7PM: David Quinn met with the media on Wednesday and said (NYR):
- On Brady Skjei, “I thought it was probably Brady’s best game so far. Obviously a game we are counting on heavily, had a strong second half last year. With a little bit different look for our D-corps this year, he will be in a better position to hit the ground running and have the season we expect him to have. I like the direction his camp is going.”
- On Skjei building off last year, “for sure, people lose sight of the fact that he was still 24-25 years old, he cares so much that he doesn’t want to let people down. He signed his contract, a well deserved contract and he put a lot of undo pressure on himself. He didn’t want to let himself, his teammates, the organization, the fans down, there is a lot of self-induced pressure. He’s such a great person and want to please people that I think that was part of the burden that he carried.”
- On Joe Morrow, “Obviously a guy that we brought here because we think might might be able to use some depth on the blue line, he’s a smart player. He can skate, has a lot of skill. I think he’s looking for the consistency that will allow him to play more consistently in the league and his camp has reflected that.”
- On where the centers have shaken out, “it depends what day you ask me, when you deal with youth you deal with inconsistency. If you’d asked me yesterday I might have the centers in one order and then another order a different day. That is the challenge that we face. How other guys are playing and how Strome looked in the middle and things of that nature, there is a lot that goes into the decision making process. We’d like these guys to be able to play center and wing and as a forward a lot of guys have that ability, the question is how well they can do it.”
- On Lias Andersson, “he’s had some good moments, some bad moments not unlike other guys. We have a week to go here where I’d love for someone to raise their hand and separate themselves and say that it’s ‘my job’ and we have a bunch of guys in that situation.”
- On the practice groups today, “that was based on the players who played last night, who might play tomorrow. You could jump to a lot of conclusions but don’t do that because it’s not the case.”
- On Ryan Strome, “he’s smart, responsible, gives us some experience. Probably thought he had his best game of camp last night, I don’t think it was just because he played center, last night had more of an NHL feel to it where the previous two exhibition games he was in may have been some deflation before the game started because of the makeup of the rosters. Thought he had a better night last night.”
- On the goalie plan for the last two games, “probably full games but I’m going to talk to Benny and Gorts and Chris after and get more specific.”
- On DeAngelo, “he will play tomorrow.”
- On the next two games, “I doubt either lineup will look more like a full lineup. Probably last night’s game was the closest we will come to any semblance of a full lineup.”
- What are you looking for with DeAngelo, “looking for him to pick up off of last year. He had a good second half, did a lot of the things he’s going to need to do to be the player we know he is capable of being at this level. His puck skills speak for themselves, the defending piece of it, the gap, the stick, defending with his feet and stick. The thing about defending is that there are different ways to defend, if you go into the corner you need to measure up the size advantage or disadvantage. You have to win battles with quickness, good stick, good feet, body positioning and those are the things that, for someone Tony’s size, he is going to have to do more often than not. Closing quickly, taking away time and space, having a good stick and feet, having good gaps. If he does that, with his puck skills, he’s going to be a well rounded player.”
2:20PM: The Rangers have announced that Phil Di Giuseppe, Adam Huska and Tarmo Reunanen have all been sent to Hartford.
Matthew Robertson has been sent back to Edmonton of the WHL.
Danny O’Regan is on waivers today and if he clears will likely be sent to Hartford.
The Rangers have 19 forwards remaining in camp, 10 defensemen and three goalies.
At Rangers practice on Wednesday, they featured two groups (Mercogliano):
Group A featured:
- Brendan Lemieux, Lias Andersson, Jesper Fast
- Greg McKegg, Boo Nieves, Vitali Kravtsov
- Micheal Haley, Steven Fogarty, Vinni Lettieri
- Brendan Smith, Ryan Lindgren
- Tarmo Reunanen, Joe Morrow
- Matthew Robertson
- Igor Shesterkin
- Adam Huska
- Yegor Rykov is listed as injured.
Group B featured:
- Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich
- Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
- Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Filip Chytil
- Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba
- Marc Staal, Tony DeAngelo
- Libor Hajek, Adam Fox
- Henrik Lundqvist
- Alex Georgiev