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07-25-2013, 09:58 AM
Blue Seat Spartan
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I'd consider the Rangers to be in the upper half of the Eastern Conference in skating.

Kreider and Hagelin are our true speed demons, and Nash, Callahan, Dorsett, and D. Moore are no slouches in the skating department, either.

At center, oddly enough, the Rangers are only above average with Richards, Brassard, and Stepan. All three are cerebral players that can anticipate the plays. And judging from Richards' Tweets and FB posts, he's taking his conditioning seriously this summer so he'll start off running (or skating, for pun's sake ) come the 2013-14 season.

And the Rangers D-corps' mobility could definitely be the envy of the league. If you have a Fab Four of Staal, McDonagh, J. Moore, and Stralman, sure, they're not the crease-clearing "stay at home" bruiser that we lust over ever since Beukeboom retired, but they're quick and skilled enough to hold the blue line, force turnovers, join the rush, and pinch down low.

If AV is knowledgeable enough, he'll retain Tortorella's 2-1-2 forechecking scheme while implementing defensive zone breakouts and movement thru the neutral zone that would best utilize the elements that the Rangers have on forward and defense, and still maintain their diligence on the backcheck.

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