Derek Dorsett recently played in his 300th NHL game after not being a 7th round pick of Columbus in 2006.
When asked about Dorsett, Rick Nash told Ranger Rants, “he’s a heart-and-soul guy. I was excited to get him. He’s a guy you love. You hate to play against him but you love to have him on your team. I never really watched Prusty play so I can’t comment on his game. I know Dorse is going to show up every night.”
Nash and Dorsett were teammates in Columbus from 2008 to 2012.
Dorsett told the Blue Jackets website last year, “I don’t think I take too many undisciplined penalties, at the same time, with how I play I am going to go hard to the net, maybe bump a goalie. I play on the edge and guys that play that way will get penalty minutes.
He added, “I always want to be a leader and pride myself on doing the right things.”
In the Columbus Dispatch, Aaron Portzline picked Dorsett as one player Columbus fans will hate to see. He says, “You used to love him, Blue Jackets’ fans. Wait until he bumps Bobrovsky and takes a run at Gaborik.”
Dorsett has two goals, 1 assist, 82 PIM and an average of 11:45 per game this season.
When Dorsett is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers take 50.1% of the shot attempts and have 55.5% of the shots on goal.
Late in the first period, Derek Dorsett fought the Flyers Zac Rinaldo.
Following the fight, John Giannone said on MSG, “that fight was the direct result of about 20 seconds before Zac Rinaldo had Ryan McDonagh lined up for an absolute kill shot and just missed him. I looked at the Rangers bench and four guys took notice since it happened right in front of them. One of the first guys who jumped up was Derek Dorsett. He jumped on the ice for the expressed purpose to let Rinaldo know that the Rangers weren’t going to put up with that.”
In describing what happened to the NY Post, Dorsett said “I thought he went low for the knee and got the elbow out for the old chicken wing. That’s why I went with him.”
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In five games for the Rangers this season, Derek Dorsett has one goal, 32 penalty minutes, eight hits and an average of 11:11 of ice time per game.
His penalties break down as:
- 2 fights
- 1 ten minute misconduct
- 1 holding, hooking, boarding, tripping, roughing and instigator
Dorsett only has penalties in three of the five games and 21 of his 32 minutes came against Anaheim.
On Saturday against St. Louis, Dorsett took three penalties, one in each period and St. Louis converted on Dorsett’s high sticking penalty in the third period.
He told Steve Zipay, at Newsday, “whether they were good calls or not….I just got to find a way to stay out of the box.”
Dorsett told Pat Leonard that his high sticking penalty in the third period, where Vladimir Tarasenko scored, took all the momentum from the Rangers.
Andrew Gross tweeted “Downcast Dorsett disappointed with penalties, particularly high sticking. Warned self before shift not to give ref reason to blow whistle.”
Dorsett told the Daily News that he was trying to get in on a the forecheck and finish his checks early on but changed that in the third period and wanted to play smart and keep the positive momentum going.
After the game, Alain Vigneault said “he plays on the edge and plays with some bite. Taking three penalties is not what we want. It’s a tough line that he is walking.”
In the playoffs last season, John Tortorella said that he liked Dorsett playing with this kind of energy.
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Derek Dorsett was described, by his former head coach and current assistant coach Scott Arniel, as guy that people are “gonna love seeing for 82 games” after getting just a little taste in the playoffs last season.
Arniel added that Dorsett is a great person to coach and will do anything for the team or his teammates in the name of winning. He said that Dorsett is the kind of player that all of his teammates rally around.
When asked what Dorsett does, Arniel said “he goes all out every night. I don’t know if he has an off button or to tone it done. He blocks shots, fights, runs over people. It’s how he goes about his business. Hopefully he is an 82 game guy this year.”
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Derek Dorsett told the Rangers website that he is looking forward to beginning his first full season with the Rangers and showing the new coaching staff what his game is all about.
Dorsett said “my game is pretty simple and I am not going to change how I play. I am going to do what I can to help this team win. There is some familiarity with the coaching staff, I had Scott Arniel in the minors, played against him in the minors and then had him in Columbus so he knows my game and I gotta learn the new systems.”
He said that he thinks this Rangers team has the right kind of balance between the forwards, defense and goaltenders to “dig deep” and make a run at the Stanley Cup.
