Rangers Roundup: It’s NHL or bust for Will Cuylle; media day; and more

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Cuylle at Development Camp (NYR/YouTube)

The New York Rangers selected forward, Will Cuylle in the second round go the 2020 Draft. They moved a former first round pick in Lias Andersson to do so.

Last year, with the CHL out of action due to the pandemic, he played in 18 games for the Wolf Pack on the AHL. Cuylle picked up five points during his time there and has made quite the impression at Development Camp.

However, it’s NHL or bust for the 19 year-old. The rules dictate that due to his age and not meeting last year’s minimum requirement of 20 games played in the AHL, he’s ineligible to play there this season.

NHL or Bust for Will Cuylle

“Coming in and showing I can compete with older guys. I felt like I fit right in there in terms of strength and compete level,” Cuylle said about playing pro in Hartford. “That’s a big part of my game, I think I showed that well to the coaches.”

“I want to make the team,” he said about his training camp goals. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and trying to do my best every day so the coaches know what I can bring.”

For Cuylle, he will really need to put on a show to win a role on the team’s bottom six. Or else he’s headed back to the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. Where he was named to the 2018-19 OHL’s All-Rookie Team after scoring 26 goals and 15 assists for 41 points.

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Will Cuylle scores in rookie game (Flyers/YouTube)

The question the Rangers need to ask themselves, is if it makes sense for Cuylle to play 4th line minutes this season, or continue to develop in Windsor.

If you ask Cuylle, he feels his game can adjust anywhere in the lineup.

“The way I play, fast and physical is important on any line to get in on the forecheck,” the 6-3, 212 lbs winger told us in 2020. “Separate guys from the puck and make simple plays…so whether that’s me being on the 3rd of the 4th line as an energy guy or on the first or the second line scoring goals using my body strategically.”

New York Rangers media day

The Rangers are going through physicals and media day obligations.

On their social media accounts, the team is posting some fun stuff for fans to enjoy.

At 2:30PM, Gerard Gallant will hold a press conference. We will have coverage later.

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