Buzz: The Rangers Are Interested In Giant College Free Agent Andrej Sustr

4PM: Katie Strang writes at ESPN NY that Sustr may make up his mind by the end of the week.

She notes that upwards of 25 teams have expressed interest in Sustr.

7:28AM: According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are very interested in college defenseman Andrej Sustr.

He is 6-8, 210 lbs and plays at Omaha-Nebraska. He announced, via Bob McKenzie, that he is leaving school and going to field offers from NHL teams.

Sustr, 22, is from the Czech Republic but has been playing in North America since 2009.

McKenzie said last night “Sustr will weigh his options, and he has many, this week. No rush or timetable on a decision.”

Brooks writes “The defenseman, who has a big shot but is regarded as more of a defensive presence than an offensive force at this stage of his development, may not quite be ready for the prime time, but is also believed not all that far away from staking a claim to an NHL blue line spot.”

Sustr participated in the Rangers prospect development camp in 2011 but went to Tampa Bay’s camp in 2012.

Western College Hockey writes that Sustr comes with risk and needs a lot of work to become an NHL caliber skater and for a player of his stature, he isn’t that physical. They do note that he has “remarkably soft hands” and is an “excellent passer.”

The Philly Daily News says that the Flyers are also very interested in Sustr and they say that he skates “fine” but needs to improve his decision making.

Tim Wharnsby said at CBC that he has Zdeno Chara like size, but is considered to be a project.

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