Rangers Cut 20; Send Kids Packing But Look Who’s Staying
As expected the Rangers have trimmed their training camp roster down to 43. Sent packing were almost all 18 players from group C, save for forward Ryan Potulny and goalie Jason Missiean.
Nathan Burns and Dallas Valentine were simply released from their tryout contracts.
12 players are now headed to Hartford to tryout for the Wolf Pack:
Michael St. Croix, Richard Nejezchleb, Troy Donnay, Sam Noreau, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Logan Nelson, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Josh Nicholls, Andrew Yogan and goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski.
6 players are going back to their Junior teams:
Keegan Iverson, Adam Tambellini, Ryan Graves, Ryan Mantha, Daniel Walcott and goalie, Brandon Halverson.
Some young notable names still on the roster are of interest:
Forwards: Anthony Duclair, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty, Danny Kristo, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Chris Mueller, Ryan Potulny, Nick Tarnasky, Chris Bourque and Ryan Bourque
Defensemen: Conor Allen, Dylan McIlrath, Petr Zamorsky and Mat Bodie
Anthony Duclair is easily one of the top forward prospects in the Rangers system and it is good to see him get a longer look. Same for the Bourque brothers and Marek Hrivik.
Derek Stepan’s injury has blown the doors wide open for Oscar Lindberg who may get an opportunity that wasn’t there to start this season. The injury could also mean Kevin Hayes’ chances of making it have greatly improved.
As for Danny (aka: Monte) Kristo, this is his most important training camp yet as we’ve chronicled before.
We believe this is Kristo’s make or break season. If he can’t crack this Rangers roster in camp, he will start the season in Hartford. Considering the current cast of wingers with the Rangers, it’s unlikely he makes the cut. However, if players falter like JT Miller, Matthew Lombardi or there is an injury, that will be the real indication of his future.
The defense is set, but the Rangers need to know what they have in the 4 remaining kids for the future. A long term injury to the top 6 and Conor Allen would be the most likely call up. For now, the 7th defenseman spot will go to Matt Hunwick as far as we can see.
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