What can the Rangers expect from monster forward, Gettinger
Tim Gettinger was a fifth round pick (141) in the 2016 draft, and has played very well for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Before coming to the Rangers he served as the captain of Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. The left-handed left winger, stands at a towering 6’6 and weighs in at 216 pounds, according to Eliteprospects.com.
A Big Body Presence
Gettinger is a big boy with a lot of length when you put a hockey stick in his hands. Another strong suit of his, which in this clip below is seen, is his speed for a big man. He uses both his size and speed as he beats the defender to the outside, before cutting in on net for a goal.
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We have the lead, TIM GETTINGER! pic.twitter.com/dpkACBMa2R
— Soo Greyhounds (@OHLHoundPower) November 23, 2017
Gettinger has the potential to be a “huge” asset for the Rangers. His long stick and big frame to bully smaller forwards around will be important to look for. Gettinger has been improving every season, and shows no sign of slowing down.
“Gettinger is a goal scorer, with a heavy wrist shot, and an excellent release. He has the instincts to find openings in the defence in order to get off that wrist shot, or a powerful one-timer. He also has decent puck handling ability and uses his body as a shield to protect the puck in the cycle game.” says Ben Kerr of Lastwordonsports.com. This report came from 2016, the year of his draft selection. With his 7 goals and 11 points in 20 games in the AHL, it looks like that holds true.
Unless Mats Zuccarello reinjured himself, expect Gettinger to replace Steven Fogarty in the lineup tomorrow against the Caps on the 4th line. He should play a physical game and impress with his speed, especially at that size. Gettinger will also play big in front of the net and give the Caps defenders fits when he’s given an opportunity.
He should also get time with either Brett Howden or Lias Andersson as his center and that should pay off nicely for the Blueshirts.
Editor’s Note: Justin Bonhard contributed to this article