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Friday - September 16th

Multiple sources New York Post, Lohud and New York Newsday confirmed today that Nils Lundkvist will not report for Training Camp and has asked for a Trade.

In comments (comments ) yesterday, GM Chris Drury said he wasn't sure whether Lundkvist would report, but that has been thoroughly clarified today with Lundkvist's agent Claude Lemieux making their position clear.

The loss of Lundkvist likely impacts the depth options for the team, and is the third example in the last four years of a former first round pick falling out with team management.

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 INJURY REPORT
There are no significant injuries to report
 
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Question Of The Day

August 19th, 2021

Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

Answer...
SEPTEMBER 13, 2022
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FRANK WAITE
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  Born: Apr 9 - 1905  
  Position: Center  
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  Assists: 3  
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 ► 2022 TRAINING CAMP
 CAMP ANALYSIS  
CAMP INFORMATION
Location
Greenburgh, NY
September 21st


PRESEASON RESULTS
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ROSTER
Invitees: 66
Remaining: 42
Maximum Roster: 23

CALENDAR
September
21  Training Camp
26  NHL Pre-Season Opener
October
8  Final Pre-Season Game
11  NHL Opener
11  Rangers Opener

PROJECTED ROSTER
FORWARDS
Sam Alfano
Maxim Barbashev
Sammy Blais
Easton Brodzinski
Jonny Brodzinski
Ryan Carpenter
Filip Chytil
Will Cuylle
Christiano DiGiancinto
Adam Edstrom
Turner Elson
Tannger Fritz
Julien Gauthier
Tim Gettinger
Barclay Goodrow
Jayden Grubbe
Karl Henriksson
Dryden Hunt
Zach Jordan
Kaapo Kakko
Patrick Khodorenko
Ryder Korczak
Vitali Kravtsov
Chris Kreider
Alexis Lafreniere
Ryan Lohin
Bryce McConnell-Barker
Brennan Othmann
Lauri Pajuniemi
Artemi Panarin
Ryan Reaves
Matthew Rempe
Austin Rueschhoff
Gustav Rydahl
CJ Smith
Adam Sykora
Bobby Trivigno
Vincent Trocheck
Jimmy Vesey
Alex Whelan
Mika Zibnajed
DEFENSE
Matt Bartkowksi
Ty Emberson
Adam Fox
Zach Giuttari
Libor Hajek
Louka Henault
Blake Hillman
Zac Jones
Ryan Lindgren
Luke Martin
K'Andre Miller
Matthew Robertson
Brandon Scanlin
Braden Schneider
Hunter Skinner
Jarred Tinordi
Jacob Trouba
Andy Welinski
GOALTENDERS
Talyn Boyko
Louis Domingue
Parker Gahagen
Dylan Garand
Jaroslav Halak
Olof Lindbom
Igor Shesterkin
NOT ATTENDING
Leevi Aaltonen
Brett Berard
Jaroslav Chmelar
Eric Ciccolini
Riley Hughes
Hank Kempf
Zakary Karpa
Simon Kjellberg
Brody Lamb
Noah Laba
Vittorio Mancini
Hugo Ollas
Oliver Tarnstrom
Kalle Vaisanen

