Will Cuylle shows New York Rangers brass why he thinks he can make the team; Rookies beat Flyers 3-2
Will Cuylle has had himself a wonderful Development Camp so far. Today, he decided to make sure to put a stamp on it with two goals.
Not bad for a young player that flat out said he wants to make the team this year.
“I want to make the team,” he stated last week. “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.”
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Will Cuylle wants to make the team this season
The Blueshirts drafted Cuylle in the 2020 draft, in the second round (60th overall). The pick was acquired from the L.A. Kings in exchange for Lias Andersson. So far, the 6-3, 212 lbs winger has impressed with his size and aggressiveness in camp.
The 19 year-old played in 18 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL last year, his first season as a pro. He registered 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in those contests and wanted to make sure the organization knew what he was about.
“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. “That’s a big part of my game, I think I showed that well to the coaches.”
Today, he used his size and aggressiveness to the tune of two goals.
Can he actually surprise everyone and earn a spot on the big club? If he continues this hot play in preseason, the Rangers will have to consider it. However, where would he line up?
“The way I play, fast and physical is important on any line to get in on the forecheck. Separate guys from the puck and make simple plays,” Cuylle told us back in 2020 about how he can fit. “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.”
Keep your eye on this kid.
Recap: Rangers 3 vs Flyers 2
The Flyers once again jumped out early thanks to the PP. It was 2-0 nothing and could’ve been more but goalie Talyn Boyko stood tall in net (pun intended). New York selected the 6-8″ netminder in the 4th round this past draft and he looked good.
The first Cuylle tally looked like a quick rebound in front.
Cuylle’s second was a PP tip in front.
The third period was knotted at 2 when prized prospect Nils Lundkvist finally broke through. Last year’s Salming Trophy winner for best Swedish born defenseman came streaking in from the right side to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 lead. It was a night and day difference from Nils compared to yesterday’s contest.
It ended up being the game-winner as 2020 draft pick, Dylan Garand was outstanding in relief of Boyko.
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