Only three questions this week for the mailbag, but three loaded questions.
Ray asks: Did not see this on BSB, but did you see that Vitali Kravtsov suffered a torn triceps at the WJC and is currently out?
Kravtsov did suffer a triceps injury at the WJC, but the initial reports of the torn triceps were incorrect. It was a tricep strain that he played through. Still managed to finish the tournament with a 2-4-6 line in 7 games. He hasn’t missed much time in the KHL since the WJC either, and has a line of 6-12-18 in 41 games, good for third on Traktor. An 18 year old in the top three on his team is pretty impressive, since the KHL is a notorious seniority league. The Rangers struck gold here.
DeAngelo was scratched because of “maturity issues.” It’s what Larry Brooks reported yesterday. It appears to stem from an offside call against Philly where DeAngelo barked at the linesman, but that’s unconfirmed. It’s worth noting that this is now the third team that has had maturity issues with DeAngelo. The kid is supremely talented and could probably carve a role out for himself as a bottom-four defenseman who QBs a powerplay. If he gets out of his own way, though.
Andy asks: What are your thoughts on Morgan Barron? He’s been elevating his game in the NCAA and we are starting to hear more about him.
After putting up a respectable 5-13-18 line (33 games) in his freshman year at Cornell, Barron has exploded this year with 11-12-13 in 20 games and counting this year. The Rangers’ 6th rounder in 2017, Josh noted that he was a project pick. He’s a big kid that can skate, and it looks like he is putting it all together. Adam Herman noted he has a legitimate shot to make the NHL, and for a 6th round pick that’s pretty good. That’s all you can ask for from a 6th rounder. It looks like the Rangers may have something here.