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Ranger Youth

Posted on: April 28, 2009 2:10 am
Edited on: May 6, 2009 12:02 pm
The Rangers' struggles this season have gotten my mind into the "thinking ahead" mood. The future is the key for this team. If they still make 'em like Duby, Callahan, and Girardi down in Hartford, then the future is bright. They just have to clear the dead weight. There's no doubt that these young guys are talented. The only problem is that they were second fiddle to the superstars when Tom Renney was still coaching, and it really held them back this year. They could've been a better team if he had the same mindset as Torts, rewarding ice time based on effort, not salary. Hopefully they keep the young core of Duby, Callahan, Staal, and Girardi around for a while. They have the look of a nice group. They could all be great players if they have the time to develop, and Torts appreciates their effort. Throw Korpikoski in there also. He really surprised me in this series. He's been a standout player for them in the second half of the season, doing everything as good as he can do it. I know Duby is a restricted free agent. Other than that, I don't know the others' status, but the Rangers should do everything in their power to keep that group intact. They have talent and could become great players soon. They have to save the team, and it starts with keeping the young, hard workers. It still boggles my mind how Dan Girardi was undrafted. He suddenly turned into a great defenseman after the draft was over? Oh well, the Rangers snagged him. That's all that matters. He and Staal have really matured since Torts took over, as well as the rest of the young guys. Hopefully we'll get to see them develop even more under Torts, wearing Ranger blue

Category: NHL

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 4:24 pm

Ranger Youth

Good Stuff ... i excited to see what these guys can do now that they will be rewarded with ice time for good efforts. Thats the best way to motivate your team IMO ... but i guess that's a foreign concept to Renney. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 2, 2009 10:51 am

Ranger Youth

There's no doubt that they're trying to rebuild the team, especially with the departure of Shanahan, Straka, and Jagr in the offseason.The only problem with that is when they have to sign guys like Wade Redden and Markus Naslund because they don't want to wait a few years to let the younger guys bloom into solid players.You can't have it both ways, but Glenn Sather is trying hard to have his cake and eat it too.

That being said, the future is bright.Guys like Sanguinetti and Delzotto are down in the minors getting ready, along with young guys we've seen a bit of.Corey Potter and Artem Anisimov could be great on this team.Anisimov brings size and skill, somewhat like Nik Antropov, only he hasn't proven he can score at the NHL level.Corey Potter replaced injured players Michal Rozsival and Dmitri Kalinin early in the year.I think he tallied a goal and a few assits in his short time with the team, more than we could say for Kalinin at all this year.In the next few years, with Paul Mara out of a contract and Derek Morris likely leaving, I could see one or two Hartford guys making the team, and maybe Delzotto from the OHL (not sure if he's there or the ECHL).I thought Anisimov should've made the team this year.They clearly had a lack of goal scorers at the beginning of the year, something Anisimov has a history of doing.He was a point-a-game guy down in Hartford this season, so that could help his cause for next year.Tortorella likes younger, quicker players, so maybe Anisimov will make the team right out of the gate next year.

Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2009 5:02 am

Ranger Youth

I agree that our young guys are awesome. I love their hard work, and i also agree that they should be recognized for it.  no doubt if they keep it up they will become great players.

If they still make 'em like Duby, Callahan, and Girardi down in Hartford, then the future is bright are you saying were in a rebuilding phase? how far away is this bright future?

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