Rangers Roundup: Day Two of NYRPDC and Marty St. Louis To The Hall of Fame
Here are the latest rumblings around Rangerstown.
Prospect Camp Day Two
The Rangers Prospect Development Camp continued on Tuesday with more on-ice testing and drills. The Blueshirts had four of their young goaltenders on the ice today, each looking to show the organization what they can do for different reasons. Alexandar Georgiev is hoping to earn the title of backup to King Henrik when the regular season starts, while the other three netminders, Tyler Wall, Adam Huska, and Olof Lindblom are all looking to show the organization what they can do between the pipes.
Georgiev enters his second season with the Blueshirts and is as energized as ever to make the opening night roster. “I want to be doing 100 percent whatever it is, whether it’s development camp or Rangers camp or regular season,” Georgiev told reporters on Monday. “I want to play my best game and prove that I belong” in the NHL
Lias Andersson said the skates he wore for today's action were a little tight. They were Chris Kreider's. "I’m using Kreids’ skates, so hopefully, I’ll be as fast as him,'' he said.
— Colin Stephenson (@ColinSNewsday) June 26, 2018
As for the skaters that were in front of this quartet of quality goaltenders, there was plenty of talent on the ice. Lias Andersson, who had to borrow some equipment with his being in France, said that he is much more at ease during this year’s rookie camp. “I’m more relaxed this year,” said Andersson. “I know the coaches and the trainers so it’s definitely a different feel for me this year.” Andersson added that he is taking on the responsibility of showing around the crop of fellow Swedes the Rangers have at their practice facility in Westchester, embracing his role as the “veteran” guy among the group.
The most impressive group of yesterday’s affairs was arguably the line of Brett Howden centering Ty Ronning and Vitali Kratsov. Howden, who the Rangers acquired from Tampa Bay at the February trade deadline, is hoping to make the Rangers opening night roster and seems to be very driven to do just that. “I’m excited for the rest of camp,” said Howden. “And I look forward to working hard this summer in an effort to make the team. It’s time for me to move on from the minors and what better place to do that than New York City.”
Ronning, a seventh-round pick of the Rangers back in 2016, has been known to some Rangers fans because of his scoring ability with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. Ronning, who is the son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, registered 61 goals and 84 points last season with Vancouver, earning him a spot on the WHL’s Western Conference second all-star team. We all know about Ty’s ability to score, but he is willing to put in the work and not rely on his talents to get him where he wants to be. “It’s all about working your butt off and showing what you can do,” said Ronning. “I feel my tenacity and grit will help me stand out. And I know Coach Quinn loves guys who work and play hard. You’ve got to play with passion.”
When asked by Amanda Borges about what excites him about being in the Blueshirts organization, 2018 third-round pick Joey Keane said that “there is no better place than New York.” He added that “he knows they’re rebuilding” and if he keeps working hard the opportunities may come.
"Couldn't have asked for a better spot than New York." — 2018 #NYR draft pick Joey Keane talks about when he heard he'd be coming to New York and what type of defenseman he is at #NYRPDC. pic.twitter.com/NyJSyShc71
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 26, 2018
Martin St. Louis To The Hall of Fame
Marty St. Louis on getting his Hall call: "It's an honor for me, my family. I got to share it with my dad since I'm in Quebec visiting. That was a great moment. The day is only going to get better from here."
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) June 26, 2018
St. Louis’s former teammates, teams, and some guys who grew up idolizing the wily forward offered their congratulations on social media.
? Louie, Louie! ?
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 26, 2018
Vinny Lecavalier on Marty St. Louis being named to @HockeyHallFame Class of 2018: “I’m really happy for him. I wasn’t surprised from everything he’s done for hockey, the Lightning, Rangers and the NHL. It’s always nice to see a good friend and a player you played with honored.”
— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) June 26, 2018
More from Lecavalier on St. Louis’ @HockeyHallFame nod: “Marty was probably the hardest working guy, dedicated to the game, great teammate, great leader and a huge part in us winning the Stanley Cup. He’s done so much for me personally as a player and as a friend.” #Bolts
— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) June 26, 2018
You have taught me so many things that I will cherish forever. Thank you for being a great role model and an even better friend. #HHOF2018
— Steven Stamkos (@RealStamkos91) June 26, 2018
— Ty Ronning (@TyRonning7) June 26, 2018