New York Rangers waive 2, Will Cuylle makes team

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The New York Rangers have placed forward Jonny Brodzinski and defenseman Ben Harpur on waivers Friday, indicating the rookie Will Cuylle has made the team.

Cuylle, 21, had an eye-opening training camp, registering 2 goals and 3 points on 12 shots with a +1 rating.

“I’ve just been trying to show my game every chance I get,” Cuylle said. “I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel out there. I’m just playing fast and physical trying to crash the net.”

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Will Cuylle makes the New York Rangers

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The big question that will need to be answered is where will he play? Based on the final preseason game, Cuylle could line up on left wing and centered by Vincent Trocheck with Blake Wheeler on the right.

New York selected the 6-3′, 211 lbs power forward in the second-round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. After an impressive career in juniors, Cuylle notched 25 goals and 45 points in 69 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack, his first year as a pro last season.

The Rangers rewarded him last year with four games in the middle of the season. In those games, he failed to register a point, but didn’t fail to impress management. Playing a limited fourth-line role, he threw 8 hits and picked up two fighting majors.

While those characteristics were on full display in this training camp, Cuylle wanted to show he was more than just a tough guy.

“It’s great that I’m getting lots of opportunities,” Cuylle explained. “I want to show that I’m more than a one dimensional player.”

Cuylle has two years remaining on his entry-level contract at a team friendly $902,500 AAV per Cap Friendly. The youngster is a perfect fit for this roster now and into the future.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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