Not the roster the team has sent over the last few years, but much of that is due to prospect promotion (which is obviously a good thing.) Still some interesting talents on that roster. You'd certainly like to see Anisimov and Sanguinetti have statement series, as both are comeing off strong seasons. Some of the recent draft picks are intriuging: the scouting report on Grachev is nice, and the Czech defensemen has also had some good print of late. Del Zotto is, of course, also on the radar. Hard to expect much out of tryouts, but Dan Girardi is an opening day top 4 defensemen with the big club, so you never know. I will say that guys who are 6'5" (Dowzak) rarely get cut (or go unsigned) if they can move at all, but who knows.
I believe Anisimov will wow everyone with his new body( I think he's 208) and will earn himself a roster spot from his play at the tournament.
i really hope so.....i would love to see him push for the third line center spot and see what he can do in the nhl, but, if renney and co. dont think he is ready then i will agree with thier decision because they have been spot-on with pretty much everyone they have dealt with.....
Looks like the Blue Jackets will have one potent line in Traverse City:
With Nikita Filatov, Jakub Voracek and Maksim Mayorov on the roster, the Blue Jackets have a chance to put together a lethal line. Hard to believe, but the Blue Jackets might have the most elite talent in the eight-team pool.
Zaborsky has his ELC, and the Rangers will be watching him closely for signs of growth as to becoming a go-to guy. He had a good tourney last season, but did not particularly stand out. That is what the Rangers are looking for this year.
Hagelin is at Michigan and will be staying there at least through this year. There was no question about him returning to college.
Leslie, I'll be looking forward to updates on Dowzak. He is a big kid who is pretty tough. Kinda curious to hear if he can skate at all with those prospects or if he looks really slow.
He got hurt in his draft year...so he didn't get drafted. But he has nice size, and played for Team Orr in the Top Prospects game a couple of years ago. He also played a few games in the ECHL at the end of last season.
I think Dowzak's terrible plus/minus rating kept him from being picked up in his second year of eligibility. It looked like he might have turned things around last season, but even if he does not catch on with the Rangers or get an AHL contract now, he is still eligible for an overage year in the Dub. I'll try to talk to him next week, and will be watching of course.
Right now, the talking is an issue, as I have a bad case of laryngitis following a cold. Could be ugly if I am talking to folks and sounding like a frog. Hope it goes away by Saturday.
The NHL Network is going to broadcast the tournament! Not live, and at the moment not all games are included on the schedule, but according to Slap Shot (which broke the news) the plan is to broadcast the entire thing.
Ah Squishy you beat me to it. Hopefully they'll amend it and show the rest of our games instead of endless Tampa Bay and Atlanta games but something is definitely better than nothing. Definitely a pleasant surprise when I turned NHL Network on tonight.
edit: well I guess I just noticed you beat me to it and didn't bother to read the rest of your post so in any case that's great news lol. Now I just have to make a decision to pay attention in real time or wait for the broadcast...
Yeah was just about to post that too. The confirmed game for the Rangers so far is Wed Sept 17 at 7 ET. Let's hope they get all the games. I would love for NHL network to continue to show more programming like this.
Thank you so much, Leslie. The other guy I am curious about is Dale Weise. He seems like a tough kid who showed a bit of a scoring touch in the dub last season. I'm curious to see how he looks playing with a little better talent.
He is also an overager who could go back to Swift if need be....but we'll see how it works out.
Thanks again...and rest that voice!!