January 11, 2021

David Quinn may start K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba pairing but many decisions remain for Rangers

K’Andre Miller (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

David Quinn barely had time to assess everything that took place in last night’s scrimmage but did walk away with one important thing. The third year head coach was very impressed with the pairing of rookie K’Andre Miller and veteran Jacob Trouba.

David Quinn impressed with Miller and Trouba

“I thought it was a very good pair. I thought Trouba was the best defenseman out there tonight,” Quinn responded to a question about the duo “I really like that d-pair – they certainly take up a lot of space.”

Indeed they do.

K’Andre Miller comes in at 6-5 and a massive reach. Jacob Trouba is right there with him at 6-3. When combined together, the wingspan of both defenseman along with their sticks cover a tremendous amount of ice in their own zone.

Jacob Trouba
Trouba on defense (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Scrimmage is one thing, but would Quinn take a greenhorn defenseman and throw him into the fire on opening night against the Islanders on the top pair? “It’s one of the reasons why we wanted to see them tonight and see how they played off each other,” Quinn replied to that question. “They did a really good job tonight.”

Now will we see them to the start the season? That’s the big question.

New York Rangers scrimmage notes

https://twitter.com/NYRangers/status/1348487929451180034?s=20

Quinn remarked that the Rangers have a lot of depth in camp and will have some decisions to make. When talking about the PP and the abundance of options, the coach did note that he would likely go with the hot hands.

He also has to decide what his defense pairings will be outside of Ryan Lindgren with Adam Fox. If Miller makes the team, the third pair will most certainly be Jack Johnson with Tony DeAngelo. The fourth line remains a mystery as well.

As far as Mika Zibanejad is concerned, he did practice with Group A yesterday and is still considered day-to-day.

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