can see them reunited. Anderson showed lots of promise and he will be back with the big club.

    I like this Ranger squad. And I think Quinn is the right coach to bring the newbies along. The real test will be next week when the puck drops on opening night.

  • So it was either Lias get 4th line minutes, no PP time with the big club. Or get top line minutes and plenty of PP time with the Wolfpack. I’m fine with this decision. He will be back once Hayes is traded.

    • He’s not a bottom six forward. That’s the problem. Had the best faceoff stats of the entire team.

      Not sure why he was sent down over McLeod

      • I’m going out on a limb here but I’m guessing it has something to do with Mcloed being a winger and currently the 13th forward.

      • Andersson can win 100% of his face offs but if can’t produce in the other 13 minutes he plays then he’s not going to be here.

        But again, this is not a demotion, it’s about what’s best for him long-term, and getting him all situation minutes in Hartford will help.

        Brooks wrote this morning that Schiefile (spelling) was a 7th overall pick and did not make the Jets until his 3rd season. Would we want him? ah, yeah. he’s one of the best in the league.

        Andersson could have played here now, if forced to do so.

        • Lias won’t be anything like Scheifele. His 200 ft game projects to be a 3c along with his production. Brooks used that example to smooth some stuff over in his article. You’re one the first few fans of Lias that didn’t mind it because the web has picked apart that piece for the worst, with a feeling like Brooks basically called him a future bust.

          As stated before camp, the guys who would make the opening roster will have to EARN IT. Drafting order and development issues would not play any part in it. Earlier JG told the press how Andersson’s draft merit wasn’t going to keep him from making the team. Howdy beat him fair and square, he’ll get a chance to play on the PP and PK in the NHL.

          • I wasn’t saying that Andersson will be like Scheif. I was saying that it took Scheif 3 years to establish himself in the NHL.

            Andersson COULD have made the team, the Rangers chose to play him in Hartford so he gets top minutes in all situations.

            You’re stuck on a narrative that’s not true. Gorton even said that Lias cold have made the team. That you didn’t read, lol.

  • Full disclosure that I did not come up with this but I thought it was hysterical.

    Someone on another hockey blog said that Andersson was so pissed that he was sent to Hartford that he threw his bus ticket into the crowd.

  • Vesey needs to be on the fourth line or released. He is useless. Spooner (last season) and namestikov (preseason) have both had good chemistry with hayes. But that is starting to look like the case with everyone that plays with hayes. Dont want to see him traded.

    • I agree about Vesey. To me he is a major disappointment and is overrated. So far, he hasn’t really proven he is a very good player at all. Big body,but he plays like a smaller player and gets banged around to much. Skill level mediocre, and he disappears for long periods of time. On a deep talented team, he is a forth line player at best, maybe a third line. I agree about Hayes, the guy is getting better and better.
      The Rangers went out and drafted Anderson seventh overall (I wasn’t that thrilled), and he is sent down. Was that the best they could have done with such a high draft choice? I know he is young, but I hope he doesn’t become just an average player and not a star.

    • It’s why Hayes was a hot commodity last February/Summer. Teams with legit top 1c’s saw that Hayes could easily play 2c and be one of the better players at that position for years to come. JG and Drury said hold up, 1) he’s not on the market, 2) give me a out of ball market value in return and 3) asked each other why would they trade him? The guy is going to bust the F out this season. 30 goals with 60 something points isn’t a bad prediction for him.

  • McQuaid will be able to keep the opposition honest, finally the day’s of turning the other cheek so our opponents can slap the other one are over. The guy has a mean streak, can take the body, clear the crease and protect our finesse players. He can also FIGHT with the best of them. You tube his fight with Matt Martin, he broke Martins ear drum and left him a bloody mess. The guy throws punches like Joe Kocur/ Tony Twist.

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