Another prospects camp, another knee injury to a top Rangers prospect.
Last season, Dylan McIlrath dislocated his knee cap after running into Kyle Jean and missed half the AHL season, now Adam Tambellini, who was the Rangers first pick (3rd round) on Sunday, apparently tweaked his knee on Monday and had to sit out yesterday's scrimmage at the MSG Training Facility.
...all indications are that Tambellini is fine and the Rangers held him out for precautionary reasons. Still has to be very disappointing for Tambellini, who was likely trying to make a nice first impression on the organization.
Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United listed some of the day's highlights...
"Seeing goals and strong play from past draft picks like Yogan (4th round, 2010), Spelling (5th round, 2012), and St. Croix (4th round, 2011) was a plus, as was the physical play of McIlrath (1st round, 2010) and Graves (4th round, 2013). At one point McIlrath hit Hrivik so hard, he lifted the strong forward off his skates and delivered him hard into the back boards. And Graves opened the scrimmage with a punishing hit in the corner after only ten seconds or so of play.
Offensively Anthony Duclair (3rd round, 2013) was among the standouts, seemingly always on the puck, though he was unable to showcase that great speed we have heard about. He was also very responsible on the back check. Nieves (2nd round, 2012) stood out as the best playmaker on the ice, creating a string of scoring chances with his excellent vision and precise passing. Buchnevich (3rd round, 2013) showed a quick release and has the look of a sniper, always putting himself in position to shoot and to try and score. He rang one of his shots off the post from just inside the right circle at one point."
Cerny added that 2012 first round pick Brady Skjei, who gained 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, displayed strong positional play and shot-blocking during the day.
...always good when your top prospects are the ones standing out. Love hearing that McIlrath was being physical. Keep it up kid. You might find yourself on the Rangers roster before you know it.
...i think I'm officially the most excited about Nieves. This kid is the real deal. Would love to see him leave Michigan after this season to start his professional career with the Whale as soon as possible. Big, playing making center who can score? Yes, please.
Here's scrimmage highlights...
Ulf Samuelsson described his defensive system... No one screens the goalie, no one gets a rebound. I like the sound of that!!! Let Hank see everything, I am pretty sure he will save 95% of shots that he can see.
So excited for Boo... he is the center we don't have. He also makes Boyle expendable. Think about these 5 centers: Stepan, Lindberg, Nieves, Brassard and Miller... I would move Miller to wing on the third line with Brasard. Seriously though, I think it may be time to start focusing on other needs because right now our center depth is very impressive... now if only they could win face-offs
If you want to ruin all of the NYR future prospects' confidence, they should let Hank dress up for a scrimmage.
some sick moves on some of these guys. I'm glad tambellini got hurt and not someone who we all hope to make the team out of camp.
You watch these games, or AHL games, or ANY games other than NHL and you really see that the differences between them in terms of quality and speed, etc...are like measurements on the Richter Scale, wherein the next level up is not simply a linear progression, but orders of magnitude. It makes it so hard to project how anyone will do in the NHL. Only being a little facetious, I would totally forget the stats and simply design something that tests reflex speed. Then I would just draft the biggest and best skaters of those who did well. (Maybe throw wrenches at them a la Dodgeball)
@FREE LINDBERG I'd hate to rain on your parade but we also have an other center name Richards who will be one of the shoe inns.
@jmacwilli Agreed. You see these guys, and they look good skating/playing against other prospects, AHLers, but against NHLers, it's an entirely different ballgame. Why I worry about Dylan McIlrath. If you watch him in the AHL, he looks slow, and that will only be multiplied if he gets up to the big leagues.