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2019-20 Rangers

David Quinn on Chytil, Kreider, Brendan Smith and more

Rangers coach David Quinn met with the media on Saturday and said (NYR):

  • Did anything catch your eye, “I liked our intensity and purpose for the first day, a lot of things to like. I thought they were listening, attention to detail, I liked our effort.”
  • On Chytil, “I thought Fil competed hard right from the get-go. He was setting the pace, setting the tone. He wasn’t shying away from contact and was engaged. Like I said yesterday, you see something different in his eye. There is a level of confidence that he is walking around with that you hope will transpire out to the ice.”
  • On Chytil playing with Kreider, “Fil can play at Kreids’ pace and I think that Kreids will benefit from Fil’s hockey sense and creativity. Fil isn’t a small guy, one of the things guys were saying during that practice was that Fil has gotten stronger. I think Fil is in a different place mentally and a comfort level that is going to help him day in and day out and I’m anxious to see how those two work together.”
  • On Chris Kreider, “he’s been the normal Chris Kreider that I coached last year, I don’t see any difference in him. He’s approaching practice the same way, has a smile on his face and brings life to the locker room and practices, I don’t anticipate there being any problem.”
  • More on Kreider, “When you have been in the league as long as he has, I don’t see much difference in him other than he was healthier than he was at the end of last year. He’s been in the league a long time and knows what to expect and what to do in training camp and he’s one of our veterans and leaders and embraces that role in each passing year and fully expect him to be a big contributor on and off the ice.”
  • On Chytil’s development, “he had moments and stretches where he was doing the things he needs to do but there were a lot of inconsistencies in his game. I don’t sense that will be the case this year. Every guy goes through a little bit of a bad stretch but I think he might be able to minimize it with his offseason, his mentality. I’m anxious and excited for him.”
  • On Chytil having a season in the NHL, “it helps, he came a long way. He got drafted in the first round after playing a low level of hockey, who had to make a big jump to get here. There is a lot more familiarity with our other draft picks getting here, their transition wasn’t as difficult as Fil’s. He turned 19 last September, his first full season in the NHL he just turns 19 and there were a lot of obstacles he was facing that other rookies don’t. Now that he is passed it and gone through a full-year here, I think there is a whole new level of confidence for him.”
  • On Trouba and his intensity in practice, “I think it’s a great and added element to our practices. He just instinctively does that. Guys are born with that type of DNA, some guys have it to another level and he’s one of those guys. I thought he had a good day.”
  • On when Trouba knocked Kakko to the ice, “I thought it was a nice hockey play. I liked how Kakko responded.”
  • Is Brendan Smith a defenseman, “Brendan Smith will probably do both. I thought he had a good day today, I think we may see him be a bit of a swingman.”
  • Is Smith impacted by DeAngelo not being there, “I think everyone is to a certain degree because Tony had a good year last year, so every defenseman’s situation changes a little bit.”
  • On Panarin, Zibanejad and Buchnevich together, “we didn’t do a lot of line stuff, as training camp progresses we will do more of it, especially when we get to two teams. We will have full teams in each practice but the first few days from my end of it and our end of it are more about conditioning. I don’t think there was enough of it to make a true evaluation.”
  • On their communication, “that familiarity and communication certainly helps.”
  • On the defense prospects, “it’s too early to make any judgment like that.”
  • Are Mika, Chytil, Lias and Howden the top-four centers, “those are four of the centers and you have McKegg who is playing center and other guys who are in the mix, but everyone’s play will dictate where…I may have to move one of those guys to the wing to fill the roster out.”