Rangers Roundup: Day Two of NYRPDC and Marty St. Louis To The Hall of Fame

Charles Wenzelberg

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

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.

Martin St. Louis To The Hall of Fame

The 2018 Hall of Fame class was announced yesterday, and former Rangers forward Martin St. Louis will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in November 2018.

St. Louis’s former teammates, teams, and some guys who grew up idolizing the wily forward offered their congratulations on social media.