Phil Posted August 12, 2018 Share Posted August 12, 2018 But despite entering the first full season of their rebuild, the Rangers are also, perhaps most importantly, focused on the bigger picture ? a grand vision that will depend heavily on the proper development of their most promising youngsters. As such, it?s already a foregone conclusion that many of their prospects will be shutout on their first attempts to make the jump to the NHL this fall. It?s not just roster regulars and on-the-cusp AHLers they?re facing off against, either. One or more could lose their spot to an overlooked signing like Fredrik Claesson?s, or to a Professional Tryout contract (PTOs) turned NHL deal should the stars align for any veteran(s) invited to camp this fall. While a return to Junior or an assignment to the also rebuilding Hartford Wolf Pack might feel like defeat to any given prospect cut from camp this fall, in almost every case, it?s likely the best course of action for their career development. After all, top minutes played in a development league are surely more beneficial to professional growth than a reduced role as the thirteenth forward on a team expected to lose more than it wins. Tommy Wingels, LW/RW Ahead of the free agent market opening back in June, Larry Brooks of the New York Post mentioned Wingels, 30, as a potential UFA target for the Rangers. It?s unclear if the Blueshirts did, in fact, explore contract talks with the veteran forward, but with September a mere three weeks away, Wingels is still unsigned and could be a prime target for a PTO. Scoring has never really been the fort? of the dual-position, right-handed winger. Certainly not at the NHL level where he?s now three seasons removed from back-to-back 30+ point campaigns with the San Jose Sharks from 2013 to 2015. But what he does bring is the kind of fiery, competitive nature that?s well-suited for a more traditional fourth-line role, if not as a team?s thirteenth forward. Lee Stempniak, RW A New York Ranger for all of 53 games back in 2014-15, Lee Stempniak, 35, has twice in the last three seasons found a considerable scoring streak playing middle-six minutes for a couple of poor New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes squads. In fact, that scoring touch totals 100 points split between the Devils, Hurricanes, and Boston Bruins over that stretch. Not bad for a journeyman. Things took a bit of a dramatic dip for the career 0.52 point per game played (P/GP) player last season, who scored just nine points in 37 games. Those games almost all came after the turn of the new year, however, after injuries sidelined the start of his second season in Raleigh. But despite the likelihood Stempniak won?t be back for a third year with Carolina, the proclivity he?s shown as a quality depth scorer could be all the reason a team like the Rangers need to offer him another shot in New York. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/8/12/17678922/plugging-the-holes-a-look-at-the-new-york-rangers-professional-tryout-options -- Also discussed/explored are guys like Cody Franson, Troy Brouwer, and others. Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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