Mailbag: Chytil, Rebuild, the defense system, and scratches

Four questions for the mailbag to open the season. Here we go.

The Rock (I think that name is trademarked, might want to try a new one) asks: I’m predicting 37 goals and 22 assists for Filip Chytil, to get the pessimistic Ranger fans off my back.

Ok that’s more of a statement than a question. If Chytil puts up those numbers he’s winning the Calder. Given the ice time I expect him to receive, I’m thinking that if he cracks 20 goals it will be a huge year for him. My prediction is more in the 12-17 range for goals, and roughly 30 points. He’s a rookie, he’s going to be eased into the lineup, and he’s not going to get top line minutes right off the bat.

Mikeyyy asks: Loving the rebuild. Enjoy the ride.

Ok again more of a statement than a question. Yes, I love the rebuild, watching the kids and the coach grow together. But let’s not kid ourselves, this is going to be a rough ride. The first three games are just a microcosm of what’s to come. Sure, the team will eventually figure out the system, but as the cream rises to the top, they are going to pound on teams like the Rangers. It’s going to be a rough few years.

Mikeyyy also asks (I rephrased this for you): Given the system David Quinn runs –where the strong side defenseman goes to the corner and the weak side defenseman covers the slot– isn’t it possible that the number of shots given up from the left side is primarily because of the right defensemen?

First things first, nothing is every mutually exclusive. Yes, there will be times when shots from the left will be because of the defensemen on the right are not covering the slot properly. However, there are only isolated times when that comes up. That would be when the puck is in the corner or behind the net.

If the puck hasn’t crossed the goal line, then it’s still the LD who is responsible for coverage and gap control on the shooter. That will be more times than the puck is in the corner, so regardless, there is still an abnormally large quantity of shots being let up from that side of the ice.

It’s not just the heat map either, Rob L. (since we now have two Rob’s here) noted in his post the day that both Brendan Smith and Marc Staal have been somewhere between bad and horrendous to start the season. It’s only been three games, and while there is optimism (hope?) that Smith will eventually get it together, Staal has been regressing for years now. It goes beyond the stats and the heatmap, it’s the personnel as well.

Dave asks: Shattenkirk as the scratch?

Yes, that was the entire question I got. There are a few things at play here with Kevin Shattenkirk being scratched. First, I think Quinn is actively trying to get everyone into the lineup early, which means someone needs to sit. Shattenkirk is recovering from a torn MCL, so another day off won’t really hurt him. Plus, Quinn has noted he has a great rapport with Shatty, so my guess is this is something they discussed prior, and we on the back-end only get bits and pieces.

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34 thoughts on “Mailbag: Chytil, Rebuild, the defense system, and scratches

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 7:51 am

    There’s a new sheriff in town boys and girls, and he is establishing the guidelines, basically tearing the players down and starting from scratch.

    Brooks wrote today that Quinn yelled at practice, relating to the PP, “shoot the damn thing, it’s not a beauty contest.”

    LOVE IT!!

    Right coach, right time.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Sounds like a good drill sergeant, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:03 am

        “I am Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be ‘Sir.’ Do you maggots understand that?”

        • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:10 am

          Great movie……….

          • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:11 am


        • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

          Yutttttt !!!!!!!!!….Aye aye Sir said the recruits as they run to the pit

          • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:16 am


        • Oct 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm

          Sir, Yes Sir

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:28 am

        Remember “Hoosiers?” Coach Dale needed to “break the colts” and start from the ground. Same here.

        It’s about time, lol.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Yep I read that too! Awesome!!!….Now we need to know if it was Zuccarello or Hayes?

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

      lmao…..I had to change my name to my banter handle………Thanks to the mailbag…by the way I sent the reply to the mailbag by mistake….three games in and the Ranger fans are up in arms…..What did they expect? This is going to be a painful season, but I am not going to criticize our coach or management until this season is over….I will not get tired of saying that Quinn will mold his own team…..

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

        Im ok with the losing…I just want to see the kids play….Henrik not throw temper tantrums….McCleod to never see the ice again…Smith, Zuc, Shattenkirk, Kreider, McQuaid not be here next season

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Yep I agree and he obviously doesn’t care about someone’s draft pedigree all that much. He’s already demoted Chytil to 4th line duties! First Lias and now Philip, he’s going strictly by effort and than skill.

