At OHL Propects, Brock looks at Michael Kantor, who the Rangers signed in the spring.
Kantor played for Sudbury in the OHL and grew up on Long Island loving the Rangers.
Brock writes that Kantor had a tough season after taking a puck to the face but still saw his game grow from being an enforcer when he entered the OHL to a player who can surprise with his offensive abilities.
He says that an NHL career for Kantor will be as an energy player who can fight, hit and be a forechecker.
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In the Sudbury Star, Ben Leeson writes that newly signed Mike Kantor has been going to Ranger games since he was three years old and grew up idolizing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom.
Kantor lived in NY until he was 10, when he moved to the Chicago suburbs. His family moved back to NY two years ago.
The paper writes that the Rangers and Hurricanes were both interested in signing Kantor but the Rangers offered him an NHL contract/two-way deal and the Hurricanes only offered him an AHL contract.
His family has had season tickets to the Rangers since 1964.
On what kind of player Kantor is, his coach in Sudbry, Trent Cull said, “I love his work ethic. You know what you’re getting from Michael every day and that’s why I’m ecstatic for him. He brought that attention to himself and there were NHL teams talking to me about him during the season, but for two of them to step up right away and offer him contracts, that speaks volumes.
The Rangers signed Kantor in April.
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Earlier this week the Rangers signed college free agent Michael Kantor.
JuniorHockey.com said that Kantor was known primarily as a checker/penalty killer who plays with a physical edge but started to add some offense to his game last season as an overage player in Sudbury.
Sudbury Wolves GM Blaine Smith told the website that Kantor is a “real team player” who throws hard hits, plays physical and cares about his teammates. He adds “we expect Michael to represent the heart and soul of the Sudbury Wolves this season.”
Sudbury head coach Trent Cull said that he likes how Kantor comes to play every night. That he is a good skater, big, aggressive and has a chance to make some pretty nice plays. Cull also praised the role that Kantor has in helping a young Sudbury team in the locker room.
NorthernLife.ca wrote this about Kantor, “he just finished a typical shift. All he did was raise hell. Kantor plays a nasty game. He’s not mean or cheap, but when he steps on the ice for his turn, Kantor goes out to make sure his opponents know they have trouble on their hands.”
They add that Kantor is the emotional leader of the Wolves , throws his body around, goes hard to the net, hustles and block shots.
There was a time this season where Kantor blocked a shot with his face that cracked his jawbone, opened up a gash and needed 35 stitches to close.
Kantor said that he has felt a lot of rejection in his time as a hockey player, “every level I played, there was always people telling me I couldn’t do it I was never drafted into the OHL or the USHL. I was never drafted anywhere. I was cut from teams and told to quit hockey. I always told myself to keep going. I would just push myself harder.”
The Rangers have signed RW Michael Kantor to an entry-level contract, according to Renaud Lavoie.
Kantor had 20 goals and 13 assists this season as the Captain for Sudbury of the OHL.
He was signed to an ATO with the Whale yesterday.
Kantor had five fights for the Whale last season and 11 the season before.
From the Whale release, “ Kantor, 21, who hails from Lake Forest, IL, stands 6-1 and weighs 185 pounds. He netted 20 goals, good for fourth on the Wolves’ team, in 56 games this season and added 13 assists for 33 points, to go along with 93 penalty minutes, third-most on the squad. Kantor chipped in two goals and two assists for four points in nine playoff games for the Wolves, and had 12 PIM, the third-highest total on the team.
Kantor has suited up for 197 career OHL games in four seasons with the Wolves, Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has chalked up 43 goals and 51 assists for 94 points, along with 420 PIM.”
Whale assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom was an assistant with Sudbury before coming to Hartford.
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