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Gallant on Kravtsov, Chytil and the expected lineup tonight

The Rangers lineup against the Islanders tonight is expected to be (Stephenson):

  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere
  • Barclay Goodrow, Filip Chytil, Vitali Kravtsov
  • Dryden Hunt, Morgan Barron, Julien Gauthier
  • Will Cuylle, Matt Rempe, Karl Henriksson

    • Ryan Lindgren, Adam Fox
    • Patrik Nemeth, Nils Lundkvist
    • Jarred Tinordi, Anthony Bitetto
      • Alex Georgiev
      • Adam Huska.

The PP units are slated to be (Stephenson):


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  • Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere, Dryden Hunt, Adam Fox
  • Barclay Goodrow, Filip Chytil, Vitali Kravtsov, Julien Gauthier, Nils Lundkvist.

Gerard Gallant spoke today after practice and said (NYR):

  • On the actual spots available, “there’s not a lot. I mean, every coach or manager, says there’s always jobs available when people come up and and take the jobs and you know that’s that’s all part of the game, but there’s not a lot we know there’s some good good young players come up and battle for spots and make the decisions real tough at the end of the day, but we’re like any other team. I mean, you know when you got that many guy signed and you got a salary cap and, but you want to see young players push for jobs or, you know 23-24 year old guys that haven’t played all a lot of games I mean, some guys came up last year and played well so they deserve a chance and that the opportunity arises, you know, who knows when you got to make a decision when the when the regular season starts.”
  • On Vitali Kravtsov, “it’s not about us giving him the opportunity, he’s got to earn it. You know he’s a talented guy, he’s a guy that we count on being a very important player for us this year so he’s one of those guys that you know come and show us and do the best you can do and, you know come to training camp in good shape like he didn’t work hard. So there’s a lot there but, you know, take advantage of it.”
  • What do you know about Kravtsov, “I mean not a lot I mean I watched him on TV, I know there’s a lot of potential there, there’s a lot of talent there, he’s a high draft choice. But, you know, you got to show it, you got to, you know, go out there and you know I think I made comments about, you know, good teams of winning teams like Tampa, those types of teams that you look at. They’re great players play a two way game, and that’s what we got to get more from our from our top guys, not from our top guys from all our guys, that’s what’s demanding and I think Tampa was a perfect example and Goodrow’s line last year, that line was as important as any of the playoffs last year, and it was good to see. You know it was Goodrow, Gordy and Coleman, you know, not big, big name players but they’ve done a great job and they were they were, to me, one of the main reasons Tampa won the cup back to back years, that was an important line. That’s what you need, you need people playing a hard game, a two-way game and that is what Kravy and a lot of our young players gotta do.”
  • On Chytil, Goodrow and Kravtsov, “I see some good talent from those two guys, Goodrow is going to push them to be better players and he’s going to talk to them every shift about doing the right things with the puck and putting it in the right situations, and it’s not all about offense so I think a good veteran player like Goodrow is going to help those two hockey players for sure. And they’re both, like I said, they are both talented hockey players that, but we you know we got to get, not more out of them, but more out of our team, our group.”
  • On Chytil, “I sort of see him as a guy, when I was in Montreal, quite a few years ago as assistant coach, Lars Eller was a guy that had some good skill and good talent and Lars turned himself into a real good two-way hockey player. I see some of that in him as a young player so hopefully, you know, does he maybe have a little more skill than Lars Eller, I think he does right now just looking at him, but Lars Eller turned himself into a real good hockey player in Washington, won a Stanley Cup and played a big part. I hope he turns into a good defensive player like Eller, but I think he’s got a little bit more upside.”
  • On a spot for Morgan Barron, “It’s always difficult, he knows that, but there’s opportunities, like I said he came in here and did the right things all summer. Last year he finished real good, he played some games up here, he made an impression on the organization, I didn’t know the kid. The only time I heard about the kid was, he’s a maritime kid from from same area I’m from. I heard he was a great kid, that Jim Midgley skates those guys all summer long with Crosby and those guys he said this kid’s got a chance to play in the NHL. And then I get the Ranger job and you know then then you know more about him so he’s knocking on the door and like I said it’s going to be, it’s going to be a battle and who knows what happens that at the end of the training camp but you know you keep 23-guys, and if he’s one of those guys well that’d be great, but he’s got to earn that spot, he’s got to keep working hard like he’s done, he came to camp in incredible shape and he’s done really well so far.”
  • On Nils Lundkvist, “Well we’re gonna see it, we got to give him an opportunity, he’s done really well. Again he’s another guy that came to camp in good shape but he’s coming over here to a smaller arena, and, you know, it’s different ice surface, obviously, with the European rinks and he’s got to adjust to that, but I think he had a good rookie tournament, he’s done well, so it’s just one step at a time, you know, I mean, hopefully plays really well and earns that spot, but there’s other guys vying for that spot also. I just want to see his overall game. I mean we know he’s got skill, he’s got talent but we got to see his overall game. I mean, he’s not a big guy but Foxy, he’s not a big guy either, so there is room for guys like that in the NHL and he’s definitely high end skill and he’s going to be a real good player, so we’ll see where it goes. We’ll give him some exhibition games and when we got to make decision, we’ll make them.”