Rangers Roundup: Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox rank high on NHL Top 50 List, Louis Domingue to Wolf Pack, plus more
The New York Rangers have five players on NHL Network’s Top 50 List with Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox being announced on Sunday.
They join Chris Kreider (43), Mika Zibanejad (29), and Artemi Panarin (21).
Adam Fox ranks 16
Fox, 24, registered a career-high 74 points in 78 games last season. A Norris Trophy in just his second season, he’s amassed 163 points in 203 games.
In the playoffs, he was the team’s second leading scorer with 23 points in 20 games. ESPN Analyst and legendary Rangers captain Mark Messier gave some glowing remarks about Fox’s play in the postseason.
“Adam Fox put on a show. He was the best player on the ice,” Messier said. “He reminded me of Brian Leetch with the way he controlled the entire period.”
Fox is entering his fourth season in the NHL.
“When you see Adam Fox if you never saw him play hockey you’d look at him and say he doesn’t have size (5-foot-11, 182 pounds), he’s not really that fast of a skater,” Rupp said. “But when you watch him on the ice, he’s all over the place. … I just find him to be a very smart offensive player from the backend.”NHL.com
Igor Shesterkin in at 11
Shesterkin, 26, had a year for the ages 2021-22 with a 36-13-4 record and leading the league in both GAA (2.07) and SV% (.935). New York placed second in the Metro Division after going 52-24-6 for 110 points on the strength of his goaltending.
His postseason included a 3-1 series deficit comeback to beat the Penguins in Round 1 and was followed by a win over the Hurricanes in 7 as well. New York would run out of gas and fall to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final but Shesterkin was a stellar.
For the playoffs, he was 10-9 with a 2.59 GAA and an incredible .929 save percentage.
“Igor steals games, he steals goals away from the opponent,” Rupp said. “… If it wasn’t for Igor’s first half of the season, and he was great all the way through, this team would not have made the playoffs. … Igor was lights out.”NHL.com
Shesterkin won the Vezina Trophy last year as the league’s best goalie and is favored to repeat.
Louis Domingue assigned to Wolf Pack
Domingue, 30, cleared waivers and was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Sunday.
The left-handed goalie played in two preseason games and stopped 29 of 32 shots in 60:32 of total ice time.
He has a record of 59-60-10 in 142 career appearances with a GAA of 3.04 and SV% of .905.
The New York Rangers inked Domingue this offseason after facing him in the first round of last year’s playoffs. In six games against the Rangers, he posted a 3-3 record. He signed for 2 years with a cap hit of $775,000.
Per Press Release:
Domingue appeared in two games for the Blueshirts in the preseason, allowing three goals on 32 shots in 60:32 of play. In two games, he posted a 2.97 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. The 30-year-old goaltender has appeared in 142 career NHL games (126 starts), split between the Pittsburgh Penguins (2021-22), Calgary Flames (2020-21), Vancouver Canucks (2019-20), New Jersey Devils (2019-20), Tampa Bay Lightning (2017-18 – 2018-19) and Arizona Coyotes (2014-15 – 2016-17). He spent last season with the Penguins, starting in two regular season games with the main club. With the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, Domingue made 22 appearances in 2021-22, posting a 2.41 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.
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