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Thinking tonight could be a pivotal game for us. Do we rebound and get our first win, or is it a San Jose blowout? Do the players respond or do they show Coach Quinn this ain’t college and we play different here? Could be a game that speaks volumes.

    Hayes, Zibanajad and Chytil need to have good games, as does the defense. My prediction is a final score of 4-1.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:49 am

      Hank will stand on his head tonight and we win a tight 3-2 game.

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Update on Kravtsov 15 games 3 goals 3 assists minus 6 leads his team with 35 shots

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 9:50 am

      He can maybe play on a line with Lias in Hartford….

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

        Lol this place would burn down and Dave would start writing down death threats. I think Kravtsov would play up here around better talent to develop unless if he had a TC and a player development like Lias did.

        • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:12 pm

          Hahah Mint yep

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

      The kid started poorly, but is improving and needs to continue to climb….expectations for Krav are huge and if the kid doesn’t pan out, then I will lead the angry bunch of Ranger fans that were not happy with the pick.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Those stats, while fine, don’t make clear how terrible Traktor has been this year. He has had to generate offense almost entirely without support, has had more than a few brilliant set up passes fumbled by his teammates, etc. The kid has been close to brilliant (and backchecks too). The only good thing about the dumpster fire that is Traktor is the possibility that he’ll get to North America sooner rather than later….

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

        Thank you for pointing this out.

        Kravtsov is having a relatively great start to his season. Nothing like an 18 year old prospect that is trying to carry his teammates, mostly full grown men. also, I think Traktor is one of the oldest teams in the KHL this season. Rangers got a steal in Kravtsov. By this spring the Rangers are going to have an 18 year old player that looks like he belongs in the NHL while Wahlstrom is wrapping up his freshman season in the NCAA.

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

        If there was a buyout of Traktor to be had…It should have been explored…..Traktor takes $$$ up front for a 19 year old? Im sure they would of bargained

        • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:25 pm

          Why? Why waste an extremely valuable ELC year to have Kravtsov play with this current bunch of stiffs?

          You want to stagger your prospects, you don’t want to have a summer where you have to sign 5+ NHL’ers to second contracts. That’s a great way to make all your cap space evaporate in one fell swoop.

          Let Kravtsov stay in the KHL this year, let him attempt to carry Traktor, that would be huge for his development. Come March, the Rangers can sign him to an ELC, play Kravtsov in 9 or less NHL matches, and start prepping for the 2019-20 season.

          • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:47 pm

            No No No I would not play Kravstov here with the Varsity….I want him here in Hartford playing the North American style

            • Oct 11, 2018 at 3:04 pm

              Well, yeah, that would work.

              I always forget ELCs can slide if a prospect stays in the AHL.

        • Oct 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm

          Doesn’t work that way, Krav has to buy himself out — the Rangers can’t buy his contract out.

      • Oct 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        I like that he is coming from a subpar Traktor squad. No letdown from going from a winner to rebuild mode, and no misleading stats largely generated as a result of elite teammates.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Goals are really hard to come by in the K. Remember that Anders Nilsson was Hasek there.

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Tonights Lineup probably looks like this
    Buchnevich-Zibanejad-Fast, Kreider-Howden-Zuccarello, Vesey-Hayes-Spooner, Namestnikov-Chytil-Lettieri.
    Skjei-McQuaid, Smith-Claesson, Staal-DeAngelo

    This is quite interesting. Buch goes back to LW, while the coach fave (and hardest worker) goes to RW on the first line. Howden jumps to 2nd line, with a passer (Zucc) and a speedster. Vesey goes back to the 3rd line where his defensive lapses can be covered by Hayes, but there is also the shoot-first Spooner there. Fourth line is a mess, where the hope is that Names can play as the adult on the line, playing 200′ hockey while Lettieri shoots and Chytil stick handles into no where land.

    The defense is a virtual free for all. McQ stays at home while Brady skates into the zone, Claesson gets his first look on the all-tentative backline and Tony D tries to weave his way out of the zone while Staal remembers his side of the zone.

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      I guarantee you Joe M will not be saying this on the air tonight lol

    • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      Actually Howden replaces Chytil on the 3rd line. I don’t see Quinn giving Vesey and Hayes 3rd line minutes. Sorry bro but he didn’t jump 2 places up in the lineup like you wish, try one place, where Zucc left off in the last game.

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Woohoo I’m famous.

  • Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I look forward to a good effort by the boys tonight. Time to grill some mako.

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