Newsday: Pavel Valentenko Is Impressing

It’s previously been written about Valentenko’s BOMB of a shot and his raw and physical ability.

…With a little more seasoning, Valentenko could make this years team, but I feel like he is just a little too raw. I don’t think you bring a guy like Valentenko in if you are trying to make the playoffs this year like the Rangers are. He will hit, he will take his bomb of a shot, but he will take penalties and he just looks like he needs at least half a season in Hartford to get some kinks worked out.

He shouldn’t be the seventh defenseman and since I believe that Ryan McDonagh will capture the final defense spot, it comes down to Steve Eminger vs Michael Sauer for that spot.