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In the Columbus Dispatch, Michael Arace wrote about how the three former Blue Jackets, Derick Brassard, John Moore and Derek Dorsett, found out that they were traded to the Rangers.
Arace said that Brassard, Moore and goalie Steve Mason (traded to Philly) were watching TSN together when all three of their phones rang at the same time.
John Moore told Newsday that he was sitting on the couch with Brassard, eating Subway and watching TV when both of their phones rang. Moore said “the next thing you know, we’re on a plane to NY and we’re playing that night.”
Moore said that as soon as the deal went down he got a text from his former Columbus captain, and once again teammate, Rick Nash.
Nash told the Dispatch that he was said to see Gaborik go, but really excite to have some of his old teammates become new teammates.
Derek Dorsett said on HNIC Radio “I walked across the street to wish Brassard goodbye. He thought he was getting traded to the Rangers. When I walked over and looked at the TV, I saw my name too. It was a bit of a shock, but it’s a business and I am excited to join the Rangers.
Dorsett, according to the Dispatch, came over to say good bye and wish his teammates good luck when he thought it would be a good idea to check his phone. He had a voicemail and then told Brassard and Moore, “I’m going with you.”
Moore said that he, Brassard and Dorsett are all very close friends.
Brassard told the Rangers website “we heard the trade, in Columbus me, John Moore and Derek Dorsett all live in the same building. We all had the phone call at the same time, everyone was trying to reach their families. I am really excited to be here. It’s a new start for me.”
Former Rangers coach John Tortorella said after game five against the Bruins that he expects Derek Dorsett to be a good player for the organization and preferred that he play at an energy level he needed to come down from, and not an energy level that needed to be built up.
Dorsett played 11 games for the Rangers in the playoffs with an average of 10:45 per game.
He was a minus five and had 28 penalty minutes to go along with 13 shots, 28 hits and six blocked shots.
Dorsett had two fighting majors, two tripping penalties, two roughing penalties and was called once for diving, Hi-sticking, slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct and interference.
11 of his 28 penalty minutes, including one fight, came in game five against the Bruins. He played 3:51 in that game.
In game six, Derek Dorsett played 12 minutes and had three hits.
On his game, Dorsett told the Washington Post, “when I get moving my feet and playing hard, sometimes it can get under the skin of other guys. Anytime I can do that, I want to try and help get the team on the power play.”
During the post game show on MSG yesterday, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said that Derek Dorsett slew footed Mike Green and should have been penalized.
Green was penalized for cross checking Dorsett in the mouth.
Capitals coach Adam Oates said “It looked like a slew foot and that is why Mike reacted. Watching it it looked like a slew foot and it’s a very dangerous play.”
As Dorsett skated to the bench, Capitals center Mike Ribeiro tripped him.
Katie Strang noted on twitter that there will be no supplementary discipline for either Green or Dorsett. Larry Brooks tweeted that the entire play was reviewed.
On Dorsett, John Tortorella said yesterday “he is what he is, he brings us energy.”
In game two against the Capitals, Derek Dorsett became the 12th Ranger to make his debut for the team during the playoffs.
The Rangers game notes say that the following players all made their debut during the playoffs:
- Chris Kreider
- Lauri Korpikoski
- Doug Weight
- Tony Amonte
- Mike Richter
- George McPhee
- John Hughes
- Bobby Sheehan
- Steve Andrascik
- Dennis Hextall
- Gordie Bell
Dorsett is averaging 12:37 per game in the playoffs with 10 hits and two blocked shots.
On Saturday, Derek Dorsett made his Rangers debut after missing the previous 14 games recovering from his broken collarbone.
Dorsett played 15:17, was called for hooking and also for diving, and had two shots on goal.
His ice time broke down as:
- First: 4:10
- Second: 5:24
- Third: 4:40
- OT: 1:03
Dorsett also had seven hits which tied with Darroll Powe for second on the team behind Ryan Callahan who finished with eight.
Dorsett had three hits on Jack Hillen, two on Matthieu Perrault, one on Jason Chimera and one on Joel Ward.
Brian Leetch said of Dorsett “I thought he was excellent. He provided a lot of speed on the forecheck, he got in there, got some hit,s was better with the puck then I thought he would be after being out that long. His conditioning looked good.”
John Tortorella said that Dorsett and Brian Boyle both played well.