Read: A reshuffled Rangers top 20 prospects

9/1/14 | 8:44PM:Brady Skjei has taken over the top spot in the Rangers top 20 prospect rankings and is followed by Pavel Buchnevich and Anthony Duclair. (Hockey’s Future)

Newly signed Kevin Hayes debuts on the list at 6. (Hockey’s Future)

Former number one prospect Danny Kristo has dropped to eighth as younger players have passed him and because of his up and down season last year. (Hockey’s Future)

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Read: Ryan Haggerty has been part of the group skating together

Ryan HaggertyRyan Haggerty has been one of the Rangers who has been at the training center as players start returning to New York and working out together.

Haggerty says that he has the benefit of being close and “living down the road” in Stamford and that it helps to get in extra work and extra time on the ice with the players that he hopes to be playing with. Haggerty says that being there early is all about trying to get better but also learning the tendencies of his teammates. (Rangers)

He says that his mindset for training camp is to take everything in stride and be ready for whatever Alain Vigneault and the coaches throw at him. He says that one important aspect is not getting down about mistakes and just trying to do your best. (Rangers)

While with the team at the end of the season and playoffs, Haggerty said that he got to see how the players acted everyday, what their routines are and how to be a pro. (Rangers)

The Sports Forecaster has Haggerty making the NHL in 2015-16 and adds that he is a player who “knows how to score.”

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Note: Alex Kovalev is skating with the Rangers today/says he isn’t making a comeback

Kovalev retired from pro hockey this summer.

He wore his 1994 Stanley Cup hat and shirt to MSG during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Note: 15 Rangers are skating today (Update: With Dan Boyle picture)

RANGERS1115 Rangers are going through informal workouts today at the MSG training center. (Rangers)

Those players include (Rangers)

  • Defense: Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Dan Boyle,
  • Forward: Marty St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Dominic Moore.
  • Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

Players who skated last week include Ryan Haggerty, Marek Hrivik and Kevin Hayes.

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Read: The Rangers have someone with “analytics” in their title working for them/How the team views them

On the Rangers website, Jim Sullivan is listed as “Director, Player Care & Development / Analytics & Hockey Technology” in the section of “Hockey Club Personnel.”

  • In the Rangers 2012-13 media guide, Sullivan is listed as “video analyst.”
  • In the Rangers 2013-14 media guide, Sullivan is listed as “Director of Hockey Technology.”

Darren Dreger says that he spoke with 28 of 30 teams who say that they have been using analytics for a number of years. (Dreger)

When Alain Vigneault was in Vancouver he was “very focused” on using numbers in his decision making. (Province)

When Vigneault was hired by the Rangers, Glen Sather said that he was interested in advanced metrics and wanted to start employing things that previously hadn’t been used.

The players also have an app on their iPad’s where they can watch all of their shifts and the expectation is for them to watch their shifts after a game and be ready for the next day at practice.

Read: The Rangers are in the same position that they were in last year

RANGERS0The Rangers, right now, are not as good as they were last season but they did not enter last season as Eastern Conference favorites either. (North Jersey)

While the overall group oof players that were lost from last year’s team may be preferable to their replacements this year, Dan Boyle should be as good as Anton Stralman and the Rangers have a lot of different options at forward between players that they signed and prospects.  (North Jersey)

The Rangers enter this season the same way they did last season with a “wide open” Eastern Conference that may not be as top heavy with the Bruins and Penguins so far out ahead. (North Jersey)

Adam Rotter: It almost seems like a waste of time, to a certain degree, to talk about expectations and the regular season since the Rangers proved last year, and many teams have before, that you don’t need to be a favorite to end up in a position to win the Stanley Cup. The first step is making the playoffs and then it comes down to luck, goaltending, timely goals and coming together as a team. If you hit on those four things, like the Rangers did last year, you can be in a position to win.

Buzz: The Rangers have spoken with Ryan Malone

9/2/14 | 7:25AM: Malone could get a training camp invite this week. He has drawn interest from a few teams. (Joe Smith)

8/25/14 | 4:05PM: UFA Ryan Malone has reportedly spoken with the Rangers. (Star Tribune, via Jefferson and Michael)

Malone “looked good” while skating in Minnesota at the Octagon Hockey Camp and could get a training camp tryout. (Star Tribune, via Jefferson and Michael)

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