LATEST CAMP NEWS
How Rangers prospect Brennan Othmann's confidence, presence and skill make him effective
The Athletic - September 29th
Rangers have tricky contract problems to solve
New York Post - September 29th
5 thoughts after one week of Rangers' training camp
Lohud - September 29th
Silly NHL rule adds another layer to Rangers' decision on young forward
New York Post - September 29th
'Can't beat him, sign him': Ex-'Ranger killer' being counted on for experience in goal
New York Post - September 28th
Rangers stock watch: Top Risers and Fallers after 2 preseason contests
AMNY - September 28th
Zac Jones or Libor Hajek? Rangers won't divulge whose winning 6th and final defensive spot
AMNY - September 28th
Rangers preseason stock watch: Jimmy Vesey among players on the rise
The Athletic - September 28th
Can Vesey show Rangers he's worth second chance?
New York Newsday - September 27th
Rangers Assign Adam Sykora to HK Nitra
New York Rangers - September 27th
Rangers training camp observations: Vincent Trocheck earning respect
Lohud - September 27th
Rangers' Othmann shows he can keep up with big boys
New York Newsday - September 27th
Rangers takeaways: Brennan Othmann makes the most of his opportunity
Lohud - September 27th
Rangers star suffers injury scare during preseason loss
New York Post - September 27th
Rangers forward out to prove he belongs -- again
New York Post - September 27th
Sammy Blais' recovery from ACL surgery won't stop him from making an impact on 2022 Rangers
AMNY - September 27th
Rangers vs. Boston Bruins: 3 big names to watch in team's second preseason contest
AMNY - September 27th
Who will make the Rangers as the final forwards? Everything they must consider
New York Post - September 27th
The Rangers vying for roster spots with preseason nearing
New York Post - September 26th
3 sizzling names to watch for in Rangers preseason opener against rival Islanders
AMNY - September 26th
5 Takeaways from Rangers 4-1 preseason win over Islanders
AMNY - September 26th
Rangers split up Kid Line in preseason win over Islanders
New York Post - September 26th
Islanders didn't look over familiar problem in preseason loss
New York Post - September 26th
Mika Zibanejad 'learned to trust myself' during Rangers' playoff run
Lohud - September 26th
Once-hyped Ranger reinvented himself for second act after 'miserable' career turn
New York Post - September 26th
Rangers' star 'learned a lot' going through early playoff struggles
New York Post - September 25th
Mika Zibanejad, the thinking man's No. 1 center
The Athletic - September 25th
LIer Trivigno excited about preseason game vs. Isles
New York Newsday - September 25th
Opportunity knocks for this Ranger
New York Post - September 24th
Artemi Panarin wants to be 'everywhere,' do 'everything' in 2022-23
The Athletic - September 24th
Rangers' Vitali Kravtsov hopes to quietly 'redeem myself'
Lohud - September 24th
Rangers' Panarin determined to get back to way he used to play
New York Newsday - September 24th
Rangers' Artemi Panarin wants to bring this trait back to his game
New York Post - September 24th
Rangers see relationship between Russian line-mates blossom in day 3 of camp
AMNY - September 24th
Shesterkin expecting an encore from last year's heroics: additional observations from Day 3
AMNY - September 24th
Rangers wing out to 'redeem' himself after rocky start
New York Post - September 24th
Rangers Trim Training Camp Roster by Four
New York Rangers - September 24th

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 Projected Forwards - First Line
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Alexis Lafreniere
Kreider and Zibanejad seem almost certain locks for the first line, especially after their year together last season.  The question of course is who will fill in on the right wing with the departure of Frank Vatrano over the Summer.  That's not to say it was really settled last year either.  The Rangers tried a number of combinations, including Hunt, Goodrow, Blais and Kakko, even shifting Kreider over to the right for a very short stint.

This year it still seems unsettled, though the favorite would seemingly be Lafreniere, who showed a bit of a growth curve last season, particularly in the playoffs.  Lafreniere will need to show he can play well positionally on the right, and that's one of the things he's working on this off-season, and so it seems likely this is where the Rangers will start the year.

If Lafreniere stumbles, then some of those options they used last season could come back into play, or perhaps even Kravtsov will get a look...though that seems a long shot without a very strong camp and preseason, and a stumble by Lafreniere.

 Projected Forwards - Second Line
Artemi Panarin Vincent Trocheck Kaapo Kakko
Chris Drury used the bulk of his discretionary free agency money to sign Trocheck to a seven year deal.  The 29 year old comes over from Carolina, and figures to slot into the space vacated by Ryan Strome, Panarin's partner for the last three seasons.  While there's plenty of questions about whether he can develop the same chemistry with Trocheck as he did with his predecessor, the Rangers seem more than committed to giving this every opportunity to succeed.

