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07-02-2013, 03:35 PM
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Graves sounds like he did well today at the scrimmage

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Offensively Anthony Duclair (3rd round, 2013) was among the standouts, seemingly always on the puck, though he was unable to showcase that great speed we have heard about. He was also very responsible on the back check. Nieves (2nd round, 2012) stood out as the best playmaker on the ice, creating a string of scoring chances with his excellent vision and precise passing. Buchnevich (3rd round, 2013) showed a quick release and has the look of a sniper, always putting himself in position to shoot and to try and score. He rang one of his shots off the post from just inside the right circle at one point.
Nieves sounds A LOT like Stepan when he went to his second prospects camp, no?

Andrew Yogan---on a deflection in front, Thomas Spelling---off a pretty set up by St. Croix, Alexander Krushelynski---an impressive finish from an unsigned camp invitee, and Skjei---into the empty net---were among the goal scorers Tuesday. While Skjei surely was pleased with his goal, it was the strong positional play and shot-blocking of the Rangers 2012 first rounder which stood out the most during the scrimmage. That and the fact that Skjei has added ten pounds of muscle and now boasts a solid 205 pound frame surely had the Rangers brass feeling good.

Seeing goals and strong play from past draft picks like Yogan (4th round, 2010), Spelling (5th round, 2012), and St. Croix (4th round, 2011) was a plus, as was the physical play of McIlrath (1st round, 2010) and Graves (4th round, 2013). At one point McIlrath hit Hrivik so hard, he lifted the strong forward off his skates and delivered him hard into the back boards. And Graves opened the scrimmage with a punishing hit in the corner after only ten seconds or so of play.
Skjei's skating is already NHL-level. His positioning is solid. Glad to hear he had a good scrimmage.

I am not going to lie, seeing Graves, Noreau and McIlrath all skating after practice and working hard is a good sight. (3) very big, mean d-men who can actually play the game.

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