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What David Quinn said on Wednesday

Rangers coach David Quinn met with the media after practice on Wednesday and said (NYR):

  • On Kaapo Kakko and the comparison Quinn makes to Svechnikov, “eventually we showed some clips to him about Svechnikov’s game and talked to him about the difference of the end of his first season compared to the beginning of his first season, about it being an adjustment period for all rookies, regardless of where you are picked. He understands why his season evolved the way it did. I really like what I see out of him, like I said yesterday, there is a level of excitement in his game, it looks like there is a different level of confidence in his game and we are anticipating a good run for him.”
  • On the scrimmage this morning, “as a staff, one of the reasons we did this is because we haven’t played a game in a while and I think the quicker you can get into game situations the better you are going to be. Before you know it, August 1st is going to be here so, we have to put these guys into game-like situations and get them acclimated to the pace and changes and shift lengths, the little details and nuances of the game. One of the things I really liked was, I was unsure how long the second half was going to go, I was planning for two 20-minute periods, stop-time, and I was curious how the second half would go because I didn’t want to see the scrimmage deteriorate. One of the things we’ve talked about as a staff is building blocks and building every day and it’s not going for a long period of time it’s about being efficient and playing at a pace and building every day and I was impressed with the pace we were able to sustain through 40-minutes. I loved our work ethic and that there wasn’t a big drop off at the end of a 40-minute scrimmage.”
  • On preparing to play 12PM games, “we had a game this year, I think it was Nashville, it was a 1PM Eastern start but we played at 12PM and there was a lot of debate about what time we should get them up, how many times should they eat, there were so many things that went into it. We ended up winning and playing well and I think we will use that blueprint for those noon games. It is a little bit different, not that big of a difference to what these guys are used to. The crowd situation is going to be something that guys will have to get used to and the sooner you get used to it, the better you are going to be.”
  • Does playoff experience matter for this, “It is going to be different. When you go into Carolina for Game 1 and it’s a sold out building it’s a lot different than going into Toronto to play against Carolina with no one in the stands. I think a huge part of playoff hockey is the atmosphere and environment. That is going to be different for sure, and maybe playoff experience isn’t going to be as big a factor as it would under normal circumstances. That being said, if it’s a 3-2 hockey game with 10-minutes to go, playoff experience is going to matter regardless of the people in the stands. I don’t think it’s going to be as big of an impact as it usually is.”
  • On what he saw from Igor and the goalies in the scrimmage, “I thought Igor had a great day today, thought he was outstanding. I thought Hank had a good day and Georgie had a good day. It’s not a surprise, we have a lot of faith in all three of these guys and let the battle continue.”
  • Which guys are close to regular condition, “I don’t see much discrepancy between anybody. I don’t think there is one guy that is in incredible shape and I don’t think there is anybody where you roll your eyes and say ‘oh boy, we got a lot of work to do with this guy. I think these guys have done a really good job of working with what they had to be in a pretty good spot right now under these difficult circumstances. I don’t think anyone has really separated themselves either way, whether they are in incredible shape or not in great shape, we are pretty pleased with where we are as a group from a conditioning standpoint.”
  • Do you keep an eye on the young players, “we are always watching and these guys are here. I’ve been on the ice with the extras one day and another day I watched from up top. It’s playoff hockey and we are going to play the guys that give us the best chance to win, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to continue to try to help these guys develop, maybe it happens sooner than later, we will continue to do our job with those guys. That being, it’s all about winning playoff hockey games.”
  • On Adam Fox not being a Calder finalist, “disappointed Foxy isn’t one of the finalists, it’s a strong group, I certainly understand that. I might be a little biased but this guy has done an awful lot for us. I keep focusing on the defensive side of it because his offensive side speaks for itself. We are fortunate to have Tony here so his PP opportunities probably hasn’t been what Quinn Hughes or Makar’s has been. Not taking anything away from the seasons they’ve had, they’ve been spectacular this season too. It’s not an easy thing to do when you have this extremely talented group of rookies.”
  • Have you guys discussed how it will all work in Toronto, “We are really just focusing on our next practice here. I’m not trying to go Bill Belichick on you and avoid the question, I have not thought one second about how we are going to handle Toronto. I don’t know a lot of the specifics yet, I think we are trying to iron that out. We did have conversations yesterday about things like that but we are going to keep it as normal as possible. I know a big deal is being made about the bubble but I don’t think, with what their routine on the road is, will be much different than what the bubble will allow you to do. I don’t think it’s going to be as big a deal as people think it’s going to be, I’ve said this before, when someone tells you you can’t do something you make it a bigger deal out of it than you normally should because even though you may not do it, you want to complain about it. I’m not worried about that.”