Does Kakko slide back into the right side after finishing last year on the third line, well it seems likely that he is the default choice, having played a bit with Panarin over the last couple of seasons.  Kakko will be hoping to stay healthy and get his offense on track after three inconclusive seasons, and with Kravtsov back in the US, he'll be under a bit more pressure this season.  If Kakko struggles, then one of Kravtsov, Goodrow or Blais would seemingly be in line to give it a go, perhaps in that order.

 Projected Forwards - Third Line
Sammy Blais Filip Chytil Vitali Kravtsov
Call them the Contract Line if you like, but all three players projected to the third line are in contract years, and none of them are certainties to return if they don't perform this year.  Chytil looks the sure bet, with a chance to prove that the playoffs were him finding his touch, rather than a fluke of circumstances. 

At 22 years old, Chytil is already a veteran on this team, but has yet to prove he can stay healthy, and that he can consistently be a threat offensively.  His seven goals in the playoffs caught a lot of attention, and were second only to Kreider, so this could be the year that he finally puts together a good campaign.

Likewise, both Blais and Kravtsov have something to prove.  Blais had his season ended by P.K. Subban of the devils, who caught him awkwardly and caused him to tear his ACL.  Despite getting back on the ice late in the post season, Gerard Gallant elected to go with the guys who had been playing, rather than risk bringing him back in after such a long layoff.  With just 15 games to his name as a Ranger, Blais will need to show enough to earn another contract next year.

By contrast, Kravtsov has returned from Russia after a rocky start to his professional career in North America.  The young Russian has had multiple run-ins with Rangers management, culminating in a seemingly terminal move to return to his homeland after being amongst the last cuts at training camp last year.

Now back in North America, it looks as if Kravtsov is all but guaranteed a roster spot due to his waiver eligibility, and will likely start the year either on the team, or in the press box.  Given the Rangers need for secondary scoring, it seems a good chance that he'll get a shot on the third line to start.

 Projected Forwards - Fourth Line
Barclay Goodrow Ryan Carpenter Ryan Reaves
While he was used as a utility forward last season, Goodrow's value is probably best realized as a checking forward, and Gallant is still searching for a make-up that will allow him to execute on that ideal.  With the top nine continuing to be more offensively driven, it probably makes the most sense to use Goodrow on the 4th line, though whether Gallant does indeed do that remains to be seen.  It's possible that Goodrow and Blais swap, to lend a bit more defensive responsibility to that third line, or he could indeed come in here on the fourth line.

With Rooney's departure, the role of fourth line center then would likely fall to either Ryan Carpenter or relative unknown Gustav Rydahl, who was signed as a 27 year old UFA from Sweden.  Goodrow could also slot into the center and allow Dryden Hunt to play on the wing, or even slide over to the right to replace Reaves.

Carpenter for his part looks like the first choice if they do go for a center though, and while he's not the biggest guy, he could provide them some decent minutes on the fourth line.

As for Reaves, age has been catching up to him, and perhaps this year we'll see him play fewer games, or maybe even become the second choice on the fourth line.  We're not betting on that yet, so we'll slot him in the 4th line as the defacto starter there, but as we saw in the latter part of the season, he could find himself a casualty as the Rangers look to put together more of a pressure line than a physical one.


 Projected Forwards: Reserves
Dryden Hunt Jimmy Vesey
It seems likely that the Rangers will only go with one spare forward this year, providing them a bit more cap room, but if they do go with two, then the odds on favorites would appear to be Hunt and Gauthier.  Hunt provides utility to play up the line-up (albeit with only limited effectiveness) as well as both wings.  Gauthier by contrast could well be an early season trade casualty, all even before that if the Rangers can figure out a way to move him as he has reportedly requested. 

