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What David Quinn said on Monday

David Quinn met with the media on Monday and said (NYR):

  • On Day 1, “I liked our effort, I thought we had effort all throughout the practices, the scrimmage got off to a slow start but picked up dramatically in the second part of it. Are there things we want to improve on? Everything, really. The first day after being off the ice for so long and a unique offseason is difficult to manage. I was focused on the effort and making sure that guys were working on their conditioning and paying attention to the structure stuff we were working on and for the most part I thought we got that accomplished.”

  • What about coaching a high pick in Kakko will help with Lafreinere, “I think every player is different, you certainly learn as you go along, coaching all different types of players, what can apply to other people. There really is no blueprint to coach each player, whether they are a rookie or a 30-year old veteran. Every player is different and you have to make sure you have a feeling of what motivates them and what doesn’t. At the end of the day it’s the responsibility of the coaching staff, responsibility of the head coach, figuring out what motivates people, how to manage people, you don’t manage everybody the same and it’s our job as a coaching staff to figure out a way to coach Lafreniere to the best of our abilities and allow him to be the best player he can possibly be.”
  • What stood out about Lafreniere today, “I got a chance to watch him a little bit during the skates we had here the last two weeks and you can see, he plays fast, has his head up, strong on his skates, competes hard and has world class talent. This guy approaches the game the right way, he has a lot of ‘pro’ to him already and I liked his effort today.”
  • Do you keep an eye out for Matthew Robertson and the prospects in camp, “I think you are always paying attention, regardless of who is out there. Whether they are part of your future or your team right now, that is part of the reason why we bring people like him here to get his feet wet in the organization, get a feel for how he can handle an NHL player during one-on-ones or a scrimmage. It’s beneficial to us, you are always forming opinions when you are watching a shift, regardless of whether someone is part of your future or not. He certainly is a big part of our future and I liked what I saw out of him today, that is for sure. He’s a big kid that can skate, closes on people, a defensive edge to him that you like to see.”
  • On helping Lafreniere deal with expectations, “Just managing pressure, expectations, outside noise. These kids have such pressure on them from the minute they get to this level and no one will have more pressure than him. Whether it’s self-induced or from social media or whatever, it’s a very difficult time for players like him in all sports, to come to the NHL and not feel an abundance of pressure. These kids spend an awful lot of time on their phones and computers and they read everything people talk about. To me, managing the outside distractions, focusing on the task at hand here and not letting the outside noise affect what he has to do here daily.”
  • On improving overall effort, “The bottom line is, if we are not going to have success it can’t be for a lack of conditioning or lack of effort. That can’t be two reasons why we don’t have the season we are capable of having. I know our guys understand that, we have talked about it an awful lot since we got out of the bubble and had our asses handed to us by Carolina. As we talked about when the season/bubble ended, we don’t want to paint the brush with three games, but we can’t ignore them. For our team to take advantage of the skill and talent we have, we’ve got to make sure we come here everyday with a great effort and in great shape. This year more than ever, because of the schedule and teams you are going to see, to me, those can’t be two reasons why we don’t have success.”
  • On the status of the guys who did not skate today, “I haven’t had a chance to talk to the training staff. I’ll get back there and talk to Rammer and hopefully they will be available tomorrow.”

In the Rangers first practice group, the lines used were (Carpiniello):


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  • Chris Kreider, Brett Howden, Pavel Buchnevich
  • Brendan Lemieux, Kevin Rooney, Morgan Barron
  • Gabriel Fontaine, Colin Blackwell, Jonny Brodzinski
  • Tim Gettinger
    • Tony DeAngelo, Jacob Trouba
    • Jack Johnson, Anthony Bitetto
    • Libor Hajek, Darren Raddysh
      • Alex Georgiev, Tyler Wall

The Rangers second practice group had lines of (Carpiniello):

  • Artemi Panarin, Ryan Strome, Kaapo Kakko
  • Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, Julien Gauthier
  • Phil Di Giuseppe, Patrick Khodorenko, Anthony Greco
  • Austin Rueschhoff
    • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
    • K’Andre Miller, Brendan Smith
    • Matthew Robertson, Tarmo Reunanen
    • Brandon Crawley
        • Igor Shesterkin, Adam Huska