What John Tavares said about Ryan McDonagh

McDonaghJohn Tavares of the Islanders says that Ryan McDonagh is “one of the most complete defensemen in the league.” (The Hockey News Yearbook 2015-16)

Tavares says that when the Isles play the Rangers he sees a lot of McDonagh and Dan Girardi and that is is always a “tough task.”

He praised McDonagh’s skating ability as well as how he can recover when you think you have a step on him. (The Hockey News Yearbook 2015-16)

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Jesper Fast can fit anywhere and is ready to take the next step

Jesper FastJesper Fast showed last season that he is ready to take the next step in his career. (Dobber Hockey)

Fast played 11:48 last season, had 102 hits and 6 goals and 8 assists.

He had a “strong playoff performance” with 3 goals, 3 assists and 38 hits in 14:49 per game.

With his speed and skill set he should be able to fill the hole in the Rangers lineup that Carl Hagelin leaves behind. (Dobber Hockey)

Sports Forecaster says that Fast’s “versatility makes him a solid fit on any line, though he averaged 11:48 per game as a reliable checker.”

For a lot more on Fast, click HERE.


Alain Vigneault is expecting “great things” from Chris Kreider

KreiderAlain Vigneault says that he is expecting “great things” from Chris Kreider this coming season. (NHL.com)

Kreider enters his third full season in the NHL, scoring 17 goals in 66 games in 2013-14 and 21 goals in 80 games last season.

Vigneault said that Kreider should be one of the Rangers “go-to” players. (NHL.com)

Dan Rosen say that 30 goals and 60 points for Kreider are “realistic goals” (NHL.com)

Kreider is hoping to be more “assertive” and consistent this season for the Rangers.

He is an RFA at the end of the season.


Brady Skjei as the Rangers top prospect and when some others could arrive

SkjeiBrady Skjei is listed as the Rangers top prospect and is expected to arrive in the NHL in 2015-16. (NHL.com)

Pavel Buchnevich is second with an ETA of 2016-17 and Oscar Lindberg is third with an ETA of 2015-16. (NHL.com)

Brandon Halverson is fourth with an ETA of 2017-18 and Dylan McIlrath is fifth with an ETA of 2015-16.

Last summer the Rangers top five prospects were listed as Skjei, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo and McIlrath.

For other looks at ETAs for the Rangers prospects, click HERE and HERE.

For all prospect rankings, click HERE.


Kevin Hayes’ versatility could place him on the wing

Kevin HayesAlain Vigneault says that versatile players are a “big bonus” to have and that Kevin Hayes is someone who brings that kind of versatility. (NHL.com)

Hayes spent last season as the Rangers third line center but with the Rangers signing of Jarret Stoll, Dan Rosen thinks that Hayes could move to the wing and assume the position left by Marty St. Louis. (NHL.com)

For more on Hayes playing wing, click HERE and HERE.