NEWS: Rangers Make Cuts (Chris Kreider and Marek Hrivik Sent Down)

Darroll PoweThe Rangers have announced that the following players have been cut and sent to Hartford:

Defense (2): Conor Allen, Stu Bickel

Forward (5): Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe.

Adam Rotter: Darroll Powe may be the biggest surprise at not making it after what seemed like a productive training camp and preseason. The team went with Arron Asham, who provides more bite and physical play, while Powe’s PK time will likely be taken by Derek Stepan.

It’s another step in the process for Chris Kreider. He played himself out of a potential top line role with Rick Nash and Brad Richards and now starts the year in Hartford. Kreider will play top line with the Wolf Pack and the expectation should be for him to play at the same level he did last February when he was a point per game player.

The Rangers opening night roster is below:

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Read: Marek Hrivik’s Preseason

After Marek Hrivik’s first preseason game, Alain Vigneault said that he saw a player with good skill, good speed but a player that seemed like he was trying to do too much.

After the game against the Flames, Vigneault said that Hrivik was a player who was continuing to catch his eye.

In the preseason so far, Hrivik has:

  • Devils: 15:15, 1 assist, 1 shot
  • Flames: 14:54, 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 shots blocked

Hrivik also played against the Kings last Friday but stats from that game have not been made available.

Joe Micheletti described Hrivik as a talented player who can not only skate but make plays with the puck

At HF Rangers, Leslie Treff writes that Hrivik played well during the preseason but didn’t do enough offensively to warrant staying.

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Read: Marek Hrivik Has Caught Alain Vigneault’s Eye

While chatting with the media yesterday, including SNY’s Nick Licalzi, Alain Vigneault said that one of the players who he is looking forward to seeing in the preseason is Marek Hrivik.

He said that Hrivik has a tremendous skill set, good size and a lot of upside.

Hrivik, 22, was one of the first players to take part in the informal skates prior to training camp.

Adam Graves told Pat Leonard of the Daily News that Hrivik is an intelligent player and Hrivik said that he is trying to give himself the best opportunity to make the team.

Hrivik’s cap hit is $685,000 and he is signed through next season on his entry-level contract.

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Recap: What Alain Vigneault Said Today (On Ryan Callahan, Marek Hrivik, Leaders)

SNY’s Nick Licalzi was at the Rangers practice facility this morning when Alain Vigneault spoke:

  • Anything new today, “for me, this was just a continuation of what we were working on yesterday. Offensively we are trying to make the right plays with the puck and going to the net. Defensively we worked on trying to outnumber the opposition quickly and aggressively. It’s a process and its a process we need to go through each phase and each zone with and without the puck. Tomorrow will be another day and then we have the exhibition games, tomorrow we will have a little scrimmage in the practice and then we have the games on the 16th and 17th and get a better evaluation of our players against another team and start putting guys in roles and putting them on our team where they can help us.”

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Read: The Season Marek Hrivik Had

In 40 games this season, Marek Hrivik had seven goals and 19 assists. Hrivik was out of the lineup from 1/5/13 to 4/5/13.

By month, Hrivik scored:

  • October: 3 assists in 5 games
  • November: 1 goal and 7 assists in 11 games
  • December: 3 goals and 7 assists in 14 games
  • January: 1 assist in two games
  • April: 3 goals and 1 assist in eight games.

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes that Hrivik has excellent offensive skills, outstanding size, good speed and a good release on his shot. She says that if Hrivik can stay healthy he could develop into a top-six forward at the NHL level.

Hrivik was expected to join the Rangers for training camp this year but was out with his concussion at the time.

In speaking with Ranger Rants, Hrivik said that he isn’t feeling any concussion symptoms and that he wonders what would have happened if he didn’t get his concussion shortly before the new CBA was signed back in January. Hrivik said he is focused on making a good impression at training camp in September and battling for a spot on the roster.

Pat Leonard writes in the Daily News that the Rangers are very high on Hrivik’s skill level and his potential.

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Read: Marek Hrivik Can Pass/Needs To Get A Better Shot

In his first full season with the Whale, Marek Hrivik has 4 goals and 16 assists.

Hrivik, 6-1 and 197lbs had nine points in nine games for the Whale in the playoffs last season before the Rangers offered him a contract.

Updating how Hrivik is playing this season, Jim Schoenfeld told Blueshirts United Hrivk “He sees the ice well. He is a very good passer/playmaker, he is sound defensively, he is good along the boards. The one area we want to see him improve is his shot. When you get to the NHL if all you are is a disher than teams are just going to defend you as a disher. You have to shoot it sooner or later or the people who you want to pass the puck to are always going to be covered. He is working on it everyday. Kenny has him shooting between 50 and 100 pucks a day and just by virtue of that repetition he will get better.”

Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Hrivik has “outstanding size, good speed and excellent passing skills.”

Hrivik has nine points in 12 December games for the Whale.

Read: Marek Hrivik Is Interesting

On the first day of training camp for the Whale, Jim Schoenfeld was asked about Marek Hrivik who signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers following a tryout with the Whale last season.

Schoenfeld said, “He got everyone’s attention with his play last season when there was more on the line. He was arguably one of the best playoff performers. Now it’s a matter of continued improvement and working on every facet to his game. His head is a bit ahead of others. He thinks that half step ahead, he knows what he is going to do with the puck before he gets it. He has good size, good puck handling ability and we see him as a legit prospect.”

Hrivik told the Rangers website that he is exited to make the jump into pro hockey, “It’s a big jump from the AHL or NHL to the Q where I played last year. It’s faster and I just need to do my job out there.”

Bob Crawford wrote at his blog, “Hrivik scored some distinctly “sniper”-type goals during his late-season audition with the Whale in the spring, and now in camp he looks determined to show that he is willing to work to get some “greasy” ones as well.”

 In June Hrivik was listed as one of the Rangers top ten prospects.

He is 6-2, 185.

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Read: Looking For Big Things From Marek Hrivik

The Ranger signed Marek Hrivik last May following a point per game performance in the playoffs for the Whale last season.

Hrivik, 20, went undrafted while playing for Moncton in the QMJHL where he racked up 204 points in 179 games.

Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said at Blueshirts United, “He earned his contract. We like what we see in him, and now want to see what he shows over a full season.”

Ken Gernander thinks that the Rangers may have found a diamond in the rough with Hrivik, “You have to tip your hats to the scouts because Marek has quite a bit of skill and was a big part of our playoff run. He was one of our better playoff performers.”

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