Read: The Rangers face no pressure with Anthony Duclair

Anthony Duclair2PM: The Rangers should send Duclair back to Quebec, according to Corey Pronman. (ESPN Insider)

Pronman says that while Duclair projects to be a top-six player in the near future for the Rangers, “there is nothing wrong” with sending him back and allowing him to work on his all-around game, “bulk up” and play for Canada at the World Juniors.  (ESPN Insider)

10/23/14 | 9:39AM: Because of when his contract was signed, Anthony Duclair will burn off the first year of his entry-level deal whether or not he spends it with the Rangers. (NY Post)

Normally teams have 9 games before they need to send a player back to junior before burning off the first year of his deal but the Rangers are not in that position with Duclair since his the year has already been burned. (NY Post)

Because of the Rangers don’t face either time or contract related pressure to make a decision on Duclair but if he isn’t playing that likely isn’t going to help him develop. (NY Post)

The Rangers can not bring Duclair back if they send him back to Quebec.

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Read: Carl Hagelin has the highest top speed in the NHL

Carl HagelinAccording to tracking done by PowerScout Hockey, Carl Hagelin has the highest top speed, of the players tested, in the NHL. (Sportsnet)

Some of the players tracked included Alex Ovechkin, Taylor Hall, Michael Grabner, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Marty St. Louis, Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, Nathan Mackinnon and Rick Nash. (Powerscout, via Sportsnet)

Hagelin’s top speed came in at 37.10 KPH which equals 23.053MPH.

  • St. Louis had a top speed of 35.90 KPH which equals 22.307 MPH
  • Nash had a top speed of 35.10 KPH which equals 21.810 MPH.

Hagelin also spends the most time in the league at 20 km/hr or more in the league with 44.2% of his 13.36 per game coming at that speed.

Hagelin won the fastest skater competition at the 2012 NHL All-Star game with a time of 13.218 seconds, breaking Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 from 1996. (NHL.com)

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Chris Mueller

Stats: Chris Mueller’s game on Tuesday

12/23/14 | 12:56PM: Asked about Mueller on Wednesday, Alain Vigneault said “I didn’t know him at all, Scott knew him a little bit from time in the minors. This is mostly our pro scouts, they do the American League, the East Coach league and the NHL. You get to July 1 and you need depth players and you work your plan and put the pieces together and our guys came up with Mueller as a good option for us and right now he is in our top 12 forwards.”

Mueller says that he is comfortable taking faceoffs and that is one of the little things that can keep you in the lineup. (Newsday)

10/22/14 | 10:39AM: In his second game of the season last night, Chris Mueller had a goal and an assist in the Rangers 4-3 OT win over New Jersey.

Mueller played 12:21 had one shot on goal, 1 shot that was blocked and was 5 and 7 on faceoffs.

Mueller played 3:51 in the first, 3:24 in the second, 4:33 in the third and 33 seconds in OT.

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Stats: Kevin Hayes and his issues with faceoffs

Kevin HayesThrough five games at center, Kevin Hayes has won 15 faceoffs and lost 46 of them.

By game, Hayes has:

  • 10/12: 2 wins, 10 losses
  • 10/15: 5 wins, 5 losses
  • 10/16: 3 wins, 12 losses
  • 10/19: 5 wins, 9 losses
  • 10/21: 0 wins, 10 losses

Hayes said on Wednesday that it’s embarrassing to not win a faceoff and no one wants to play with a guy who can’t win one. He said that he needs to work on his technique and told Rick Nash and Chris Kreider that it won’t happen again. Hayes added that after he last the first five he started to psych himself out. (The Record)

Alain Vigneault switched Hayes off the top line with Nash and Kreider in the third period for faceoffs and replaced him with Chris Mueller.

Vigneault said of Hayes on Wednesday, “in Hayes case, a young player that is improving on a daily basis. He is soaking in everyday that he is here. He is working hard in the areas that we have talked to him about as far as on-ice play. He is working hard on his conditioning and he is coming along. Last night, faceoff wise it was a little average but he did some other good things. He was in on the tying goal and he is a young player with some real good upside.”

Vigneault added that when a team has good faceoff night it’s because they have won the battles on 50/50 pucks and gotten to the puck first.

Dave Maloney said of Hayes on MSG, “what he has done sine day one is protect the puck. He is so poised with the puck and they are better with his big body in the middle.”

Read: The Rangers are starting to build their new identity

RANGERS0Following the Rangers win over the Devils, John Giannone spoke about the game and said that it was the kind of game that the Rangers could forge their identity for the season on.  (MSG)

Alain Vigneault has said since the start of training camp that this is a new group from last year and they need to find their own identity.

After the game on Tuesday, Henrik Lundqvist was asked about building an identity and said ,”I think it’s something that you build on all the time, especially with a new group, victories in games like this help you understand how hard you have to work and how you can comeback in games. It’s a process and you need to earn it every night but it’s good to get one of those victories early.”

Marty St. Louis said that a win like the Rangers had over the Devils is a confidence and character builder for the team as well as feel good moment for everyone. (NYR)

Marty added, “It’s about finding ways and when you do it like that it builds confidence but you can’t forget how you find your ways and that is first and foremost work ethic.”  (NYR)

Read: Rangers Prospect Report 10/13 to 10/19 (Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty, Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Tambellini)

RangersThe Rangers have sent through the following report on their farm system:

EMERGING FROM THE PACK
After winning its season opener on Oct. 12 at Syracuse, the Wolf Pack returned to Hartford for two home contests this past weekend. Hartford won its home opener on Saturday, defeating the Portland Pirates, 2-1. Ryan Haggerty opened the scoring with a power play goal in the third period, as he redirected a pass from Oscar Lindberg into the net for his first professional goal. J.T Miller registered the game-winning goal in his AHL season debut. On Sunday, the Wolf Pack and Hershey Bears were deadlocked in a scoreless battle through regulation and 6:58 of overtime, until Casey Wellman’s power play goal gave the Bears a 1-0 win.

  • CLICK HERE to see highlights from Saturday’s game.

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