Rangers Roundup: Jacob Trouba, Chris Kreider, and Gabriel Perreault
The latest New York Rangers buzz for Sunday, July 16, 2023.
In this edition, we check out the fun at Junior Rangers camp and some high praise for the Blueshirts first round selection in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.
Fun with the Junior Rangers
Young hockey players in attendance at the Junior Rangers camp were recipients of a huge treat. Captain Jacob Trouba, along with alternate captains Chris Kreider and Barclay Goodrow skated around with the kids too much of their delight.
New York Rangers social media posted a few photos from the event but nothing was better than watching Kreider become a kid himself by chasing the participants.
Kreider, 32, scored 36 goals and 54 points in 79 contests last year. The 9th overall selection by the Blueshirts in the 2009 Draft will be entering his 12th season with the organization.
Jacob Trouba art for charity
Jacob and Kelly Trouba came to New York as couple after a trade with the Winnipeg Jets on June 17, 2019. Defenseman Neal Pionk and a 2019 first-round pick were dealt the other way.
Since that time, Trouba has cemented himself as a leader for the club and was named the 28th captain in franchise history prior to the start of the 2022-23 season. Both are also very active in the community and started The Trouba Creative Expressions Art Program which showcases the artwork of young adults living with epilepsy.
“We wanted to do something with epilepsy and not many people know but I paint in the summer,” Trouba revealed.
“If we could support the Epilepsy Foundation in any way, that’s what we want,” Kelly added.
Trouba, 29, registered 30 points in 82 games last season for the Rangers. His 196 shot blocks and 218 hits were tops on the team.
Gabriel Perreault a home run pick?
The Rangers lucked out when forward Gabriel Perreault fell to them at 23rd overall at this year’s draft. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s final rankings, he was ranked 10th.
This past season, Perreault scored 53 goals and 79 assists for 132 points in 63 games. Those numbers shattered the previous mark of 117 set by Maple Leafs superstar Auston Mattews in 2014-15.
The pick earned high marks from The Athletic’s prospect guru Scott Wheeler.
“Gabriel Perreault could become one of the home runs of the first round if his strength piece comes along,” Wheeler wrote. “He has high, high-end talent and offensive IQ.”
The youngster already suited up for the Blueshirts at Development Camp earlier this month. While it was a great experience, he has a plan for his path to Broadway.
“Perfect scenario would be two years (in college) and hopefully winning a national championship before making the transition,” Perreault said.
Perreault, 18, is committed to play the upcoming season at Boston College.