St. Louis followed up his struggles in the regular season with 15 points in 25 games in the playoffs.
For this season, The Hockey News Pool Guide has St. Louis playing in 80 games and scoring 25 goals and adding 45 assists. They say that you can’t expect 100 points from St. Louis but the “ageless wonder” continues to perform.
Dobber Hockey has St. Louis scoring 26 goals and adding 43 assists.
The Sports Forecaster has St. Louis scoring 20 goals and 41 assists.
For a lot more on Marty, CLICK HERE.
Gordie Clark says that this will be a “key year” for Dylan McIlrath after he has only played 107 games the past two seasons. (NHL.com)
Clark says that many of those games saw McIlrath sitting for stretches because “he had to fight everyone in the AHL” and that “he really has less than a year of experience.”(NHL.com)
The 2014 Hockey News Yearbook has McIlrath ranked as the Rangers 5th prospect and has him making the NHL in 2015-16.
Sports Forecaster lists McIlrath as a “can’t miss” prospect who will be NHL ready by the middle of this coming season. They say that he is a “shutdown specialist” who is almost ready to be a NHLer.
His expected arrival in the NHL is 2015-16 and another year in the AHL will “go a long way for him” as he continues to refine his game. (NHL.com)
McIlrath can be an “elite” physical player who has shown “good defensive value” and “decent” defensive reads. Corey Pronman says that McIlrath’s puck skills and skating are “below average” and that his injury history doesn’t help with that. (ESPN Insider)
For more on McIlrath, CLICK HERE.
Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1050 this morning and gave a brief thought on many teams heading into the season.
On the Rangers, Pierre said “it will be interesting to see if the Rangers can get back to where they were last year which I think will be pretty difficult for them.”
Pierre added that he thinks that this season will be like last year where one team “sneaks out of this thing and everybody will wonder where they came from, a lot like the Rangers last year.”
For more on what Pierre said about the Rangers for last season, CLICK HERE.
8/31/14 | 8:44AM: James Dolan says that his job as owner is to make sure that the team has the resources that it needs. (NY Post)
When it comes to personnel decisions he rarely asks questions about the players that Glen Sather wants to bring in since personnel moves is not his area of expertise. (NY Post)
He said that when he takes part in the Rangers organizational meetings, the one thing that he does ask is if the players being talked about can play in New York because New York isn’t for everyone and he wants everyone to have a personality that fits. (NY Post)
For more on Dolan, CLICK HERE.
Chris Kreider is the Ranger most likely to improve this season as his hockey sense continues to catch up with his “physical gifts.” (Boston Globe)
Kreider can “fly and thump” and could develop into a top line player like Max Pacioretty or James van Riemsdyk. (Boston Globe)
Kreider saw his ice time cut by about two minutes per game after the Rangers acquired Marty St. Louis last season which took him off a 40 point pace and put him on a 30 point pace. (Dobber Hockey)
- In 15 games in January, Kreider had 3 goals and 5 assists in 15:47 per game. In 13 games in March, he had 4 goals and 3 assists in 13:04 per game.
Dobber Hockey has him scoring 18 goals this year and adding 21 assists.
- Last year they had Kreider down for 13 goals and 16 assists.
The Hockey News has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 27 assists.
Sports Forecaster has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 25 assists. They say that it finally “dawned” on Kreider that he could dominate games and “change outcomes” with his size and speed. His willingness to “crash the net” helps him score as well.
For more on Kreider, CLICK HERE.
He had been suffering from cancer. (CJAD)
Vadnais played 485 games for the Rangers from 1975 to 1982. He scored 56 goals and added 190 assists.
The Rangers acquired him and Phil Esposito for Brad Park and Jean Ratelle in November 1975.
He played 1,087 NHL games. To read more of this story, click here
- “his presence on defense”
- “his poise”
- “how he controls the pace of the game”
- “he can move the puck with the best in the league.”
St. Louis added, “for me, I am glad and I was able to watch him quite a bit in the past 5-6 years playing out West, I would catch his games after our games and I have always been impressed with how he plays the game. When you have him on your team you appreciate what he does but when you get to watch him from a distance, you understand what he brings to the game and I am excited to work with him again.” (Rangers)
For more on Boyle, CLICK HERE.
8/28/14 | 10:41AM: At McKeen’s Hockey, they have the Rangers depth chart showing Chris Kreider being the top ranked LW, Derek Stepan being the top ranked C and Rick Nash being the top ranked RW.
- Following Kreider at LW is Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Tanner Glass.
- Following Stepan at C is Derick Brassard, Matthew Lombardi and Dominic Moore.
- Following Nash at RW is Marty St. Louis, Kevin Hayes and Lee Stempniak.
The Rangers defensive depth chart is the same as the defense pairs from last season, but with Dan Boyle replacing Anton Stralman.
The top LWs not on the main roster are Chris Bourque and Chris McCarthy, at C it is JT Miller and Oscar Lindberg and at RW it is Jesper Fast and Chris Mueller.