Rangers Roundup: Mark Messier “Guarantee” Christmas style, Igor Shesterkin and Alexis Lafreniere prepped for big rookie season

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New York Rangers Merry Christmas, Mark Messier style

Technology! Honestly, this was a cool way to send out that Christmas spirit to the fans. Enjoy.

Alexis Lafreniere big rookie season on tap

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NYR select Lafreniere (Getty Images)

“Multi-faceted” was the keyword used to describe Alexis Lafreniere. “He can play the physical brand of hockey, he can go to the net, his shot is extremely underrated and his skating is no issue.”

They also compared him to players like Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane. In particular Kane because of his rare ability to drive play from the wing. He and Artemi Panarin being on the same team also take pressure off Lafreniere as he slides into the perfect situation.

Igor Shesterkin “primed to do well in New York”

“He’s going to turn 25 at the end of the month,” they said on NHL Tonight. “You talk about goaltenders coming into their own, usually it’s around 25. Binnington won a Cup at 25. Helleybuck is around that age. He’s primed to do well in New York.”

Last season, Shesterkin basically helped propel the Rangers into playoff contention with stellar net-minding. He did so in impressive fashion earning a 7 game winning streak that included victories against Toronto, Winnipeg, and Carolina. He also faced over 40 shots in 5 of his 12 starts, winning every single contest.


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