READ: Pavel Valentenko LOVES To Block Shots

At NYRangers.com, they continue their “20 Prospects in 20 Days” series with a look at Pavel Valentenko.

Tank, who almost made the team last season after returning to North America, has a special place in his heart for blocking shots:

“One of his strengths would be shot-blocking. He loves to block shots and he’s fearless in that regard,” said Connecticut Whale head coach Gernander. “So that makes him a pretty strong penalty-killer. He’s going to be a defensive type of defenseman.”

Click HERE for more on how much Valentenko loves blocking shots.

 John Tortorella said last season that Tank was part of the Rangers core. He broke his nose in the pre-season last year and kept playing.

CLICK HERE to see where Valentenko ranks in the Rangers prospect rankings. He was named to the Rangers prospect team for this past season.

Read his profile from last season, HERE.

More on Tank HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

I tend to not think about Tank as much, but those last two spots are open to competition. If Tank is the best defenseman in training camp, he will get a spot. He kind of reminds me of Dan Girardi, at least from this reading. He has as good a chance to be a Ranger as Tim Erixon or Michael Del Zotto. The best player will make the team. Hopefully it leads to a great battle in training camp.