Is anyone else getting tired of games that have next to no roster implications at all? I mean, we get it, there are 1 or 2 spots available on this team, mostly as backup players. but seriously, does anyone really think Dylan McIlrath, Bell, Parlett, Mitchell, etc will make this team? Come on guys, really?
I think the reason the Rangers have so many players on their team right now is because they have a ridiculous 4 games in 5 nights schedule (though as someone who just finished 7 games in 6 nights, they shouldn’t complain). They should really try to get some of their regulars going out there because from what we’ve seen, the Rangers regulars have not been all that impressive this preseason, as it took a pretty monumental performance by Martin Biron for most of the regular season Rangers to be a Czech hockey team. That should not happen.
As it stood, the Connecticut Wha…err New York Rangers pretty much manhandled a Frolunda team that is already well into their regular season. I guess this shows you why you shouldn’t put much stock into SEL players who dominate, a-la Fabian Brunnstrom, Tim Erixon and Mats Zucarello-Aasen. It’s nice, but I want to see what you do against a significantly better opponent.
To be fair, both Erixon and MZA played pretty good games. Michael Del Zotto, while scoring a nice goal and getting an assist, wasn’t as good as he has been most of this preseason. Wojtek Wolski who missed a superb chance off of a beautiful pass by, I think Christensen, didn’t do much at all out there. Frankly he’s been rather disappointing after hearing all the hard work he put in this offseason. We’ll see how it goes for Wojtek, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the every day left winger for Gaborik and Richards ends up being Derek Stepan.
All in all it was a pretty blah game for the boys in blue. They didn’t look particularly motivated like they usually do, outside of Henrik of course, and they rather easily beat a team that outworked them considerably. This is the antithesis of New York Rangers hockey this past season. They never were outworked, though they were frequently outskilled. Tonight was kind of strange because they clearly had some players who were more skilled than the Frolunda team, but not enough that they should have been so blah out there.
Give credit to some of the kids though, Bourque and Hagelin have both been outstanding, as has an oft injured Sean Avery. It would be criminal if Sean Avery does not make this team. This preseason he has BADLY outplayed nearly every other Ranger forward, and he has kept his cool, not taking stupid penalties. The Rangers will need Sean Avery this season, especially if he can carry this play forward. Ok, more later, I’m off to bed!