Which key New York Rangers to watch in preseason match versus Bruins

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Sep 26, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Parker Wotherspoon (38) and New York Rangers center Ryan Carpenter (22) battle for the puck as Rangers left wing Adam Sykora (38) watches during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers take to the ice at TD Garden to face the Boston Bruins in their second of six preseason games.

After a rousing 4-1 win over the New York Islanders, several familiar faces will be back in the lineup tonight. Jimmy Vesey, Gustav Rydahl, Vitali Kravtsov, Ryan Carpenter, and Bobby Trivigno are playing in the back to back contests.

Game and broadcast information listed below in bold and italics.

Monday, Sept. 26 (7:00 PM)   NYIMSG, MSGSN, NHLN, ESPN 98.7W, 4-1
Tuesday, Sept. 27 (7:00 PM)@BOSMSG, NESN+, NHLN, ESPN 98.7
Thursday, Sept. 29 (7:00 PM)NJMSG
Friday, Sept. 30 (7:00 PM)@NJMSG
Wednesday, Oct. 5 (7:00 PM)BOSTNT
Saturday, Oct. 8 (7:00 PM)@NYIMSG
New York Rangers 2022-23 preseason schedule

New York Rangers to watch versus Bruins

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Will Cuylle takes part in the Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Tarrytown July 12, 2022. Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tonight’s lineup will feature the Rangers debut of center Vincent Trocheck, who was signed in July as a free agent replacing Ryan Strome. Two other free agents signings will also debut and they’re both goalies. Jaroslav Halak and Louis Domingue are splitting the goaltending duties against the Bruins.

It’s also the first preseason action for Alexis Lafreniere, who is looking to force his way on to the top six after a 19 goal sophomore season. On defense, the top pair of Ryan Lindgren and Adam Fox will also stretch their legs in preparation for the the 2022-23 campaign.

So which Rangers should you be keeping an eye on tonight?

Will Cuylle: Selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft, the 20 year-old has the size to play in the NHL at 6-3 and 212 lbs. Last season, he scored 80 points in 50 games in the OHL. Cuylle parlayed that into a gold medal with Team Canada at the WJC in August and is now fighting to make an impression at training camp.

“Just try to make a statement,” Cuylle told Newsboy’s Colin Stephenson. “Gonna try to play with lots of energy and keep it simple. Don’t try to overcomplicate it… And hopefully make some things happen.”

Matthew Robertson: Robertson, 21, was selected by New York in the second round of the 2019 Draft. At 6-4 and 201 pounds he also has the size to play in the league. Last season with the Wolf Pack, he played a strong two-game picking up 11 points in 65 contests. He’s looking to make an impression to get into the mix for the open left defense spot alongside Braden Schneider.

Dryden Hunt: The 26 year-old rugged forward appeared in 76 games last season, scoring six goals and 17 points. Despite having a track record with Gerard Gallant, Jimmy Vesey is putting on the squeeze to beat him out for a job. If he could kill penalties it might help his cause.

Time for a second impression

Vitali Kravtsov: He played okay against the Isles in his 15:05 of ice time and finished with three shots. The 22 year-old played too much on the perimeter last game and needs to show something more if he hopes to make the team.

Jimmy Vesey: The 29 year-old is on a PTO and taking nothing for granted. He opened the scoring against the Isles with a PP goal and is making a strong case to earn a standard contract.

Gustav Rydahl: There was nothing wrong with Rydahl’s game against the Islanders, but there also wasn’t much to fawn over either. Aside from a great shorthanded read that led to a breakaway, Rydahl didn’t distinguish himself enough from the pack fighting for a bottom six spot. He gets a second chance tonight.

Bobby Trivigno: While he didn’t standout, the 23 year-old certainly didn’t shy away from mixing it up with bigger players. Trivigno only played 11:07 against the Isles so it would be nice to see him get more ice time.

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