"Pavel Valentenko, needs a bit more work on his positioning, but he's poised to make the leap soon...by the way, if you haven't seen him unload a shot from the point yet, we're talking power in the Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara neighborhood."
...would love to see him unleash that a couple of times in the preseason. If he's able to connect on a few he might find himself on the Rangers opening night roster.
Agree with everything you guys have said. I love this kids grit and also felt he should have made the team last year with his impressive camp. That being said, with Erixon coming in and Emmy back, along with last years emergence of Sauer and Mickey D, it is going to be even harder for him this year to make the cut. Would love to have him, but who is he going to beat out? Maybe it comes down to him and MDZ, who says he is re-focused. Nice problem to have though, all these young studs at D.
Not sure how many of you guys have gotten to see him play in-person, but when the Whale came down to Charlotte last season I had a chance to watch. In terms of quality, he was head and shoulders above the rest of the defensemen on the team. He moved well, didn't mind taking the body, and had a great shot. I have no doubt he'll easily make the transition to the NHL when he's given the opportunity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEHbLKfWv-I&feature=youtube_gdata_player ...Valentenko's first pro goal. Look at that rocket, and I can only assume its gotten better. I've been a huge supporter of V-Tank (love the nickname) since we got him and would love to see him on the opening night roster.
Weber just got 7.5 mil in arbitration for 1 year... Really glad the Rangers didnt break the bank for him.
V-Tank just missed playing on the roster last year but it would be nice to see him on the roster.
Btw this whole Lefty Defenseman thing is getting outta hand. We might need a righty. While playing two lefty defenseman on the same line isn't the worst thing in the world it's certainly not ideal.
Also, gotta imagine one of these d-men get moved shortly to get some offense.
I really want to see this kid on the team next year. He draws a lot of comparisons to Chara in size and style, and even though he probably won't be as good, it would be great to say the Rangers have their own homegrown Chara/Pronger type player. He also seems to have the most chance of making the team if he plays well out of any of the current defensive prospects. Erixon also has a high chance also, but is still an unknown until camp, and MDZ should have started last season in the minors because v-tank outplayed him then, and I expect he will do it again. (Also: how awesome of a nickname is v-tank? I can't wait to hear somebody say how V-tank wrecked Crosby, or something to that affect :)
@TheAveryRule What a shot!!!! Thanks for posting.
@cptFalcon0283 He would have looked nice on the power play though.
@cptFalcon0283 , Erixon has the higher rating, and the consensus says he's got a higher ceiling. The Rangers have a group of young defensemen without a lot of experience and poise was sometimes an issue for the younger guys last year. Erixon is highly touted for his hockey intelligence and his smart two-way game. He could very well fit right in.
That said, I'm a V-tank fan already. I don't think he's compared to Chara in size - Valentenko is 7 inches shorter and 37 pounds lighter - but you gotta love his aggressive physical play and that big shot. His time is coming, but I don't think it's quite here yet.
It will definitely be interesting to see what happens in camp. When I watched him play, I couldn't help but compare him to Redden when they were on the ice, and the difference in their play was very noticeable.