While he has size and speed, Gauthier's lack of creativity and limited hockey-sense have limited him in his 96 NHL games to date.  A specialist right winger, he also doesn't bring much in terms of physical play or defensive ability, so could end up being exposed on waivers prior to being reassigned to Hartford - if unclaimed.

That leaves open a window for former Ranger Jimmy Vesey to win a spot and perhaps serve as an extra forward.  Whether he beats out Dryden Hunt for a sole forward spot remains to be seen, or perhaps he doesn't earn a contract at all and parts ways during camp.

OTHER NOTBALE FORWARDS

Jonny Brodzinski - could be an injury replacement, otherwise AHL
Will Cuylle - might have the best path to a Rangers spot, especially if there's an injury
Jayden Grubbe - return to WHL
Karl Henriksson - Will play in Hartford or Jacksnoville this season
Ryder Korczak - Expected to return to WHL
Matthew Rempe - Maybe gets a shot in AHL/ECHL
Brennan Othmann - Can't play in AHL this year, so likely will go back to OHL
Lauri Pajuniemi - Expected to play in Hartford
Gustav Rydahl - Could put some pressure on Carpenter for the 4th line center spot
Bobby Trivigno - Outside chance of putting pressure on the top guys

Expected to play in Hartford:
Turner Elson
Tim Gettinger
Anthony Greco
Patrick Khodorenko
Austin Rueschhoff
CJ Smith

First Camp:
Maxim Barbashev - 2022 Draft Pick - QMJHL
Adam Edstrom - 2019 Draft Pick - AHL/ECHL
Bryce McConnell-Barker - 2022 Draft Pick - OHL

 Projected Defense - 1st Pair
Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox
Back again for their fourth season, doesn't seem like there'll be any big changes here yet

 Projected Defense - 2nd Pair
K'Andre Miller Jacob Trouba
As with the first pair, the second pair seems pretty well set

 Projected Defense - 3rd Pair
Zac Jones Braden Schneider
In the second half of last season, Braden Schneider came in and made the third pair right side defense his to lose, and he'll go into camp with a firm hold on the spot.  Who is partner will be is the only question on a Rangers blue line that looks very settled.  Last year's experiment with Patrik Nemeth proved a failure, and Nils Lundkvist failed to impress as the preferred choice to start, and ultimately got traded just before camp.

With Jones also having some experience over the last couple of seasons, it appears he has the best chance to secure the final spot, though the Rangers could also elect to go with Libor Hajek in that role.  Hajek has really struggled to cement a spot in the line-up, but returns for his fifth season with 94 NHL games to his credit, including 17 last year.  Jones appears to have the higher upside, but both have work to do on their defensive game, which might provide enough room for Matthew Robertson to sneak past both of them..

Robertson's rookie pro season in the AHL was steady if not eye opening, so he'll have work to do if he wants to push past the two in front of him.

 Projected Defense - Reserves
Libor Hajek
If Hajek wins the starting job, then perhaps this spot goes to Tinordi, though given his limited abilities as demonstrated last season, it would seem unlikely at this point.

OTHER NOTBALE DEFENSEMEN

Ty Emberson - acquired in the Nemeth trade, Emberson is a bit of a reclamation project at 22
Matthew Robertson - As noted, could be a threat to win a spot, but needs to have a strong camp
Brandon Scanlin - UFA signed out of college, has some work to do to move up the depth chart
Hunter Skinner - worth keeping an eye on, still has many in front of him has been quietly effective

Expected to play in Hartford:
Jarred Tinordi
Andy Welinski

 Projected Goaltending
Igor Shesterkin Jaroslav Halak
Shesterkin paid off his big contract and more with a Vezina Trophy performance and a career season.  He'll be joined this year by the 37 year old veteran Jaroslav Halak, who will likely see around 20 games or so barring an injury to Shesterkin.
OTHER NOTBALE GOALIES

Dylan Garand - Expect big things from Garand in Hartford this year

Expected to play in Hartford:
Louis Domingue
Parker Gerhage

First Camp:
Olof Lindbom - 2018 Draft Pick