Rangers Roundup: NHL announcement coming, Kravtsov picks up scoring pace, and more
The NHL is expected to announce the 2021 season this week. Votes by the NHL and NHLPA are expected between today and Wednesday to get it done.
2021 NHL Season outlook
Based on all info gathered and reported here’s what we expect:
- A 56 game schedule
- Puck drop on 1/13/21
- Realigned Divisions (still questions here)
- Hybrid Hubs (teams play in their own arenas)
- Mini home stands like baseball
- Extensive testing starting 12/26
- 10 day training camp
- Camps begin 12/28 for non-RTP teams and 1/3 for remaining
- No exhibition games
- No restrictions on trades between US & Canadian teams
- Possibly expanded rosters
- Possibly taxi squads
- Vaccine may be optional
- Ads placed on helmets for additional revenue
Vitali Kravtsov picking scoring pace back up
The Rangers first round pick in 2018 is starting to pick up his scoring again for Traktor in the KHL. In a stretch where he only scored one point in 9 matches, Vitali Kravtsov has a goal and two assists in his last 8 contests.
While the numbers aren’t great, the scouting report out of the KHL is that Kravtsov is playing a very defensively sound and responsible game. Considering he has a natural gift for offense, this new found commitment to defense will only serve him better when he come to the Rangers at the end of the 2021 season.
K’Andre Miller a future star
The Blueshirts put out another great prospect video. This time on K’Andre Miller. Expectations are high for this young defenseman but the organization truly believes in him.