Read: John Tortorella On Mats Zuccarello

Update: 11:14AM: Leslie Treff writes that Zucc was creating chances in the morning scrimmage but that they didn’t result in any goals.

Original Post: In his first year in North America, Mats Zuccarello scored 6 goals and 17 assists with the Rangers last season and 13 goals and 16 assists in 36 games with the Whale last season.

Zuccarello was sent to Hartford from training camp last season, called up on December 22nd, sent down on December 23rd, called up on December 26th, sent down on April 1, called up on April 8 and then sent down on April 18th.

John Tortorella talked to the media about Zucc after the conditioning tests yesterday :

I thought it was a tremendous year for him, and I liked the way he handled himself, coming over here, playing in the big rinks, really, I thought a little bit overwhelmed early on. As I said to you guys last year when we sent him down, he knew. He didn’t put up a fight. He self-assessed the proper way, went down and played, came to us and really, he had an impact as far as us getting in (the playoffs), especially in the shootout. Again, the second year comes along, he understands us better, we understand him better, and you’re always looking for consistency. He knows where he’s at. He knows where he’s fighting to try to get a job, and he knows he’s in a fight.”

I don’t’ think that the transition from Europe to North America, for a player of his size, can be overstated. He played a full season, split between the two leagues, playing on North American rinks in a North American style. Hopefully he has adjusted and can better utilize his skill set and play at a more consistent level this season. I see his best role being on the right side of Derek Stepan. The two of them worked well last season and should get the chance to play together again.





8 comments
doc942
doc942

Is Garth awake???  Hello Snowjob....!  Are you alive.... ?  why are you signing back up goalies for the Bridge... don't you know there's an NHL club to be the GM of.   How is the world did you let the genius GM of the Rangers beat you to Jarret Stoll???  This team will never win with Snowjob as the GM.  I can't wait until George McPhee is the GM.  George really knows what he's doing except for that Philip Forsberg for Martin Erat deal... but that doesn't count. 

doc942
doc942

Yep, I went full sarcasm.

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rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

@doc942 dude- Stoll is the key man- if you want a heck of a pool party.. Winning hockey- not so much.. But this is what happens when the Rangers go for it (recall how they were winning the Cup with 2 weeks left in the regular season), and have nothing in the farm.


Pronman has the Isles farm system at #5, the Oilers at #1 -"The Oilers have two great defensive prospects in Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart."


Pronman didn't get the memo from Isles fans about Reinhart being a bust at age 21, because fans know better while Pronman gets paid and often cited for his opinion..

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Book keeping stuff, but stuff that needs to be done. 

willymayshays
willymayshays

I like it as a 4th line of defense.  If Greiss doesn't work we'll have to import another goalie.  Poulin plays no more than 1 or 2 games unless he improves.  Still think has has some good reflexes and quickness.