Rangers acquisition of center, James Sheppard should move Hayes to wing

James Sheppard (SJS)

James Sheppard (SJS)

The Rangers may have made their last move of the trade deadline (or at least the day) in acquiring center, James Sheppard from SJ for a 4th round pick.

Another solid depth move that should slot Sheppard onto the third line and move Kevin Hayes to wing. Sheppard wins 50% of his draws but more importantly, 51.3% in the defensive zone. Here’s his full stats per faceoffs.net.

James  Sheppard FO

James Sheppard FO

Sheppard can also contribute offensively as he has 5 goals and 16 points in 57 games. Of course, he could be put on 4th line with Dom Moore and be used in crucial situations in place of Hayes.

Sheppard (espn)

Sheppard (espn)

It would take some work but we’ve seen it before. Sheppard takes the draw and either Hayes or one of his wingers hop on if the Rangers win it. Regardless, this is a move to address an issue and if Sheppard is replacing Stempniak it’s still a big win.

If you really want to know why the Rangers got him though…watch these clips.

[su_youtube url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwN_5XJ9-IU”]

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

Mentioned in this article:

More About: